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Shropshire Congress - 24th/25th April 2022

Sat 24rd April –  Pairs
Sun 25th April – Teams

Details in due course on this website.

Midlandscc No Fear events 

9 high 29th Jan 2022

6 high 26th Mar 2022

Sun 6th March 11 a.m.

Please click here to enter online or here to download an entry form. 

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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

Time to be organising your team for the next No Fears Midland Counties Swiss Teams event on RealBridge, this time for players with NGS ranking averaging 9 or below.  Again SSCBA are offering free entry for County members.  Click here for details. With three or more teams the County also gets a ranking against the other Counties, please be sure SSCBA has at least three teams.

Dates for your Diary
Saturday 29th January    9High Swiss Teams (click for details)
Thursday 3rd March   No Fear Pairs (click for details)
Saturday 26th March   6High Swiss Teams
Saturday 24th April Shropshire Congress (Pairs)
Sunday 25th April Shropshire Congress (Teams)
Sunday 8th May Championship Pairs
SSCBA Inter-Club simultaneous pairs

The event that was due to be held at the end of January at clubs is unable to go ahead in the present situation.  The committee will look at this again in the summer, when perhaps there will be more confidence in face to face bridge around the county!

Success for Hackett family members

SSCBA member Paul Hackett is one of Brian Senior's team who have retained the Gerard Faulkner Salver (as reported on January 4th 2022 by the EBU). The full team: Brian Senior (Captain), Tony Forrester, Paul Hackett, Sandra Penfold and Norman Selway. 

Jason Hacket was a member of the winning team at the Midlands Counties Congress, played on BBO, on 9th January.  Many Congratulations Paul and Jason.  Several SSCBA members took part in the Congress Friday and Saturday sessions.

Staffs & Shrops Online Bridge


Wednesday Evenings 7 p.m.

Regular SSCBA Virtual Bridge Club

SSCBA  set up a virtual “Club” with the help of the EBU and Bridge Base Online (BBO), holding sessions on Wednesday evenings (a traditional County night). The first SSCBA Club on line session was on  Wednesday, 10th June 2020, at 7 p.m. There are still regularly around 7 or 8 tables each week even though some clubs have opened up. Click here for information on how to join the group.

From Online Membership Secretary's Newsletter of 29th November 2021

Robots:  We believe that when we set up the online club on Wednesdays we stipulated that robots would only be used in an emergency:  loss of partner or to complete a full table (BBO can’t cope with half-tables).    No one likes to meet a robot at the table so we have asked our current TD to tweak the rules of our game to exclude starting to play with a robot.    The county has to pay the BBO fees and the P2P fees for stand-in players and robots. 
“Partnership Desk”:    If you are without a partner for the evening, I understand that this site is a place you could try to find one.   Such a partner has to be a member of our club though:  so that means other members have to use that system too.     Alternatively, if you are prepared to play with another person or a robot, the TD might invite you to be part of that standby pair.
Alerts & Explanations:   These are much improved, but don’t forget to add an explanation if you click on Alert.
System cards:   You can complete any number of convention cards, one for each partner, and your opponent can look at yours by clicking on one of the white lines in the blue box at top left.   A shorter version can be completed under Account to the right of the page, and opponents can look at that by clicking your user name.
Names:   How nice and friendly it would be if we had a name for each player rather than a blank.   Someone might greet you by name!   You can presumably delete it if you are playing elsewhere and you want to remain anonymous.

Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Director: Eddie
Scorer: Eddie
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Director: Eddie
Scorer: Eddie
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Director: Eddie
Scorer: Eddie
26th January 2022
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6:40 for 7 p.m.
Director: Eddie
31st January 2022
County Sim Pairs (postponed)
13th February 2022
Dawes vs Oxfords
2 p.m.

Free Training Sessions offered by RealBridge on Zoom. Meeting ID: 775 308 0652 Passcode: GoodBridge
It would be good to arrive 5 minutes before the start time.

Training Sessions

James has added a new section to this site with interesting hands he has met at the table.  Topics to date (16th August 2021) are:

James has started a  "Hand of the Week" section,  any hands you would like to see there?


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, Eccleshall, Nantwich, Newcastle, Newport, Oswestry, Stafford, TettenhallWolverhampton and Wrekin.  Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.