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Would you be interested in playing in a BCL Stafford Bridge Club virtual club event? See BCL Newsletter of July 29th that BCL members should have received. Contact Terry or Carol. If you are a BBO fan there is the SSCBA Wednesday evening virtual club event. Play at both? Whatever don't miss your bridge at this difficult time.
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Recent Competitions
Teams of 4

The Teams of Four was played Thursday 27th February 2020. A couple of glitches along the way but luckily David always comes prepared for all eventualities!  While expecting the easy 7 team movement in the end, due to illness, it was actually the more messy 6 team movement (messy only in that team 6 has to share boards throughout, each time with a different table).  David promptly initiated plan B so play was easily completed by 10:30 but then the computer threw a wobbly!  However all was resolved, see results, with winners Paul, Linda, Derrick and Glyn (a one time regular Shelley team) from a very close second  Anne, Geoff D, Geoffrey N and John ( a current Shelley team) with John and Ann W, Liz and Pat M (Shelley stand by players) further down the field in third place.  Congratulations all and many thanks to David for directing, and fielding the last minuite change in team numbers so well.


SSCBA Sim Pairs - January 2020
SSCBA Sim Pairs - January 2020

SSCBA sim Pairs - Played Monday 27th January 

Stafford Bridge Club Monday afternoon players entered the Staffs and Shops winter sim pairs event together with 5 other clubs this year.  This ran alongside the regular Dash ladder competition at Stafford.  Results from all 6 clubs now in and Paul and Linda not only top at Stafford but overall winners of the event see Winter Sims.   Second at Stafford were Robin and Mike coming third overall in a very tightly contested place, 8th at Stafford were Antony and Carol who came 10th overall with several SSCBA "tops",  3rd at Stafford Mike W and Ruth were 29th overall such are the quirks of sim pairs scoring out of 78 pairs! Well done all and many thanks for scoring and directing, David

There is an overall county prize and a prize for the winner at each club that enters.

November - December 2019

Ladies' Pairs - Played Monday 2nd December.

A break with tradition, the Men's and Ladies' pairs were not played at the same session this year.  David rirected and reports "We had 8 full tables this afternoon and so I was able to run a straight 8 table Mitchell movement with all 7 ladies pairs sitting EW ie only one "odd" pair EW as well. So reasonably balanced. 1st Ann Stevenson & Beryl, 2nd Deirdre & Shirley, 3rd Pat & Janet.  Many thanks to David for directing and Terry for scoring.

Men's Pairs - Played Thursday 28th November 2019

Derek & John were the winners with Michael & Alan second and Derrick & Glyn third.  Click here for the full results.  Many thanks to David for directing, he will be back on duty for the Ladies' Pairs on Monday.

Arthur Bloxham Trophy - Played Wednesday 20th November 2019

Ihe Arthur Bloxham trophy, previously the restricted pairs, was played on 20th November. David was the non-playing director and photographer, while Terry did the scoring - many thanks to both.  David reports "Before play I welcomed back Gina Foster (to the delight of all the Wednesday players), and overall the event went well. Towards the end it became apparent that the final result would be very close at the top. Thus I took photos of the three possible winning pairs (just in case!) but once all the scores were in the current holders Liz & Penny, retained the trophy on 58.75% with Linda and Paul a very close second (58.33%) and Graham & Sean not far behind in third place (57.92%)".  In fact the the gap between each of the first 4 places was only 3 match points (141 down to 138)! Full results include players who may not have played on a sufficient number of Wednesdays for an official placing.  See the notice board for the full official result.

Shelley 2019/20 Rounds 1 to 5

Fifth Round of the Shelley played 13 February 2020

The results after 5 rounds including the handicaps are:

Pos Name Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Total HCap
1 Woodward -4 54 34 49 -20 113 2
2 Seymour 29 58 0 -36 41 92 -62
3 Eaves 35 -1 6 -46 25 19 22
4 Metcalf -26 10 -29 -15 35 -25 13
5 Clarke 9 -73 21 32 -15 -26 -26
6 Hensby 38 -61 13 24 -51 -63 14
7 Sleightholme -81 13 -19 -8 -15 -110 37

Holders: Team Davies

Children in Need - Friday 8th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November 2019Children in Need Sim Pairs - 9th , 13th and 14th November 2018

The club entered this event at three of the regular sessions this year.  Friday got the sessions off to a good start with donations/raffle/bring and buy/plants/cakes etc coming to £103.20 plus Terry's generous donation of £19 (to enter the event) making a total of £122.20 for Children in Need. On Friday top at Stafford were Paul and Linda who came 35th overall out of 909 pairs at 53 clubs in 2 counties.  On Tuesday top at Stafford were Rachael & Alan 67th overall out of 1803 pairs playing at 117 clubs in 3 countries (as at 10 a.m. 13/11/19).  On Wednesday top at Stafford were  Adrienne & Harry coming 285th overall out of 1975  pairs at 117 clubs in 3 countries (as at 1 p.m. 21/11/2019).

Adrienne sent off a total of £262.40 and has received this message of thanks from ECATs

“What a great total for this year – you will thank all your members for me won’t you ? tell them I think they are wonderful. As are you and the committee for all the work you do getting it together and doing the organisation. Trust me you are appreciated !! With best regards, Anna”   (The total raised in 2019 by all clubs and donations came to £39,941.76 as at 24/11/19, since 2002 just over £1m raised by sim pairs bridge players for Children in Need.)

Autumn 2019 Competitions

Bryan Baker Handicapped Pairs Competition - Played 1st November 2019Bryan Baker 2019

With 9 full tables and the holders from 2018 present, club captain Terry, decided to hold the Bryan Baker handicapped pairs competition.  This competition was going to alternate with the Monday session but from 2019 the Monday session is now running the Dash ladder so, also from 2019, the Bryan Baker will be played at a Friday evening session every year.  To win the prize only regular Friday night players (those who have played at least 20 times on a Friday over the last 12 months)) are eligible but anyone, visitors or players from other SBC sessions, may take part.

When the handicapping system, based on NGS ratings, and eligibility taken into account the winners were Ernie & Sandra,  64.43% (60.42 + 4.01) with Jane & Simon 2nd 60.38% (63.10 - 2.72) and Phil and Helena 3rd 56.33% (53.57 + 2.76).  The full results will be on the club notice board.  Well done all, great to have such a good turn out and members were pleased to welcome two visitors to their first Friday night session.  Thank you Terry for organising the event.

Ernie writes "Bryan was a Past Captain at Brocton Golf Club. He was very good friend of mine and I attended Albion Football matches with him". Wonderful that the 2019 winners of the trophy knew Bryan Baker personally.

Club Pairs - Played Thursday 24th October

The club pairs were won by Peter & Dave with second placed pair Anne & Geoff and third Pat A & Michael S.  Thanks to Terry for scoring and directing.

British Autumn Sim Pairs - 7th and 8th October 2019

Following the success of the Summer Pairs events at Stafford the club entered the Autumn events on  Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October.  The Monday event was two competitions in one as the scores were included in the new Dash Ladder too!!!  Jim and Sheila came top at Stafford on Monday and as at 9th October were 35 out of 531 pairs taking part at 35 clubs.  Glyn and Derrick joint top at Stafford were 36 out of 585 overall at 41 clubs, Rachael and Alan who tied at the top at Stafford came 169 overall such are the quirks with sim pairs!  These are not likely to be the final overall results as they come in over a few days.  Next sim pairs events will be the Children in Need on Friday 8th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November.

Seven and a half tables for this at Stafford, 26 tables overall. Winners at Stafford were Geoff and Anne (third overall) with John and Geoffrey second (fourth overall) and Ivor an Pat third (tenth overall).  Paul gets a gold star for his lessons, one of his pupils came in fifth at Stafford!  See SSCBA results page for overall positions.

British Summer Pairs - Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Two more sim pairs events were played on Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July sessions.  As at 7:15 p.m. 24/07/19 first placed Stafford players in the overall competitions were Sylvia and Bill on Monday coming 16th nationally with 70 clubs taking part and 1148 pairs,  and Mike and Steve on Tuesday coming 1st nationally with 49 clubs, 773 pairs scored so far (as of Saturday 27th Mike and Steve now 2nd nationally by .02%  after 51 clubs with 795 pairs recorded).  As of 8/8/19 52 clubs results for 814 pairs  now in for Tuesday and Mike and Steve now third nationally, Sylvia and Bill remain 16th nationally for Monday after 71 clubs have sent results in for 1159 pairs.

New captain, Terry, is promoting more competitions at the club, particularly Sim Pairs. The Bill Hughes event started as a small Simultaneous pairs between three Merseyside clubs. It has grown a lot, but it tries to be the cheapest international Simultaneous Pairs, despite giving out 50% of the entry as prizes and trophies. While this event is primarily played on the last Tuesday in June not all clubs meet on Tuesday so they may play later in the week   6 full tables at Stafford for the event - well done Terry. The full results for this event, ECats session 4566, will not be available until after 10 p.m. on Friday when all participating clubs will have completed but the basic results can be seen here as they come in.

SSCBA No Fear Pairs played at Wolverhampton on 21st February 2019

Robin's class at Stafford was well represented at this event in 2019 with five out to the 12 SBC players taking part on Thursday 21st February. Two others who used to play on Friday evenings also played coming 2nd EW.  Best placed was Friday morning pupil, Carl, from Paul and Terry's group coming 2nd NS but won a prize for best placed runner up with 58.14%.  Carl was playing with ex-teacher Ann who took the beginner's class at Stafford in the Autumn.

Mixed Pairs - Played 28th March 2019

The Mixed Pairs club championship was played with a double hesitation Mitchell movement on Thursday 28th March, the winners were Beryl & Michael with Linda & Paul second and Deirdre & Michael third. Congratulations all. Thanks to Terry for directing and David for scoring.  Apologies from the webmaster who perhaps did not sufficiently highlight the competition and the need to sign up in advance - will try to do better next time!

Shelley 2018-2019 handicapped results
Shelley 2018-2019 handicapped results

The 2018/19 Shelley Final Results

Final round played Thursday April 11th. Click here for the scratch results of Round 1 played 11th October,  Round 2 played 8th November, Round 3 played on Thursday 13th December,  Round 4 played Thursday 10th January,  Round 5 played Thursday 14th February, Round 6 played Thursday 14th March and Round 7 played Thursday 11th April.  The final accumulated results including handicaps for rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7  are:  1. Davies (291),  2. Seymore (83), 3. Eaves (59), 4. Drinkwater (-22), 5. Maltby (-28), 6. Clarke (-79),  7. Sleightholme (-87),  8. Metcalf (-97)  9. Hensby (-120).  Despite a brilliant performance by the Drinkwater team in Round 7 the Davies team (Geoff Davies, Graham Link, Roger Keane & Paul Cutler) were still way ahead of the rest of the field in the overall result such was their lead by the end of Round 6.  3 members of this Shelley team are in the team presently at the top of the County League division 1.  Many thanks to David for directing and taking the picture and for Terry for all the hard work organising.

1 Davies 11 7 56 82 68 48 19 291
2 Seymour 7 39 24 18 -28 21 2 83
3 Eaves 13 49 4 -6 20 15 -36 59
4 Drinkwater -34 11 3 -11 7 -53 55 -22
5 Maltby 27 -11 -46 12 -12 21 -19 -28
6 Clarke 8 -22 23 -41 14 -24 -37 -79
7 Sleightholme -36 -31 31 5 -15 -15 -26 -87
8 Metcalf -8 -30 -32 -37 -35 29 16 -97
9 Hensby 12 -12 -63 -22 -19 -42 26 -120

SSCBA Sim Pairs - Played Monday 28th January 2019

A good turn out, 9 tables at Stafford.  Unfortunately an error came to light afterwards, which made minor differences to the percentages, originally a tie for third place now separated out into third and fourth.  After the correction to board 3 the winners at Stafford were Ivor & Liz, second John & Ann with third Terry & Gordon.  The final results have now been posted on the County website, the overall winners played at Chasetown with the second pair at Oswestry and Liz & Ivor third see SSCBA overall results for all thirty five tables. The camera woman too slow to catch the SBC winners at the time with her "point and click" camera, a lucky mistake as a good picture now taken by another!

The scorer achieved an interesting movement that caused some confusion, somehow requested round 2 as the arrow switch round instead of arrow switching for the last 2 rounds! 

DashTrophy - 24th January 2019

The winners were Alan & Dave A both before and after the handicap applied (total 71.23%) seen here under the Dash Trophy Board, with Dave R & Peter 2nd (58.77%) and Ivor & Robin 3rd (50.95%).  Thanks are due to Terry for the event running so smoothly. Readers might like to read something of Hugo Dash who presented the trophy to the club way back when........ 

November 2018 Competitions

Bryan Baker - played Friday 30th November

It was decided at a recent meeting to hold the Bryan Baker handicapped pairs event on an ad hoc basis alternating between a Monday afternoon one year and a Friday evening the next.  For 2018 it was to be on a Friday and it was finally played with a double hesitation Mitchell movement on Friday 30th November 2018 and the winners, after the handicap applied, were Ros & Clair, lovely to have new names on the trophy board. Second were Duncan & Margaret and third Frank & Sandy.  Many thanks to Terry for the effort of having the handicaps ready prepared for the last several Fridays.

Men's and Ladies' Pairs  - played Thursday 29th November

Eventually the two competitions were amalgamated into one single double hesitation movement.  Anne & Kath  retained their 2017 title in the ladies' group with Deirdre & Shirley second and Rose & Ann third.  Between the top three men's pairs there was less than 1.5% with Ivor & Mike winners by a short head from Peter & Dave just ahead of John & Geoffrey.  Many thanks are due to David for running the event as the non-playing director, scorer and cameraman.  The chaps were all so quickly away at the end, indeed before the final scores were in, that no picture was taken of them. David had to spend happy hours with photoshop to get the picture!!!

The Shelley -
The Shelley -

Click here for the scratch results of Round 1 played 11th October and here for scratch results for round 2 played 8th November. Round 2 results that include the handicap will be confirmed later.  The full results of this handicapped event for round 1 were (scratch, handicap, total): 1. Maltby (4, 23, 27), 2. Eaves (4. 9, 13), 3. Hensby (-6, 18, 12), 4. Davies (46, -35, 11), 5. Clarke (20, -12, 8), 6. Seymore (37, -30, 7), 7. Metcalf (-9, 1, -8), 8. Drinkwater (-25, -9, -34). 9. Sleightholme (-71, 35, -36).