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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. Following the success of the league over the summer a BCL virtual club now runs on Monday afternoons and Friday evenings in addition to the winter league.  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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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.

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.


2021 EBU Master Point Promotions

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Russell

For information source see EBU website.  See also the leader board.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated

Most members will have received an email with a questionnaire attached today, April 7th 2021. For others, a letter, including the questionnaire & a return envelope will be posted in the 2nd class post (click here for a copy).

If you have not received any communications byTuesday  April 13th please contact me, Carol Kane on 01785 665020 (there is a call alert system, so you will have to announce your name) or email me on the email link to the Secretary and I will arrange to send the letter & questionnaire out to you. If everyone could return these questionnaires as soon as possible it will be most helpful. 

Carol Kane,  Club Secretary 

Perfect hand for an opening 3NT bid, a solid minor.

How many of us have come across/use the ‘Gambling 3NT bid? What is it, and more importantly, how do you respond to it!  A gambling 3NT is a pre-emptive bid made with a solid minor suit, seven cards headed by the AKQJ and little in the other suits. 

Lesson hands are a work in progress. Let Robin know what topics you would get the most benefit from, Robin puts a huge amount to effort into producing his notes.  Webmaster a novice at setting up the hands with the new features available, "could do better" often featured on her school reports, nothing new there!  The more feed back Robin gets the more benefit to the members.  Please also email with comments on where the layout etc could be improved.  

Two BCL Virtual Club Sessions are running every week 

  • Monday afternoons, 22 boards, door opens 1:20 p.m. for 1:30 p.m. start of play (room STAFRD 1-B-2)  (see Carol's notes)

  • Friday Evenings, 18 boards, door opens 6:30 for 7 p.m. start of play (room STAFRD 5-B-3)


online Handicapped League 'Winter Teams of Four' Started Tuesday November 10th and now finishing mid April 2021 following fire in Strasbourg

Click here for more information on these.

Virtual on-line County Club

Shropshire Congress Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021 on BBO

Beware the brochure is slow to download, maybe even 10 seconds.

Green pointed Swiss pairs 24th and Swiss Teams 25th April both starting at 11 a.m. with a one hour break after 4 matches.

 9 High No Fear teams 27th March 2021Shrops and Staffs

A 9 high event Swiss Teams competition took place on Saturday 27th March, with 54 teams from 11 counties playing on Realbridge  Three teams from SSCBA, including one from SBC, entered.  This followed the huge success (over 45 teams) of the Midland Counties No Fear "8 high" Swiss Teams competition also on Realbridge that was held on Saturday January 30th.  These very enjoyable events are a new venture for the Midland Counties group. In the past the Dawes inter county matches have been the inter county competition which have involved travelling long distances. It is hoped that these popular online events will become a long term fixture on the calendar.

Championship Pairs played Sunday 7th March 2021

4 pairs from Stafford took part in the Championship Pairs plus another member whose partner from another SSCBA club. 18 pairs in total, best placed SCC pair John & Kath with Sean & Peter only just behind. Almost half the SBC players had attended Robin's lessons at one time or another.  This competition was the qualifying event to select players to represent the County at the Corwen Trophy to be held on 5th & 6th June 2021.  Chamionship Pairs results can be seen here.

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, 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



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'.

12th April 2021
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
16th April 2021
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50 play starts 7 p.m.
Director: Ann
Host: Beryl & AnnMike
19th April 2021
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
BCL News February

Profile Pictures

You now have a choice of showing Profile Pics on table or not. When in the club, use MENU: "Settings->Playing Area->Turn Player Photos ON or OFF".  It would be good if you all added a picture to your profile to remind everyone who you are!  It is surprising how many cannot match a name to a face after all this time of lockdown!

General Information

Message from your webmaster:  (this page is updated most days with the latest news sent by members etc) For the Bridge Club Live basic information.for new converts to on line bridge click here.  

Loss of Connection: If you lose your connection to BCL mid game for any reason (could be an internet connection your end, their end or somewhere between) click on “Enter” when the system lets you.  Please report any cases where you find play not in the same place as you left it to the club Captain.

Reminder about mis-clicked calls:  can be corrected provided that your partner has not yet called see rule 9 in league rules. BCL procedure states that to rectify immediately “Leave table” and straight away return to your seat and explain that you Mis-clicked your call. The players need to click “Ready” again and the auction should re-start as per the original auction up to the point of the mis-clicked call.  If partner has already called not only can you not correct your call but also mustn’t give unauthorised information by revealing that you had made an error.

BCL Membership: Keep an eye on when your BCL membership runs out, sad to miss a game because you have forgotten to renew. Hover over Members tab on BCL home page and click on "Membership summary" at the top of the drop down list of options.  You will also get an email reminder when the date is close.

Retrospective Charges

Charges are made for the league for the full number of matches over the season.  There is a 50p and the virtual club sessions, see 2020 and 2021 records.

Other sources of information are:  

bridge base on line (BBO has a number of existing members from SBC) the County has up a virtual SSCBA group.  Watch over the shoulder of the experts, youtube videos, pick and possibly question, your expert in real time with Zoom.  EBU, EBU Webinar 16/5/2020, Andrew Robson BridgeCast and Bernard Magee.   All ideas/messages for members etc to In the real world please look out for one another, check your regular partners on the phone for example.


STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
Director: Ann
STAFRD Virtual Club Easter Monday
Director: Terry
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
Director: Ann