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Avoiding problems at the table

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4th June, 10.00am

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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".


The main Pairs and Teams events now start at 11.00am and finish around 6.00pm, leaving the evening free.


Saturday 14 May, 11.00am

Congress Pairs  2 Sessions - Entry fee £24 per pair - First prize £80


Tuesday 17 May, 7.00pm

Men's & Women's Teams  Entry fee £24 per team


Thursday 19 May

Learners' & Improvers' Teams (an event for Learners attending classes and Players up to Local Master level)    Entry fee £24 per team


Saturday 21 May, 11.00am

Congress Teams   2 Sessions - Entry fee £48 per team - First prize £120


Click to download Entry Form

Click to Enter Online

Click to email the Convener

Last updated : 10th Apr 2016 01:07 BST
Wednesday Tournaments for Buchanan Class Beginners

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, the club has been running monthly tournaments for players who are at a very early stage in their bridge careers, primarily those in our Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 classes. The tournaments will be very relaxed, and their main function is to give players practice with the skills they are learning in their classes. There will be a tournament director who will act as stand-by, so everyone is guaranteed a game even if they don't have a partner. Normal table money (£3.50) will be charged. Members only. 
The final tournament for 2015-2016 will be held on 27th April, whereupon the scheme will be reviewed during the summer with a view to continuation in 2016-2017.

Last updated : 26th Mar 2016 11:14 GMT

... to Christine Howe & Ian Aitchison on winning the Winter Pairs.

... to Lina Kerr on winning the James Clarkson Cup (Wednesday Individual).

... to Alan Stewart on winning the Mitchell Glen Cup (Associates).

Last updated : 11th Apr 2016 16:54 BST
SBU Master Points

Any paper points, email queries, cheques, and all correspondence related to SBU Master Points should be routed as follows:

SBU Member Services Dept #16
196 Rose Street
Last updated : 16th Aug 2015 21:56 BST

Members should note that even after 6.00pm, cars must be parked in the designated bays. Although there are no yellow lines, parking in areas outside designated bays is not permitted at any time, and these areas must be left clear.

Last updated : 10th Aug 2014 14:16 BST
WANTED: Bridgemate Operators and Tournament Directors

Members interested in learning how to set up the Bridgemate system for our regular tournaments (or would like a refresher session if you have already been trained) should get in touch with Horst or Christina.

We are also looking to expand our pool of Tournament Directors. If you have received basic training and would like to get more experience in directing tournaments (under supervision of course) please let the Committee know.

Last updated : 7th Dec 2014 10:48 GMT
Not getting emails from the club?

If you discover that you are not receiving emails from the club, then they have probably been put in your Spam folder.
To avoid this, simply create a contact called Buchanan with the email address -    members@bridgewebsemail.com

Last updated : 26th Jul 2014 09:58 BST
Sale of raffle tickets, etc

Following a Committee decision, the sale of raffle tickets and the soliciting of donations by individual members are only permitted when sponsored by the Club or the Club Committee. Thank you for your understanding.

Last updated : 16th Aug 2015 21:57 BST
Find a Partner

The Find a Partner facility operates in parallel with the Standby system. Login with your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password you can request a new one online by clicking the Forgotten Password button. Once you are logged in, click the Find a Partner tab.

Last updated : 1st Aug 2014 18:25 BST
Avoiding Problems at the Table

Some points to avoid problems at the table -
Count your cards BEFORE you look at them.
Decide on your bid before you touch the bidding box. Don't hover over the box or dither between sections of the box.
If you have to make the opening lead, make it BEFORE you write up your scoresheet. It saves time.
The opening lead must be made face down.
Do not take the board in play off the table.
Do not rotate the board in play.
Declarer should nominate the card to by played by dummy. Declarer should not normally play dummy's cards.
Shuffle your hand before you return it to the board.
Be familiar with the SBU Alerting Procedures. These have been in effect since 2007.
Don’t be afraid to call the director. They are there to restore equity, not to punish.

Last updated : 19th Nov 2015 17:41 GMT
Simultaneous Pairs - A guide for players

There appear to be a lot of Simultaneous Pairs competitions in the calendar, so here is a quick guide to these events.
Simultaneous Pairs are basically ordinary match-pointed events where the same hands are being played in many clubs at the same time, allowing players to compare their scores with not just their club members but with hundreds or even thousands of other pairs throughout the country. Usually, at the end of play, everyone receives an informative hand commentary booklet written by an expert player.

The SBU Simultaneous Pairs and the Bobby Allan (for mixed pairs) are both Scottish events run by the SBU and are held in October and January respectively. In addition, our district runs a series of West District Simultaneous Pairs, and we play in the November and April competitions. Traditionally, to support the District, the club requires all sections to play in the April event. The SBU (along with other home unions) also runs the Celtic Simultaneous Pairs to raise funds for its international teams. Periodically, the club receives invitations to participate in other simultaneous events, and the committee decides whether to proceed on a case-by-case basis.

Last updated : 16th Aug 2015 21:58 BST