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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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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.


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

Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice Online Conference: Monday 28 June – Thursday 1 July 2021 Free international conference for academics, bridge players, teachers & administrators Join Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) – a global network – and share best practice Case studies from: Australia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Madeira, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Pacific, UK, USA More than 60 presenters and panelists from 20 countries

  • ·       Day 1:  Bridge as a Mindsport
  • ·       Day 2:  Digital Bridge: Opportunities and Challenges
  • ·       Day 3:  Healthy Ageing, Intergenerationality and Gender
  • ·       Day 4:  Education, Development and Marketing

For more information or to register for any of the sessions go to:

Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) | Prof. Samantha Punch Faculty of Social Sciences, Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA  Email:​ 

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)

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.

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.

Beware During seating time for the virtual club sessions if anyone leaves the table, for whatever reason, after system has placed opposition pair at the table but prior to play starting that opposition pair may not get a game when the session eventually starts. If you have to leave suddenly during the seating time please keep your oppo informed to give them a chance to get reseated themselves (they could then leave the table and re-enter the tournament). The system will not do reseat the oppo pair automatically, system may assume original player coming back and leaves a towel on their chair!  Communication, communication, communication, table chat, telephone etc!

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 In the real world please look out for one another, check your regular partners on the phone for example.


18th June 2021
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50 play starts 7 p.m.
Director: Terry
Host: Tony & Ann
21st June 2021
STAFRD Virtual Club
1:20 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Terry
25th June 2021
STAFRD Friday Virtual Club
6:30 for 6:50 play starts 7 p.m.
Director: Ann
Host: Liz & Robin
Virtual on-line County Club

19th June - 6 high No Fears Swiss Teams.Shrops and Staffs

6 high regional Swiss teams coming up on 19th June following the success of the 8 high and 9 high events, both with over 45 tables, earlier this year. Several free taster sessions are available on Realbridge each week, see, you need to book in at least 3 hours ahead for taster sessions, Ideally use a laptop but possibly a tablet will be suitable (you need a camera and microphone. When you have a team arranged email your entry (names and EBU numbers) to Paul Cutler on as soon as possible.

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.

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.


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'.


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.

STAFRD Virtual Club
Director: Terry
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
STAFRD Friday Contested Result
Director: Ann
STAFRD Virtual Club
Director: Terry
Scorer: Bridge Club Live