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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association


for County and non-County members
Now on Sunday, 26th February 2023 at Newcastle Bridge Club
at 10:45 for 11:30 a.m.
finishing around 4 p.m.
includes a light lunch

click here for entry form (entries to be received by 21st February)

(for the Bearn Trophies)

Green Points Awarded
A green-pointed event played over at least 36 boards, all play all.
Two sessions with excellent refreshments at half time.

Sunday 5th March 2023, starting at 1 p.m.
but at Newcastle Bridge Club,

Click here for details and entry form.

Originally it was planned to hold this on a Monday in January but eventually, after consultation with the clubs, a Wednesday was chosen, 25th January. There were 20½ tables playing at Eccleshall, Newcastle, Wrekin and Wolverhampton.  The winners were Nick Cheadle & Libby Dale playing at Eccleshall, Pam Booth-Jones & Margaret Tomkinson playing at Wrekin came second just ahead of Tony Togneri & David Owen in third place playing at Newcastle.  A commentary was handed out to these that took part, not yet available on the web.  Congratulations all.

The game is hosted on RealBridge so that you get to see and talk to your partner and the opposition – it is as close to face-to-face as we can get. Inter-County bridge events have always been for the most experienced players, but this event, run by the Midlands Counties, is to widen the opportunities to players of all standards to represent Staffs & Shrops.

If you haven’t played on RealBridge yet, you can log on to RealBridge and play some practice games.  Free taster RealBridge sessions are held once a week, mainly on Sunday evenings (these have to be booked at least 2 hours in advance).  Click here to test your camera on RealBridge.

Click here to read more about the No Fears event which is aimed at pairs with an average NGS grade of 9 or lower.  Around 25 boards will be played, starting at 2 p.m. 

S&SCBA offers free entry for its members to this event.

There is to be an EBED Spring Junior Bridge Camp at the Pioneer Centre at Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire DY14 8JG on 15th-16th April 2023. Come and enjoy a packed weekend of bridge tuition and play for young people 8 - 21 years.  (Parents or grandparents are also welcome).  All levels welcome from beginners to junior experts.  See flyer and watch bridge4schools "2023 Spring Junior Camp" for details.

EBED event

Shropshire Congress 2023 Cancelled
Shropshire Congress 2023 Cancelled

With regret the Committee of S&SCBA has decided to cancel the next Shropshire Congress and will not be organising it in the future. We are no longer allowed to run it on-line;  we believe that there would be insufficient numbers to support it as a face to face event.

SSCBA sim pairs
Scorer: Pamela Booth-Jones
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Scorer: Eddie
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Scorer: Eddie
28th January 2023
MCC 9 high No Fear Pairs
1st February 2023
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6:45 for 7p.m.
8th February 2023
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6:45 for 7p.m.

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, StaffordTettenhallWolverhampton and Wrekin.  Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.

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.