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Tollemache Qualifier

The Tollemache Cup qualifier took place in Daventry over the weekend of 16th/17th November.  The Sussex team came a highly creditable third in their group (Group C) of nine teams, the top two qualifying for the final.  In a truly nail-biting finish we narrowly missed the cut.  See full results on the EBU web-site

Well done to Stephen Kennedy-Andrew Macintosh, Ollie Powell-Gunnar Hallberg, Peter Clinch-Julian Mitchell, Ian Lancaster-Andrew Southwell and Mike Keeping-David Benjamin.

Neil Watts (NPC)

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

The East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on Saturday November 16th was, once again, a very enjoyable event.  We managed to squeeze in 16 tables but, unfortunately, were unable to accommodate all who would have liked to play.  A delicious lunch was provided by our regular caterers Centre Catering and the bridge was very ably directed by Keith Norman from Horsham Bridge Club.

This event is aimed primarily at the less-experienced players but a mix of standards makes a good day for all and the inclusion of stratification gives those less-experienced players a chance to win their group.  All pairs were placed into one of three Stratification Levels (A, B and C) according to the higher of their two Master Point rankings.  Prizes were awarded in three groupings - Levels A+B+C (i.e. overall), Levels B+C and Level C only.

Helen Kent (Organiser)

Congratulations to overall winners Carol Morrison and Cuckoo Healey.  Other prize-winners were ......

...... Robert Hirst and Ed Barter who were overall runners-up, ......

...... Pam and Peter Watkins who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping and .....

..... Dave Foster and Sylvia Smith who won the Stratification Level C grouping.

Bridge Centenarian!!
Bridge Centenarian!!

Many congratulations to Chichester Bridge Club’s oldest member Mary Esson (pictured with Chichester Chairman Julie Jones) who recently celebrated her 100th birthday which the club marked with a “Bridge Tea” in her honour.  Read more about Mary.

2019 Invitation Pairs
2019 Invitation Pairs

The 2019 Invitation Pairs competition has now been completed.

Congratulations to the overall winners Philip Roxburgh and Dave Nastaszczuk who received the Trophy from Martin Pool, President and Chairman of SCCBA.

In second place were Christine Jepson and Neil Watts, in third place were David Dickson and Matthew Read and in fourth place were Martin Pool and Dave Franklin.  Very many congratulations to all.

And special thanks to the five Clubs who hosted between them eight sessions and to the directors Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman, Jack Woodard and Peter Clinch.

Andrea Galpin,

SCCBA Ladies Pairs
SCCBA Ladies Pairs

The Ladies' Pairs' Tournament held at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday October 20th was regarded by all to be an outstanding success.   Many congratulations to the winning pair, Linda Souter and Lesley Smith.

The runners up were Elizabeth Hornsey and Avril Strong (pictured with Director Peter Langston) and .....

..... as it was a stratified event the highest-ranked pair below Premier Master rank were Eileen Perrigo and Janet Cretchley.


What made today such a success was not only the excellent turnout - with 36 pairs playing but also the spirit in which the bridge was played - competitive but friendly.  It was particularly pleasing to see so many 'new to tournament' partnerships playing, who said they had enjoyed it and will return!

Many many thanks to Frances Wallace and Edith Jeffery who laid on an absolutely splendid tea, and to Peter for directing the event so efficiently.

Hope to see you next year Ladies!

Joy Mayall - Organiser

SCCBA Autumn Congress
SCCBA Autumn Congress

The Autumn Congress took place at Patcham over the weekend of October 12th/13th and it attracted a diverse field.

The Welcome Pairs event was won narrowly by Annamarie Beresford and Ann Mackown who triumphed (after a recount) over Heather Peattie and Nancy Hughes.

The Swiss Pairs was a less close affair with Ollie Powell and Charlie Bucknell (pictured) more than a match clear of Steve Auchterlonie and Mark Benson.

The Jack-high salver in the Swiss Pairs was retained by Brian Kirkdale and Ian Sanderson.
In the Swiss Teams, the non-expert prize was won by John Hawkins, Andy Smith, Richard Cleminson and Andy Osborn. They had the lead going into the last round but were unable to hold off .....

..... winners Katie Kennedy, Stephen Kennedy, Charlie Bucknell and Ollie Powell (pictured).

In second place were Martin Pool, Dave Franklin, Kamran Nadim and Gerry Stanford.

Many people to thank this year.  Steve Foster provided expert direction on Saturday, Frances Wallace and team provided lunch and refreshments on both days.  Particular thanks are due to Julian Mitchell who dealt the hands in a very short time-frame, following Ron Robins' sad death last week.

See you next year?

Peter Clinch,
Tournament Organiser

Ron Robins
We have been saddened to hear of the death of Ron Robins last weekend, following a long period of ill health.  Ron had for many years worked hard behind the scenes, preparing boards and scoring at our major congress events, as well as at Patcham.  Ron was also the custodian of much of the technical County equipment which he maintained and updated on a regular basis.  We send our deep sympathy to all of those who held Ron close.  He will be much missed.
Martin Pool (SCCBA President)
Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events is the :-

  • SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield - Sunday January 12th

You can enter most events by using an on-line entry form and paying via Internet or Telephone Banking or you can print off an entry form and post it with your cheque.  Why not go to the Entry Forms section and make your choice now?

Also in the Entry Forms section are details of :-

  • the Hill's Trophy (a teams event run by Worthing BC) on Sunday November 24th
  • the Roy Skelton Cup (a pairs event for players with less than 10,000 Master Points run by Worthing BC) on Sunday February 23rd

For all other events, please see Calendar.

EBU Club Director Courses at Richmond

The following course for club directors will be held at Richmond during 2020 :-

  • Saturday Jan 18th - How to run a club duplicate
  • Saturday Feb 1st - Day 1 Book rulings
  • Saturday Feb 29 - Day 2 Book & Judgement Rulings
  • Saturday March 21st - Assessment

For further details or to register for a course, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site and the current schedule for all Club Tournament Director Training Courses.

The next main SCCBA event is the New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 12th.  Please book now!

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
Autumn Congress Swiss Teams
Autumn Congress Swiss Pairs
Autumn Congress Welcome Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
Kremer Dersch Trophy
Worthing Welcome Pairs Yrs 2-5
Worthing Welcome Pairs Year 1
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs
18th Nov 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
Patcham 1:30
22nd Nov 2019
SCCBA Individual Heat
Horsham 7:30
24th Nov 2019
Hills Trophy
Angmering 11:00
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24th Nov 2019
South East Counties Junior Bridge Event
Wimbledon BC 10:00
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3rd Dec 2019
SCCBA David Pavey Heat
Eastbourne 1:30
4th Dec 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
Avenue 7:30
5th Dec 2019
SCCBA Pairs Heat
Chichester 7:00
8th Dec 2019
Open Swiss Teams
St. Leonards 11:00
6th Jan 2020
SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs
clubs 6th-10th
12th Jan 2020
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
Henfield 11:00
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19th Jan 2020
SCCBA Individual Final
Patcham 1:00
26th Jan 2020
SCCBA David Pavey Final
Worthing 1:00