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Welcome to Sussex County Contract Bridge Association

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Championship Teams - 2021 and 2019-2020

Two versions of the Championship Teams competition have recently been completed.  The 2021 competition, played online, attracted a recent seasons' record of 32 entries and, after playing 5 matches in 2 1/2 months, the winners were Dave Franklin's team who defeated Peter Langston's team by 16 imps in a hard-fought final in which the lead changed hands several times over the 64 boards.  Congratulations to Dave's team, the remaining team members being Martin Pool, Gerry Stanford, Mick Carrington and Kamran Nadim.  Despite losing the final, Peter's team (other members Ian Macgregor, Will Adler and Robert Lowe) will be representing Sussex in the EBU's Pachabo Cup competition to be held online this coming weekend (June 12/13) and we wish them every success in that event.

The much delayed 2019/20 competition was also completed recently online.  Dave Franklin's team was less successful in this, losing the final to Chris Jepson's team (Neil Watts, Ian Lancaster and Andrew Southwell) by 66 imps.  Congratulations to Chris's team on their success.

It is hoped that the competition can resume on a face-to-face basis later in the year and I will be inviting entries in due course.

David Galpin.

Bridge as a Mind Sport - Conference from 28th June to 1st July

At the end of this month, Bridge as a Mind Sport for All (BAMSA) is holding an online conference to discuss many of the issues that are at the forefront of bridge players' minds at the present time.  Amongst topics up for discussion are :-

  • the future of bridge in a mixed online/face-to-face world,
  • wellbeing and bridge,
  • cheating at bridge,
  • inclusivity at bridge for all ages and genders.

The speakers include some eminent players from around the world.  There are even some bridge sessions interspersed with the discussion.  Attendance is free and you can find details of the programme and sign up at https://bridgemindsport.org/bridging-academia-policy-practice-conference/.

Home Counties League

Sussex have entered a team in the Home Counties League which is an inter-county event for good county players.  Sussex are in a division with Middlesex, London, Surrey and Essex and they play a 24-board match against each team.  The winners of each division will play each other in a final.

The team for Sussex v Middlesex was :-

  • David Dickson and Matt Read
  • Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin
  • Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis
  • David Telfer and Peter Burns

The team won by 39 imps which is 15-5 on the VP scale.

The team for Sussex vs Surrey was :-

  • Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin
  • Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis
  • David Telfer and Peter Burns
  • Alan Hobden and James Hobden

The team won by 101 imps which is 20-0 on the VP scale.

Well done to everyone.  We are now leading the division.

We have matches against London on the 17th June and Essex on the 15th July.  Good luck to the team.

Chris Jepson 

New Chairman for SCCBA
New Chairman for SCCBA

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our new County Chairman Peter Clinch who was unanimously elected as Chairman at our AGM.

Peter has held the positions of Vice Chairman and Tournament Manager and has served the county selflessly throughout the years and in particular this last year which has been very demanding.

Peter’s experience, alongside his fellow officers and committee members, will take Sussex Bridge forward to ensure we maintain the high standards expected.

I trust members will welcome and support Peter in his new role.

Martin Pool (President)

2021 South East Counties Junior Bridge Camp

The 2021 Junior Bridge Camp for 8-21 year olds will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October 2021 at  the Bowles Rocks Activity Centre near Tunbridge Wells.  As well as lots of bridge, juniors can try one of Bowles’ outdoor activities, all included in the price.  We welcome all standards of bridge players and parents and grandparents can accompany younger juniors and play themselves.

Online Bridge Clubs in Sussex

An increasing number of Sussex clubs are running online sessions on Bridge Base Online or RealBridge - see attached list.  See each club's website for details of how to join.  If any club wishes to make changes to this list, they should contact the SCCBA WebMaster.

The latest change is that Chichester have changed their Thursday start time to 19:00.

SCCBA Teams of Eight

Congratulations to the Avenue in winning the SCCBA Teams of 8 on Saturday March 27th.  The Avenue team was Oliver Powell & Gunnar Hallberg, David Dickson & Matt Read, Julian Mitchell & Peter Clinch, Andy Ryder & Mike Allen.

The Avenue will represent Sussex in the Garden Cities' regional final on 8th May.

Thank-you to our director Eddie Williams who then worked overtime to overcome problems in uploading the results.

Other Counties' Green-Pointed Events

Kent will be holding a Green-Pointed Swiss Teams on RealBridge on Sunday 23rd May starting at 11am - 7 x 7 board matches with a break of approx 45 minutes after match 4.  See Kent web-site for details.

Oxfordshire will be holding a congress on RealBridge over the weekend of June 12-13th.  There will be Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams and a Friendly Pairs.  See Oxfordshire web-site for details.

Sussex Pairs Final - Saturday March 13th on BBO

First, a big thank you to the virtual clubs - Avenue, Chichester, Eastbourne, Horsham, Patcham, Seaford and 1066 for running heats for this competition.  162 qualifying pairs entered which is over twice as many as in recent years.

Congratulations to the winners who were Neil Watts & Christine Jepson.  The runners-up were David Telfer & Peter Burns and in third place were David Franklin & Martin Pool.

Finally, a thank-you to the Director, Eddie Williams, and to Mervyn Wotton for setting up the files of entrants for this event.

Please join us again next year.

Gerry Stanford, Organiser

The draft minutes of the April 25th SCCBA AGM are now available for viewing.  Alternatively, you can access the minutes of all available SCCBA committee meetings, AGMs and EGMs.

Results
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
SCCBA Club Teams of 8 - VPs
SCCBA Club Teams of 8
Sussex Pairs Final
Horsham/SCCBA Stepping Stone Pairs
Sussex Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Online East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
Sussex Online Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Calendar
17th Jun 2021
Southern Counties League v London
BBO
1st Jul 2021
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
BBO 19:00
13th Jul 2021
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
BBO 19:00
15th Jul 2021
Southern Counties League v Essex
BBO
29th Jul 2021
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
BBO 19:00
23rd Oct 2021
South East Counties Junior Bridge Camp
Bowles Rocks Centre 23rd-24th
20th Nov 2021
Metropolitan Cup
RealBridge
21st Nov 2021
SCCBA Green Point event - either Pairs or Teams
TBA
12th Dec 2021
SCCBA Green Point event - either Teams or Pairs
TBA