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Doors Open Days

Next Buchanan Trophy event


SBU Master Points

Avoiding problems at the table

Next Committee Meeting

10th October, 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".
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 Aug 2015 21:55 BST
Doors Open

We are delighted that the club has been selected once more to participate in Glasgow’s Doors Open, and we are looking forward to giving many new visitors the opportunity to view our lovely building, and learn about its fascinating history and unique architecture. Visitors in previous years have been very impressed, commenting that ‘The guides and building of the Buchanan Bridge Cub were an absolute delight’, ‘My favourite of all was the Buchanan Bridge Club because of the unexpectedly beautiful interior and really friendly welcome’ and ‘I really enjoyed seeing the Buchanan Bridge Club: the house was beautiful and the tour guide was engaging and passionate’.

Our hours of opening for Doors Open are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September. Refreshments will be available. Also as well as the guided tour we offer sample bridge lessons. These too have been popular with visitors, with one commenting on the ‘expertly taught introduction to mini-bridge’ and another reporting ‘my visit lasted 2 hours and I am returning on Thursday to join the beginners’ class’. During Doors Open, information will be made available about the classes we offer for bridge players of all standards.

Last updated : 16th Jul 2015 21:37 BST
Next Buchanan Trophy event: Carl Dickel Trophy
Next Buchanan Trophy event: Carl Dickel Trophy


The Carl Dickel Trophy is an Invitation event for winners and runners-up of last season's Buchanan Trophy events, and will be played on Tuesday 8 September. Players entitled to play have already been notified, and a full list of qualifiers can be viewed here.


Last updated : 3rd Aug 2015 17:16 BST
WINTER PAIRS start on Wednesday 2 September
WINTER PAIRS start on Wednesday 2 September

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 will 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 if you're not playing with your favourite partner on the first competition night, you can still enter in October, November or December.

To enter, fill in an entry form provided on the night. Entry fee £5 per pair.

Last updated : 7th Aug 2015 07:51 BST
MANNING FOSTER TEAMS - Wednesday 16 September
MANNING FOSTER TEAMS - Wednesday 16 September

The Manning Foster is the club's Teams-of-4 championship. The format of the competition is determined by the number of teams entering -

Up to 12 teams:  The first four teams qualify for the semi-final – 1st vs 4th, 2nd vs 3rd, to be played by the end of November.  Final to be played by the end of January.

13+ teams: The first eight teams qualify for the quarter-final – 1st vs 8th, 2nd vs 7th etc, to be played by the end of November.  Semi-final (winners of 1st vs 8th against winners of 4th vs 5th etc) to be played by the end of January.  Final to be played by the end of February.

This means you get up to four exciting team matches, all for a single entry fee! So let's try and boost numbers for this competition.

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

Last updated : 28th Aug 2015 15:20 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
Avoid 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 : 2nd Feb 2014 17:09 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