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Online Bridge

If you would like to give Bridge Club Live a try click here for the basic instructions, some 45 SBC members have joined BCL. Following the success of the league over the summer a BCL virtual club will run on Monday afternoons.  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.  Please don't see these as either/or options but rather as two different ways of enjoying online bridge which add variety to your game.

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Those that went to the away weekend in Preston might be interested in this BBC news item from the Brockholes nature reserve very near the hotel (1 mile as the bat flies).


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.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated

New online League 'Winter Teams of Four' Started Tuesday November 10th

Click here for webpage translation of the timetable, all captains should have received the original and definitive copy direct from Terry. Please click here for the rules and here for general guidance.  Terry sends results weekly to all players, readers can also check out under the "results" tab on left hand side here.

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)

These sessions are proving popular with members.  To take part members:

  • must be registered with BCL as a member of Stafford Bridge Club (UK),
  • have included their EBU number in their BCL profile,
  • "turn up" with their partner in the club at the alloted session time, entered the tournament and exchanged SSD.

There is now a link on the BCL home page to take you to the club, see Face2Face Online Sessions top right and click the link Club Page then follow the BCL nstructions.  Best to get some practice at arriving at the club room before you actually plan to play.

BCL does not allow half tables and the two sessions deal with this in different ways. On Mondays last pair to exchange SSD will miss out on a game if they are on a half table. On Fridays a rota of "Hosts" will ensure that all other players who complete their SSD a good five minutes before the start of play will get a game.

The results will be uploaded to the club website when they are available, in the case of Friday possibly not until early Saturday morning.  Results will first be available on the BCL site

You can also make use of the website "find a partner" system which Carol will pick up on or the BCL "sticky" note system for contacting prospective partners. Why not add a picture to your profile add that extra friendly feel to the session. Unlike the real world Friday session you will not be assured of a game if you come without a partner however if you contact Ann with 24 hours notice she will do her best to find you one.

There will be a retrospective charge of 50p for each time that you play in this club to cover the p2p fees, probably collected from you by the club every 2 months or possibly every quarter. 


Children in Need Sim Pairs - November 2020

SBC took part in the ECATS Children in Need Sim Pairs events on the Friday 6th November and 9th November 2020 Virtual Club sessions.    There is information regarding how to send donations whether or not you took part in either of the SBC virtual club events on the ECATS page. Adrienne has also offered to forward any BACs payments to the club marked CiN to ECATS.  It is hoped that players will make generous donations to this cause at this difficult time, normally your usual table money plus donations made at the real world sessions would have been sent by Adrienne to ECATS. The club sent a record £361.52 in 2018, the target to beat this year by a country mile. It is not too late to make a donation direct if you have not made a contribution (mark as Stafford Bridge Club).  Click here for Friday result, here for Friday commentary and here for club Agony Uncle's interesting comments about board 1.  Click here for Monday commentaryMonday overall results and here for Robin's interesting comments about board 8.

General Information

Improver Tournaments

Lou Hobhouse, editor of the EBU magazine, is running tournaments for improvers, click here for details.

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.

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.



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'.

27th November 2020
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50
Director: Ann
Host: Brian and Angela
30th November 2020
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
4th December 2020
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50
Director: Ann
Host: John H & Clive
Virtual on-line County Club

SSCBA No Fear Virtual Club Closed

Sadly SSCBA closed the No Fears Virtual Club on Thursday afternoons following the session on November 12th 2020 due to lack of support.

County League

The County League this year albeit on line, click for the timetable, first round matches to be completed by November 29th.

Midlands Counties Congress Congress Friday 8th - Saturday 10th January 2021 on BBO

Blue pointed events on the Friday (£3 per player per session) and green pointed events on the Saturday and Sunday (£15 per player per day).  Pre-entry is required.

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

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

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 

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.

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