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Book sale
"Bronze Challenge"
Traffic problems
Master Points are now electronic
Find a Partner on the website
Avoiding problems at the table
Next Committee Meeting
13th September, 9.30am



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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".
Bob Finlayson's books

The widow of our much missed late member Bob Finlayson has very kindly sent his collection of bridge books to Buchanan with a view to offering them for sale, with any proceeds going to charity. The committee have approved this and the books will be displayed in the entrance hall on Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 July. We will not be pricing them but instead will leave it to members to decide what to pay for any purchases. The committee suggest a minimum payment of £1 for each book, but we will be happy if you are prepared to give more in a good cause. A collection box will be on one of the tables alongside the books. The proceeds will be retained in the club and added to the monies raised from the raffles at the Christmas parties for the chosen charity.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2014 09:24 BST
"Bronze Challenge"

Are you a Learner, Beginner or Improver?
If so, this new competition is just for you: The Bronze Challenge is a Simultaneous Pairs competition with a difference: Only players of the lower master point rankings (Novices, Club/Local/District Masters and Masters, the so-called "Bronze" category) will be allowed to enter, and in addition your master point number has to be above 10000. This ensures that only fairly recent "recruits" to the game take part - and we even want to include those who don't yet belong to the SBU, such as learners, those attending classes or recent "graduates".
This competition is played in the last week of August throughout the West District, and the Buchanan heat will be on Tuesday 26 August. Please enter on the Club notice board or use Online Entry.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2014 10:04 BST
Getting to the Club during the Games

The Commonwealth Games are now in full swing, so just a reminder to members that it may be wise to allow a little extra time for your journey to the Buchanan, especially if travelling from the south side.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2014 09:29 BST
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 decision by the Club Committee, we would like to advise members that we are not allowing the sale of raffle tickets or any soliciting of donations by individual members, unless this is sponsored by the Club or the Club Committee. Thank you for your understanding.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2014 09:21 BST
Master Points are now Electronic

Since Monday 21st April, master points for club tournaments have been transferred to the SBU electronically. Paper certificates will not be issued.
You can access the SBU Master Point system MEMPAD here.
Your Username is your master point number. If you do not have a password for MEMPAD, email Janet Rixon, the SBU Master Point Secretary, who will issue you a temporary password which you can change to something you prefer.
If you do not have a master point number, email Janet Rixon.

Last updated : 26th Jul 2014 20:29 BST
Find a Partner

A new feature has been added to the website for a trial period - Find a Partner. It will operate in parallel with the Standby system. This is only available to members, cannot be accessed by the general public and your email address is hidden from non-members.  Members need to login with their email address and password. If you have forgotten your password you can request a new one online. Once you are logged in, click the Find a Partner tab.
Comments welcome.

Last updated : 9th Jan 2014 11:25 GMT
WEDNESDAYS at the Buchanan

Wednesday is our main "Special Events" night. Nearly all competitions (Buchanan Trophy events including Winter Pairs, club qualifying heats for national or district competitions, and various Simultaneous Pairs events) are now held on Wednesdays.

Please note that these competitions may now on occasions be held in the Lounge if only a limited number of entries have been received. This then leaves more room for the "ordinary" tournament on the first floor. However, our main club competitions (Buchanan Trophy events) will continue to be played in Room 1. Please note information on the club notice board on the night.

To enter any of our special Wednesday events, please leave your names on the club notice board, or use Online Entry.

Last updated : 27th Sep 2013 11:54 BST
Master Point Promotions - July
National Master
Kathleen Craig
1 Star Master
Lorna McCaig
District Master
Ruth Moore
Club Master
Pauline Foulds
Last updated : 13th Jul 2014 16:46 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
Limitations of Penalties

At the Committee meeting on 6th August 2013 it was decided that with immediate effect there would be no limitation of penalties in aggregate tournaments.

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.

A number of Sim Pairs competitions are quite long established. 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. Our district runs its own West District Simultaneous Pairs consisting of three open, independent competitions in November, February and March. The highest overall percentages determine the winners of three available trophies (for  best score overall, best mixed pair and best senior pair). Traditionally, to support the District, in the March event the club requires all sections to play in this competition. However, the Buchanan does not participate in the February event as it is held on a Thursday when there is no room available at the club. The British Simultaneous Pairs are run four times a year (one event in each season) to generate funds to support UK national teams in international competitions. These may look like new events but they are just replacing the previous BGB Sim Pairs which were held for the same purpose, the only difference being that the English Bridge Union (EBU) have decided to run this event under their own steam rather than through Ecats. Because of diminishing returns from these competitions the SBU (along with other home unions) is now also running the Celtic Simultaneous Pairs to raise additional funds for its international teams, and these are the only new additions to the calendar.

Last updated : 29th Apr 2013 13:31 BST
Arrow Switches
A Mitchell pairs movement is effectively two separate competitions - between those playing NS and between those playing EW. To get a single winner, for instance on Matchpoint Mondays, we need to arrow-switch one or more rounds.
The player originally sitting East becomes North and you enter the scores into the Bridgemate according to your new position, not your old one.
For a simple explanation without mathematics click here (acknowledgements to David Stevenson)
Last updated : 24th Nov 2013 11:00 GMT
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