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The following is information and news of interest to the county members. See "Results", "Calendar" and "Competitions" for details of events.

Sussex League

The popular Sussex League competition has now been completed for 2022.  The final match was played on 5 December where the teams captained by Ian Lancaster and Yves Lebrec played each other to decide the winners of the top division.  Ian Lancaster's team (Andrew Southwell together with Kent-based players Ian Draper and Joe Sivayogan) defeated Yves Lebrec's team by 18 imps to win Division 1 of the competition.  With one change in the team, this was great reward for Ian's team as they have come second in the last 2 seasons, having last won the competition in 2017/18.

Congratulations also to the other Divisional winners - the teams captained by Alan Gillesoie (Division 2), Josie Allen (Division 3), and Peter Harbott (Division 4).

The new season will start in February 2023 and the organiser, David Galpin, will be inviting entries for the new season's competition during January.  New teams are always welcome to join the competition, which is largely played online and, if you are interested in joining the competition, please email David.

2022 Hill's Trophy
2022 Hill's Trophy

Worthing BC held a very successful Hill’s Trophy at the Angmering Community Centre on Sunday 27th November.  This was the first time since 2019 and 16 teams took part and enjoyed the F2F in a well ventilated venue.  It is Worthing’s oldest event, first played for in the early 1930’s.  Congratulations to the winners Linda Turley, Christine Constable, Malcolm Wright and Ann Button who came from behind by beating the eventual runners-up 19-1 on the last session to win by 8 VPs.

My thanks go to Eddie Williams and Kathy for directing the event, the caterer’s (The Fish Factory) for an excellent lunch, the U3A who allowed use of their tables and members of the Worthing BC who helped make the day a success.

The runners up were Roger Bill, John Austin, Valerie Benson and Paul Wilson.

See full results on the Worthing BC web-site

Ernie Rivett

2022 East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

The East Grinstead Rugby Football Club played a very comfortable host to the EG Basic Bridge Pairs for the first time on November 5th.  It was a pleasure to return to face-to-face play after a gap due to Covid.  There were 12 ½ tables and a good time was had by all.

Many thanks go to Mervyn Wotton for directing, to Meridian and Crawley bridge clubs for the use of their equipment, to Sue Noblett for the delicious flapjack and to all those who attended for their support.

Photographed are winners of the overall event Tim Hewson and Sean Cufley, runners-up John Cobbett and Gloria Flint, non-expert runners-up Steve and Sue Smith and non-expert winners Mark and Karen Darby.

Helen Kent, Organiser

2022 Junior Bridge Camp

Forty-seven juniors from beginners to members of the U-21 squad signed up for the Autumn Junior Bridge Camp on 22nd and 23rd October at Bowles Rocks.  They included 11 who had made the long journey from Buttershaw College in Huddersfield for the weekend.   Between the thunderstorms they enjoyed outside activities including Leap of Faith as well as an intense weekend of bridge training and competitions.   The football and table tennis table were also popular.

The Priday Cup, also the first event of the 2022-2023 Grand Prix, was won by Maks Bilcharz and Aleks Birdsall narrowly from U-21 squad members Tom Furness and Lucy Norman.  Antoinina Mauve and Aman Parekh came third, and a special mention must go to George Bennett and Rebekah Allen, the top U-14 pair.

We played a Swiss Pairs competition on Saturday evening, won by Lucy Norman and Tom Furness from Lawrence Crean and Freddie Beneat, with Antoinina Mauve and Nia Hencken third.

The Bronze group played in separate novice competitions, won on Saturday evening by Charlie Gray and Paige Turpin and on Sunday by Wyatt Todd and Gurjap Singh.

The Speedball medals went to Antoinina Mauve and Aman Parekh and to William Battersby and Tom Furness.

Thank you to everyone involved, in particular teachers Stephen Kennedy, Diane Rogers and Richard Croot and all the other parents and others who make this event so enjoyable.  Finally, it would not happen without the support of Sussex CCBA who organise it and to Kent, Surrey, Yorkshire and EBED who have all supported it financially.

William Bourne

  • Priday Cup winners - Alex Birdsall and Maks Blicharz
  • Archery
  • Ben Collins and Shiloh Duncanson
  • Bowles Rocks
  • Bronze group
  • Bronze group winners
  • Gold and Silver group
  • Bronze group arbiters award winners
  • Priday Cup in progress
  • Prizegiving
  • Arbiters award winners - Rebekah Allen and George Bennett
  • Certificate winners - Sophie Morris and Nia Hencken
  • Novice competition winners - Gunjap Singh and Wyatt Todd
2022 Sussex / Kent GP Weekend

On October 29th and 30th, Sussex and Kent combined to hold a Green-Pointed weekend at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club.

Congratulations to Nevena Senior and Anne Rosen who won of the Swiss Pairs on the Saturday.

The runners-up were Jeremy Willans and Kay Preddy.

Congratulations also to the team of Andrew Southwell, Peter Clinch, Peter Lee and Mike Scoltock who won the Swiss Teams on the Sunday.

The runners-up were Jeremy Willans, Kay Preddy, Nick Irens and Norman Selway.

Many thanks to directors Stephen Brown and Eddie & Kathy Williams and to Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club for hosting the event.

2022 SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
2022 SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs

The annual Midweek Swiss Pairs at Henfield returned on October 5th with a photo finish.  The winners were Jane Handley and Alan Setchell who are pictured with John Austin and Roger Bill (second by one VP).

In third place, two VPs further back, were Josie Allen and Peter Harbott.

An excellent Ploughman's lunch was provided by Charlotte Setahul. Many thanks to Martin Pool who dealt the boards, to Peter Bates and Andrew Southwell who worked hard on the logistics and to Mervyn Wotton who provided his customary excellent website support.

See you next year!

Peter Clinch.

2022 Tom Bradley Award winner - William Bourne

On behalf of the Sussex Officers and Management Committee, I would like to offer hearty congratulations to William Bourne for his 2022 Tom Bradley Award for contributions to youth bridge.  I cannot imagine that there has ever been a more deserving recipient.  William's efforts in keeping the Bowles Rocks Junior Bridge Camp alive and thriving through the recent challenging years has been prodigious and enviable in its energy.

Tom Bradley himself was a long-time Chairman of SCCBA and I am sure he would have been enormously proud of William's achievements.  I know William now lives in Kent (just), but we still consider him as "one of our own".

Peter Clinch
(SCCBA Chairman)

2022 Metropolitan Cup
The following teams have been selected to represent Sussex in the Metropolitan Cup on RealBridge on Sunday 27th November:-
A Team
Peter Clinch and Andrew Southwell
Andy Ryder and Mike Allen
Ollie Powell and Gunnar Halberg
Stephen Kennedy and Michael Alishaw

B Team
Chris Jepson and Neil Watts
David Telfer and Peter Burns
Alan and James Hobden
Dave Nastaszczuk and Philip Roxborough
Res: Chris Phillips and Andy Morris

C Team
Jim Downes and Josie Allen
Francis Kelly and Peter Rowell
Gina Dickson and Martin Greeley
Brian Gillbanks and Mike Palmer
Res: Prue Davies and Thea Sydenham

We wish them all the best.

Crawley BC's 50th Anniversary in 2022
Crawley BC's 50th Anniversary in 2022

Congratulations to Crawley BC who celebrated their 50th Anniversary recently with a enjoyable evening of bridge, cakes and Prosecco!  One of the North/South winners was founder member Tad Jasco (pictured) who still plays every week.

Crawley were one of the first Sussex clubs to restart face-to-face bridge after the pandemic.  Numbers are now above pre-pandemic levels but Crawley still have room to welcome new members and guests.

2022 SCCBA Venture Pairs
2022 SCCBA Venture Pairs

8 tables participated in this year's Venture Pairs at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday July 31st on a relaxed afternoon with a friendly atmosphere.  A very tasty afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to winners Mike Percik and Diane Shimwell.

The runners-up were Peter Nursten and Dawn Sullings.

Many thanks to organiser Eileen Perrigo and director Alexa Baxter.


The Gladys Hakki Trophy is awarded annually to a Sussex member who has given outstanding service to county and club over a number of years.  This year's very deserving winner is Fergus Cameron who was presented with the trophy at the Sussex Candles event at Henfield on June 19th.

Fergus has been on the Bexhill Bridge Club committee for a total of 18 years, during which time he has spent significant periods in one of the Officer positions, i.e. Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.   In addition to this, Fergus has kept all the financial records of the 1066 Online Club.

See full nomination by Bexhil Bridge Club.


14 teams enjoyed bridge and splendid food at the Sussex Candles at Henfield on Sunday June 19th - the county's first face-to-face event for over 2 years!  Many thanks to Organiser Peter Clinch, Director David Galpin (with assistance from Peter Bates) and Charlotte Setahul who supplied the catering.

Congratulations to the team of David Benjamin, Matthew Smith, Mike Keeping and Matthew Read who were winners by just 1 VP.  The runners-up were Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Guy Davies and Terence Fishlock with JIm Downes, Josie Allen, Duncan McSorland and Jim Norman in 3rd place.


Congratulations to the team of David Telfer, Peter Burns, Alan and James Hobden who came through a strong field to win this event - see full results.


SCCBA has recently been at the forefront of Junior Bridge promotion in England and we are proud that once again we will be represented by Oliver Powell at the European Junior Bridge Championships in the Netherlands from 19th-26th July.  Sussex has contributed £700 towards Ollie's expenses to help him and the team thrive throughout the week.  Good luck Ollie!


The 2022 Championship Teams competition has been completed.  Congratulations to the winning team of Alan & Nanette Gillespie, Mike Moody and John Williams who defeated the team captained by Andy Morris (Chris Phillips, Dave Nasataszczuk, and Philip Roxburgh) by 35 IMPs.  The match was played online over 2 sessions of 24 boards each.  The winning team will go on to represent Sussex in the EBU Pachabo Cup, to be played on the weekend of 11/12 June and we wish them every success in this prestigious National Competition.

David Galpin (Organiser)

2022 PRESIDENT'S CUP - JULY 16th -17th

Sussex will again be entering a team in this inter-County A-team event, hosted by Merseyside & Cheshire on RealBridge. The selectors have announced the following squad:-

  • Andy Ryder & Mike Allen
  • David Dickson & Matt Read
  • Andy Morris & Duncan Curtis
  • Alan & James Hobden
  • Julian Mitchell & Peter Clinch
  • Dave Nastaszczuk & Philip Roxburgh

Good luck team!


Sussex will play their last league match this Thursday (May 26th).  They are currently leading their section and with a win will make it to the final again.  The following team have been selected to represent Sussex:-

  • David Telfer and Peter Burns
  • Rob Lowe and Will Adler
  • Dave Nastaszczuk and Philip Roxburgh
  • Martin Pool and Mick Carrington

Reserve pair : Alan and James Hobden

We wish them all good luck.

Chris Jepson (Chairperson of Selection Committee)


Many congratulations to the Sussex team of Peter Clinch, Julian Mitchell, Ian Lancaster, Andrew Southwell, Christine Jepson & Neil Watts who have won the 2021-22 Silver Plate And even the runners-up team included two more Sussex players - Oliver Powell & Stephen Kennedy!  The Silver Plate is Bridge Great Britain’s consolation event for the Gold Cup.


On April 2nd, Sussex, Surrey and Kent combined to hold :-

  • a Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs on RealBridge (see results), and 
  • a 9(NGS)-High Pairs on BBO for less-experienced players ( see results).

The proceeds of approximately £11,000 have been donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal at the Disasters Emergency Committee.


First, a big thank-you to the Sussex clubs, Avenue, Chichester, Eastbourne, Horsham, Patcham and Seaford for running heats for this competition.

The original 119 pairs who entered were reduced, via the heats and two semi-finals, to 22 pairs who played an 'all play all' final on Sunday 20th March on BBO.  Leading pairs from this final qualify to play in the EBU's Corwen Trophy on Realbridge on the weekend of the 28th/29th May.

Congratulations to the winners Mike Allen and Andy Ryder.  The runners up were Chris Phillips and Andy Morris and the third-placed pair were Julian Mitchell and Peter Clinch.

Finally, a thank you to the Director, Ken Johnson and Mervyn Wotton for setting up the web-site files for the event.

Please join us again next year.

Gerry Stanford, Organiser


Twenty pairs who learned to play in the last 6 years competed for the SCCBA Stepping Stones which was directed by Oliver Cowan.  Entries came from as far afield as Manchester, Hampshire and Kent.  Tim Lane and John Prior from Crawley BC were the overall winners with ......

..... June Carr and Kris Noble, also from CBC, taking the trophy for having been playing for more than 2 years but less than 4.



The 3rd category for those who started less than 2 years ago was won by another Sussex pair, Christine and Philip Nash.

Jane Handley (Organiser)

May Langmaid
May Langmaid

It was with great sadness that we reported the recent passing of May Langmaid, a vice-president of SCCBA for many years.  May gave great service to club and county bridge in Sussex for over 30 years, leading to her being awarded the Gladys Hakki Trophy in 1997 and, pictured, the EBU Dimmie Fleming Award in 2006.

The West Sussex Bridge Club web-site contains more details, including those of a Memorial Service for May which is to be held on Friday 25th February at 2pm at St. George’s Chapel in Ditchling where May lived for several years.

2019/20 Sussex League

The long delayed 2019/20 season of the Sussex League has finally been completed, with only a few matches left unplayed.  The winners of the 5 Divisions were teams captained by:-

Division 1 - Ken Ford
Division 2 - Andrew Morris
Division 3 - Thea Sydenham
Division 4 East - Bruce Carrison
Division 4 West - Josie Allen

Congratulations to all members of these winning teams.  Full details of results can be found in the Sussex League section.

David Galpin
Organiser, Sussex League

2021 SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Teams on BBO

24 teams competed for the Sussex Green-Pointed Swiss Teams on December 12th.  The event was won by a combined Sussex / Surrey quartet of Richard Illingworth, Mike Keeping, Andrew Bannock and John Dagnall.  The same county mix featured in the runners-up, who were Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Graham E. Osborne and Terry Fishlock.  The third-placed team were from considerably further north: Catherine Draper,, Kate Webb, Andrew Woodcock and Paul Murray.

Many thanks to Eddie and Kathy Williams for directing, and to Mervyn Wotton and John Hardy for handling the back-office event administration.

Peter Clinch,
Tournament Organiser.

2021 SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship on BBO
2021 SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship on BBO

The SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship for the Eddie Williams trophies was held on Sunday 5th December after a year's break and without any heats this year.

Congratulations to the winners, Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner.  Second were Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt.

Many thanks to Peter Clinch who directed and, in the background, Mervyn Wotton for work with the entry forms and the web-site.

Gerry Stanford (organiser)

2021 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.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

2021-22 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)

Tom Brogan

I am sad to announce that Tom Brogan died unexpectedly on 12th August.  He enjoyed his 70th birthday celebrations with his sister and nephew, went to bed and passed during the night.

Tom was a very likeable, polite, friendly and generous man with whom I enjoyed over 30 years of friendship. Those lucky enough to enjoy one of his buffets during a match will have appreciated his generosity!  He represented Sussex many times, in the Metropolitan Cup and also in the Tollemache.  He won numerous Sussex competitions, including the Autumn Congress pairs in 2016 and 2017.

He will be greatly missed at Eastbourne Bridge Club where he was the TD Duty Officer and a friend to many.

Matt Smith, Eastbourne Bridge Club.

2021 Southern Counties League

Congratulations to the Sussex team that made it all the way to the final of the Sussex Counties League.  Unfortunately, after being all square at half-time, they narrowly lost by 6 imps in the second half to Surrey Purple.

The team in the final was :-

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

Chris Jepson

2021 SCCBA Invitation Pairs - Online

This competition, which is for more experienced players, was held online in the early part of the summer with 18 partnerships playing in eight rounds.  Competition was keen and the overall competition was won by Andrew Southwell and Richard Fedrick.  Close behind were Christine Jepson and Neil Watts in 2nd place, just ahead of David Dickson and David Ould who were in 3rd place.  Congratulations to them.

Thanks to Mervyn Wotton for his help with website entries, and to Eddie Williams who directed and scored all eight sessions.

Andrea Galpin
Competition Organiser

2021 Garden Cities Final

The Avenue finished in third position on 79 VPs behind Sheffield 85 VPs and Tunbridge Wells 83 VPs in the EBU Garden Cities competition on Saturday June 19th.  This represents a magnificent achievement for the club who were in the mix right up until the end.  Full result tables may be found on the English Bridge Union Garden Cities Final page.

Many thanks to all those of you who wished us well and thanks and congratulations to the team of:-

Gunnar Hallberg & Ollie Powell
David Dickson & Mike Keeping
Mike Allen & Andy Ryder
Peter Clinch & Julian Mitchell

Our recent record in this event has been outstanding, finishing 2nd overall two years ago, the previous time the event was played.  Let us hope that we may do even better in the future.

Julian Mitchell

New Chairman for Sussex
New Chairman for Sussex

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 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 

2021 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.


The second, more serious, wave of Covid infections has put back the point at which we can reasonably expect social distancing rules to be relaxed sufficiently to allow a return to face-to-face bridge. Following the success of the first few online county events in 2020, we are now seeking to implement as full a programme of online events in 2021 as possible. In addition, we are keen to develop our thinking about the longer term when our tournament programme will inevitably be a mix of face-to-face and online events.

In normal times our existing group of face-to-face competition organisers is heavily overloaded and to make our initial online programme, and our eventual mixed programme, as comprehensive as possible we need additional help. We are also keen to draw on clubs’ views by setting up a working group to consider the future tournament landscape and the mix of county competitions that will best meet members’ needs.

If you are one of those members who is now comfortable organising and/or directing online club sessions, please give serious consideration to whether you could allocate the relatively modest amount of additional time required to organise and/or direct an online county event and to contribute to the development of our thinking for the future. Additional training will be provided free of charge if required and advice/guidance will be available at all times.

If you are willing to explore this further, please contact me by email at as soon as possible.

Many thanks.

Peter Clinch,
SCCBA Tournament Manager

2020 President's Cup Result

This event between twelve strong County teams was held online during the summer months and Sussex finished second (equal with Yorkshire), a highly creditable achievement in the expert field.  The winners were a combined Essex / Norfolk squad.  Many thanks to all who played (and those who watched and supported on BBO).  Thanks also to Merseyside and Cheshire (David Stevenson) who invited us to enter, and to Christine Jepson for selecting and managing the squad.

Don't forget, there are opportunities to play for the County later in the year. 

Peter Clinch

Midlands Counties Working Group On-line Teams of Four - Flight A

Congratulations to the Sussex team of Yves Lebrec (captain), Philip Hunt, Matt Read and David Dickson who beat 15 other County teams to win the online Flight A event held on Saturday 13th June.  Sussex defeated Warwickshire 20-15 in the final.

The event was hosted by the Midlands Counties Working Group.  The trophy may only be virtual but the performance was excellent against accomplished opponents.  Many thanks also to Christine Jepson who picked the team on behalf of the selectors.

Peter Clinch

2020 SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

142 pairs (an increase of 30!) took part in the annual SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs in various Sussex clubs between Monday February 17th and Wednesday February 19th.

Congratulations to the confirmed winners who are Richard Clark and Eddie Lucioni who played in the Crowborough heat.  The runners-up are Mervyn Wotton and Hazel Ogden who played in the Crawley heat and in 3rd place are Peter Griffin and Kostadin Vasilev who played in the Horsham heat.

The overall runners-up are winners of the '60 and over' category and the 3rd-placed pair are winners of the 'one player under 60' category.  The prize for the ‘75 and over’ category has not been awarded.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event and to Gerry Stanford who organised the commentary hand-outs.  Special thanks to organiser Peter Clinch (especially for the increased turn-out) and to Neil Watts who selected the hands and wrote the commentary.

("There is a tremendous amount of work involved in assembling and merging scores from participating clubs.  I would like to thank Mervyn Wotton, who once again performed this task rapidly and without flaws" - Peter Clinch}

2020 SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

137 pairs took part in this year's Charity Simultaneous Pairs which was played in the week beginning January 6th in support of :-

  • the As You Are Centre in Southwick which delivers low cost counselling and group work services across West Sussex to those suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, and 
  • Oscar’s Wish Foundation in Haywards Heath which offers comfort and support to parents, families, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby before, during or shortly after birth,

for which it is expected that nearly £700 has been raised.

Congratulations to Diana Caplin and Anthony Simmonds who played in the Thakeham heat and are the confirmed winners.  The runners-up are Mike Moody and John Williams who played in the Avenue heat and in 3rd place are David Telfer and Chris Bury who played in the Chichester heat.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event.  Many thanks also to organiser Gerry Stanford and to Andrew Southwell who selected the hands and wrote the commentary.

(Gerry would also like to thank Mervyn Wotton for collating the scores from the participating clubs in his normal prompt time-scale.)

2020 Sussex Individual Final
2020 Sussex Individual Final

The 25 player, all play all, final of the Sussex Individual competition was played at Patcham on Sunday 19 January.  The, now somewhat ancient, trophy was won by Ann Lorimer with a score of 65.8% with runner-up Russell Calderwood just two match points behind.  In third place with 60% was Hayes Dockrell.  Both Ann and Hayes qualified from the Horsham heat of the competition and Russell was one of the few qualifiers from the Eastbourne heat.  The third heat this year was held at West Sussex BC.

Many thanks to Peter Langston who directed and scored the final, and to Charlotte Setahul for supplying an excellent tea.  Hopefully, more clubs will hold heats later this year of what is a fun competition and one of the oldest in the SCCBA programme.

Peter J Bates (Organiser)

2020 New Year Swiss Teams

There was a large entry to the County's annual New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 12th.  31 Teams competed in the event which was efficiently directed by Steve Foster, assisted by Peter Bates. The leading prizes were won by :-

..... winners Yves Lebrec, David Telfer, Cliff Vince and Richard Illingworth, .....

..... runners-up Neil Watts, Mike Allen, Andy Ryder and Philip Hunt and .....

..... in 3rd place, Dave Franklin, Gerry Stanford, Kamran Nadim and Martin Pool.

The Non-Expert Prize was won by Rob Wanders, John Hardy, Colin and Lynda Smith and .....

.....the Ascenders Prize, for the most progress in the last 3 rounds, was won by Jim Downes, Hayes Dockrell, Josie Allen and Tomasz Serkowski.

Many thanks to all who helped make this such a successful day and a special thank-you to Charlotte Setahul and her team who provided a delicious hot buffet.

Joy Mayall (Organiser)

P.S.  The next SCCBA Swiss Teams event will be on the second day of the Blue-Pointed Spring Congress at Uckfield on April 4th & 5th.

2019 SCCBA Ladies Pairs
2019 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

2019 SCCBA Autumn Congress
2019 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

2019 Kremer Dersch Trophy
2019 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.

2019 Worthing Welcome Pairs
2019 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)