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Online Bridge

If you would like to give Bridge Club Live a try click here for the basic instructions, around 45 SBC members are active on BCL. A Stafford BCL virtual club runs on Monday afternoons and Friday evenings.  The SSCBA set up a County wide Bridge Base Online virtual club that meets on Wednesday evenings, see here for advice on how to get started with BBO.  A new third option is RealBridge where some EBU and Midlands regional events are now taking place.  Please don't see these as either/or options but rather as different ways of enjoying online bridge which add variety to your game.

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MEMBERS’ WELFARE

If you know of any member of the club who is unwell please let either Pat Martin or a member of the committee know so that appropriate wishes can be sent on behalf of all members.
The quickest response will be to tell either Pat Martin or any member of the committee at the bridge session then a card can be signed & posted immediately. Alternatively, you can email the secretary.

EBU

2021 EBU Master Point Promotions

4 Star Premier Master (25,000 MPs including 1000+ Green points)

  • P Allen

Premier Master (5,000 MPs including 1000+ Green points)

  • E Watterson

1 Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • R Woodward

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • R Jessop
  • M Metcalf
  • G Sproston

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • A Sleightholme

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • S Clarke

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Lister

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • C Russell

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • J Palmer

For information source see EBU website.  See also the leader board and SSCBA members NGS scores.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
ABOUT THE CLUB
ABOUT THE CLUB

Covid protective measures.

As from Monday 13.12.21 all members (unless they have an approved personal exemption) have to wear a face mask in the club at all times.

We have taken the necessary actions to enable Club sessions to be carried out with a high level of anti-covid protective measures. These include plastic screens and table covers for all tables, a heavy-duty hand sanitiser, and an inflow and outflow air quality installation.

GOOD NEWS!! The ventilation system in the club room is now fully installed and operational (Oct 2021). Fresher air is already being enjoyed and felt. We no longer need to keep windows open during face-to-face sessions in the evening, and we can face the coming winter months without fear of draughts or hypothermia! It would be good if this latest improvement encouraged a few more to return to playing at the club again.

Contact Numbers: 

  • 01785 600260 (Chairman),
  • 01785 665020 (Secretary),
  • 01889 801996 (Captain),
  • 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions).

Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This "Staffs & Shrops" EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Monday & Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.).  In addition the club also holds American Suppers on Saturday evenings usually on the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the winter months (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times', 'SBC dates' and 'Calendar'.

Club Reopened 4th January 2022 after the holiday season

In the light of the current covid situation, and in response to the views of several Club members, your Committee has decided to defer the closure of our Monday online Room. Monday online sessions will therefore continue for the time being. A new date for their ending will be announced in due course.

All online players are advised that the Committee has agreed in principle to raise the fees for each session played in the Club's online Room. This will probably be at the rate of an additional £1 per person per session, and possibly from January 3rd. A separate notice will be circulated about this.

The Committee extends its best wishes for 2022 to all members of our Club, with the hope that the year may see the restoration of some sort of normality in our bridge programme, with buoyant support for our face-to-face sessions, for these are our Club's bread and butter..

Michael Metcalf
Chair, Stafford Bridge Club

Thursday and Friday morning Lessons

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates are going strong and now the Friday morning lessons for improvers have also restarted (19/11/21). The Thursday lessons often take the form of playing hands from a recent club session such that a minimum of 12 pupils is needed for the lesson to be viable. Please contact Robin if you would like to attend so that he can organise an exact number of tables.  Hand show is from the 6th January 2022 Lesson (or click this link for Christmas pictures and notes).

Have you a hand to send to Robin for his new new "Agony Uncle" page!  

Robin has produced plenty of material for the website, including one on Splinter bids, Gambling 3NT, CRO, Redoubles, Trial Bids, Jacoby and his all time most read page on McKenny signals and Discards.

Summary of his latest lessons along with some of Steve and Jan's pictures can be seen here with links to the individual lessons.

Beginner's Lessons.

Some interest has been shown in starting a beginner's course in the New Year.  Please contact Ann (01785 822233) if you would like to join the group and suggest a suitable time/day when you would be available.

 

In addition BCL are looking to introduce a new virtual club for EBU members as clubs reopen.  One Stafford member gave this a very successful  trial run at the morning session on Tuesday 31st August, the Tuesday morning sessions are the only sessions apparently up and running so far..

Bridge Club Live is the online favourite Stafford Bridge Club Members are invited to use to enjoy the on line club activities, to get going click here to see the basics and here for general information.

Calendar
21st January 2022
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:55 p.m. on BCL
Director: Ann
Host: Nicky & Carol
24th January 2022
Monday SBC Club Event
1:15 for 1:30 at the club
Director: Terry
24th January 2022
STAFRD 1-B-2 (online)
1:30 for 1:45 p.m..on BCL
Director: Carol
  • Mon afternoon  at the club, 1:15 for 1:30
  • Mon afternoon, online, 20 boards, 1:30 for 1:45 
  • Tues evening at the club, 7 for 7:15
  • Wed afternoon at the club, 1:15 for 1:30
  • Thurs morning lessons
  • Fri morning lessons
  • Fri Evenings, online,18 boards, 6:30 for 6:55

Check with Terry if in any doubt over club opening for a particular session.

County Events

Congratulations Geoff 

Geoff, playing with county captain Paul Cutler, was the best placed Stafford player in the recent Midland Counties Congress events. Paul has played in Geoff's Shelley team at Stafford prior to lockdown.  Can you spot the other Stafford players who took part at the congress over the weekend?

4 Free Training Courses January 2022 (more info on SSCBA site)

Excel1 1 p.m. Friday 14th January
Canva 1 p.m. Monday 17th January
Google Forms 10:30 a.m. Saturday 22nd January
Excel2 1 p.m. Thursday 27th January

Midland Counties No Fear Swiss Teams 

Teams that enter must have an average NGS rating no higher than indicated in the event title.

SSCBA No Fear Pairs Thursday 3rd March at Wolverhampton

For players who do not normally attend Congresses and County events and are ranked below Tournament Master.  11 went from Robin's class in 2018, picture in the News Archive

SSCBA Sim Pairs 31st January

This event has had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

Shropshire Congress

23rd (Pairs)-24th April (teams) 2022 will be held online

SSCBA virtual BBO county on line group at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays 

If you would like to be a member of this “Club” please email the Membership Secretary –  John Withers on jwithersx@gmail.com, with your real name, your BBO user name (exactly as you print it), EBU number (if you have one), contact telephone number and email address.  (This has to be done also by those players already registered with BBO.)  Only those that have registered with John will be able to take part in the SSCBA Virtual Club Events, please give him a day or two to organise this prior to the event you wish to join and get some practice games on BBO.   Click for information on BBO See also how to indicate your basic system to your oppo through the chat manager, Using Chat Manager in BBO - Bing video. Please also take time to read Paul's comments on Announcing and Alerting on BBO.

Results
Wednesday SBC Club Event
Tuesday SBC Club Event
Monday SBC Club Event
Director: Terry