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Sussex County Contract Bridge Association (SCCBA)

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SCCBA Online East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

The  East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs was held on BBO on Saturday 27th November.  It was very successful with a good mix of novice players and the more experienced.

The prize winners were :-

first place North/South - Kathy Hurst (pictured) and her partner Jane Handley.  Kathy is one of the many students at Horsham Bridge Club.

first place East/West - Christine and Philip Nash (pictured) who were also the highest-placed 'under 7' NGS players in the “novice” section.  As Christine and Philip took the prize for E/W, the novice prize went to the next-highest pair in that section who were Trish Robson and June Carr.  These 4 players are all members of Crawley Bridge Club.

Congratulations go to all the winners. The future of bridge in Sussex is looking very hopeful!

My thanks go to Peter Clinch for his very capable directing, to Mervyn Wotton for collating the entries and mainly to all those who supported the event.  It will run again in November next year either on BBO or F2F.

Helen Kent

One-Day Online Events

After the Sussex Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs on November 21st and the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on November 27th, here are two further one-day online events to help you through more winter weekends :-

  • The Sussex Mixed Pairs Championship on BBO on Sunday December 5th will start at 11 a.m. and will only cost £5 per player.  This event will be limited to a maximum of 38 pairs so please enter early.
  • The Sussex Green-Pointed Swiss Teams will be played on BBO for the first time this year on Sunday December 12th.  This event will start at 11 a.m. and will cost £12 per player.

You can register for both events here.

Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs on BBO

The Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs event on Sunday November 21st was won convincingly by John Dagnall and Andrew Bannock of Surrey who finished 9 VPs clear of Martin Stephens and Michael Byrne of Scotland / Manchester.  The highest-placed Sussex pair were James and Alan Hobden and the highest-placed Sussex player was Alan Setchell, playing with Graham E. Osborne of Surrey.

Many thanks to Julian Mitchell who directed and to John Hardy and Mervyn Wotton who managed the entry and prize-giving.  We hope you'll join us for our next Green-pointed event on BBO, a Swiss Teams on Sunday 12th December.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

Tollemache Cup Qualifier on November 13-14th

Over two days last weekend, our team played all the other county teams in the Tollemache & finished fifth with only four in our section to qualify for the final.  After playing what we thought were the stronger teams in our group on Saturday, we held first position with a healthy lead. Unfortunately, on Sunday we performed less well & the opposition excelled themselves.  We missed out by the smallest of margins.  All players should be congratulated on some solid performances & look forward to next year when we will try again.

Martin Pool
(non-playing captain)

Sussex Championship Events

Please look out for your local heat of the Sussex Championship Pairs, which builds to a live final in March next year.  Heats are a mixture of live and on-line. There is no heat fee over and above normal club table money and any County member may enter (but only once!).

If you are less-experienced, please consider entering the David Pavey Pairs, run along similar lines to the Sussex Pairs (club heats leading to a final), but for players who are newer to the game.  Watch out for a heat at your club in the coming months, followed by a final towards the start of next year.

2021 South East Counties Junior Bridge Camp

The South Eastern Counties Junior Bridge Camp took place at Bowles Rocks on 23rd and 24th October, run by Sussex and sponsored by Kent and Surrey Bridge Associations.  It was the first face to face junior event since the  lockdowns.  Nearly 40 juniors aged 8-17 attended, including the England U-16 squad led by Giorgio Provenza, and enjoyed a weekend of bridge and outdoor activities in the beautiful Sussex countryside.  Did anybody else spot the albino squirrel?

The main event, the Priday Cup, was won by 1 IMP by  Zane Soonawalla and Theo Sinclair from  William Battersby and Lottie Bedford.  The U-14 was won by Cecilia and Aleks Birdsall even more narrowly from Millie and Verity Hallam, and the Novice section by  Ben and Hannah Cusack.

The Saturday Pairs saw the order of the top two pairs reversed, while the same two U-14 pairs managed to tie.  The Novice was won by Tristan Humphreys-Cook.   The most eagerly awaited event, the Saturday speedball, was won by Rufus Barnett and Marco Vann (NS) with a higher score than Raffy Sinclair and Andrew Bradkin (EW).   See pictures.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success.

SCCBA Events in 2022

We are planning for 2022 and expect to see returns of the Sussex Championship Teams, the Sussex League, the Charity Simultaneous Pairs and, hopefully, a live Spring Congress.  I’ll return soon with more details of these events. Until then, please enjoy your bridge for the remainder of the year!

Peter Clinch
SCCBA Chairman and Tournament Manager

Return to Face-to-Face Bridge - updated Monday November 22nd

Several Sussex clubs have returned to face-to-face bridge and others are planning to do so.  The  attached list gives the latest known position for each club.  If any club wishes to make changes to their entry in this list, they should contact the SCCBA WebMaster.

Register here for upcoming SCCBA events on BBO - the Mixed Pairs on Dec 5th and the Green-Pointed Swiss Teams on Dec 12th

Please see the September Chairman's Corner article by Peter Clinch

Online East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
SCCBA Online Green Point Swiss Pairs
JBC - Sunday Novice Pairs
JBC - Priday Cup
JBC - Saturday Pairs
JBC - Saturday Speedball
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
29th Nov 2021
SCCBA Pairs Heat
Eastbourne - f2f 19:30
30th Nov 2021
SCCBA Pairs Heat
Bexhill - f2f 19:00
5th Dec 2021
Online Mixed Pairs
BBO 11:00
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12th Dec 2021
SCCBA Online Green Point Swiss Teams
BBO 11:00
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14th Dec 2021
David Pavey Heat
Eastbourne - f2f 13:30
22nd Dec 2021
David Pavey Heat
Patcham - f2f 13:30
30th Jan 2022
SCCBA David Pavey Final (provisional)
20th Feb 2022
Roy Skelton Cup - under 10,000 master points
20th Mar 2022
SCCBA Pairs Final
Patcham 13:00