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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

6th July - Grand Prix Teams (Heat 1)

13th July - Phillipps Pairs

20th July - Pairs Ladder

27th July - EBU Simultaneous Pairs

3rd August - Point-a-Board Teams

10th August - Phillipps Pairs

17th August - International Replay

Latest News

The first heat of the Grand Prix Teams is on the 6th of July. As in previous seasons if you pay up front you can play in all 6 heats for the price of 5. If you want to play for the whole season next week the cost for the team is £70. 

We hosted the Midland Counties Bowl at the weekend 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.

A number of changes to the organisation of County Nights were announced at the AGM. When we moved to Cutnall Green 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. The table money is being increased to £3.50 but this will include all drinks. These changes will take effect from the 1st of June.

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.

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

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 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=.

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

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
29th Jun 2015
Pairs Ladder
Director: Jimmy Ledger
22nd Jun 2015
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
21st Jun 2015
Midland Counties Bowl
Director: Paul Hammond
15th Jun 2015
Multiple Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
8th Jun 2015
Seniors & Veterans Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Calendar
6th Jul 2015
Grand Prix Teams
7.20pm
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Paul Tapster
13th Jul 2015
Phillipps Pairs
7.20pm
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
20th Jul 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 1
7.20pm
Director: Paul Hammond
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
20th Jul 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 2
7.20pm
27th Jul 2015
British Sim Pairs (Phillipps)
7.20pm
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
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
29th Jun 2015
Pairs Ladder
Director: Jimmy Ledger
22nd Jun 2015
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
21st Jun 2015
Midland Counties Bowl
Director: Paul Hammond
15th Jun 2015
Multiple Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
8th Jun 2015
Seniors & Veterans Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Calendar
6th Jul 2015
Grand Prix Teams
7.20pm
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Paul Tapster
13th Jul 2015
Phillipps Pairs
7.20pm
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
20th Jul 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 1
7.20pm
Director: Paul Hammond
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
20th Jul 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 2
7.20pm
27th Jul 2015
British Sim Pairs (Phillipps)
7.20pm
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne