Calendar
1st Apr 2020
Wednesday Evening Pairs
Director: Chris Gray
2nd Apr 2020
Thursday Afternoon Pairs
Director: David Williams
2nd Apr 2020
Basic Bridge (Level 2) Evening
Director: Peter Berry
Director's Assistant: Liz Dewar
7th Apr 2020
Tuesday Evening Pairs
Director: Chris Jepson
Director's Assistant: Neil Watts
7th Apr 2020
British Spring Sim Pairs
POSTPONED
Playing at WSBC

Players are requested to arrive 10 minutes before play is due to start please so the Director can finalise the movement and make a prompt start.


Bank Holiday Mondays

There will be bridge on all bank holiday Mondays except at Easter and Christmas.


Convention Cards and Partnership Agreements

Whilst not making it compulsory, the Committee would like to encourage all partnerships to have an agreed convention card. You can use your own layout, fill in one of the blank formats to be found on the EBU website or use the simple form on the front page of the score card. The EBU website has some suggested convention cards for basic systems. Having a written partnership agreement obviously helps consistency in bidding and playing and also improving your bridge.


Thursday Evenings

The Thursday evening session is primarily intended for less experienced players and only Level 2 systems may be used. Full details of which conventions are not accepted can be viewed in the menu item called “Thursday Evening Guidelines”.

Please come along if you would like to play as others without partners will also do so and you may well get a game. If you end up going home you will get a free play voucher!


Sessions with a Standby

Players without partners (whether or not they are a member) can now turn up at the following sessions and be guaranteed a game:

• All Monday evenings
• All Tuesday evenings
• Thursday evenings except 2nd, 3rd and 4th (but please see notice above)

Please check the website Calendar for irregularities. Everyone is welcome to make use of this facility but please arrive at the club by 7.15pm.


Thursday Afternoon Sessions

Thursday afternoons start at 1.30 pm. Table money is now £1.50 for members and £2.50 for visitors.


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WSBC sessions suspended until further notice (Coronavirus)

It is with great regret that the Committee has taken the decision to suspend club sessions and other events (including the AGM planned for 28 April) until further notice.

This decision has been taken in order to safeguard the best interests of our members.

The situation will be kept under constant review and we will inform you immediately when sessions can resume and we will be back to normal.


Coronavirus/COVID-19

In this time of the coronavirus/COVID-19 may we remind all members:

i) to use the Lamb House hand sanitiser (situated on the ground floor entrance lobby wall).

ii) to follow normal hygiene protocols: wash hands frequently, take care to practise respiratory hygiene (covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and discarding tissues immediately into a closed bin and then properly cleaning hands) and maintaining social distancing.  Please do not come to the club if you are suffering from any form of respiratory problem.

iii) that it is all members’ personal responsibility to continue to be aware of developments, particularly where they have been possibly exposed to the virus or are suffering any of the symptoms or have been to a “watch” listed or any questionable place/country/region when members should seriously consider self-isolation for their own sake and that of other members bearing in mind our members’ potential susceptibilities.

iv) in case of any doubt members should err on the side of caution.


Welcome...

... to the West Sussex Bridge Club web site. The Club meets for duplicate pairs each Tuesday and Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoons (see Calendar). There is also a Basic Bridge (Level 2) session on Thursday evenings. Many Sussex and EBU events (e.g. simultaneous pairs) are also held here. The Club is situated on the west side of Haywards Heath in Mid Sussex, at Lamb House within the Hurst Place Development (see "How to find us" in the "Information" section).

There are games to suit all levels of experience. Our aim is ensure a welcoming and friendly atmosphere at all times and across all sessions.


No more Monday regular sessions

After Monday 23 March there will be no further regular Monday sessions at Lamb House.
By popular demand from Wednesday 25 March our Wednesday session will start at 7pm and end at 10pm.
We will hold special events on Mondays and our very successful Pairs League will recommence on the first Monday of the month from Monday 7 September through to Monday 4 January.


Mid Sussex Interclub Challenge - Saturday 29 February 2020
CLUB IMPs
Horsham 110
Pulborough 3
West Sussex 0
Thakeham -6
Henfield -32
Lewes -75


Congratulations to Horsham BC who will host the event in 2021. Thanks to Peter Bates for directing.


WSBC Bournemouth Bridge Holiday 9-12 February
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Despite Storm Ciara, everyone participating in the WSBC bridge holiday braved the elements on Sunday February 9th and arrived safely at the Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth. They were rewarded with a warm welcome from the hotel staff who once again provided excellent service and wonderful food. The winds abated over the next 3 days and sea air and sunshine were appreciated by many.

The 5 bridge sessions were brilliantly directed by Graham & Berry Hedley whose charm, flair and friendliness is unsurpassed. Neil Watts and Graham combined their talents to give 2 morning seminars which were not only very informative but exceedingly entertaining. Thanks must also go to Brian Kirkdale whose IT expertise helped enormously with the scoring.

Flight A and Flight B prizes were given for each session and the winners were:

Welcome Pairs:
Flight A - N/S - Jim & Sally Bugden and E/W Joy Mayall & Mary Rimmer
Flight B - N/S - John & Krystyna Deszberg and E/W Tom & Inge Garside

Monday afternoon: 
Flight A - Joy Mayall & Heather Barker and Flight B - Eric Jenner & Rod Turner

Championship Pairs:
Flight A - 1st - Jim & Sally Bugden and 2nd - David Cole & Berry Hedley
Flight B - 1st - Dilys Jones & Lueen Francis and 2nd - Kathy Bennis & Roy Greenbaum

Tuesday afternoon:
Flight A - Chris Jago & Joy Mayall and Flight B - Rod Turner & Eric Jenner

Championship Teams: 
1st - Alan Setchell & Josie Allen and Julie Kamieniecka & Richard Arnatt
2nd - Jim & Sally Bugden and Joy Mayall & Mary Rimmer
3rd - Alan & Linda Gardiner and Bill Nicolle & Heather Barker


Wednesday evenings are back !

Our Wednesday evening sessions have now resumed on a trial basis with a 7.30pm start and finish by 10.15pm with a maximum of 24 boards being played.


WSBC New Year Party 11 January
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Our New Year party on Saturday 11 January was a great success with a wonderful buffet meal followed by delicious desserts – many thanks to all those who helped prepare the food.
Huge thanks are due to Bill Nicolle for devising a very enjoyable general knowledge quiz which was won by the Watts/Williams team.

Thanks also to those who helped set up and clear away – especially to Rachael and Lindsay!


Results
Thursday Afternoon Pairs
Director: Hazel Beveridge
Director's Assistant: Tony Harris
Basic Bridge (Level 2) Evening
Director: David Young
Scorer: David Young
Director's Assistant: Tony Harris
Tuesday Evening Pairs
Director: Peter Bates
Scorer: Hazel Beveridge
Director's Assistant: Hazel Beveridge
Monday Evening Pairs
Director: Hazel Beveridge
Thursday Afternoon Pairs
Director: David Williams
SCCBA Horsham Welcome Pairs 8 March 2020

Many congratulations to Steve and Sue Smith who were joint third overall out of 25 pairs.

What a great achievement!

(Back left and just peeking out on the right.)


Eric Valentine Reeves Mixed Pairs Championship/SCCBA Open Sim Pairs

Many congratulations to Chris Jepson and David Clifton who won both the Eric Valentine Reeves Memorial Mixed Pairs and SCCBA Open Sim Pairs. 

Margaret Collins and Ron James were runners-up and Alan and Linda Gardiner came third, winning the Eric Reeves Flitch prize.


SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final 15 February

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

Well done to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who were runners up.


David Pavey Trophy Final

Many congratulations to Brian Kirkdale and Peter Berry who won the SCCBA David Pavey Trophy on 27 January.


SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams 12 January

Many congratulations to Yves Lebrec and his teammates who won this event out of 31 teams!

Also very well done to Neil Watts, Philip Hunt and their teammates who were runners-up.


Pairs League 2019

Many congratulations to the winners of Division 1 Chris Jepson and Neil Watts and runners-up Lindsay Geddes and Mick Carrington, and to the winners of Division 2 Philip Hunt and Yves Lebrec and their runners-up Margaret and Roger Chaplin.


Club Championship Taylor Trophy

Many congratulations to Bill Nicolle and Linda Gardiner who won the Club Championship Final and received the Taylor Trophy.

Well done to Mary Rimmer and Maureen Topley for the winning the Club Championship Plate.


WSBC/MSBC Parkinson's Bridge Evening

Many congratulations to Chris Jago and Rob Harris who won this event, held jointly with Mid Sussex Bridge Club on 25 November, and were presented with the Jeff Hayton Platter.

The runners-up were John Beaumont and Martin Barton-Smith - very well done to them. An excellent £515 was raised in aid of Parkinson’s UK.


East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

Very well done to Robert Hirst and Ed Barter who were overall runners-up in the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on 16 November.


Club Ladies Pairs and Menís Pairs 29 October

Many congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Sally Bugden who won the club Ladies Pairs

and to Ian Sanderson and Brian Kirkdale who won the Men’s Pairs.

Autumn Congress Swiss Pairs 12 October

Congratulations to Brian Kirkdale and Ian Sanderson who won the Jack-high salver for the second year running.


Worthing Welcome Pairs Year 1, 22 September

Many congratulations to Steve and Sue Smith (on the left) who won the Worthing Welcome Pairs Year one event!


Ladies and Menís Pairs competition

Don't forget to enter the Ladies and Men’s Pairs on Tuesday 29 October. If we get sufficient entries it would be good to run this as 2 separate events with both sections playing the same boards, otherwise it will have to be just one section with a prize for the best Men’s and Ladies pairs. Prizes will be presented at the end.