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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association
Staffs & Shrops Online Bridge Club

Opening 10th June

AN INVITATION TO ALL MEMBERS of S&SCBA TO PLAY BRIDGE IN A FRIENDLY CLUB ATMOSPHERE ON LINE

SSCBA is setting up a virtual “Club” with the help of the EBU and Bridge Base Online (BBO), and intend to hold  sessions on a Wednesday evening (a traditional County night).

Our first SSCBA Club on line session will be on  Wednesday, 10th June 2020, at 7 p.m.

To get you going with BBO some help can be found through the links below.

For general information click the link here.

What you need to do NOW is:

  • familiarise yourself with BBO in order to join in the session on June 10th.
  • URGENTLY If you would like to be a member of this “Club” please email the Membership Secretary –  John Withers on jwithersx@gmail.com, with your name, EBU number, user name, contact telephone number and email address.   (This has to be done also by those players already registered with BBO.)  Only those that have registered with John will be able to take part in the SSCBA Virtual Club Events, please give him a day or two to organise this prior tho June 10th

In a few days’ time, well before 10th June,  John Withers will email everyone on the Club’s membership list with details of how to log on the Club’s game on Wednesday 10th June.

The following are willing to offer help to get you going on BBO

Pam Booth Jones -  01952 222421
John Withers
Paul Cutler
Judy Mitchell –  01743 235374
Ann Sleightholme 
Geoff Davies
James Vickers

We hope to have information about future events, such as leagues, in due course, and they will be announced on the County website.
We hope to hear from you very soon, and keep safe and well
Judy Mitchell
S&SCBA Secretary.

01743 235374

The EBU organised an online seminar by Suffolk County Bridge Association, on The Virtual Club and their experiences in developing this resource within their County

I watched the seminar this is what I “took away” from the presentation.

Lockdown has universally changed the bridge world, now “the only game in town “ is online.

Playing bridge sitting opposite your opponents, in clubs, is unlikely to resume before September and maybe as far away as the New Year.

There is a growing number of Counties and local bridge clubs that are organising online Tournaments, in which players pay table money to compete with people they played/socialised with prior to March 23rd. The organisers receive 50 – 70 % of the table.

The organisers of Tournaments must have access to a qualified host/director to run the competition, practical experience recommends that initially two directors are needed to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Sixty percent of players in Suffolk on now playing online.

I urge members of SSCBA committee to watch the recording of the meeting, available via the EBU’s website, It runs for an hour. If the committee is then interested in pursuing/promoting the introduction of a Virtual Club/s within the County, it could quickly determine if any local clubs are organising or playing in online Tournaments and what is needed to “Marshall” or train directors.

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.

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)Warehouse

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.

On Line Bridge Is the only game in town....

Never played bridge on-line - and intimidated by what's involved? Don't be! Some clubs have set up on-line bridge groups.  Two main platforms, BBO (Bridge Base Online) and BCL (Bridge Club Live), both offer social and competitive games.  BBO offers the facility to set up a virtual bridge club. Lessons are available from Andrew Robson and Mr Bridge,  Watch over the shoulder of the experts, youtube videos, pick and possibly question, your expert in real time with Zoom.

Oswestry has set up a very successful BBO virtual club getting as many as 9 tables twice a week.   Wolverhampton and Stafford have set up BCL groups.  Stafford is running a league competition with 9 teams of 4 taking part.  A new BBO virtual club is opening shortly in the Shrewsbury area.  Bridge is alive and well in the Staffs and Shrops area.

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.

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
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