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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. Following the success of the league over the summer a BCL virtual club now runs on Monday afternoons and Friday evenings in addition to the winter league.  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

2021 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • R Jessop

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Lister

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Russell

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

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
AGM - Wednesday 5th May

Stafford Bridge successfully held its 2021 AGM online via Zoom on 5th May.  The meeting was quorate, with more than the minimum 15 members being “present”.   President Pat Andrews took the chair and opened the meeting.  Michael Metcalf was then re-elected as Club Chair, and took over from Pat.  Apologies were recorded and the Minutes of the previous AGM (2019) were agreed, following some correction of details.   Under Matters Arising, several items were noted as still pending, following the suspension of normal activities during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The Chair’s Annual Report had been circulated in advance of the meeting.   The Chair added to his report by commenting on a range of actions under way to prepare for the re-opening of the Club premises, whenever that might be, on the possibility of hybrid sessions in the future, and on the planned refurbishing of the kitchen.    The Committee had decided that Club competitions which were unfinished at the start of lockdown in March 2020 should be deemed to have ended at that point;  A list of competition winners is attached here.

The accounts had likewise been circulated in advance.   Retiring Treasurer Adrienne Jones was thanked warmly for her services to the Club

 Elections were then held for the posts of Club Captain/Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Committee members.    Those nominated matched the roles and number of places available, so no voting was required, and the meeting unanimously approved the election of all those nominated (see separate list.)

 Under AOB, allowed by the Chair, a member asked about applying for a further round of government support for small organisations affected by the lockdown.  This would be explored by the new Committee.

The meeting documents were:  Agenda for 2021 AGMMinutes for 2019 AGMChair's ReportNominations for the committeeAccounts 2020

All matches now played, congratulations to Bill and his team, Beryl, Michael and Clive, Full results are shown on the linked results page.  Bill's team, with the same players, won the first SBC handicapped on line league that was played in summer 2020, very well done.

  Played Won Drawn Lost Total VP's Average
Bill 14 9 0 5 175.22 12.5
Pam 14 8 1 5 156.81 11.2
Terry 14 8 0 6 153.23 10.9
Brian 14 7 0 7 142.35 10.2
John 14 7 0 7 133.25 9.5
Eleanor 14 7 0 7 131.44 9.4
Ann 14 5 0 9 115.88 8.3
Carol/Rose 14 4 1 9 111.82 8.0

Much thanks are due to Terry for the effort put into calculating the handicaps, the closeness of the results shows how well he has done that, and to Carol for her organisation of the teams.

Two BCL Virtual Club Sessions are running every week 

  • Monday afternoons, 22 boards, door opens 1:20 p.m. for 1:30 p.m. start of play (room STAFRD 1-B-2)  (see Carol's notes)

  • Friday Evenings, 18 boards, door opens 6:30 for 7 p.m. start of play (room STAFRD 5-B-3)

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.  

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.

BCL Membership: Keep an eye on when your BCL membership runs out, sad to miss a game because you have forgotten to renew. Hover over Members tab on BCL home page and click on "Membership summary" at the top of the drop down list of options.  You will also get an email reminder when the date is close.

Retrospective Charges

Charges are made for the league for the full number of matches over the season.  There is a 50p and the virtual club sessions, see 2020 and 2021 records.

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 webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk. In the real world please look out for one another, check your regular partners on the phone for example.

 

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.

BCL News February

Profile Pictures

You now have a choice of showing Profile Pics on table or not. When in the club, use MENU: "Settings->Playing Area->Turn Player Photos ON or OFF".  It would be good if you all added a picture to your profile to remind everyone who you are!  It is surprising how many cannot match a name to a face after all this time of lockdown!

Calendar
17th May 2021
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
  (Partner?)
21st May 2021
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50 play starts 7 p.m.
Director: Ann
Host: Dennis & Richard
24th May 2021
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
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'.

ABOUT THE CLUB

19th June - a date for your diary?

Possible 6 high regional Swiss teams coming up on 19th June following the success of the 8 high and 9 high events with  over 45 tables earlier this year.

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.

Shropshire Congress when in person was possible Shropshire Congress Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021 on BBO

56 tables took part in the green pointed Swiss pairs on 24th April including two pairs from Stafford, three of the players regular Friday night players both real world and onlne. Onlne bridge has increased the number of participants considerably from the 22 tables back in 2019 the last time the Congress was held. 34 teams took part in the Swiss Teams on Sunday 25th April, an SSCBA team came joint second. Going online also brought in more players for the teams event.

 9 High No Fear teams 27th March 2021 Shrops and Staffs

A 9 high event Swiss Teams competition took place on Saturday 27th March, with 54 teams from 11 counties playing on Realbridge  Three teams from SSCBA, including one from SBC, entered.  This followed the huge success (over 45 teams) of the Midland Counties No Fear "8 high" Swiss Teams competition also on Realbridge that was held on Saturday January 30th.  These very enjoyable events are a new venture for the Midland Counties group. In the past the Dawes inter county matches have been the inter county competition which have involved travelling long distances. It is hoped that these popular online events will become a long term fixture on the calendar.

Virtual on-line County Club
Results
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
Director: Ann
STAFRD Virtual Club
Director: Terry
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
Director: Ann