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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.

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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.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
Christmas American Supper -18th December
Christmas American Supper -18th December

The club's Christmas American Supper is on Saturday 18th December (6.45 for 7.00 p.m). Unfortunately, it will be limited to a maximum of 7 tables due to the Covid screens. The usual format is that each pair brings food to share and a prize so please liaise with your partner! Mince pies will be provided by the club so use your imagination for the food. We will need to know numbers so please "book early" so as not to be disappointed by contacting Janet & David Drinkwater (phone 01543 579615 or email). Due to Covid limitations (screens on tables), the traditional club supper on a club night will not take place this year.

Message from the Chair

At the recent Committee Meeting, those present were keen to continue building up the face-to-face sessions at the Club, and to encourage all Club members to support the Club as actively as possible through these sessions.

Accordingly we have decided that the BCL online session on Mondays in our private room will cease after Monday 3rd January. For the time being, the Friday online session in our private room will continue, partly in view of some members' understandable hesitations about travelling to and from the Club in winter in the dark. We envisage that the Friday sessions will continue online until Friday 4th March, after which the BCL private room will no longer be available.

Regarding the Christmas holiday period, the Club premises will be closed after Wednesday 23rd December. Sessions at the Club will resume on Tuesday 4th January. The first face-to-face Monday session after Christmas will therefore be on January 10th.

With the Committee's Christmas greetings, and best wishes for an enjoyable bridge-filled 2022.

Michael Metcalf
Chair, Stafford Bridge Club

Thursday and Friday morning Lessons
Thursday and Friday morning Lessons

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates are going strong and now the Friday morning lessons for improvers have also restarted (19/11/21). The Thursday 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.  The hand shown here is hand 6 from the lesson on  18th November,  The bidding has gone

  pass  1♠ 2♣ 
2  pass 3  pass
5♣  pass ?  

what should you, as East, now bid?  What would you understand West's 5♣ bid to indicate?

Have you a hand to send to Robin for his new new "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 can be seen here with links to the individual lessons.

Beginner's Lessons.

Some interest has been shown in starting a beginner's course in the New Year.  Please contact Ann (01785 822233) if you would like to join the group and suggest a suitable time/day when you would be available.

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..

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.


2021 EBU Master Point Promotions

4 Star Premier Master (25,000 MPs including 1000+ Green points)

  • P Allen

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

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • S Clarke

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Lister

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • C Russell

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

10th December 2021
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:55 p.m. on BCL
Director: Ann
13th December 2021
Monday SBC Club Event
1:15 for 1:30 at the club
Director: Terry
13th December 2021
STAFRD 1-B-2 (online)
1:30 for 1:45 p.m..on BCL
Director: Carol
  • Mon afternoon  at the club, 1:15 for 1:30
  • Mon afternoon, online, 20 boards, 1:30 for 1:45 
  • Tues evening at the club, 7 for 7:15
  • Wed afternoon at the club, 1:15 for 1:30
  • Thurs morning lessons
  • Fri morning lessons
  • Fri Evenings, online,18 boards, 6:30 for 6:55

Check with Terry if in any doubt over club opening for a particular session.

Weather conditions may cause the closure of the club for brief periods at short notice as happened on 29th November.  Regular players should receive emails to warn them of any closures, watch your email before setting out for the club.  Make sure your partner knows the situation too.

County Events

Mildand Counties No Fear Swiss Teams 

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

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.


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.

GOOD NEWS!! The ventilation system in the club room is now fully installed and operational (Oct2021). 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.

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'.

Wednesday SBC Club Event
Tuesday SBC Club Event
Monday SBC Club Event
Director: Terry