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31st October - Andrew Robson Seminar at Stone

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partner for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 01785 818682, mobile 07931702776, text or email.

How can you help?

It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and at the end of sessions (loading the dishwasher, checking the windows are closed and the room is tidy) don't leave the director to do everything!

Presently volunteers are requested to act as stand bys on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, please contact Terry if you are willing to do either of these dates.  Presently the Tuesday host system has had to be suspended due to lack of volunteers.

If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact Terry Maltby or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.

Please Arrive 15 minutes before play

At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.


2019 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • H Jones

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • S Hilton

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • D Jackson
  • C Lord
  • J Palmer

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Houghton

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • C Kane

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • M Benting
  • D Lindsay

For 2018 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.


Polite Notice.

A number of members sadly have health issues effecting  their immune systems.  Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated

British Summer Pairs - Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July

Two more sim pairs events coming up.

Naturally  Supernatural 27th July - 1st August and Soul Survivor 3rd August - 7th August

During this period, and possibly for a day or two in advance, there will be security personnel on the gate.    Bridge Club Members will be asked to give their name and their membership number (the number used for the tablets), and to present some proof of identity (photographic).     Soul Survivor staff will seek to enable our least mobile members to park close to the Club entrance.     If any problems arise at the gate, security staff will contact the Club office by phone and may request a Club representative to vouch for the person(s) being checked.

Please cooperate readily with Soul Survivor staff.    We are being allowed onto the site as a goodwill concession, not as a right.

Michael Metcalf, Chairman.

Bill Hughes Sim Pairs - Played Tuesday 25th June

New captain, Terry, is promoting more competitions at the club, particularly Sim Pairs. The Bill Hughes event started as a small Simultaneous pairs between three Merseyside clubs. It has grown a lot, but it tries to be the cheapest international Simultaneous Pairs, despite giving out 50% of the entry as prizes and trophies. While this event is primarily played on the last Tuesday in June not all clubs meet on Tuesday so they may play later in the week   6 full tables at Stafford for the event - well done Terry. The full results for this event, ECats session 4566, will not be available until after 10 p.m. on Friday when all participating clubs will have completed but the basic results can be seen here as they come in.

Members Page - Find a partner

Need a Partner?

Check your EBU number?

Check Rankings?

It has been suggested without a host on a Tuesday more use could be made of the BridgeWebs "find a partner" facility.   Members need to log on to register that they are looking for a partner, this will then be registered on the events calendar page by (Partner?) appearing next to the selected event.   Anyone available to to play can then click  (Partner?) for information. 


Mike Sherriff, 01889 882296, is still acting as a partner broker for the Thursday session.  Sam Holden is still acting as a partner broker of Monday and Wednesday afternoons 01785 818682. The on-line "find a partner" feature is an addition method which may suit some.  To highlight the sessions where someone is looking for a partner the right hand side of the home page now shows the next three sessions at the top right of the home page rather than the bottom.  Please tell the webmaster your views.


A partner will be found for you if you come on your own to a Friday session.

If you have trouble accessing the members only area email

County News

Andrew Robson - Thursday 31st October 2019Andrew Robson

Put the date in your diary!

Andrew Robson will be giving a seminar on 31st October 2019 at the Stone House Hotel., ST15 0BQ

  • Morning session 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.     After 1 No Trump – Stayman, Transfers, Landy; Bidding bad hands – when a bad hand becomes very useful.
  • Afternoon Session  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.       Listening to the opponents bidding – to find some well-reasoned opening leads; Fourth Suit Forcing – a great convention which is so much more than a stopper-ask.

Tickets are available from Kath Adams, £15 per session or £25 for both.  Click here for details and booking form.

If you haven't already been to one of Andrew's master classes they are not to be missed.

SSCBA League and Cup 2018/19 season.

One Stafford player in the team who ended the season at the top of division 1 in the SSCBA County league.  In fact the winning team were pretty much the same as the winning Shelley 2018/19 team, just one change.  Congratulations to Geoff, Paul, Roger and David. 

EBU information

Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date.  Also, if you do not need a diary or printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to, log-in and click 'my details'  under the "account tab" (extreme right) to update your details and preferences'.


The minutes of EBU Board meetings are posted on the EBU website. When minutes are approved at a meeting they are moved in to the archive, accessed further down the page.

New Rule Book

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is now available for purchase.  The new law must be introduced by the end of September but the intention is to use them at EBU events from the start of August to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book. See page 44 of the August 2017 edition of English Bridge. Click this link for more information but note the "erratum"! See also David's notes on the subject.

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.


Club Management Focus

Click link for Spring 2019 edition.

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a paper copy.  There is also an extra section (not updated since 12/17) for news only available on-line.  After the December 2017 edition the latest County news will no longer appear either in print or on-line.

EBU Announcing and Alerting

On August 1st 2013 changes were made to the EBU Announcing and Alerting rules.  There is a copy of the new rules on the club notice board.  There is also a notice on the board regarding permitted agreements (level 4 amplified) that  are now the SBC standard.


EducationThe charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.  Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses. 


Some 'RULES' That might be HANDY!
and  some Conventions that are used in our Club
Even if you and your partner do not use them, it is useful to know what your opponents are doing!

Please see - 'Tips n Conventions' page.

17th July 2019
Wednesday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30
Director: Adrienne
18th July 2019
Thursday Evening
7 for 7:15
Director: John
19th July 2019
Friday Evening
7 for 7:15
Director: Ann

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 and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the winter months (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Thurs 18th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Fri 19th July Paul's Lesson 10 a.m.
Mon 22nd July British Summer Sim Pairs
Tues 23rd July British Summer Sim Pairs
Wed 24th July Naturally Supernatural Setting Up 
Thurs 25th July Robin's End of Term Lesson 10 a.m.
Thurs 25th July Naturally Supernatural Setting Up 
Fri 26th July Naturally Supernatural Setting Up
Mon 29th July Naturally Supernatural  - come with id
Tues 30th July Naturally Supernatural  - come with id
Wed 31st July Naturally Supernatural  - come with id
Thurs 1st Aug Naturally Supernatural  - come with id
Fri 2nd Aug Naturally Supernatural going home/Soul Survivor Setting Up - come with id
Mon 5th Aug Soul Survivor  - come with id
Tues 6th Aug Soul Survivor  - come with id
Wed 7th Aug Soul Survivor  - come with id
Thurs 8th Aug SSCBA Sim Pairs
Sun 1st Sept SSCBA AGM (Wolverhampton)
2-6th Sept EBED Autumn Sim Pairs
Thurs 31st Oct  Andrew Robson Seminar 
Sun 10th May Annual Dinner

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, please email Robin if you would like to attend.  Robin has been working with a mix of recently played interesting hands together with other hands to illustrate various conventions.  Watch the calendar for dates on/off or check with Robin. A few of Robin's notes - page a work in progress.

Paul's lessons for improvers are on most Friday mornings at 10 a.m,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend. Paul has been working through hands from an Andrew Robson book.

Some interest was shown in beginner's/refresher classes so a 12 week course was run during Autumn 2018. Please contact Ann if you would like her to run a Monday night group beginner's group in 2019 using either the fast track course or the beginner's 30 week course.

Committee Meetings

Committee meeting dates 19/20 scheduled for Wednesday 19th June 2019, 4th or 11th September, 6th or 13th November, 29th Jan 2020 and 22nd April following the afternoon bridge session.  If you have concerns that you wish to be brought up at a meeting please contact any member of the committee at least one week (preferably more) prior to the meeting, or email the Secretary or Chairman, so that the item may be added to the meeting Agenda.  It has been proposed to make the minutes available through the website to members only (in addition of course to the existing paper record file in the office).


Please email contributions for the website, club news, hands etc to  All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.   Some changes introduced for GDPR by Bridgewebs summer 2018 may affect layout and some features.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.

Tuesday Evening
Director: Mike
Scorer: Stephen
Monday Afternoon
Director: Sylvia
Scorer: Sylvia
Friday Evening
Director: beryl
Scorer: ann