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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.

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

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

  • E Watterson

1 Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • R Woodward

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Allen
  • R Jessop

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • A Sleightholme

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Lister

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Russell

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

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated

No access to the club, so no lesson, on Thursday 21st October (Trafalgar Day) - a big cheese show on at the ShowgroundWhether you can come on the following week, the 28th October, or not, please send Robin a quick email to keep him up to speed on how many to expect.

American Supper 30th
American Supper 30th

American Supper on Saturday 30th October looks likely to have 5 tables so that is definitely on.  Please will all those willing and able to come on October 30th contact Michael if you have not already done so.

Club and Online Events

Staged Resumption of Duplicate Sessions at the club

Please click here to the full information on reopening.

From the Chair and Committee (03-09-21):  It is good news that our face-to-face sessions on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons are up and running regularly again.    We are eager to encourage members to return to playing at the Club and to build up the numbers at these sessions.  Don't be shy - we want to see you again!     Do note that it is not necessary now to book a place in advance for the Wednesday session - you can just turn up (in good time, of course).

Many members have enjoyed the Saturday evening "American Supper" sessions during the Autumn and Winter months in the past.   We want to explore whether there would be a healthy take-up for these in the months ahead.   The first could be on Saturday 23rd October.    Please let the Chair or Club Secretary know if you would be interested in this prospective event.    If no interest is shown, it won't happen!


Two BCL online Stafford Virtual Club Sessions are still running every week until club fully reopens

  • 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)

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..

Robin's Lessons

Robin's popular lessons restarted on Thursday 5th August at 10 a.m. These 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 shown here is board 3 from a recent lesson illustrating which 5 card suit to bid first with responder's hand.. 

Robin was not idle while the club has been closed, he 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 can be seen here with links to the individual lessons.

Virtual on-line County Club and League

EBU Autumn Sim Pairs played on Wednesday 13th October 2021

Four pairs from Stafford took part in the SSCBA club event, one of 12 clubs that entered the EBU Autumn sim pairs 2021 Wednesday session.  Elaine and Pam achieved the best result of the Stafford players.

Mildand Counties No Fear Swiss Teams 

In addition the Malvern Congress is holding 9 high pairs event on Friday 29th October 2021.

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

SSCBA League 2021/22

10 Teams of Four (two teams entirely made up of Stafford players and 3 others include one or more Stafford players) in just one division with 9 matches to be played between now and mid May.  Click here for the fixture list.

SSCBA virtual BBO county on line group at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays (EBU sim pairs 13th October 2021?)

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.

Calendar
22nd October 2021
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club on BCL
6:30 for 6:55 p.m.
Director: Ann
Host: Craig & Tony
25th October 2021
STAFRD 1-B-2
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
26th October 2021
Tuesday SBC Club Event
7 for 7:15 p.m. at the club
ABOUT THE CLUB

Covid protective measures.

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.

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'.

ABOUT THE CLUB
New Ventilation System

GOOD NEWS!! The ventilation system in the club room is now fully installed and operational. 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.

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.

Results
Wednesday SBC Club Event
STAFRD 1-B-2
Director: Terry
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club on BCL
Director: Ann
Scorer: Bridge Club Live