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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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WEDNESDAY BRIDGE

Wednesday Afternoon Bridge Session Cancelled for the winter

This decision to discontinue the Wednesday session will be reviewed in the Spring after consultation with SBC members.

OnLine Bridge

If you would like to give Bridge Club Live a try click here for the basic instructions, around 40 SBC members are active on BCL. A Stafford BCL virtual SBC club runs on Thursday evenings and a friendly BCL club runs on Tuesday mornings.  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 Newcastle Under Lyme, EBU and Midlands regional events take 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.

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

Premier National Master
(40,000 MPs inc 10,000 Green Points)

  • J Hartley

1 Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • T Maltby

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • A Hensby

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • M Benting
  • J Palmer

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Codling

For information source see EBU website.  See also the leader board and SSCBA members ranks and  NGS scores.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
Christmas American Supper

Saturday, 17th December

It has been suggested that an American Supper be held on Saturday December 17th.  Would you like to come?  There is a list on the notice board for members to indicate if they would like to attend and what they would like contribute. 

The committee decided to support the club sessions parties by supplying some Christmas refreshments at all club sessions and lessons the week before Christmas. The committee hope that this will be agreeable to members.


Following a survey of Friday players Friday night Christmas "do" will be on Friday 16th December.  If you would like to attend that event please contact Ann if you have not already done so.

County Events

MCC No Fears Pairs

5 members of SBC took part in the MCC no fear 9 high Swiss Pairs event on 26th November 2022. click here for results coming 5th, 7th and 8th. Overall SSCBA came 2nd out of the 5 competing counties. Date for your diary next 9 high Swiss Pairs event Saturday 28th January 2023

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 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.

The Shelley - Round 2 - 17th November

Combined Results after two rounds

The Shelley handicapped teams competition round 2 played on 17th November 2022.  The results for round 2 before the handicap taken into account can be seen by clicking here and for round 1 here. The results with handicaps shown below, total (actual rnd 2actual rnd 1, handicap) are yet to be confirmed. 

Michael M 60 (84, 28, -26),  Brian W 51 (8, -39 41), Ivor 32 (8, 46, -11 ), Ann Sl 16 (-36,10, 21) ,  Eleanor -6 (-49, -17, 30), Geoff -35 (64, -7-46), Richard -118 (-79. -21, -9), 


Everything went like clockwork again with David in charge, no disagreements between tablets and Scorecard results, many thanks David.

Plan A!  Robin's lesson on Dec 1st will go through some of the boards, watch this space to see if that remains the case nearer 1st December.

Next round December 15th.

Children in Need

Monday 7th November, Tuesday 8th and Friday11th November sessions all took part in the Children in Need (CiN) sim pairs events organised by ECATs.  Steve is so pleased to report that he sent £580.86 to ECATs on 12/11/22 and a further £95 on 21/11/22  making a total of £675.86, being the amount donated by members through the club. Anna from ECATs responded to Steve:  You can’t be as pleased as I am Steve – that is generous indeed and so much appreciated believe me. I hope you have a way to tell them all how much we thank them for their wonderful support and kindness ... we can’t get over how great bridge players are ! With best regards Anna  

Result Links  as at 17:55 16/11/22
Day     Top ECATS ECATs Pos Top at SBC
Monday 7th ECATs SBC Garry & Sam 460th out of 1850 pairs
playing at 114 clubs in 4 countries
Rose & Pat M
Tuesday 8th ECATs SBC Garry & Robin 49th out of 1243 pairs
playing at 86 clubs in 3 countries
Garry & Robin
Friday 11th ECATs SBC Hilary & Mike 43rd out of  579 pairs
playing at 39 clubs in 4 countries
Robin & Ken
Beryl & Ann
Thursday and Friday morning Lessons

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates run on Thursdays (please contact Robin if you would like to attend) as do Terry's Friday morning lessonsfor improvers (please contact Terry if you would like to attend).  A hand from the lesson on 13th October 2022, Checkback Stayman is shown here click for the lesson.

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 lessons along with some of Steve and Jan's pictures can be seen here with links to the individual lessons.

Calendar
29th November 2022
Tuesday SBC Club Event
7 for 7:15 p.m.
  (Partner?)
30th November 2022
Wednesday SBC Club Event (cancelled)
1st December 2022
STAFRD 4-B-3 Thursday Virtual Club
6:45 for 7 p.m.
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'.

Comment
(18th Jul 2022)

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.

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
Monday SBC Club Event
Friday SBC Club Event (no partner required)
STAFRD 4-B-3 Thursday Virtual Club
Scorer: BCL uploaded by Ann