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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.

County Championship Pairs

The County Championship Pairs is our Premier Pairs Event and is open to all players with primary allegiance to Worcestershire. Recently the event has been organised as a 2-session event with entries invited from all eligible players. We would like to move towards having Club based heats followed by a final and in the interim we have some transition arrangements in place to protect the interests of those loyal members who have played in the event previously. The following rules will apply to determine who is eligible to play in the County Championship Pairs on the 4th of March

  1. Automatic qualification for anybody who played in last year's event.

  2. Automatic qualification for anybody who has represented the County in this or the previous season.

  3. If an affiliated Club holds a qualification heat, then any pair scoring over 50% qualifies.

  4. If an affiliated Club does not hold a special heat, then the top ten pairs in the club's annual Pairs Championship qualify, provided that their average is over 50%.

  5. Irregular partnerships will be deemed to have qualified if both individuals fulfil one of the above criteria.

(Entry Form)

The top 3 pairs in the Championship Pairs will be invited to represent the County in the Corwen on the 2nd/3rd June and the next 4 pairs will be invited to play in the  Edgar Foster Cups, which we are hosting on the 18th of September.

Forthcoming Events

23rd February - Inter Club Teams Heat 3 (7.15pm, Ombersley Memorial Hall)

26th February - Pairs Ladder

4th March - County Championship Pairs (11.00am, Ombersley Memorial Hall) (Entry Form)

5th March - Phillipps Pairs (Last Heat)

12th March Grand Prix Teams (Last Heat)

19th of March - Phillipps Playoff & Phillipps Consolation

24th of March - Garden Cities Qualifier (11.00am, Ombersley Memorial Hall) (Entry Form)

26th March - Pairs Ladder

Latest News

In the County Match against Leicestershire the 1st team won 13-7, the 2nd team won 12-8 & the 3rd team won 13-7.

The regulations for the Pairs Ladder have been amended so that that number of counting scores depends on the number of heats played. It is now defined as half the number of heats plus 1, rounded down if necessary. So as there will only be 11 heats this year only 6 scores will count rather than 7.

We had 7 teams playing in the Christmas Charity Teams event and a good time was had by all with mince pies and wine being enjoyed. There were joint winners with Stewart Fishburne, Joyce Skelton, Mike Willoughby & Dave Beavon and Eddy & Jette Blackburn, Dick & Jane Rutter both scoring 54 IMPs although the first of these did better in their head-to-head match. £180 was raised for charity and after a close vote is was agreed to share this between the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter.

Mike Willoughby has started to write a regular County Newsletter and this can be found in the Worcestershire Bridge News section under the Information menu item, with he most recent one being the November County Newsletter.

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.

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 Midlands Counties Congress Nick Forward & Steve Allerston came 5th= in the Swiss Pairs and John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston were 2nd in the Swiss Teams.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website.

Nick & Steph Forward, Dennis Loynes & Sue Evans came 2nd in the Swiss Teams at the Year End Congress in Blackpool, finishing 1VP behind the winners.

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 then 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.

Malvern Congress

The 2018 Malvern Congress will be on Sat/Sun 27th/28th October

2017: SUNDAY: Congratulations to Lin & Ron Birch and Henry & Audrey McBride, who won the Swiss Teams on Sunday. 

Remaining photos now uploaded; see MALVERN CONGRESS 2017 menu.

 

Winners of the Green-Pointed Pairs 2017 were Mark Hill and Giles Ip, seen here receiving the trophy from WCBA Chairman Mike Willoughby

More photos from Saturday on the Malvern Congress page, on the left hand menu.

  • Malvern2017SundayWinners
  • MalvernSat04
  • MalvernSat05
  • Pairs Winners 2017
Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues

Scoring issues should be directed to Paul Hammond - 01684 563286.

Contact Details

Email addresses and phone numbers for Committee Members can be found on the Information tab on the left under Committee.

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
19th Feb 2018
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Paul Tapster
12th Feb 2018
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Sue Lane
12th Feb 2018
Grand Prix Teams - CrossImps
11th Feb 2018
Club Representative Pairs - Session 1
Director: Sue Lane
11th Feb 2018
Club Representative Pairs - Session 2
Director: Sue Lane
Calendar
23rd Feb 2018
Inter-Club Teams (Confirmed)
Ombersley Memorial Hall 7.15pm
26th Feb 2018
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Hammond
26th Feb 2018
Pairs Ladder Division 2
4th Mar 2018
County Championship Pairs
Ombersley Memorial Hall 11 am
5th Mar 2018
Phillipps Pairs (Last heat)
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Paul Hammond
Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues

Scoring issues should be directed to Paul Hammond - 01684 563286.

Contact Details

Email addresses and phone numbers for Committee Members can be found on the Information tab on the left under Committee.

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
19th Feb 2018
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Paul Tapster
12th Feb 2018
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Sue Lane
12th Feb 2018
Grand Prix Teams - CrossImps
11th Feb 2018
Club Representative Pairs - Session 1
Director: Sue Lane
11th Feb 2018
Club Representative Pairs - Session 2
Director: Sue Lane
Calendar
23rd Feb 2018
Inter-Club Teams (Confirmed)
Ombersley Memorial Hall 7.15pm
26th Feb 2018
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Hammond
26th Feb 2018
Pairs Ladder Division 2
4th Mar 2018
County Championship Pairs
Ombersley Memorial Hall 11 am
5th Mar 2018
Phillipps Pairs (Last heat)
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Paul Hammond