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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)
Tollemache Qualifier

The following team has been selected to represent Sussex in this year's Tollemache Qualifier on November 16/17th :-

Stephen Kennedy and Andrew McIntosh
Oliver Powell and Gunnar Hallberg
Julian Mitchell  and Peter Clinch
Andrew Southwell and Ian Lancaster
Mike Keeping and David Benjamin

Reserves: Chris Jepson and Neil Watts (NPC)

We wish them all the best and hope they succeed.

Chris Jepson (Chairman of Selection Committee)

Kremer Dersch Trophy
Kremer Dersch Trophy

The Kremer Dersch Trophy is an annual teams event for committee members of EBU-affiliated clubs in Sussex.  It's a competitive but social event which this year was held at Eastbourne Bridge Club on Sunday September 29th.

Congratulations to the Thakeham team of Harold and Cecily Linfield, Lawrence Chiswell and Eddie Fisher (pictured with director Roger Poulter) who were streets ahead of the other 11 teams with a massive 93 IMPs!  The runners-up were the Wilton team of Pat Hutley, Anne Spencer, Mike Armstrong and Joan Sheppard with 19 IMPs.  The Bexhill team of Brian Gould, Fergus Cameron, Carol Morrison and Tony Rolt finished just 1 IMP behind Wilton in 3rd place.

Many thanks to Roger for directing, to organiser Gerry Stanford and to Eastbourne Bridge Club who hosted the event and provided the usual excellent tea.

Worthing Welcome Pairs
Worthing Welcome Pairs

23 pairs took part in the Welcome Pairs event at Worthing on Sunday 22 September - the entry to this event was for those learning to play bridge in the last five years with an NGS or 5 or less.

It was a very enjoyable day and thanks to Lynda Smith for directing, Eileen Perrigo for organising the catering and Ernie Rivett for presenting the trophies to the winners.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and especially the winners:

-     Year One - Steve and Sue Smith (on the left),

-     Years Two and Three - Annamarie Beresford and Ann Mackown (in the centre),

-     Overall Winners - Barbara Budd and Linda Curnock (on the right).

Colin Smith (Organiser)

SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
Once again, the Midweek Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs at Henfield (on Wednesday August 21st) produced a tight finish and joint-winners.  The first place honours were shared between the pairings of Yves Lebrec & Mike Keeping and Sally & James Bugden.
 
 
 
Gerry Stanford & Kamran Nadim were third, just two VPs behind the leading pairs.
 
Many thanks are due to Henfield Hall for providing the venue and catering, to Steve Foster for directing with great skill, to Eddie Williams for dealing the boards, and to Peter Bates for his indefatigable and selfless work to make the event enjoyable for everyone.
 
Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are the :-

  • SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs at Turners Hill - Saturday November 16th (currently full - see message on right of home page)
  • 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

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!

Please note the following changes to the SCCBA Individual :-

  • the Patcham heat on Friday November 8th has been cancelled
  • the Eastbourne heat will now be held on Thursday November 14th

Please note that entries are not currently being accepted for the Basic Bridge Pairs at Turners Hill on Saturday November 16th as the maximum possible number of tables at the venue has already been reached.  If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please email Helen Kent or call her on 01342-719779.

Results
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
SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Calendar
21st Oct 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
St. Leonards 7:00
22nd Oct 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
West Sussex 7:30
25th Oct 2019
SCCBA Pairs Heat
Horsham 7:30
26th Oct 2019
Kent Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Tunbridge Wells 11:00
MPs: BLUE
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26th Oct 2019
Kent Congress Really Easy Pairs
Tunbridge Wells 14:00
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27th Oct 2019
Eastbourne Blue-Pointed Swiss Teams
Eastbourne 11:00
MPs: BLUE
27th Oct 2019
Kent Congress Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
Tunbridge Wells 11:00
MPs: GREEN
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29th Oct 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
Avenue 7:30
30th Oct 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
Worthing 7:15
6th Nov 2019
SCCBA David Pavey Heat
Avenue 7:30
8th Nov 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
Horsham 7:30
14th Nov 2019
SCCBA Individual Heat
Eastbourne 7:30