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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.


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.


2023 EBU Master Point Promotions

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • H Thompson

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

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
The Shelley - Thursday March 30th.

Next Round of the Shelley to be played on Thursday 30th March

The round to be played on March 30th was not on the original schedule but is to be played in lieu of the cancelled round in January. 

Combined Results after five rounds 

The results with handicaps shown below, total (actual rnd 5, actual rnd 4actual rnd 3, actual rnd 2actual rnd 1, handicap)

 Geoff 73 (+92, 10125, 64, -7-46 -32), Brian W 43 (-65, -35-13, 8, -39 41 32),  Michael M 37 (+49, 17-13, 84, 28, -26 -25),  Ann Sl 0 (-77, 30, -12, -36,10, 21 11) ,  Ivor -10 (+17,-36108, 46, -11, -11 ),  Eleanor -13(-16,-77, +2, -49, -17, 30 27), Richard -126  (1, -79. -21, -9)

Sadly one team very unfortunately had to withdraw after the 3rd round of the Shelley was played in December.  With this change the handicaps have been recalculated.     See here for combined results (please send feedback - good/bad/indifferent - to Ann about this experimental new results style). An even number of teams calls for an awkward movement that involves one team sharing boards throughout the session, no problems encountered thanks to the advance preparation made by David, the director. Many thanks again David

Raw results for round 5 before the handicap taken into account can be seen by clicking here,  round 4 here, round 3  here, round 2 here and for round 1 here. . 

An extra date has been found, Thursday 30th March, to ensure the usual 7 rounds played in the competition over the season..  Please ensure that you have these dates  in your diary for the remaining rounds, 30th March and  20th April.  The January round was cancelled because of the weather.  Team captains please ensure that your team can manage these dates, if substitutes are needed the more notice you can give them that they will be needed the better.

John H, Ken, Steve W, Ivor & Liz, David & Janet, Robin,  Pat A, Deirdre, Michael S, Michael M, Diana, Sandra, Ann & John, Bill, Sylvia H, Nick, Terry, Harry & Adrienne, Nicky, Hilary & Mike, Clive, Duncan and Margaret all received invitations to play in the (BBO or RealBridge) Regional Finals of the EBU National Pairs played on March 26th, only John H and Robin went on to play in it (click here for the results)Combined scores determine the top 50 pairs who are entitled to play in the National Pairs Final, 15th - 16th  April on RealBridge, sadly John and Robin were outside the top 50, in fact just one pair from SSCBA made the top 50 when BBO and RealBridge results from all regions included

Thursday and Friday morning Lessons

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates start at 10 a.m. (please contact Robin if you would like to attend) as do Terry's Friday morning lessons for improvers (please contact Terry if you would like to attend).  Robin would like suggestions as to how to bid a slam on the hand shown here which was one of the boards played on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

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 can be seen here with links to the individual lessons.


There is to be an EBED Spring Junior Bridge Camp at the Pioneer Centre at Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire DY14 8JG on 15th-16th April 2023. Come and enjoy a packed weekend of bridge tuition and play for young people 8 - 21 years.  (Parents or grandparents are also welcome).  All levels welcome from beginners to junior experts.  See flyer and watch bridge4schools "2023 Spring Junior Camp" for details.

Would you like to help raise funds for this event and have fun at the same time? A RealBridge blue pointed fund raising event, 36 boards, is being run by Oxfordshire on Sunday19th March at 1:45 for 2 p.m. For entry details click here

Youth Bridge

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.


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.

29th March 2023
Wednesday SBC Club Event (cancelled)
30th March 2023
Club Event 6th Round of the Shelley
6:45 for 7 p.m
Director: David
30th March 2023
STAFRD 4-B-3 Thursday Virtual Club
6:45 for 7 p.m.
Maureen Lowe
Maureen Lowe

The club is sad to hear Maureen Lowe died on Sunday 26th March.  Maureen was a regular player at the club, one of a group from Penkridge, who used to play at Stafford on Wednesday afternoons before Covid caused clubs to go into lock down. 


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.  See 'Club Sessions and Times', and 'Calendar'.

(18th Jul 2022)
County Events


EBU National Pairs Regional Final 26th March.

  • Regional Finals: 26th March 2023 (BBO and RealBridge);
  • Final: 15th – 16th April 2023, Online (RealBridge)

In 2023 any pair that achieved over 55% in a club game between 5th Feb and 18th Feb is entitled to play in the Regional Finals on 26th March (must enter though).  The EBU should have made contact direct if you have qualified to play in the regional finals.

County Championship Multiple Teams (Staffs Cup) Sunday April 23rd

This will be held at Newcastle Bridge club, click here for details.

SSCBA No Fears Pairs Sunday 26th February 2023

This was held at Newcastle Bridge club, on Sunday 26th February Click here for the results.  Winners were Stafford members, Sean and Graham.  Congratulations both.

MCC No Fears Pairs 25th March 2023

A MCC 9 High No Fears event was played on 25th March see Midland Counties Congress website for results, just one Stafford pair took part coming 5th. Nottinghamshire were the winners 

SSCBA Championship Pairs (Bearn) Sunday 5th March 2023

This was played at Newcastle Bridge club, click here for the results.  Best placed Stafford member was John Hartley coming 4th in a very tight finish.

County Mixed Pairs Thursday June 8th

To be held at Stafford, more details to follow but now is the time to find a partner.

SSCBA Sim Pairs Wednesday 25th January 2023

Stafford did not run a heat for this one as the club does not meet on Wednesdays at present however 9 Stafford members took part at one of the partaking clubs Eccleshall, Newcastle, Wrekin or Wolverhampton. See SSCBA sim pairs results on county site. The winners were Nick Cheadle & Libby Dale playing at Eccleshall.  Pre-Covid Nick was a regular Friday night player at Stafford, Libby played occasionally at Stafford too when Nick's usual partner was away.

Midland Counties Congress Played Friday 6th January/Saturday 7th January/Sunday 8th January 2023

Blue pointed events on the Friday and Sunday Saturday event Green pointed.   Click here for the results.  Can you spot the Stafford players?!

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.

Tuesday SBC Club Event
Director: David
Monday SBC Club Event
Director: Terry
American Supper (Partner not required)
Director: David and Janet