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On Line Pairs League 3rd Tuesday of the month.  

Series 1, Sep to Jan
Series 2, Feb to Jun

Email: Queries and Entries by 31st August or click for poster

Midlands CC 9-High
2 p.m.   
24th Sep Swiss Pairs
29th Oct Swiss Teams
26th Nov Swiss Pairs
Entries to Paul Cutler

Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams taking place on RealBridge, click here for a brochure.  

Shropshire Congress (RealBridge) 22nd April 2023

Sat 22nd April
Green Pointed Swiss Pairs
Further details to follow.

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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

Heats booked to be held at 3 clubs so far, Eccleshall, Newport and Stafford.  Click for more information, here.  May not be too late to enter your club in a heat. Thanks to Covid the last time it was possible to run a SSCBA sim pairs competition was 27th January 2020 when 78 pairs took part.

Teams of Four are invited to enter the leagues held during the winter months, starting in September (we hope).  This season the League will be held on line on BBO, which is the most popular platform in our County. Click here for the details.

All players have to be members of the S&SCBA, usually through being members of an affiliated club in the county. It is recommended that you have access to reserves for your team.

Entries, to be in by 24th August please,  to Paul Cutler (07939 977499). Playing instructions, further information and details on how to pay the entry fee will be sent out with the fixture list. 

Nine teams took part in the league 2021/22. James, Keith, Martin and Mike are the winners with 127 VP.  Second, third and fourth places all very close, only separated by 6 VPs.  Paul, David, Geoff and Anne came second with 107 just ahead of John, Tony, Ian and Irene with 105 in third  who were just ahead of Mike, John,  Anthony and Craig with 101 who came fourth.  


Tuesday 16th August SSCBA Sim Pairs
Sunday 4th September SSCBA  AGM (on Zoom)
Sunday 11th September Dawes/MCOL first round
Saturday 24th September MCC 9 High No Fear Swiss Pairs
Saturday 29th October MCC 9 High No Fear Swiss Teams
Saturday 26th November MCC 9 High No Fear Swiss Pairs
Friday Jan 6th 2023 MCC Blue Pt Afternoon
Friday Jan 6th 2023 MCC Blue Pt Evening
Saturday Jan 7th 2023 MCC Green Pt
Sunday Jan 8th 2023 MCC Blue Pt
Saturday 22nd April 2023 Shropshire Congress
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
17th August 2022
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6:30 for 7 p.m.
Director: Eddie
24th August 2022
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6:30 for 7 p.m.
Director: Eddie
31st August 2022
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6:30 for 7 p.m.
Director: Eddie
Ian Pendlebury

We are sorry to report the death of Ian Pendlebury at the age of 72. Ian was a very active player when he was younger, reaching the rank of Grand Master and winning a couple of national competitions (the National Masters pairs with Pauline Rudolf and the Silver Plate with David Smith). He played in our S&SCBA county events at that time often with David Smith, and represented the County in the Dawes and Tollemache. For many years he wrote the commentary for the County’s Simultaneous Pairs. Latterly his bridge-playing occurred at Manchester Bridge Club. He had no close family.


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

BridgeWebs Release 2.19q

As of 3rd August 2022 this website has moved on to release 2.19q, click here to see "what is new".  The most noticeable change is to the way the results may be viewed with an option to view in the "classic" style or the "2022" style.    There are other features introduced in release 2.19p - should we make use of them on this site?