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As of 18th July the release of BridgeWebs being used has moved from version 2.19p to to 2.19q.  Primarily this allows for the results to be shown in a different format.  There is an option to use the updated format or stay with the old.  Have your say, what do you like/dislike about the new format.  Constructive comment is so useful.

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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.


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.


2022 EBU Master Point Promotions

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • A Hensby

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • M Benting
  • 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

For a trial period commencing on 7th September and running until the end of this year a host will be available so you will be sure to get a game if you come to this session without a partner before 1:10 p.m.. The intention is for this to be a friendly session with a ten minute break during the afternoon but with a guaranteed latest finish time of 16.45 (some boards may have to be “skipped” to achieve this).

There is also the option for groups of 4  fledglings to attend the Wednesday session to practice by playing the boards being played in the competition, but as a separate table from the actual competition. Please discuss with Terry at the lessons.

Terry 3/9/22

The Shelley will be back in October

The Shelley handicapped teams competition will be coming back after the break during Covid.  The competition will take place over seven monthly sessions, each being held on the third Thursday of the month commencing on 20th October & with the final round taking place on 20th April.  To date 7 teams have entered promising an easy movement.

Thursday and Friday morning Lessons Restarted 1st September

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates restarted Thursday1st September (please contact Robin if you would like to attend) as did Terry's Friday morning lessons on Friday 2nd September for improvers (please contact Terry if you would like to attend). The Thursday lessons often take the form of playing hands from a recent club session. 

Have you a hand to send to Robin for his "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.

A beginner's course is running, very few pupils so timing to suit pupils.  Please contact Ann (01785 822233) if you would like to join the group,


Since the club reopened after Covid and particularly during the hot spell in July there have been some sessions where the attendance has been low so some improvised team games have been played.  The results have been posted on the website on the "Recent Competitions" page for the sake of completeness.  From mid July 2022 some experimentation with better ways to show the results, not yet perfected as of 24/7/22!   A brief ad hoc result has been posted for these sessions in the normal results calendar, this can be viewed in the "classic" style of BridgeWebs release 2.19q only.

The club bank account has now changed, June 2022, if paying by BACs please click the link here for the NEW details.  Any problems please contact  the Secretary, see committee page.

In addition BCL are looking to introduce a new virtual club for EBU members as clubs reopen.  See

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.

3rd October 2022
Monday SBC Club Event
1:15 for 1:30
4th October 2022
Tuesday SBC Club Event
7 for 7:15 p.m.
5th October 2022
Wednesday SBC Club Event (no partner required - host available)
1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Host: available

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'.

(18th Jul 2022)
County Events

SSCBA AGM - 5 p.m. Sunday 4th September on Zoom - click here for the agenda and how to join the meeting.

Nominations for officers, particularly a competition secretary, are sought.

SSCBA League - Entries for the 22-23 season close August 24th

This season the League will be held on line on BBO, which is the most popular platform in our County.  Click here for more information.

Stafford members Anne and Geoff were members of the runners up team, Paul Culter's team, in the 2021/22 season. 

MCC No Fears Pairs (Dates for your diary)

Three 9 high No Fear RealBridge events are planned over the autumn, click here for details.  If you are interested in playing please contact Paul Cutler who will be sending the entries from SSCBA players to MMC (Midland Counties Congress).  SSCBA will be paying the fees so this is free for Stafford members to play in.  Fun sociable events, well worth going to, no travelling either.  Usually entry is limited according to NGS grade eg averaging no higher than 9 .  All events commence at 2 p.m. and will play about 25 boards

  • Saturday 24th September - Swiss Pairs
  • Saturday 29th October -Swiss Teams
  • Saturday 26th November - Swiss Pairs

Midland Counties Congress Friday 6th January - Sunday 8th January 2023

Blue pointed events on the Friday and Sunday Saturday event Green pointed.   Click here for the brochure.

SSCBA Mixed Pairs, Thursday 9th June 2022

Congratulations to Stafford members Anne and Geoff on your win in the SSCBA mixed pairs that took place in person at Wolverhampton Bridge Club. A first SSCBA in person event since the Covid shut down in March 2020. 15 pairs took part in this inaugural event.

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.

Friday SBC Club Event (no partner required)
Director: Ann
Wednesday SBC Club Event (no partner required - host available)
Scorer: Terry uploaded by Ann
Tuesday SBC Club Event