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Next Buchanan Trophy event

New Tournament for Beginners


SBU Master Points

Avoiding problems at the table

Next Committee Meeting

5th December, 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".
Wednesday Tournaments for Buchanan Class Beginners

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, the club is 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. The next dates are 27th January24th February23rd March, and 27th April. Members only. There will be no tournament in December.

Last updated : 26th Nov 2015 17:35 GMT
Next Buchanan Trophy event: HELEN CLARKSON PAIRS - Wednesday 13 January
Next Buchanan Trophy event:  HELEN CLARKSON PAIRS - Wednesday 13 January


A match-pointed pairs competition for the Helen Clarkson Cup

To enter: Add your team to the list on the club's notice board or use Online Entry.

Last updated : 12th Nov 2015 09:18 GMT
Provision for Learners and Improvers

Based on our recent review, club provision for learners and improvers during 2015-2016 will include:

  • Continuation of our highly successful Beginners, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 SBU classes (Thursdays)
  • If there is sufficient demand, introduction of monthly tournaments for members of the Beginners and Intermediate 1 classes (Wednesdays)
  • Introduction of a Refreshers class, which revises and consolidates material covered in SBU classes (Thursdays)
  • Continuation of Ricky’s popular tournaments, which are a ‘way-station’ between classes and full tournament play (Tuesdays)
  • Continuation of an Advanced class, which further develops skills in bidding and card play (Thursdays)
  • If demand warrants, introduction of a mentoring system where members can play with more experienced players and receive gentle guidance.
Last updated : 16th Nov 2015 21:42 GMT


... to Susan Geddes and Harry Archibald on winning the Bronze Congress at the SBU Autumn Congress at Peebles

... to Horst Kopleck, Ricky Finlayson, John & Peggy Donaldson on winning the Chris Harrison Trophy.

... to Lorna McCaig, Christina MacPherson, Iris Cairns and Ruth Day on winning the Westchester Cup.


Last updated : 12th Nov 2015 09:20 GMT
The WINTER PAIRS have started - but you can still enter!
The WINTER PAIRS have started - but you can still enter!

The Winter Pairs is the Buchanan's Pairs Championship which is played as part of Matchpoint Wednesdays (so on the 1st Wednesday of each month) from September through to April.

You need to play with the same partner throughout (most players have a regular partner for the first Wednesday of the month anyway). However, only your 4 best percentage results will count towards the competition, so you will still be able to enter in December, or even January!.

To enter, fill in an entry form provided on the night. The one-off entry fee is only £5 per pair.

The remaining dates are -

Wednesday 2 December, 6 January, 3 February, 2 March, 6 April.

For an up-to-date summary of scores and percentages, please see "Winter Pairs scores" in the Results menu.

Last updated : 10th Nov 2015 13:31 GMT
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