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This event was played at Stafford Bridge club at the county showground with 7 tables and players from far and wide within the county.  The winners were Anne Seymour & Geoffrey Neal with Terry Maltby & Liz Clarke second and Alan Codling & Ann Sleightholme third, congratulations all.  David Drinkwater directed a very friendly event which is sadly the end of the near 50 year spell at the showground.  Stafford bridge club is moving to the Hayling Dene centre in June as the lease at the showground premises comes to an end.  Hopefully the competition will be played at Hayling Dene next year..  Pictures by David Drinkwater show SSCBA chair,, Pam Booth Jones presenting the prizes to the winners and runners up. 

Three SSCBA Clubs moving/have moved

Border, Stafford and Wolverhampton have either moved or are about to move from premises that they have had a long association with.  Please note the new venues that may or may not be better for you.

  Move  New Address Start time (normally to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier)
Border 1st May 2024 Bicton Village Hall, 71 Church Lane Bicton, Shrewsbury,  SY3 8EL Friday 7:00
Stafford 3rd June 2024 Hayling Dene Centre,  Cannock Rd, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5DT Monday 1:30, Tuesday 7:15, Friday 7:15
Wolverhampton July 2023 Windmill Community Church Centre, Henwood Road, WV6 8PG Tuesday 7:00, Thursday 6:30, Friday 12:40

 

Championship Teams - Sunday 21st April 2024

This green pointed teams of four event was played on Sunday 21st April at Newcastle bridge club, five teams took part and the winners were John Hartley & Geoff Neal,  Kath Adams,& Anne Seymour.  

The event was played over two 24 board sessions, click for session 1, session 2 and combined results.

Many thanks to James Vickers for directing and to Tracy Aherne for all the refreshments.  

 
Sunday 30th June Midland Counties Challenge Bowl at Newcastle Bridge Club, ST5 1EL
Midland Counties Challenge Bowl on Sunday, 30th June 2024

This Midland Counties event is to be hosted this year by S&SCBA  and will be played at Newcastle Bridge club on Sunday 30th June starting at 11.30 a.m.

Each County can send two teams to compete for the trophy, and they are are Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Staffs & Shrops, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.  Our qualifying teams are the winners of the County League and a team from the Championship Teams.

Results
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Scorer: Martin Church
SSCBA Mixed Pairs
Director: David Drinkwater
Scorer: David Drinkwater
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
Scorer: Stephen Kennedy
Calendar
29th May 2024
Pairs Staffs & Shrops
6;40 for 7:00 p.m.
30th June 2024
Midland Counties Challenge Bowl
Newcastle Bridge Club
11:15 for 11:30
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, Eccleshall, Nantwich, NewcastleOswestry, StaffordTettenhallWolverhampton (note new address July 2023) and Wrekin

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

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.