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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.

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.

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)

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 

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.

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

SCCBA Stepping Stone Pairs - March 7th on BBO

Well done to the winners of the SCCBA Stepping Stone Pairs, June Carr and Kris Noble who’ve been playing since 2019.

The highest placed pair in the 'playing for 2-3 years' group were Jane & David Allday and taking the 'under 2 years' award are Elizabeth Turner and Stephanie Blaquiere.

There was an excellent turn out of 44 pairs. Thanks go to Oliver Cowan who directed and provided the hand commentary.

Jane Handley (Organiser)

Tollemache Cup Final - Feb 20th/21st on RealBridge

Many congratulations to the Sussex team who came second in the Tollemache final this weekend - an excellent result and the best that Sussex have ever done!!

The team that played was :-

  • Stephen Kennedy and Andrew McIntosh
  • Oliver Powell and Gunnar Hallberg
  • Peter Clinch and Julian Mitchell
  • Andy Ryder and Mike Allen 
  • Chris Jepson and Neil Watts
  • Matt Read and David Dickson

And many thanks go to our Non-Playing Captain, Andrew Southwell, who put in a lot of work in checking scores and organising the team.

See detailed results on the EBU web-site.

YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU!

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 peter.i.clinch@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Many thanks.

Peter Clinch,
SCCBA Tournament Manager

March 20th Realbridge Practice Session Cancelled

Unfortunately, interest in the Realbridge teams planned practice this Saturday has not been strong enough for a session to be held.  We will attempt to schedule a more structured and competitive event on Realbridge for all in the coming weeks.

Peter Clinch,
(SCCBA Tournament Manager)

2021 Online Championship Teams

The draw for the first round of the Championship Teams has now taken place.  Captains should arrange to play matches on BBO by the end-date for each round.

If you have any technical queries (for example, about how to set up matches on BBO), please contact Peter Clinch (0751 5333539).  For all other questions, please contact the organiser, David Galpin.

SCCBA Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

The annual SCCBA Green-pointed Swiss Pairs was held online this year and it attracted 130 pairs from across the country.  Congratulations to Nathalie Shashou & Nick Sandqvist who won by 7 clear VPs from two pairs in joint second place - David Beck & Keith Joules and Alan Setchell & Graham E. Osborne.

The smooth running of the event was down largely to our Tournament Directors, Eddie Williams and Stephen Kennedy.  Thanks to them and to Mervyn Wotton who helped streamline the entry process.

See you again next year, online or in the flesh!

Peter Clinch,
(Organiser and SCCBA Tournament Manager)

Dimmie Fleming Award

The 2020 Sussex County nomination for the EBU Dimmie Fleming award was Dick Wheeler for his contribution to bridge in Sussex as secretary of the SCCBA over the last 9 years. The nomination emphasised among other things, the prodigious amount of work and effort that Dick has put into the role over this period.

The nomination was accepted by the EBU and the trophy was despatched in time for it to be presented (virtually) to Dick at the Management Committee meeting on 27th November 2020 (unfortunately, no photos).

The Committee wish to extend their congratulations to Dick for this well-deserved award.

YCBC Free Under-26 Duplicates

Until f2f bridge returns, the Young Chelsea Bridge Club has decided to live up to its name and offer new regular online duplicate sessions exclusively for students and juniors.  These U-26 sessions will be held on RealBridge on Fridays, starting at 7:30pm, and they are completely free.  The first session will be held on Friday 22nd January.  If you have any questions, the press release contains contact details.

Forthcoming EBU Events

For the current status of forthcoming EBU events, please see EBU Summary Document.

Online East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

First of all, a big thank-you to everyone who entered today’s event – with special thanks to those in the “playing for under 3 years” category, annotated as NE (Non Expert) in the results.  For the first time ever at this event, over half the field were in the Non Expert category and they certainly did give some of our more experienced pairs a very good run for their money!

Indeed, it was a Non Expert pair, Alison Wood and Gill Southern, who were the winners in the East/West direction with myself and my partner, Doreen O’Dell, in 2nd place.  However, the prize for the highest experienced pair goes to Eileen McNicol and Nick Kerr.

In the North/South direction, the winners were Hazel Ogden and Betty Lecky-Thompson with Mandy Taylor and Janet Crome taking the Non Expert prize as well as being second in this direction overall.

Big congratulations to all the winners.  Many thanks to Peter Clinch and his team for their efficient directing as well as playing occasionally when there were connectivity issues.  Thanks also to Mervyn Wotton for making web-site enhancements for online events.

Depending on how long our Covid restrictions go on, we may arrange another similar event in the New Year!

Helen Kent (Organiser)

SCCBA Online Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs

82 pairs entered our first major online competition, the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs held on Bridge Base Online on Saturday November 7th.  It was won by Ros Wolfarth and Gary Hyett, who finished five VPs ahead of Andrew Morris and Chris Phillips, winning all their matches.  Masood Mazhar and David Dickson, who were third, had the highest cumulative match point percentage on the day (and hence gained the most BBO masterpoints).  The "10-high" winners were Sue & Steve Pearce, who finished seventh overall.  Congratulations to them all!

Many thanks are due to Eddie Williams and Stephen Kennedy, who directed the event with their customary skill.

Peter Clinch,
(Organiser and SCCBA Tournament Manager)

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

Geoffrey Wolfarth

I am very sorry to announce that Geoffrey Wolfarth died very unexpectedly last evening (July 27th).  Geoffrey will always be remembered for his national successes, notably at the Spring Fours, but perhaps most especially for winning the English Trials and representing England in the Camrose Series of internationals.  At county level, Geoffrey gave much of his time to the work of the association management committee through his roles as communications co-ordinator and pro bono legal adviser.  But he will also be remembered at the Avenue for his preparedness to play sessions with those wanting to learn more and for the help given to those club members who he helped to improve.  Our condolences go to Ros, Geoffrey's family and friends.

For an obituary by Brian Senior and details of Geoffrey's funeral, please see the EBU web-site.

Julian Mitchell, Avenue Bridge Club

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 Horsham Welcome Pairs
2020 Horsham Welcome Pairs

The SCCBA Welcome Pairs for those playing for no more than 5 years was held at Horsham BC on Sunday March 8th and was a great success with players from Horsham, Crawley, Worthing and further afield.

The winners (all pictured) were :-

  • 1st overall - Mary Byrne & Kathy Hurst (seated)
  • 2nd overall - Pauline & John Guppy
  • Year 3 group - 1st Nicola Fryatt & Carol Mays, 2nd Leigh & Andy Hawkins
  • Year 2 group - 1st Sue & Steve Smith, 2nd Susan Noblett & Alan Birch

Many thanks to Graham Walker who directed.

Jane Handley (Organiser)

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 Mixed Pairs Final
2020 SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final

Congratulations to Chris Jepson and Neil Watts who won the SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final on Saturday February 15th. 

Many thanks to director Steve Foster, organiser Gerry Stanford and to West Sussex Bridge Club who hosted the event.

After, amazingly, winning this competition in its previous 4 years, Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt had to settle for being runners-up this time.

In 3rd place were Andy Wright and Rosemary Friggens.

2020 David Pavey Trophy Final
2020 David Pavey Trophy Final

Congratulations to Paul Bowles and Ioan Edwards from Patcham who, after a good afternoon's bridge, won the David Pavey Trophy Final at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday January 26th.   The David Pavey competition is for players who have less than 10,000 master points.

Many thanks to Eileen Perrigo, who was not only the organiser but also provided an afternoon tea which was enjoyed by everyone, to director Alexa Baxter and to Worthing Bridge Club who hosted the event.

 

In 2nd place were David Green and Dudley Edwards (pictured) from The Avenue and in 3rd place were Mick Howes and Ken Leonard.

Please note that the results have been adjusted to allow for one pair having to leave the event early.

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)

Sarah Mitchell
Sarah Mitchell

It is with the deepest sorrow that we share the sad news of the sudden death of Sarah Mitchell, for many years the joint manager of the Avenue bridge club with her husband Julian. Sarah played at the Avenue for the best part of forty years and contributed hugely to the success of the club. Our thoughts and prayers are with Julian and with Sarah's family.

Sarah’s funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, BN3 3QE, on Thursday 30th January at 11.00 am. All are most welcome.

Dress Code!! - All of you who knew Sarah may be unsurprised to learn that she had very definite views on what should be worn at her funeral.

Gentlemen – Please, NO BLACK TIES.  Ladies – Please wrap yourselves up warmly, but Sarah would have liked there to be a splash of colour. Thank-you.

The reception/wake will follow on directly at the Avenue Bridge Club, 15 Third Avenue, Hove, BN3 2PB – Again everyone most welcome.

(There will be a short committal service, 12.30 pm at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB. Friends and family only.)

Flowers c/o Derriman & Haynes, 56 Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8QF.  Donations to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

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.

Two teams finished with the same number of VPs in 2nd place.  The runners-up prize was decided by the split-tie procedure and so was won by the team (pictured) of Barbara Gordon, Ian Gordon, Tilly Hennings and Rosie White ahead of the team of Lindsay Geddes, Liz Lancaster, Andrew Southwell and Ian Lancaster.

My thanks to the Caterer (Jacqui) who provided an excellent lunch and tea, Steve Foster who directed using Bridgemates for the first time in the event and U3A for the use of their equipment.
 
See Worthing BC BridgeWebs web-site for full results.
 
Ernie Rivett
Chairman, Worthing BC
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,
Organiser

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)

2019 SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
2019 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.
 
2019 SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Teams
2019 SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Teams

Congratulations to the team of Sara Moran, Andrew McIntosh, Ollie Powell and Charles Bucknell who won the Green Point Swiss Teams at Patcham Community Centre on Sunday July 21st.

Many thanks to directors Eddie Williams and Stephen Kennedy.

Many thanks also to Charlotte Setahul and Peter Clinch who worked hard all day to provide the catering.

N.B. The next SCCBA Swiss Teams event will be take place during the Autumn Congress at Patcham on Sunday October 13th - see Entry Forms section for details.

Happy Camping at JBC 2019
Happy Camping at JBC 2019

40 juniors aged from 8 to 22 plus assorted parents took part in the South Eastern Counties Junior Bridge Camp 2019 at a new venue on 6th and 7th July.    Bowles Activity Centre was a big success, and the weather was perfect on Saturday for the rock climbing, dry skiing, and pool kayaking.   On the bridge front, we ran four classes and awarded a total of 24 minibridge, bronze, silver, and gold awards.

The competitions were fiercely fought, and the eventual winners of the main Priday Cup were Jacob Potter and Roland Bourne, with .....

..... Woody and Joe Cohen the next juniors in third place.

Jacob Potter also won the Saturday Pairs with Zane Soonawalla .....

..... and Tom and Ben Gardner won the Speedball (where the main complaint was that the adults played too slowly and we weren’t allowed to shout Speedball loudly enough).

The Novice competitions were won by Toby Trusted and Poli Vasileva on Saturday and .....

..... by Amrita Selvaraj and Tanya Gupta on Sunday.

See more pictures

Congratulations to all!

Most importantly, a hugely enjoyable time was had by all, juniors, teachers, parents, and – unusually - even the organiser.  Thank you to Sussex, Kent, and Surrey CBAs for sponsoring.

William Bourne

2019 SCCBA Venture Pairs
2019 SCCBA Venture Pairs

Congratulations to Heather Peattie and Will Adler who won this year's SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday June 23rd.

The runners-up were Roger Bill and Paul Wilson.

Many thanks to organiser Eileen Perrigo.

2019 Garden City Trophy - Final

Many congratulations to the Avenue Team (Julian Mitchell, Peter Clinch, Ken Ford, Andy Ryder, Mike Allen, Oliver Powell, Gunnar Hallberg and David Dickson) who finished 2nd in the national final of the Garden Cities Trophy on June 15th!  See results.

2019 Sussex Candles
2019 Sussex Candles

The Sussex Candles Swiss Teams Congress at Henfield on Sunday June 2nd was a close-fought affair, won eventually by David Dickson, Andrew Southwell, Peter Clinch and Ian Lancaster.  In second place were Geoffrey & Ros Wolfarth, Gary Hyett and Sue Millard. Third place was shared between two teams: Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Guy Davies & Terry Fishlock and Keith & Maureen Norman, Sue Peters & David Cairns.

All competitors were treated to a wonderful summer buffet prepared by Charlotte Setahul.  Many thanks to Steve Foster for directing and Ron Robins for preparing the hands.  As always, tremendous support was given by Peter Bates, as well as by Howard Da Vall of the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society.  Join us next year!

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

2018-19 Sussex League
2018-19 Sussex League

It's been a successful few days for Julian Mitchell and his teams.  After winning the Championship Teams a week earlier (see below), Julian's team won Division 1 of the Sussex League.

A big win in their final match of the season took their total to 82 VPs from their 6 matches, just 1 VP ahead of Ian Lancaster's team who were the winners in the previous season.  The winning team (Christine Jepson, Julian, Peter Clinch and, absent from the photo, David Clifton) are pictured receiving their trophy from League organiser David Galpin at the recent Invitation Pairs round at the Avenue Bridge Club.

Division 2 has now also been decided, again by just a 1 VP margin.  The winning team, captained by David Galpin, scored 86 VPs, one ahead of Andy Morris's team on 85 VPs.  The picture shows David holding the trophy, together with Jeff & Lydia Stanford, Andrea Galpin, and Joan Hootman.

The teams captained by Nick Levine, Brian Gould, and Tony Redshaw have won Divisions 3, 4, and 5 respectively.  Congratulations to all the winners.