The County Mixed Pairs took place at Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Thursday 13th June 2019. The winners were John Withers & Judy Mitchell, with Roger & Elaine Taylor second and Dan Crofts & Celia Day coming third. Congratulations all.
Andrew Robson will be giving a seminar on 31st October 2019. Tickets will be available shortly. Watch this space for details!
If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2019/20 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.
The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a printed copy. After December 2017 the County News items will no longer appear, either in the on-line extra or in the printed edition, leaving more space for general interest items. Please ensure that you contact the webmaster with any club news that you would like to appear here on the County website.
The minutes of EBU Board meetings are posted on the EBU website. When minutes are approved at a meeting they are moved in to the archive, accessed further down the page.
The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
The Winter 2019 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - https://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=44
Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date. Also, if you do not need a diary or printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to www.ebu.co.uk/members/v2/, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.
The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is available for purchase. These were introduced at EBU events from the start of August 2017 to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book.
The charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties. Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses.
SSCBA member Dom Wilson has been appointed as a Trustee from August 1st 2018.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in May 2019
Welcome to Staffordshire and Shropshire Contract Bridge Association (S&SCBA). The area covered by the Association ranges from the Welsh border in the West to Burton on Trent in the East, Newcastle under Lyme in the North to Ludlow in the South. Our objectives are to promote duplicate bridge in the counties, to encourage inter-club, etc., competitions and to employ the funds in the best interests of the game.
The County has teams of eight entered in the Midland League (Dawes, Porter and Markham) and annually enters a team in the EBU Tollemache competition. The Midlands league covers Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire in addition to ourselves. The County also participates in the Edgar Foster Cups and Midland Teams Challenge Bowl, events for the six counties of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and ourselves.
During the winter months teams of four league matches for County members are held on the second Wednesday of the month, and there is also a team of four knock-out competition. Inter Club Sim Pairs are run regularly, and, various pairs competition events are held annually.
County clubs affiliated to the EBU are Border, Chasetown, Eccleshall, Nantwich, Newcastle, Newport, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.
Jason and Justin Hacket were in the winning Spring Foursomes team. On May 12th 2019 Dave Debbage and Paul Hackett finished second in the National Swiss Teams with team mates Croz Croswall and John Sansom. The Hackett family much involved in the European team taking part in the Buffett Cup April 2019 in China, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province. Paul was captain and Jason and Justin both in the team. The final result was down to the last board with Europe finally losing to the USA and China coming third.
Martin Aherne and Kevin Goode came second in the Leicestershire Green Pointed Swiss Pairs on 2nd March 2019 having won all their 7 matches but losing by 1 VP.
Jason and Richard Bowdery have won the pairs at Bilbao on February 1st - click here for the results.
Dan Crofts (click link for picture but you have to wait a bit to scroll round to Dan's picture - so many pictures were taken at the event!), playing with Andrew Thompson, won the Hudson Cup (Men's Pairs) at the Midlands Counties Congress on January 4th at Solihull.
Lessons usually start in September. Courses are being run at Newcastle, Oswestry, Shrewsbury Improvers, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Newcastle reports a thriving beginners class with 20 pupils and not too late to join as of 24/9/18. Stafford has an equally popular intermediate class. Click the link here for more details.
Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.
Subject to obtaining an EBU licence clubs are entitled to hold 2 blue pointed events per year, 3 blue points are equivalent to 1 green point.