Release 2.19o

Annual Congress

30th Oct – 31st Oct

The KCBA's Swiss Pairs & Swiss Teams are being held online on RealBridge starting at 11am. 7 x 7 board matches with a break of approx 45 minutes after match 3. 'Really Easy' Pairs on the Saturday. 
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Green pointed Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams Level 4 events taking place on BBO, click here for a brochure.  

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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".

2020/21 Season Winners

Firstly congratulations to James Vickers' team for the 2020/21 season victory just pipping Paul Cutler's team to the post with 127 to 122 VP when the competition finally completed.  

2021/22 Season

10 teams have entered the league this year making a single division with 9 rounds to be played between now and mid May 2022. The time table can be found here

Last updated : 10th Sep 2021 10:40 BST
Clubs Reopening

Several SSCBA clubs have already reopened.  Best place for the latest information are the clubs' own websites.  Each club is making their own arrangements/restrictions.  In general bringing your own glass and drinks is the order of the day and keeping the club informed of when you wish to play.

Club Information First or Trial Opening
Border Committee meeting on July 29th to discuss reopening on Friday 3rd September September 3rd
Chasetown    
Eccleshall Tuesday evenings only to start with. July 20th
Nantwich New venue, Shavington Village Hall, CW2 5JA August 2nd
Newcastle Attendace limited to 8 tables, booking advisable. martin.aherne@gmail.com August 2nd
Newport Newport Bridge Club will reopen on Tuesday 3rd August at The Hub, St Mary Street, Newport. TF10 7BH.  Duplicate bridge played each Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 10pm. Small friendly club welcomes players old and new. If you are thinking of attending please contact the club to let us know. For more information please contact Marianne on 01952 275934 August 3rd
Oswestry Reopening on Thursdays from 9th September.  Same venue as before, the Memorial Hall, but using a larger room downstairs.  Monday bridge to remain online September 9th
Stafford As a preliminary initiative, Stafford invited all members who wish to do so to come to an informal duplicate session and discussion at the Club on Monday 2nd August at 2 pm. This event now fully booked. Club Secretary August 2nd
Tettenhall The committee are currently in discussion with the Landlord regarding a reopening date and have a meeting on Friday 30 July. Members will be updated after the meeting. July 30th
Wolverhampton Watch the club website for new one way system in Shaw Road as well as full reopening details July 23rd
Wrekin Wednesday Evenings July 28th

 

Last updated : 10th Sep 2021 10:08 BST

SSCBA is very sad to hear the news of the death of John Day on Tuesday 13th July 2021.

John made an enormous contribution, not only at his beloved Newcastle BC but also at County level. Please click here for some memories sent by those he played with over the years. 

For the funeral arrangements please see the Newcastle site.

Our thoughts go out to Frances, their two daughters and grandchildren at this very difficult time.

 

Last updated : 9th Aug 2021 19:05 BST

The Midland Counties Congress Working Party Group ran a third in their series of No Fear Swiss Teams events on Saturday 19th June 2021.  This time 15 teams took part, including one from SSCBA, the winners were from Warwickshire.  If you took part in any of the No Fear events. 8High in January, 9High in March and now 6High the organisers would be pleased to get feedback so that they can build on the good points and reduce the not such good points.  Please send your comments to Paul Cutler.

Last updated : 22nd Jul 2021 19:00 BST

Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice Online Conference: Monday 28 June – Thursday 1 July 2021 Free international conference for academics, bridge players, teachers & administrators Join Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) – a global network – and share best practice Case studies from: Australia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Madeira, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Pacific, UK, USA More than 60 presenters and panelists from 20 countries

  • ·       Day 1:  Bridge as a Mindsport
  • ·       Day 2:  Digital Bridge: Opportunities and Challenges
  • ·       Day 3:  Healthy Ageing, Intergenerationality and Gender
  • ·       Day 4:  Education, Development and Marketing

For more information or to register for any of the sessions go to: https://bridgemindsport.org/bridging-academia-policy-practice-conference/

Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) | Prof. Samantha Punch Faculty of Social Sciences, Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA  Email:​ bamsa@stir.ac.uk 

Last updated : 7th Jul 2021 21:41 BST

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)

 

Last updated : 8th Jun 2021 17:39 BST

Another wonderful success story, 54 teams took part this time including 3 from SSCBA.  Best placed SSCBA was Viv Milne's team from Newcastle who came 5th.  Many congratulations.  Click here to see the results.  

Midlands Counties Congress (who put on the event)  will welcome feedback - via SSCBA coordinator, Paul Cutler - on this event and the option for future events of this nature.

  • the format you prefer (pairs, teams, etc)?
  • does the day and time work out OK?
  • how often such events should happen?
  • anything else you can think of .....

This is clearly a project worth encouraging so please pass comments to Paul so that the event builds on the positives and corrects any negatives.  Many players now introduced to RealBridge, another positive spin off from the event.

Last updated : 25th Apr 2021 19:38 BST
Midlands No Fear 8-High Swiss Teams - 30th January

The 8 High No Fears event was a great success with 45 teams from 10 counties taking part,  The title "Midlands" might have been stretched a little!  Staffs & Shrops were at the northern limit but one county has a boundary on the south coast! The full results can be seen by clicking here.  Sadly only one Staffs & Shrops team entered, those players will need to pass the word on as to how enjoyable the event was to encourage more to enter next time. A great afternoon's bridge, friendly faces, best behaviour at bridge observed by all and not a mile added to wear and tear on anyone's car.

Not only was it an interesting experience playing Swiss Teams but also to gain experience of Realbridge.  Realbridge is rapidly becoming a popular platform. The results appeared after each 5 board round and teams were taken back to their home table for a team chat before going on for the next round.  Both Swiss Teams and Realbridge were certainly a new experience for the players in the Staffs & Shrops team and, from chat at the table, most of the other players too.  The Realbridge taster sessions were very helpful to get used to the system, most weeks there are a few times to give Realbridge a try however you must register at least 3 hours in advance that you wish to play in the 8 board taster, you may "turn up to play" with or without a partner.  Newcastle has set up Sunday evening sessions to which they invite others to join in, click for the link to their website.

Last updated : 25th Apr 2021 19:36 BST
Championship Pairs - 7th March

18 pairs took part this year, 16 pairs last year, good to see numbers holding up in the on-line world. The competition, previously known as the Bearn, was played over 14 three board rounds on Sunday 7th March.

The winners were James Vickers and Martin Church with a score of 59.4%, runners-up Linda Davies and Judy Clowes with 57.9%. The results can be found here.  Many Congratulations.

This competition is the qualifying event to select players to represent the County at the Corwen Trophy to be held on 5th & 6th June 2021. Venue: Milton Keynes or on-line.

Prizes:    
  Winning Pair: Free entry to the Corwen or equivalent in cash
  2nd Place: *Half the entry fee or equivalent in cash
    *players to pay the balance.

If Corwen Trophy is to be held in Milton Keynes you would be responsible for travel and accommodation costs. 

Well placed pairs in the Championship Pairs may be invited to take part in the Edgar Foster Cups in September.

Many thanks are due to Judy Mitchel for her organisation and to the director, Eddie, for ensuring the smooth running of the event.

Last updated : 25th Apr 2021 19:35 BST

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 and Border Bridge Clubs have set up a very successful BBO virtual clubs getting 9 or more 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.  Bridge is alive and well in the Staffs and Shrops area.  The unaffiliated Monday Bridge Club in the Shrewsbury area has also set up a virtual club.

Last updated : 30th Mar 2021 12:41 BST
Congratulations

Two success stories from the recent EBU ranked Masters pairs event played on February 27th and 28th.  Tony Togneri (Newcastle) playing with Elisabeth Bingham (Surrey) won the Regional Masters Pairs and Richard Woodward and Terry Alexander who in the Masters pairs came 15th out of 266 pairs with a score of 59.76%.  Well done all.

Last updated : 29th Mar 2021 23:26 BST
Chat Manager

When you meet your opponents you can set up the BBO chat manager to enable you to greet them with your basic system, see links to videos on how to used  chat Manager, Using Chat Manager in BBO - Bing videoChat manager on you tube.  For example "Hello both, Jill and Susan here, we play Beni, wkNT, stayman, transfer, wk Majors, RKCB".  In addition to using the "chat" please use the alert BBO facility, for example to show strength of 1NT bid and any conventional bids, even Stayman and Transfers.

Last updated : 1st Mar 2021 16:38 GMT

Many congratulations to the division 7 EBU lockdown league winners, Tony Leech (captain),  Pamela Booth-Jones (chairman of SSCBA), Linda Curtis (past chairman of SSCBA) and Sue Yardley.  14 teams took part in the division, the results were very tight at the top.  Click here for the full division 7 results.  A very popular event with 9 divisions.

 

 

Last updated : 1st Mar 2021 16:30 GMT
John Withers

Many Congratulations to John Withers who has been awarded the prestigious Dimmie Fleming Award in 2020 for services to bridge. The awards are made specifically to publicly recognise those who have worked hard promoting bridge locally at County level. 

John has been a tireless supporter of the county for more than 20 years. Initially he was Membership Secretary for the County, trying to keep club lists up to date and collecting county subs from everyone – before the age of computerisation (we forget how much work that involved).

He also worked very hard on statistics relating to the introduction of P2P: who would benefit, who would lose out and at what level the county should pitch the county subscription.  Initially, Staffs and Shropshire county elected to collect from individuals via clubs in the first instance: and then John calculated how much should be added to the P2P to the EBU and, again, which clubs would lose out with the change.  His work enabled the county to diffuse any potential issues that would certainly have arisen without his work on this topic.

He was usually the representative of Wolverhampton Bridge Club at county committee meetings and a major player in the administration of that Club.

In addition, he was at the forefront of ‘computer’ scoring for the county and his club (Wolverhampton Bridge Club) and for coping with sending results to the EBU.  If there was any sort of computer problem (including sorting out problems with bridge scoring systems from other clubs) – John was your man. 

More recently he was at the forefront of starting up the county on-line bridge clubs, liaising with the TD for them and taking on the role of Membership Secretary for the two new on-line clubs. 

Over the years he has represented the County at various EBU national meetings, always ready to stand in for another representative in his/her absence.

Always a person willing to take on any task or problem.  John is a classic example of an unsung hero, and thoroughly deserves the nomination.

Last updated : 3rd Nov 2020 09:39 GMT
David West

It is with sadness that we report the death of David West, chairman of Newport Bridge Club, died aged 71 on the 6th of October peacefully at home after a short illness. David had become a member of the Newport Bridge club  when he and his wife Lesley moved to the area in 1984. He started playing bridge as a young boy at  secondary school and never lost his enthusiasm for the game. His work took him to Rumania, Northern Ireland and America and he continued with his bridge where ever he was based.  He was an active member of the club serving on the committee for many years and acting as competition secretary. He led and encouraged others to take part in competitions in SSCBA. He took the directors course and encouraged and enabled others to teach bridge. He was also also a leading light at our many social events. He will be greatly missed.

Lesley has asked that should anyone wish to make a donation in David’s memory, it should be made to the Severn Hospice (www.severnhospice.org.uk) as they provided wonderful at-home caring during Dave’s last days.

David's funeral will be held on 28th October at Chapel - Telford at 3:30 p.m. and there will be a live webcast on https://www.obitus.com/ that can be joined with the username Zehe2433 and password 235305.

Last updated : 30th Oct 2020 22:59 GMT

Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

AGENDA for the  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

to be held on Sunday, 27th  September 2020 at 5 p.m. on ZOOM*

 

  1. Apologies.
  2. Minutes of the A.G.M. held on 1st September 2019. 
  3. Matters arising.  
  4. Chairman’s Report.
  5. Treasurer’s Report.
  6. Competition Secretary’s Report.
  7. Shropshire Congress Secretary’s Report.
  8. Webmaster/Membership Secretary’s Report.
  9. Captain’s Report.
  10. Proposal from Paul Cutler, seconded by Pam Booth Jones, that the word “Duplicate” be removed from the Constitution as recommended by the Midlands Counties Working Group (see **note below).   A copy of the Constitution can be found on the County’s website.
  11. Election of Officers (no nominations as yet).            
  12. Any Other Business.

*ZOOM    Jane Sheehan, our Treasurer, is willing to host the meeting, and if you want to attend you must provide her with your e-mail address so she can send the electronic invitation details.   She will also give you her mobile phone number in case you are having difficulties.  By having these e-mail addresses she will also send you copies of the Accounts.  Please note the time, a different time was indicated on an email.

So, beforehand you will need to download Zoom onto a suitable laptop or phone which has microphone/sound/speaker facilities so that you can hear and be heard (and video if you want to see people or be seen).

This is her email address : jane_sheehan_13@hotmail.com.   (There is an underline between her names and the number!).    When you email her, please include me in the mail shot, because I shall need to know who will be attending, and I shall also want to send you copies of the other Reports for the AGM.

** Note:  At a meeting of the MCWG it was agreed that the EBU and individual counties should be there representing all bridge players and that the word “duplicate” should be deleted from counties’ constitutions.

N.B.  Reports will be emailed to those who let me know that they will be attending the meeting.

J. Mitchell, 

S&SCBA Hon. Secretary

01743 235374;  

mitchellmj@btinternet.com

10/9/20.

Last updated : 30th Sep 2020 15:59 BST
Simultaneous Pairs in aid of E.B.E.D. 9th September

STAFFS & SHROPS ONLINE BRIDGE CLUB   entered Simultaneous Pairs in aid of E.B.E.D,which raises funds for EBED, . on Wednesday, 9th September 2020.  This was very well attended with 14 tables.  At the time of writing, 10:30 the following morning, results are in for 116 pairs with possibly more to come,  Claire Marsh and Celia Day, winners EW at SSCBA, came third in the overall results, winners NS at SSCBA event.  Next best placed SSCBA players in the overall results were were Jolanta Coggle and Michael Lucas coming 12th, 2nd EW at SSCBA.  NS winners at SSCBA were James and Judy coming 17th overall.  A very good evening with 24 boards played, more than the usual number, feedback on the number of boards welcome, just right or too many?

Last updated : 22nd Sep 2020 19:35 BST

Peter Jones, member of Newcastle bridge club, won the Second Mutton cup satellite thus gaining entry to the final in Madrid August 13th - !5th August.  Peter being able to take part will be confirmed when the inbound quarantine from Spain to the U.K. is lifted (expected to be this week)

 

Last updated : 15th Jul 2020 10:00 BST

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.

Last updated : 15th Jun 2020 16:47 BST
Recent Success

OnLine Bridge Events "The Alt Invitational"

Jason Hackett was in the winning team for this event played on 11th April 2020.

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.

Last updated : 29th May 2020 10:12 BST
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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.  

Last updated : 19th May 2020 17:32 BST
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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.

Last updated : 19th May 2020 17:31 BST
Shropshire Congress - Cancelled
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..

Last updated : 19th May 2020 17:30 BST
Harold Goodwin

County members will also be sorry to learn about Harold who passed away on 15th March. He was 91 which by coincidence was the same age as Marion.

Harold first joined Newcastle Bridge Club in the 60’s and became a regular Tuesday and Thursday nighter until recently when his long illness made it difficult to attend. Over the years Harold has also been a member of the Club Committee in various roles.

Harold was a very good player who enjoyed considerable success at Newcastle. He was also selected to play for the County in Dawes matches, the Teams league with neighbouring Midlands Counties. Harold also enjoyed success at weekend EBU congresses.

Harold’s service with family members took place during the Coronavirus situation. If a Memorial Service is held, details will appear later on County website. 

Last updated : 19th May 2020 17:30 BST
Marion Jordan

SSCBA has just been advised by Ray Stubbs that Marion Jordan of Newcastle Bridge Club died on  Friday 17th April.    Ray passes on the message from the family about future arrangements:

“Clearly it is difficult to make firm arrangements in these challenging times. Flowers are not really practical so if you feel you would like to do something immediately then feel free to kindly make a donation to any charity of your choice.

The funeral by necessity will need to be low key but we do plan to have a larger scale memorial / celebration later in the year when normal life returns. It doesn't make sense to choose a date now but we will keep you informed and I know Marion would love to have as many of you there as practically possible.”

Last updated : 19th May 2020 17:29 BST
Sim Pairs - January 2020

County Simultaneous Pairs - Played at clubs on Monday 27th January 2020

6 clubs took part in this event, results in from all 6 with a total of 39 tables as of Tuesday 28th January just short of midnight, thanks to John Withers burning the midnight oil.  First are Linda & Paul Laughlin (playing at Stafford, pictured), with Robert Hunt & Cyril Walker (Oswestry) second by a short head from Mike Sherriff  & Robin Adey (Stafford) who were themselves a short head from Val Prentice & Jill Bird (Nantwich) now fourth after the 6th club's results included.   Slight increase in the numbers taking part this year, 35 tables last year.  Many thanks to John Withers and Jeff Jones for all the work they put in to make the event so successful. Next SSCBA sim pairs is Wednesday 12th August 2020.

Last updated : 20th Feb 2020 12:24 GMT
Autumn 2019 successes

Autumn Congress 2019


SSCBA members Paul Hackett and Dave Debbage were in the Hackett team that won Eastbourne Bowl in the EBU Autumn Congress played 18th - 20th September 2019 at The Mercure Hotel in Daventry click for pictures (may not display in old browsers).

Gerard Faulker 2018/19


Paul Hackett was a member of the Brian Senior winning team in the Gerard Faulkner knock out competition, the final for the 2018/19 competition being played in September 2019 just as the competition for the next year was getting underway! 

Crockfords 31st August - 1st September 2019

Several County members were in the team that came second,  Diego Brenner, Jason, Justin and Paul joined by David Mossop and Alex Hydes.  Dan Croft’s team also got to the final

Madrid Individual Comptition


Jason Hackett came second in the Mutton Cup Individual Competition played in Madrid on 24th August. Several SSCBA members took part. 

Brighton Teams


Another Hackett family success story.  Jason, Justin, David Mossop and Paul have won the Brighton teams played on 11th August 2019.  The home of the congress is now at Eastbourne but the name lives on!  Congratulations all in the team.

Scarborough Teams

Jason Hacket was in the winning team in this event at the Scarbough Summer Congress, 24th - 28th July 2019

Last updated : 29th Jan 2020 17:37 GMT

Congratulations to Kevin Goode and Peter Cartwright, and Helen and Peter Lees, who finished second and third in the Edgar Foster Cups on Sunday 22nd September 2019. Sadly, it wasn't quite enough to bring home the trophy, which was lost on a tie-break to Warwickshire. Full results can be seen here. .

Last updated : 6th Jan 2020 12:50 GMT

Staffs and Shrops finished 5th of 9 in group D of this national event played in Daventry over the weekend 16th/17th November.  SSCBA had 4 wins & 4 defeats. Wins against:

  • Berks and Bucks, the eventual winners, their only defeat
  • Norfolk,
  • Warwickshire,
  • Northants.

Team :  Paul Hackett  & David Debbage, Jason Hackett  & Adrian Kenworthy, David Beavon & James Vickers, Geoff Davies & Paul Cutler.
 

Last updated : 6th Jan 2020 12:48 GMT

The AGM was held on Sunday, 1st September 2019. An EGM was held in order to ratify the Proposal by the Committee that the current rate of the county fee paid via P2P should remain at 6p per session per player, which was agreed nem con but without a quorum at the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 1st September 2019.  The motion was passed at the EGM.

Last updated : 22nd Nov 2019 10:00 GMT
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

Manilla

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

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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 lcalice@btinternet.com. 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