Green pointed Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams Level 4 events taking place in Solihull, B91 3EP, click here for a brochure.  Also Blue Pointed Pairs and Open teams.

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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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

April/May/June 2019 Successes

European Championship

Jason and Justin Hackett were in the winning team in Turkey at the European Championship Open Teams competition representing England.  The event started 15th June 2019 in Istanbul.

Spring Foursomes

Jason and Justin Hacket were in the winning Scharpiro Spring Foursomes team, played 3rd - 7th May 2019

National Swiss Teams

On May 12th 2019 Dave Debbage and Paul Hackett finished second in the National Swiss Teams with team mates Croz Croswall and John Sansom.  

Buffett Cup

The Hackett family much involved in the European team taking part in the Buffett Cup April 2019 in China, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province. Paul was captain and Jason and Justin both in the team. The final result was down to the last board with Europe finally losing to the USA and China coming third.

Last updated : 3rd Sep 2019 11:32 BST

The County Mixed Pairs took place at Wolverhampton Bridge Club on Thursday 13th June 2019.  The winners were John Withers & Judy Mitchell, with Roger & Elaine Taylor second and Dan Crofts & Celia Day coming third.  Congratulations all.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2019 16:54 BST
Spring 2019 Success Stories
Another success for Paul in the Teltscher Trophy played 5th - 7th April in Edinburgh, the senior Camrose Competition.
The EBU stratified SIMS on Thursday 14th March involved 262 pairs from 15 different clubs around the country. Oswestry, with the second biggest entry,  had some spectacular successes, notably Stan and Valli Challener who came 2nd overall and 1st in their section, while only a whisker behind were Margaret Pritchard and Jane O'Brien, finishing 5th overall and 2nd in their section. Congratulations to both pairs.  

Martin Aherne and Kevin Goode came second in the Leicestershire Green Pointed Swiss Pairs on 2nd March 2019 having won all their 7 matches but losing by 1 VP.

Jason and Richard Bowdery have won the pairs at Bilbao on February 1st - click here for the results

Dan Crofts (click link for picture but you have to wait a bit to scroll round to Dan's picture - so many pictures were taken at the event!), playing with Andrew Thompson, won the Hudson Cup (Men's Pairs) at the Midlands Counties Congress on January 4th at Solihull.

Last updated : 27th Jun 2019 10:01 BST
Bridge Taster Sessions at Staffordshire University

Trying to attract a younger demographic to the game of bridge, the Students’ Union at Staffordshire University are offering their current students 4 taster sessions.  These will be held from 4-6pm on Wednesday March 27th, April 3rd, May 1st and 8th.  Newcastle-under-Lyme Bridge Club members have kindly offered to come to the university to deliver sessions to the students.  It is hoped that students are inspired and may set up a bridge club at the university but let’s not get ahead of ourselves as firstly, we need to entice the students to try the game.  If you know of any Staffordshire University students or staff please encourage them to go along.  A report will follow these events.

Last updated : 17th Jun 2019 11:21 BST
Shropshire Congress - 27th/28th April 2019

The 2019 Shropshire Congress was held at Telford Centre Hotel (previously The Park Inn), Telford on 27th/28th April 2019.

The winners of the Swiss Pairs are Giles and Gabriel Ip from Norfolk, narrowly beating Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak in second, with Eddie Lucioni & John Dakin in third.

There joint winners for the Swiss Teams:

Giles & Gabriel Ip, John Dakin & Eddie Lucioni (who received the trophy) and Sheila Shea, Edward Jones, Wyn Williams and Margaret Barnes. In third were Andrew Thompson, Tom Fisken, Dan Crofts, Ollie Burgess.
Very sadly, because of the diminishing numbers entering the Swiss Teams over recent years, and particularly this year, there will no Swiss Teams next year.   We hope that there will be a one-day Swiss Pairs on Saturday 25th April 2020.

Last updated : 17th Jun 2019 11:14 BST

Phil Topley passed away on May 1st aged 94.  He will be remembered fondly by some of the longer standing members of the County.  Phil was one of the earlier grandmasters and won many competitions at both club and county level.  He was also very successful at national level.  Over the years he won most of the major national competitions.  He also represented England at national level.

His first major success was to be in the winning Gold Cup team in 1955.  The captain of the winning gold cup team in the previous 3 years was no other than Terence Reese, a prolific author who to this day is still regarded by many as the greatest ever British player.  An early testament to Phil's immense ability. He also won the Crockford's cup, another of the EBU's prestigious teams competitions.  The list goes on, national life masters, seniors  teams (won 4 times from 2000 to 2006).  He also won the Tollemache Cup, the inter county teams of 8; firstly in 1955, again in 1956, playing for the North West and then in 1976, being the only time Staffordshire has won the Tolly.  Over the years Phil played locally at Stafford, Newcastle and Wolverhampton.

Phil was very supportive of his partners who always appreciated his helpful advice.

Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Ann who was a regular player at Stafford during Phil's time at the Stafford club.

Phil's funeral will be on Thursday 23rd May 3 o’clock at Stafford Crematorium.

Last updated : 25th May 2019 10:32 BST

The SSCBA Championship Pairs, previously the Bearn, were played at Woverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 17th March. The winners were Mike Cornes & Annette Lucas with Barbara Hackett & Dan Crofts second and Keith Shuttleworth & Brian Nicholls third. Apologies no photographer on hand, archive picture used from an Edgar Foster cup event!  The top players may go on to compete for the Corwen Trophy, a national event, on 1st/2nd June in Daventry.  The SSCBA team for the Edgar Foster Cups are also chosen from the results of this competiton which is to be played in Warwickshire this year, date yet TBA.

Last updated : 7th May 2019 08:48 BST
Success Stories late 2018


Paul Hackett playing in the Norwegian team won the open teams event in the Southeast Asia Bridge Federation Championships, Manila, Philippines 1st December 2018. Paul was also in the winning team at the Seniors Trials, 15th - 16th December 2018, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club.

Jason Hackett playing with Richard Bowdery won the Oviedo tournament on 23rd November 2018 

Many congratulations all.

Last updated : 10th Apr 2019 12:17 BST
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The winners of the Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs were Michelle Davies & Jolanta Coggle with Patricia & Henry Ramsay second and the non-expert prize going to Linda and David Glasscock.  A most enjoyable afternoon with entries from a wide area, the tea lived up to its billing, "superb" and the prize giving on time, even a few minutes ahead of schedule!  Many thanks are due to Judy and the Shrewsbury club for hosting and organising the event and to James for directing.

Last updated : 3rd Apr 2019 11:31 BST
Success for Lawrence Haynes playing with Trevor Thrower

Lawrence Haynes playing with Trevor Thrower won the West of England Congress Swiss Pairs played on 29th September 2018. 

Last updated : 23rd Mar 2019 13:19 GMT
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12½ tables took part this year in this popular event at Wolverhampton. The results were:

  N/S % EW %
1st Julie Rissbrook & Pat McCormack 59.66 Stephen & Yvonne Mancey 60.66
2nd Ann Sleightholme & Carl Dudley* 58.14 Michael & Hilary Sedgley 56.47
3rd Bill & Wendy Arthur 55.68 David Glasscock & Sally Boardman 56.12

*Won prize for highest scoring losing %

Many thanks are due to Jeff, for organising, Alma for scoring and Linda and her team for the wonderful lunch

Last updated : 17th Mar 2019 20:54 GMT
SSCBA Winter Sim Pairs - Monday January 28th 2019

Five clubs took part, Chasetown, NewcastleOswestry, Stafford and Wolverhampton with a total of 35 tables. The results are now confirmed as:

Place Club Players %
Overall winners (pictured) Chasetown A Brian & C Woodbridge 66.44
2nd Oswestry Phil Inch & Nigel Williams 66.14
3rd Stafford Ivor & Liz Clarke 64.68

A very close result at the top!

Last updated : 4th Mar 2019 09:36 GMT
SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs August 2018

The SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs were played at 5 clubs, a total of 38½ tables, on Wednesday 15th August 2018.  The final results are now complete.   The winners were Pam Booth-Jones (SSCBA Chairman) & Tony Leech playing at Wrekin, Barbara Tams & Joyce Maddock playing at Newcastle came second with Mike Cornes & Lawrence Haynes playing at Wrekin third.  Congratulations all.

Last updated : 24th Sep 2018 09:47 BST
Some Success Stories

Northern Mid-Week Congress

Justin Hacket playing with Martin Taylor won the pairs on 22nd August 2018

HCL tournament New Delhi

Jason and Justin won the 2nd prize in the pairs event played 14th August 2018.

Gloucestershire Green Point Event

Congratulations to Dom Wilson and Jeff Jones who came second in the Swiss Pairs at the Glouscestershire Green point event on Sat 21st July in a very close contest with the winners scoring 100 vp  to their 99 vp. 

Midland Counties Challenge Bowl

SSCBA was represented by two teams in this event played at Cheltenham Bridge Club, Gloucesterhire headquarters, on 8th July 2018. Roger Keane's team came third and Dave Clarke's ninth.

Llandudno Swiss Pairs

Jason Hackett playing with and John Sansom won the Llangollen Swiss pairs on 8th July 2018

Hubert Philips Bowl

Some Staffs and Shrops players have done well during 2017/18 season in this competition with Justin Hackett, as a member of Brian Senior's team, eventually being the losing finalists to Paula Leslie's team in the seventh round.  Along the way, in the third round, Brian Senior's team played against Dan Crofts team that also included SSCBA member Celia Day.

Last updated : 24th Sep 2018 09:22 BST
Mixed/Flitch Pairs - Postponed until June

A good number of players took part in this competition on the revised date of 14th June following the bad weather earlier in the year.  With 2 board rounds every pair played every other pair, most enjoyable. The winners of the Championship Mixed Pairs were Kath Adams & John Hartley (Stafford) with Pamela Booth-Jones & Tony Leech (Wrekin) second and John Day & Pat Stacey (Newcastle) third.  Winners of the Championship Flitch Pairs were Roger and Elaine Taylor (Wolverhampton).   Many thanks to James Vickers for directing and Jeff Jones for organising the event.

Last updated : 24th Jul 2018 11:03 BST

Adrian Kenworthy and Jason Hackett have won the pairs in Cordoba, Spain on 17th/18th March 2018.  In addition to the money prize they also won a ham each!

Nearer home, Barbara Hackett won the Easter Festival Swiss Teams and came fourth in the Swiss Pairs.  Barbara has been selected to play for Germany in the European championships and she came to the Easter tournament to practise with her German partner Anne Gladiotor.  Barbara regularly plays in the SSCBA Dawes team.

Dave Debbage, playing with John Sansom, won the Godiva Swiss Pairs on 14th April at the Coventry Congress.  Several SSCBA players took part in this event.

Last updated : 26th Jun 2018 10:14 BST

Shropshire Congress 2018

at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA

Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

The Swiss Pairs event, played on Saturday 28th April, was well attended with 52 pairs playing. The winners were Michael Rawlins & Naomi Gibbs from Hertfordshire. Jason Hackett and Adrian, defending their title, came second.  Judy Mitchell & Jolanta Coggle (both from Shrewsbury Bridge Club) were the highest ranking amongst the rest of the S&SCBA county players, coming in at 5th.  The bottom two places were only there as one pair had to go home towards the end of the event because of illness, and Lawrence Haynes & Mike Cornes, who were the stand-by pair to make up numbers, were asked to withdraw – to keep the numbers even - hence the zero scores towards the end and their placing at the bottom.

The leading non-expert pair were Liz Bretherton and Adam Fraise.



Green Pointed Swiss Teams

The Swiss Teams event was played on Sunday 28th April.  The winners were Jeff & Ann Wilkins, Michael Tomlinson & Linda Smith (from Lancashire) with Liz Commins & David Stevenson, Dee & Peter Lindon second. The outstanding S&SCBA result was that a team from Newcastle Bridge Club who came joint 3rd  Martin Aherne & Kevin Goode, Tracy Aherne & Joanne McLauchlan, they tied with Sheila Shea & Margaret Barnes, Edward Jones & Wyn Williams.  

Last updated : 25th Jun 2018 21:12 BST
Championship Pairs - Sunday 18th March

Who would believe that snow would cause a problem in mid-March.  Unfortunately a number had to pull out due to the road conditions but the competition nevertheless went ahead with a field mainly drawn from those who play in Dawes matches.  Winners were James Vickers & Martin Church, second Paul Cutler & Geoff Davies with Marianne Alexander & Judy Mitchell third.

Last updated : 20th May 2018 09:34 BST
Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs - Sunday 4th March 2018
A very enjoyable afternoon, the thaw came just in time to permit the event to go ahead.  The winners were Helen and Peter Lees who led from the start and never looked back.  The Prize for the non-expert leading pair went to Julia Fletcher & Roy Clifford.


Last updated : 5th Apr 2018 16:04 BST
New Year Success Stories

SSCBA players, Jason Hackett and Richard Bowdery, finished 2nd in the Oslo New Year's Cup teams event, 7th January 2018, with team mates Høines & Hjelvik. Ed Levy and Paul Hackett were second in the Manchester Congress (7th January) and Paul was in the winning team in the teams event 8th January.  Well done all.

Last updated : 20th Mar 2018 13:12 GMT
Bridge Activity Day at Adams Grammar School, Newport.

On July 18th 2017 Adams Grammar School had a bridge activity day. 60 students took part 40 had not played bridge before the rest had some knowledge. Teacher Collette Lonnigan spoke to them initially about the basics of bridge, then the rest of the day was getting them to play mini-bridge.
Jeff Jones, Jayne Ball, Val Lupton and Linda Curtis helped out for the rest of the day along with another teacher Neil. The students were divided into 3 classrooms the experience was noisy, exhausting but very worthwhile. Young people pick new things up quickly.
When the September Term starts they hope to run Bridge Club on Monday and Friday lunchtime and after school on Wednesday. Jeff Jones and Jayne Ball want to help with this and Linda would like to hear from anyone in the Newport Area that is willing to give up an hour a week to help.
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT LINDA CURTIS 01902 765027 The future of bridge is young people and we need to get involved to enable this.

Last updated : 9th Jan 2018 13:00 GMT
Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November

Andrew gave two of his inspiring master classes, on Thursday November 23rd at The Stone House Hotel, with sold out afternoon and evening sessions. 

How does Andrew manage to instruct so many of such a wide ability range so well and apparently all so effortlessly?

  • Afternoon session  Suit establishment in trump contract, take out double, showing your share.  
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.

Kath Adams hosted the cordon bleu interval meal, where did the story of fish and chips come from?  Very, very many thanks to Kath and her team of helpers.

Last updated : 9th Jan 2018 11:50 GMT