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Midland Counties Events 2021

The six counties involved have agreed dates for the two events as follows: 
Midland Counties Challenge Bowl (2 teams of 4 from each county) will be held on RealBridge on Sunday, 27th June.  Qualifying teams are the winners of the league and the runners up in the Staffs Cup (supplemented by others if necessary).
Edgar Foster Cups (4 pairs from each county) to be held on Sunday 19th September (either F2F or on RealBridge).  Qualifying pairs come from the Championship Pairs – preferably those who will not be playing in the Corwen in June.

Non-SSCBA events

Kent Swiss Teams

Sunday 23rd May. Please click here to enter online or here to download an entry form.

Oxfordshire Congress

Saturday 12th June:  Swiss Pairs 
Sunday 13th June:  Swiss Teams
Sunday 13th June:  Friendly Pairs
Please click here to enter online or here to download an entry form. 

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The Midland Counties Congress report  "Following the success of, and feedback from, our recent Eight-High and Nine-High Swiss Teams, we have decided to run further events while we are unable to return to face to face bridge. The next event, on 19th June, will be 6-High and it is planned to publish a programme of further events in due course. Once again, the event will be run on RealBridge, giving you the opportunity of seeing and talking with your partner and opponents and there will be both individual team and also county rankings."

SSCBA entries by email to Paul Cutler please, including names of all the team members, by Monday 14th June 2021.  See poster for more details on

The 27th Shropshire Congress On Line via B.B.O.

Green Pointed Swiss Pairs Saturday, 24th April 2021 

There were 56 tables at this first online Shropshire Congress with many from SSCBA taking part, a record number of entries including a standby pair. 

Winners    Richard Illingworth & Glyn Meredith
Second    Steve Eginton & Ed Scerri
Third    Jackie Pye & John Holland
Fourth    Jason Hackett & John Sansom

Best placed of the regular Wednesday evening SSCBA players were Brian Nicholls and Keith Shuttleworth coming 11th out of 112 pairs.   Very well done all.


Green Pointed Swiss Teams Sunday, 25th April 2021

34 teams for the Swiss Teams.  Another record?

Winners:    Paul Littlewood & Fiona Littlewood and Derek Oram & Celia Oram
Equal    Warner Solomon & Ian Walsh and Joy Blakey & Irving Blakey
second:    Keith Shuttleworth & James Vickers and Martin Church & Mike McCartney

Congratulations to the SSCBA regular players James Vickers, Keith Shuttleworth, Martin Church and Mike McCartney for their joint second-place.



We surely do not want to thank covid restrictions for anything, but due to them we have experienced record numbers for both the Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams.    To think that, back in 2019, we cancelled the teams event for 2020 because uptake was so poor! Obviously, with face-to-face bridge out of the question, on-line bridge involving no travel and no hotel bills has proved very popular in bringing players to our event from all over the country.

My thanks go to Sarah Amos and her team for organising the whole event and to everyone who entered to make it such a success. Will the future of the Shropshire Congress lie on line?
Judy Mitchell (Congress Secretary)


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 regularly from 10 to 12 tables each week.

Many thanks are due to Judy Mitchell, John Withers and James Vickers and others for the considerable amount of work they have put in to setting the virtual club up. Feedback from one of the players "Most important is thanks for getting this going. I'm certain it is absolutely the right thing to do for local bridge in the lockdown. Keep up the good work."

Congratulations to the winners of the opening session NS Keith Shuttleworth & Brian Nicholls and EW Paul Cutler & Martin Aherne. 

On Line Virtual Club
Scorer: Eddie
On Line Virtual Club
Scorer: Eddie
On Line Virtual Club
Scorer: Eddie
#60117 Shropshire Congress Swiss Teams
Scorer: Mitch
19th May 2021
On Line Virtual Club
6:40 for 7 p.m.
26th May 2021
On Line Virtual Club
6:40 for 7 p.m.
2nd June 2021
On Line Virtual Club
6:40 for 7 p.m.
9th June 2021
On Line Virtual Club
6:40 for 7 p.m.
16th June 2021
On Line Virtual Club
6:40 for 7 p.m.
Dawes match vs Leicestershire

In the MCOL4 (Dawes) match against Leicestershire on 9th May the scores were: 

1st team lost 5-15

2nd team won 18-2

3rd team won 14-6

Thanks to all who took part. The results can be found here


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