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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 and the local clubs.

Forthcoming Events

27th April - Pairs Ladder

4th May - NO BRIDGE (Bank Holiday Monday)

Latest News

The Charity Rubber Bridge Knock-Out was won by Martyn Hills & Glen Thorney, who beat Jessie Newton & John Turner in the final.

The Phillipps Handicap Final was won by Maureen Ledger & Mike Vetch, both with and without the handicaps being applied.

Worcester Bridge Club has won the Garden Cities Qualifier and will represent Worcestershire in the Regional Final.

With one heat of the Pairs Ladder remaining Stewart Fishburne & Mike Willoughby cannot now be overtaken and so will win the competition for the 2014-15 season.

The Score-with-the-Experts event was played as a normal pairs event using cross-imp scoring to reward teams tactics. The boards were taken from the 2011 Bermuda Bowl semi-final between Italy and the Netherlands. We were taking the place of one of the Italian pairs so that the NS pairs were scoring up with Lauria & Versace whilst the EW pairs were scoring up with Bocchi & Madala. Having checked all the score sheets the winning NS pair were Linda Gervis & Paul Tapster with +36 IMPs, with Ross Garratt & Brian Stanley in 2nd place with +28IMPs. I apologise for the mistakes on the NS summary sheets which made it harder for the NS pairs to calculate their total so that on the night Linda & Paul had claimed a total of +26 IMPs and Ross & Brian had claimed +35 IMPs so that we believed that Ross & Brian had won. As far as the EW pairs were concerned Roger Bowles & Richard Jephcott were the best pair with a total of +66 IMPs. I have included the totals for all the pairs in the Information tab of the results. If you are interested here are links to the commentary and hand records from the Bermuda Bowl match although some of this is in Italian.

Commentary for boards 1-16

Commentary for boards 17-24

The Rules of Competition have been updated to reflect changes agreed at a recent Committee Meeting :-

  • Closed Teams - there will no longer be a quaifying event. Entries will be asked for and a random draw made with the semi-finalists from the previous year seeded. There will also be a plate event for first round losers.
  • Mixed Teams - this will no longer include a compulsary change of partner.
  • The qualifying age for the Seniors Pairs has been increased from 55 to 60, which is in line with EBU events for seniors. The qualifying age for the Vererans Pairs has been increased to 70.

Richard Jephcott & John Sansom have finished at the top of the Phillipps averages for the 2014-15 Season.

The Grand Prix Teams has been won by Worcester Grant (Sue Evans, Dennis Loynes, Jean & Jessie Newton), who were so far ahead that they could not be overtaken in the final heat.

The County Championship Pairs has been won by Roger Bowles & Simon Harrison, who finished just ahead of Joyce Skelton & Ross Garratt with Martin Gill & Paul Slater in 3rd place.  

A new edition of WCBA News has been published - February 2015 Edition.

The Club Championship Pairs has been won won by Suzanne Griffin & Rufus Ulyutt representing Droitwich Bridge Club. Behind them were Joyce Skelton & David Thomas (Worcester Bridge Club) in 2nd place & Eve Doyle & Terry Blackman (Droitwich Bridge Club) in 3rd place.

We have received an invitation from Derbyshire for pairs to compete in the Mixed Pairs Championship for the East Midlands Bridge Academy Plate. This competition is specifically for mixed pairs from all over the region and incorporates the Flitch Cup for married couples, a Midland League event. The competition will take place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd May at The East Midlands Bridge Academy, The Old School, Chapel St., Spondon, Derby DE21 7JR. The entry fee is £32 per pair, which includes a two-course meal between the two sessions – a vegetarian option is available. They have provided a Poster and an Entry Form.

The County Mixed Pairs was won by Jane Morton & Stewart Fishburne, with Jane & Dick Rutter in 2nd place.

In the County Match against Warwickshire the 1st team lost 3-17, the 2nd team lost 7-13& the 3rd team lost 3-17.

The Committee are looking for a new Editor for Worcestershire Bridge News. If anyone is interested in do this then they should talk to Mike Willoughby, the current editor, or another Committee Member.

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 Ranked Masters Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas were 2nd in the Grand Masters Pairs and Nick Forward & Steve Allerston were 2nd in the Premier Life Masters Pairs.

At the Midlands Counties Congress Linda Gervis & Marian Wilcox won the Ladies Pairs and Pam Pearce came second, playing with Lesley Harrison. Joyce Skelton & John Sansom came 3rd in the Mixed Pairs. Stephanie Forward, Sue Evans, Nick Forward & Dennis Loynes won the Mixed Teams.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website

At the Northern Year End Congress Steph & Nick Forward won the Mixed Pairs and Nick Forward & Dennis Loynes came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs.

Congratulations to John Sansom for winning a bronze medal in the Seniors Teams at the World Bridge Series in China.

Pam Pearce & Sue Evans have retained the Herefordshire Ladies Pairs.

At the EBU Overseas Congress in Montenegro Joyce Skelton & Pam Pearce came 3= in the Swiss Pairs. In the Swiss Teams Jimmy & Maureen Ledger, Dick & Jane Rutter came 4th and Pam Pearce, Joyce Skelton, Dennis Loynes & Sue Evans came 7=.

At the Jersey Congress Jimmy & Maureen Ledger were in the team that finished 2nd in the Swiss Teams.

At the SBU Overseas Congress in Montecatini Sue Lane & Marian Wilcox and Val & Steve Kennewell won their sections in the pre-Congress Pairs. Then Dennis Loynes, Margot Cursiter, Val & Steve Kennewell won their section of the first Open Teams, Val & Steve Kennewell came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs, Val Kennewell & Sue Evans came 2nd in the Ladies Pairs and Dennis Loynes & Steve Kennewell won the Men's Pairs. Finally, Dennis Loynes, Sue Evans, Val & Steve Kennewell won their section of the second Open Teams.

At the Devon Congress Pam Pearce & Susan Sharp were part of the team which won the Swiss Teams and came 4= in the Swiss Pairs.

Sue Evans & Nick Forward won the Solihull heat of the Portland Pairs and came 11th overall.

The Green Pointed Swiss Pairs at Bath was won by Chris Davis from Evesham playing with Martin David from East Wales.

Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

The regular venue for County Night is now Cutnall Green Memorial Hall. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. If you have come from Droitwich up the A442 you need to turn right into Addis Lane at the Chequers and the Hall is on your left in about 100 yards. If you have come from the Kidderminster direction then you need to turn left into Addis Lane at the Chequers. To fit in with the preceeding tap dancing class the start time will initially be 7.30pm and players are asked not to arrive before 7.15pm. We do not have a formal interval and players are be able to help themselves to drinks when convenient.

20th Apr 2015
Pro-Am Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
13th Apr 2015
Phillips Handicap Final
Director: Sue Lane
12th Apr 2015
Garden Cities Qualifier
30th Mar 2015
Pairs Ladder
Director: Jimmy Ledger
23rd Mar 2015
Score with the Experts
Director: Paul Hammond
27th Apr 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
27th Apr 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 2
4th May 2015
6th May 2015
Chairman's Cup
The British Legion Club, Claines, Worcester 7.30pm
Director: Paul Hammond
 Click for more information
11th May 2015
Phillipps Pairs
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