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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.

Forthcoming Events

22nd February - Inter Club Teams Heat 3 (7.15pm, British Legion Club, Claines, Worcester)

25th February - Pairs Ladder

3rd March - County Championship Pairs (11.00am, Ombersley Memorial Hall) (Entry Form)

4th March - Phillipps Pairs

11th March - Grand Prix Teams Heat 5

18th March - Phillipps Pairs (Last heat)

23rd March - Garden Cities Qualifier (11.00am, Ombersley Memorial Hall)

25th March - Pairs Ladder

1st April - Phillipps Final & Phillipps Consolation

8th April - Pro Am Pairs (Flier)

Latest News

In the County Match against Nottinghamshire all three teams won by scores of 15-5, 14-6 & 11-9 respectively.

Mike Willoughby has added comments to the hands from Monday's heat of the Phillipps Pairs.

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 January County Newsletter.

In response to the recent survey about County Nights we are going to introduce a short interval at about 8.45pm. In order to achieve this we will aim to start at 7.15pm instead of 7.20pm and players will be encouraged to speed up play in a number of ways. Time can be saved by making the opening lead and putting dummy down before writing the contract in your scorecard or entering it into the Bridgemate. Players will be encouraged to claim when it is clear that they have the rest of the tricks or perhaps there are 1 or 2 clear losers. Any discussions should be left until all the boards in the round have been played.

After the 2nd heat of the Inter Club Teams Worcester 1, Droitwich & Worcester 2 have pulled clear of the other teams and will be competing to win the competition in the final heat on the 22nd of February. The Simple Systems Division is also close and the top 4 teams are within 8VPs of each other.

The Mixed Pairs was won by Jane Morton & Stewart Fishburne. On the night the results appeared very close with 4 other pairs within 3% of the winners but after the results had been corrected for two pairs sitting the wrong way round the margin of victory was more comfortable. 

The Club Representative Pairs was won by Maureen Ledger & Geoffrey Herbert from Malvern Bridge Club. They were followed by Jane Morton & Mark Askwith and Nick Forward & Steve Allerston from Worcester Bridge Club.

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.

Learning to Play Bridge

There are now FOUR Fast-Track beginners courses in place for January/March: Joyce in Leigh Sinton, Mike V in Redditch, Richard G in Bewdley, and Alan in Pershore:

  • A Fast-Track weekend course is available at Pershore BC, full details TBC: Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd March 2019. Contact Alan Boyes for details, or click here.
  • Booking for Mike's HoW Fast-Track course is done directly online with the College; follow this link: further details here. Please note: this course was briefly showing as "full" but we have expanded it to two teachers and is now open again. Course begins on Thur 24th Jan.
  • Contact Joyce directly (see poster) for places on the Leigh Sinton Beginners' course.
  • Contact Richard directly for the Bewdley (Areley Kings) course.

Joyce is also advertising an Improvers' Class for January: "...more material at the improver level from the Andrew Robson Next steps book – some of the topics I intend to cover are finessing, setting up suits, leads, delaying drawing trumps..." For further details, contact Joyce or click here.

For all other courses, contact the teacher directly, using emails or phone numbers here.

Recent Successes

At the EBU Overseas Congress in Athens Joyce Skelton & Chris Taylor came 2nd in the combined Mixed/Ladies/Mens Pairs and then came 2nd in the Swiss Teams playing with Kathy & Denis Talbot.

At the Midlands Counties Congress Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes won the Flitch.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website.

Sue Evans, Dennis Loynes, Val & Steve Kennewell won the Swiss Teams at the East Wales Summer Congress.

John Sansom & Jason Hackett were joint 1st in the Llandudno Swiss Pairs.

Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas won the Midlands Regional Final of the National Pairs, finishing 7th overall. Jane Morton & Pam Pearce have also qualified for the National Final.

At the Ranked Masters Pairs Mike Vetch & John Dowbiggin won the Regional Masters Pairs and Geoffrey Herbert & Steve Simmons came 3rd in the Masters Pairs.

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 7.15pm. There will be a short interval at about 8.45pm although players can help themselves to drinks when convenient. All drinks and biscuits are 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
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Michael Heard
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Nick Forward
Pairs Ladder
Director: Paul Hammond
Inter Club Teams - Simple Systems Division
Calendar
22nd Feb 2019
Inter-Club Teams - Open Division
British Legion Club, Claines, Worcester
22nd Feb 2019
Inter-Club Teams - Simple Systems Division
British Legion Club, Claines, Worcester
25th Feb 2019
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
25th Feb 2019
Pairs Ladder Division 2
3rd Mar 2019
County Championship Pairs
Ombersley Memorial Hall 11.00am
 Click for more information