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Online Bridge

If you would like to give Bridge Club Live a try click here for the basic instructions, some 40 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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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
Tony Ashley
Tony Ashley

Members will be sad to hear that Tony Ashley died on Sunday 27th September.  Tony was one of the Penkridge group of Stafford players and kindly acted as chauffeur on occasion for the group. Leila has happy memories of Tony at the bridge table, one hand still fresh in her mind when they bid and made 7NT!

SBC Teams League:

Matches started week of 18th May - 23rd May (Wk1).  The full final results here all matches now played!  The winners are Team 2, Bill's team, 2nd Team 5, Carol's Team and 3rd Team 1 Pam's Team.  Well done all and well done Terry and Carol for getting the event organised, no mean feat, they both put in a huge amount of work particularly at the start in getting 36 players up and running on the system.

     Team Pld  Wk1  Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7 Wk8 Wk9 WK10 WK11 WK12 WK13 WK14 WK15 WK 16 Wk17 Wk18     Total VP
1 PAM 16 5.40 12.03 11.69* 16.26   7.5* 12.29 15.60* 13.97 15.00 13.52 10** 5.00   6.25* 17.97 13.04* 8.80*     184.32
2 BILL 16 10.31 10.91   3.74 15.92 2.83 12.03 5.20 12.29 19.52 20.00*   15.00 19.69* 6.96* 14.15** 14.18* 11.48     194.21
3 LIZ 16 17.59 5.82 13.75   16.58 5.61 12.29 14.80 6.03 5.40 5.82 17.03   15.74 16.58 7.71 5.82* 11.20*     177.77
4 JOHN 16 14.60 1.67 4.81 9.78* 3.42   1.56 3.27 7.71 5.0 5.40 7.45* 2.69 4.26   16.09* 7.45** 8.52     103.68
5 CAROL 16 2.41 18.33 7.20 17.03 4.08 12.50*   17.72 13.04* 14.60 14.60 12.80 12.29* 0.31* 13.75*   9.39* 16.26     186.31
6 ELEANOR 16   9.09 8.31* 2.97 8.80 13.52 7.71 16.73 6.96   0* 10** 7.71* 9.09 18.09 12.29 12.55** 11.48     155.30
7 TERRY 16 9.69 7.97 12.80 9.39** 11.20 14.39 18.44   13.04 0.48 6.48 7.20 13.52 12.03 3.42 3.91*   8.52     152.48
8 ANN 16 7.97 14.18 15.19 10.61** 11.20 17.17 7.71 2.28   5.40 14.18 12.55* 6.48 10.91 13.04* 2.03 10.61*       161.51
9 BRIAN 16 12.03   6.25 10.22* 8.80 6.48 7.97 4.40* 6.96* 14.60   2.97 17.31 7.97 1.91 5.85** 6.96* 3.74     124.42

WK17* WK18* Subs played - handicaps adjusted -1, 10 or played later than scheduled WK17** Match played WK20 with sub

WK16** Wk 15 15 boards played handicap adjusted 1, -1

WK16* Wk 15 match played early

WK15* matches played in Wk16 and WK18

WK14* match played in Wk 16, sub used handicap adjusted 1, 22

WK13* match played in Week 15

WK12* match played WK18  WK12** played WK19

Wk11* Match played in WK16, 14 boards match so handicap and VP scale adjusted accordingly. Handicap difference for 16 boards is 23, which equates to 1.4375 per board. Therefore handicap difference for 14 boards is 20.125    

WK9* Match played in WK 11

WK8* 15 boards match so handicap and VP scale adjusted accordingly. Handicap difference for 16 boards is 13, which equates to .8 per board. Therefore handicap difference for 15 boards is 12.2 VP Scale win by 24 is 15.74VP & by 23 is 15.56VP. Difference .18 & .2 of this is .04, so 15.56 is increased to 15.60    

WK5* 15 boards match so handicap and VP scale adjusted accordingly. Handicap difference for 16 boards is 19, which equates to 1.1875 per board Therefore handicap difference for 15 boards is 17.8125 After handicap Carols team won by 17.8125 - 9 = 8.8125    VP Scale win by 9 is 12.55VP & by 8 is VP12.29    Difference .26 & .8125 of this is .21125, so 12.29 is increased to 12.50    

Wk4* 15 boards match so handicap and VP scale adjusted accordingly. Handicap difference for 16 boards is 37, which equates to 2.3 per board. Therefore handicap difference for 15 boards is 34.7 VP Scale win by 1 is 10.31VP & by 0 is 10.0VP  Difference .31 & .7 of this is .22, so 10.31 is reduced to 10.22

Wk3* 15 boards match so handicap and VP scale adjusted accordingly. Handicap difference for 16 boards is 12, which equates to .75 per board. Therefore handicap difference for 15 boards is 11.25. VP Scale win by 6 is 11.76VP & by 5 is 11.48VP Difference .28 & .25 of this is .07, so 11.76 is reduced to 11.69

** Match abandonned - eventually played in Wk16

Virtual Club - 1 p.m. Monday afternoons from September 8th (see also Friday sessions below)

(see Carol's notes)

The first Stafford virtual club session got off to a flying start, 24 boards played in a little less than 3 hours without a hitch (not that has reached the webmaster's flapping ears anyway). Click results to see, slightly different from the usual format but quite recognisable. Well done organisers and participants, a very enjoyable afternoon.  If you didn't give it a try at the opening session, why not join in next Monday?   Winners of the first session were Carol and Rose with 63.19% a length or two ahead of Terry and Garry with 54.86%, very well done.  To cope with the numbers who played a Howell movement was played with 4 three board rounds followed by 3 four board rounds to make up the 24 boards over 7 rounds.

Stafford Bridge Club has booked a regular weekly session with BCL for our club every Monday afternoon at 1 pm. from September 7th.  You must be seated with your partner not later than 1:15 p.m. (best to arrive by 1:05 to be sure of getting a game, see note about half tabsles below).  Each club session will be a 24 hand session of duplicate bridge. There will be a short period while the server determines the movement dependent on the number of players such that play will not start for possibly another 10 to 15 minutes.  (The first session the delay was very short, maybe  only one minute.) You will be moved the end of each round when your next opponents also ready. 

Slow play will hold up rotations of the tables. BCL will not halt/cut a game so we need to exercise our own self-discipline. Please note the time you start a round. Each hand should average 7-8 minutes so if you are running over the time for the round please  think about agreeing to pass out the last hand (it is what the director would ask you to do at the club) and remember other people will be waiting to move.

It is important that you do not leave a table or move yourself. Just wait.

There are no half tables and so if an odd number of pairs wish to play the last pair to enter the competition will not be able to play.  We have initially decided not to have a stand-by pair as any pair excluded from the SBC Duplicate competition can always readily get a game in the daily DIDO tournament.

The club will of course operate a find a partner scheme for this event so everyone can play  By going to the "clubs" list in BCL (from drop down list under Members on the BCL home page) and selecting Stafford Bridge Club you can see detailed information or view the press release for general information. The normal "find a partner" Bridgewebs feature will be available in the members only area.

Make sure that your alias appears on the list of SBC members on the BCL list such that the system finds you when you take your seat at the start of the session. Webmaster suspects your real name should appear in your profile for your results to appear on the club website and the EBU but that may not actually be the case. 

Robin's Quiz - Weak Twos continued. Quiz 5 13/09/20 (answers now out, click "ans" by question)

Robin's Quiz again based on weak 2s lesson, please read the lesson notes (click here to see them) before trying the quiz. 

Bid the following hands: (West dealer, All Vulnerable for all 5 hands)

  Q 5.      
  West   East ans
K 7 4
A Q J  
J 9 7 5 3 2
Q 10 5
A K J  
K 10 9 8 5 3  
  Q 6.      
  West   East ans
9 5 2
A Q J  
A J 7 5 3 2
Q 10 5
A K J  
K 10 9 8 5 2  
  Q 7.      
  West   East ans
K Q 4 3
A J 5 2  
Q 9 8 7 4 2
K 6  
A K Q  
10 9
J 8 7 4  
  Q 8      
  West   East ans
7 6 5  
K J 10 8 7 2
A 9 6 5 4  
K Q 6
J 10 7 2  
10 9 2
  Q 9.      
  West   East ans
Q 4 3 2
A K 10 8 7 2  
A K 7 6 4 2
5 3  
A 10  
10 9
A K 6  

 If you enjoyed this, or want further information, please feel free to contact Robin, or 01785661059

Click the links for earlier quizzes, 13/7/20 2 response, 15/6/20 Opening Leads, 3/4/20 Bidding Quiz, 12/08/30 Quiz 4 Weak 2 bids.


Friday night virtual club (click here for a simple pictorial guide to reach your table in the Friday night club)

From Friday 25th September the Friday session has become a virtual club similar to Monday afternoon group.  You must not only be a member of Stafford Bridge Club, contact the secretary to join, but you must also be a member of BCL Stafford Bridge Club UK group.  

To enter the club after 6:30 on Fridays click the BCL "Stafford Bridge Club (UK)" club members page and select the Friday group to enter the virtual club.  Remember all times are shown there in GMT whatever time the UK is presently using!  You will be committed to play 18 boards with seats to be taken by 6:50, play starting at 7 p.m. A rota of standby players is to be arranged to ensure everyone who turns up with their partner, sits down and has exchanged an SSD card by 6:55 gets a game. Aim to be earlier, 6:50 p.m., advice is once your seat taken and assigned opponents for Round 1, then put the kettle on or similar for 5-10 minutes!  First Friday session the standby pair got a game having followed the instructions to the letter but the pair that planned to play arrived after 6:55 having encountered some problems en route to the club room! Timing is very tight for standby pair to take their seats and exchange their SSD if required to play - for the standby system to work regular players must not be late!.  Carol has written instructions please take the opportunity to read them before you attend the virtual club session (these notes were originally written specifically for the Monday group as that was the first to start).  Hopefully this will have the same friendly ambiance as the real world club sessions, plenty of "well played partner" (wpp) and "well played opposition" (wpo) in the table chat!

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

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. 

Success for Stafford players.

The BCL Swiss Pairs competition that completed on August 3rd has a Stafford player in 5th place.  Several SBC players have entered the next BCL Swiss Pairs League that starts Tuesday 1st September.  A BCL Saturday teams league coming up in September,  BCL runs many competitions, watch their home page.  Some, like the individual tournament, run daily and are shown on the BCL home page right hand side, others have set dates.

Improver Tournaments

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


General Information

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.  See also news 12/7/2020 from BridgeClubLive (you can now put "towels" on the oppo chairs, see here, to reserve a table in the social room.    If you are on the list to receive an EBU diary it should arrive early September.

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.

SSCBA launched virtual BBO county club on Wednesdays,  at  7 p.m. (started 10th June)
These events offer a different way of playing, a normal movement with an EBU director working from home. Regularly about 10 tables take part with several SBC members playing 

BCL Alias: For members who log in to the SBC site there should be an extra column on the membership tab for BCLalias where you can add your BCL alias for all members to see.  To add it to your details you have to scroll quite far down the list but to see the alias for others it appears to the left of their EBU number (webmaster had a headache trying to achieve this change!).

Fancy going to a Congress - Kent is holding one for all ability ranges.

Swiss Pairs, Swiss Teams and Real Easy Pairs. Saturday 31st October - Sunday 1st NovemberNo travelling except to BBO. Prizes in BBO$!


  • Membership of BCL:  Check on the BCL home page now and then to see when your renewal date comes up . Hover over the members tab and click on "Membership Summary".  Don't wait until your league match day to find out that your BCL membership has run out! 
  • Has your EBU membership been validated on BCL?  Are you getting a message Please phone the EBU and ask for your Membership to be validated on the BCL home page under your alias?  If you are please phone Karen who will sort it for you immediately to ensure your master points etc etc etc. are recorded.

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.



The timetable spreadsheet as sent  by Terry 10/05/20 (with team member change and available times as amended 14/05/20) has been copied to this site, any more recent info direct from Terry is the information to take as gospel. 

10/8/20 With summer holidays and relaxation of lock down Terry is compiling a list of standby players to facilitate matches being completed.

2nd October 2020
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50
Director: Ann
Host: Ann & Helena
5th October 2020
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:00 for 1:15 p.m.
Director: Terry
9th October 2020
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50
Director: Ann
Host: Pam & Rose
Virtual on-line County Club

Should the No Fear Virtual Club Restart?

SSCBA are considering restarting the No Fears Virtual Club on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.  They need to know if there would be enough interest in order to go ahead and which would be the most popular afternoon.

EBU Autumn Sim Pairs

The SSCBA virtual club will be entering the EBU Autumn Sim Pairs on Wednesday 7th October.

County League

It is hoped to continue with the County League this year albeit on line, click for the poster.

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 

John Withers will email everyone on the Club’s membership list with details of how to log on the Club’s game.  Check that you know your partner's BBO alias.

The county virtual club entered the EBED Sim Pairs on 9th September, 14 tables with 9 past or present SBC members taking part.  The Autumn EBU sim pairs on 7th October may also be entered, have your say? See Newsletter Number 9 from John.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Staffordshire & Shropshire Contract Bridge Association will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday 27th September 2020.


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.


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'.

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