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Welcome to the Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association Web Site
Objectives

The objectives of the WCBA are to promote and further the interests of bridge in the County and to organise Contract Bridge competitions. This Web Site will include details of future events, results of County competitions and other information concerning the organisation of bridge in the County.

Malvern Congress 2017

The Malvern Congress has been open for entries for some time now; please note that you can save £12 on a full entry of one team and two pairs, until 31st August.

All forms and details can be found via the menus under "MALVERN CONGRESS 2017" on the left.

Forthcoming Events

22nd September - Inter Club Teams Heat 1 (Ombersley Memorial Hall)

25th September - Pairs Ladder

2nd October - Grand Prix Teams Heat 2

8th October - County Match against Warwickshire (Home)

9th October - Phillipps Pairs

16th October - Phillipps Pairs

22nd October - Irene Allen Non-Expert Swiss Pairs (Ombersley Memorial Hall, 11.00am) - Entry Form

23rd October - Mixed Teams

28th October - Malvern Congress Swiss Pairs (RGS, 1.00pm)

29th October - Malvern Congress Swiss Teams (RGS 11.00am)

30th October - Pairs Ladder

Latest News

Worcestershire has won the Edgar Foster Cups which was played in Herefordshire on the 17th of September. See the Herefordshire website for more information.

In the first County Match of the new season against Staffs & Shrops the 1st team won 18-2, the 2nd team lost 9-11 & the 3rd team won 13-7.

A new version of the Laws of Bridge has been introduced by the World Bridge Federation, which replaces the 2007 version.  Everyone is required to be using the new laws by the end of September and the EBU will use them in EBU events from the start of August. The County has decided to introduce them in September and will be running a course for local TDs on the 3rd of September. There are also new versions of the EBU Blue Book and White Book available. More information can be found on the EBU website and they have produced a poster explaining the main changes that players should be aware of.

The Committee agreed to add two mini competitions to the Phillipps Pairs to provide further targets for pairs to aim for. The pair having the highest average of their best 4 results from the 6 Phillipps Pairs events starting on the 17th of July will win a prize.This will be repeated for the last 6 events of the season.

The rules of competition have been updated to specify that the Mixed Teams will contain a single change of partner following the motion that was passed at the SGM. The regulations for the County Championship Teams have also been updated and only the finalists from the previous year will be seeed unless more than 12 teams enter.

Congratulations to Sue Evans on becoming the latest Grand Master in the County.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that bridge should be considered a sport for VAT purposes and you can read more details of this on the EBU website. Radio Hereford & Worcester phoned Mike Willoughby early this morning and ask him if he would be happy to talk about this on their breakfast show. You can listen to the interview on the Radio Hereford & Worcester webite for the next month and the interview is about 1 hour 48 minutes into the show.

Worcester Bridge Club are starting daytime bridge sessions on Tuesday the 20th of June at Hallow Parish Hall. Please see the Worcester Bridge Club website for more information. Droitwich Bridge Club will also be starting daytime bridge sessions on Thursday afternoons in August at Ombersley Memorial Hall.

In the first trophy event of the year the Seniors Pairs was won by Nick Forward & Steve Allerston with the Veterans Trophy going to Ross Garratt & Mel Downing.

After the sad loss of Roger Bowles last year his widow donated Roger's extensive collection of bridge books to Worcester Bridge Club. It was agreed that the books should be made available to all County Members and  the list of books can be seen at Roger Bowles Bridge Library .

The WCBA Committee has been giving considerable thought to the feasibility of acquiring bridge premises for the use of Worcestershire bridge players that would be available 7 days a week, with the ability to cater for the growing demand for daytime bridge. It is envisaged that the premises will support at least a 20 table session with room for matches, teaching and storage with a basic level of catering. The planned venue will include adequate facilities for parking, toilets, heating etc. A few documents are available in the Members Only area of the website, one asking for feedback and one being a feasibility review. To access the Members Only area of the website for the first time you will need the Membership Registration Code which you can get from Paul Hammond or other Committee Members.

Recent Successes

At the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne John Sansom playing with Jason Hackett finished 3rd in the Swiss Pairs. In the penultimate round they beat the pair who finished second and at this point were joint leaders with Andrew Robson and Alexander Allfrey who they unfortunately beat them in the final round. 

John Sansom was a member of the winning team in the Green Pointed Swiss Teams at the Harrogate Congress and they won all their matches to finish 17 VPs clear.

At the Midlands Counties Congress Joyce Skelton & John Sansom came 2nd in the Mixed Pairs and John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston won the Green Pointed Swiss Teams.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website

Richard Jephcott & John Sansom came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs at the Year End Congress in Blackpool.

Joyce Skelton & Pam Pearce came 4th= in the Swiss Pairs at the EBU Overseas Congress in Lake Garda and then were in the team which came 2nd in the Swiss Teams.

Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues
 

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

We play at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall with a start time of 7.20pm. We do not have a formal interval and players can help themselves to drinks when convenient. All drinks are now included in the table money of £3.50. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. Addis Lane is opposite the Chequers and the Hall is about 100 yards down there on the left.

Results
18th Sep 2017
Phillipps Pairs
Director: John Turner
11th Sep 2017
Ladies Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
11th Sep 2017
Men's Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
10th Sep 2017
County Match v Staffs & Shrops (A)
4th Sep 2017
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Sue Lane
Calendar
22nd Sep 2017
Inter-Club Teams - Heat 1
Ombersley Memorial Hall 7.15pm
25th Sep 2017
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Paul Hammond
25th Sep 2017
Pairs Ladder Division 2
2nd Oct 2017
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
8th Oct 2017
County Match v Warwickshire (H)
2.00pm
Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues
 

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

We play at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall with a start time of 7.20pm. We do not have a formal interval and players can help themselves to drinks when convenient. All drinks are now included in the table money of £3.50. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. Addis Lane is opposite the Chequers and the Hall is about 100 yards down there on the left.

Results
18th Sep 2017
Phillipps Pairs
Director: John Turner
11th Sep 2017
Ladies Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
11th Sep 2017
Men's Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
10th Sep 2017
County Match v Staffs & Shrops (A)
4th Sep 2017
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Sue Lane
Calendar
22nd Sep 2017
Inter-Club Teams - Heat 1
Ombersley Memorial Hall 7.15pm
25th Sep 2017
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Paul Hammond
25th Sep 2017
Pairs Ladder Division 2
2nd Oct 2017
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
8th Oct 2017
County Match v Warwickshire (H)
2.00pm