To be played at Wolverhampton Bridge Club. Open to SSCBA members, closing date for entry is 29th February. For further information please contact Jeff Jones on 01952 620496 or e-mail jeffjt@btinternet.com

Congress to be held at Telford Centre Hotel (ex Park Inn), Telford, TF3 4NA, on 25th April 2020.  Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell.

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Shropshire Congress - Cancelled

The Congress has to be cancelled in line with EBU and other directives regarding Coronavirus. Judy Mitchell will be contacting those who have entered and sent money so that she can refund them..

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Championship Pairs - Played Sunday 8th March 2020

This all play all green pointed event was played at the County HQ, Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th March in two sessions with a total of 45 boards.  The winners were Paul Hackett & David Debbage with Kath Adams & John Hartley second and James Vickers & Martin Church third.  These first three pairs have qualified to play in the national event for the Corwen Trophy on 30th and 31st May 2020 at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes,  MK7 6BZ.  

Four Pairs from this event will be invited to represent the County in the Edgar Foster Cups to be held on 20th September 2020, this year hosted by Staffs and Shropshire.

Many thanks are due to James Vickers for directing and scoring, Jeff Jones for the organisation and Tracy Aherne for the catering.

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No Fear Pairs - Thursday 27th February 2020. This day time event took place at Wolverhampton Bridge Club with a delicious light lunch included. One player came from as far as Manchester to take part. 30 boards were played using a Mitchell movement.  North South winners were Janet Bradley & Christine Hartley, East West winners were Brian McLaughlan & Isobel Rees with a special prize for Michael & Hilary Sedgley as the best scoring runners up.  Congratulations to you all. A very enjoyable day and thanks are due to those who provided the lunch, the organisers, the scorer and to Jeff Jones for directing.  

EBU

Diary

From 2020, if members wish to receive a copy of the diary they will need to opt in. 

The best and easiest way for members to opt-in is by changing the setting on their account on MyEBU. Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then in the 'account setting' section of the page, under the magazine/diary preference option use the drop down list to choose the preferred setting.

Magazine

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.

Minutes

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.

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The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

Club Management Focus

The Autumn 2019 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - https://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=47

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.

New Rule Book

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.

Welcome
Welcome

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

Recent Success

Premier Grand Masters Pairs - 29th February/1st March 2020

Paul Hackett and David Debbage have won the Premier Grand Pairs played at The Hilton Hotel Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon, 29th February - 1st March 2020.  This competition for Reginal Masters and above is devided into groups of pairs championships for which an appropriate EBU Master Point Rank is needed to enter. 

XLVI TORNEO INTERNACIONAL DE BRIDGE at Real Club Pineda, Seville - 22nd and 23rd February 2020


SSCBA member Jason Hackett playing with Graham Osbourne winning in Seville. 

National Point-a-Board Teams - 25th January 2020


SSCBA members Paul and Jason Hackett were members of the second placed team just one point behind the winners in this competition played at the Young Chelsea Club on 25th January 2020

Teltscher Trophy Senior Trial


Paul Hackett was a member of the winning team, team Mossop, at this sennior trials event that took place at the West Midlands Bridge Club on 16th December 2019.  They will represent England at the Telcher Trophy taking place on 15th/16th May 2020.

Premier League Division 3 - 2019


SSCBA members Paul Hackett and Dave Debbage were in the team that ended the season at the top of the EBU Premier League, the final round played 9th/10th November 2019 at The West Midlands Bridge Club.

If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2019/20 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.

EBED

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.

Contact Webmaster

Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.

Club Blue Point Events

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.

Calendar
5th April 2020
Dawes vs Oxford - cancelled
25th April 2020
Shropshire Congress
Telford
11th June 2020
Mixed Pairs - provisional date
Wolverhampton Bridge Club
2nd August 2020
A,G,M. & Phoenix Trophy
Wolverhampton Bridge Club
12th August 2020
County Summer Sim Pairs
Clubs
Results
League
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
Championship Pairs (Bearn) Revised date
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers
Dawes vs Worcs (home)
Scorer: James Vickers