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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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MEMBERS’ WELFARE

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.

EBU

2022 EBU Master Point Promotions

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • 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
Celebration of the Life of Janet Woodward 13th August 2022
Celebration of the Life of Janet Woodward 13th August 2022

It has been 18 months since my mother, Janet, passed away at St. Joseph's Convent Nursing Home, in Stafford. Only in the last few months have I been able to arrange a visit to England from my home in New Zealand. There will be a celebration, including afternoon tea, of Janet's life, at Stafford Bridge Club in August and anyone that knew Janet is warmly invited.

The details of the day are:
When: Saturday August 13th 1:15pm for 1:30pm
Where: Stafford Bridge Club at the County Showground,Weston Rd, Stafford
Directions: There is parking behind the main arena stand to the left of the entry.

The outside door to the Bridge Club suite will be marked. Look Forward to seeing you on 13th August and sharing some memories.

Mark Woodward

Please indicate if you would like to attend to Beryl and Michael by clicking here to send email.

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.

Thursday and Friday morning Lessons

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates are going strong (please contact Robin if you would like to attend) as are Terry's Friday morning lessons 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.  Hand show is Hand 5 from Robin's lesson  16th June 2022 with a prize on offer for the first correct sollution as to how North can make 10 tricks but South only 9! 

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,

 

County Events

SSCBA League

Stafford members Anne and Geoff were members of the runners up team, Paul Culter's team, in the 2021/22 season. Paul is inviting discussion for the 2022/23 season.  Should it be f2f as in pre-Covid days or online as last year? If online should it be for a fixed date, say the second Thursday of each month?  Have your say.

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 jwithersx@gmail.com, 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.

Calendar
7th July 2022
STAFRD 4-B-3 Thursday Virtual Club
6:45 for 7 p.m.
8th July 2022
Friday SBC Club Event
7 for 7:15 p.m
Director: Terry
11th July 2022
Monday SBC Club Event
1:15 for 1:30
ABOUT THE CLUB
ABOUT THE CLUB

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'.

Forthcoming Showground Events that affect the bridge club

Over the next few months there are some events in the showground that may make bridge at the club difficult, more details will follow as the dates get nearer and the position about access to the club becomes clearer.

Date  

Showground

Activity

  Session/lesson
Saturday 28th July - Thursday 4th August   Vineyard   Nearer the date watch this space for details,
Saturday 6th August - Friday 12th August   Limitless   Watch this space for details, car passes may be required
         
Friday 14th October   Carole Nash Mechanics Show   19:15 No BridgeSession

In addition BCL are looking to introduce a new virtual club for EBU members as clubs reopen.  See https://www.bridgewebs.com/bridgeclubuk/

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.

Results
Wednesday SBC Club Event
Tuesday SBC Club Event
Monday SBC Club Event