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Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association
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.

Forthcoming Events

31st August - NO BRIDGE (Bank Holiday Monday)

7th September - EBU Simultaneous Pairs (Table Money £6)

14th September - Ladies & Men's Pairs

21st September - Phillipps Pairs

25th September - Inter Club Teams Heat 1 (7.15pm start)

28th September - Pairs Ladder

Latest News

At the Brighton Summer Meeting Sue Lane & Marian Wilcox were in the team that came 3rd in the Seniors Swiss Teams playing with a pair from Norfolk. James Taylor won the Bracketed Pairs 'A' Final and Brian Stanley won the One Day Swiss Pairs on a split tie. Pam Pearce & Jane Morton were one of the equal best East-West pairs in the Play With the Experts Pairs.

I am sad to report that Brian Standish has passed away. He has played bridge in Stourbridge and the County for many years and was County Chairman 30 years ago. 

Here is the Commentary from the hands we played on the 17th of August in the International Replay.

I am sad to report that Mike Powers died recently. He has been playing bridge in the County for longer than I can remember and was always a true gentleman. He had not been well for a while and will be missed.

We hosted the Midland Counties Bowl in June and the event was won by one of the home teams, namely Dennis Loynes, Roger Bowles, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston. The two teams from Staffs & Shrops did well and finished in 2nd & 3rd places. Herefordshire were the half-time leaders but fell away in the second half to finish 4th.

In the first trophy event of the season John Sansom & Richard Jephcott won the Seniors Pairs. There were joint winners in the Veterans Pairs with Ian & Georgina Lineker sharing the title with Heather Westcott & Jennifer Romer. 

An update on the Own Venue Project has been added to the Members Only area of the website. 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.

The brochure for the 2015 Malvern Congress is now available. (Malvern Congress Brochure)

You may have seen that bridge has been in the headlines recently as Mr Justice Mostyn has ruled that a judicial review could be undertaken against Sport England's refusal to recognise bridge as a sport. You can see the full details of this on the EBU website at http://www.ebu.co.uk/node/2029.

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.

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

Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas had a convincing victory in the Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Green Point Swiss Pairs, finishing 12 VPs ahead of 2nd place and having played all their matches at Table 1.

At the Oxfordshire Midweek Congress Joyce Skelton & John Sansom came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs whilst John Sansom, Richards Jephcott, Simon Harrison & Roger Bowles came 3rd in the Swiss Teams.

Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes were 2nd in the Mixed Pairs at the Scottish Bridge Union's Overseas Congress in Corfu.

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=.

Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues
 

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

We have been playing at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall for over a year and initially we adopted a start time of 7.30pm to fit in with the preceding tap dancing class. This has resulted in a number of late finishes and given that the tap dancers are now clearing the room more quickly and we are getting it set up sooner the start time is being brought forward to 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 here on the left.

Results
24th Aug 2015
Pairs Ladder
Director: Paul Tapster
17th Aug 2015
International Replay
Director: Paul Hammond
10th Aug 2015
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
3rd Aug 2015
Point-a-Board Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
27th Jul 2015
British Sim Pairs (Phillipps)
Director: Paul Tapster
Calendar
31st Aug 2015
NO BRIDGE
7th Sep 2015
EBU Simultaneous Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
13th Sep 2015
County Match against Leicestershire (A)
14th Sep 2015
Ladies Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Tapster
14th Sep 2015
Men's Pairs
Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues
 

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

We have been playing at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall for over a year and initially we adopted a start time of 7.30pm to fit in with the preceding tap dancing class. This has resulted in a number of late finishes and given that the tap dancers are now clearing the room more quickly and we are getting it set up sooner the start time is being brought forward to 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 here on the left.

Results
24th Aug 2015
Pairs Ladder
Director: Paul Tapster
17th Aug 2015
International Replay
Director: Paul Hammond
10th Aug 2015
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
3rd Aug 2015
Point-a-Board Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
27th Jul 2015
British Sim Pairs (Phillipps)
Director: Paul Tapster
Calendar
31st Aug 2015
NO BRIDGE
7th Sep 2015
EBU Simultaneous Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
13th Sep 2015
County Match against Leicestershire (A)
14th Sep 2015
Ladies Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Tapster
14th Sep 2015
Men's Pairs