In the County Match against Gloucestershire the 1st team lost 5-15, the 2nd team lost 5-15 & the 3rd team lost 9-11.
The County Mixed Teams was held on the 23rd of October and the winners were Joyce Skelton, Stewart Fishburne, Ross Garratt & Mike Willoughby.
The Irene Allen competition on the 22nd of October was an enjoyable and closely contested affair. Like the Midland Counties Bowl a couple of months ago (Worcestershire losing out on a split tie to Herefordshire in almost exactly the same scenario), there were two pairs with the same MP score. In this situation, the tie has to be split by recourse to the head-to-head score between the two tying pairs. On this basis, Derek Moses and David Foreman were declared winners of the Irene Allen Trophy, with Candy Shelley and Jeff Faulkner being runners-up but nevertheless carrying off the Richard Lewis Trophy. Well done to both pairs.
Worcester Bridge Club held a Cafe Bridge event on the 21st of September. The results and links to media coverage are on the Worcester Bridge Club website and more information can be found on the County Facebook page.
Worcestershire has won the Edgar Foster Cups which was played in Herefordshire on the 17th of September. See the Herefordshire website for more information.
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.
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.