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Tournament for 1st & 2nd Division players: 2015 dates

New TD Rota

League Tables

Avoiding problems at the table

Next Committee Meeting
Saturday 14th March


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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".
Standby Rota

A message has been sent to all full and associate members who are online about a rota for the stand-by system. A copy will be placed on the notice-board.

We think the stand-by system should be cherished by all members. A club that has a stand-by system is in our view a club that tries to look after its members. If our members want to play in a tournament they should not be refused for want of a partner. That would be bad for our member but bad for the club as well, because it would lose revenue: our member may play elsewhere and maybe even leave us. We may also lose potential new members if we don’t offer a partner to a first-time visitor (I’m a case in point!).
Not all our members use the stand-by system. However, if only users acted as stand-byes, they would have to do so all too frequently. If, on the other hand, most of our members were to participate – and many already do, for which we are very grateful – no-one should need to act as the stand-by more than once a year, maybe even less. Also, by acting as the stand-by you will be helping fellow members and, we believe, making Buchanan more inclusive.
Despite our best efforts, the system has not always operated smoothly over the last year and we have looking for a more efficient way. A rota for the year ahead seems the answer because the introduction of rotas has proved very successful for other functions in the club, including TDs, and they also appear to be working satisfactorily for stand-by systems elsewhere.
However, the stand-by system continues to be voluntary. The message explains how you can opt out if you wish. Otherwise, we will take it you are content to be the stand-by once in the year, for which please accept our sincere thanks.
If your allocated date does not suit, please either write to Joyce Hood - joho123@icloud.com – within two weeks of receiving the notification or if possible arrange a swap with another member and let Joyce know the new dates for each of you. If a date becomes unsuitable later, we would prefer you to arrange a swap if you can (advising Joyce); otherwise, please let Joyce know as early as possible.
Some members will not be allocated a date for the coming year. In that case, perhaps you would be willing, if asked, to act as a reserve - filling a date on which the appointed stand-by has had to cancel.
One final point: the stand-by system promises a partner, not an expert. If you worry that by being the stand-by you may let a better player down, you shouldn’t! Whoever you play with should be grateful for the game.

Last updated : 19th Jan 2015 14:05 GMT
Next Buchanan Trophy event: Dunmow Flitch - Calling all married couples!
Next Buchanan Trophy event: Dunmow Flitch - Calling all married couples!


The Dunmow Flitch is a Pairs event for married couples only and will be played on Wednesday 18 March.


Please enter on the notice board or online.

Last updated : 26th Feb 2015 21:49 GMT
New TD & BMO Rota

The new TD & BMO rota took effect from 1st February 2015. Welcome to the new TDs and BMOs.

Last updated : 16th Feb 2015 17:03 GMT

...to Anne Lee & Gillian Godfrey on winning the Currie-Glen Cup (Women's Handicap Pairs)

...to Maurice Pigott & Mike Tomkinson on winning the Dave Jolley Cup (Men's Handicap Pairs)

...to our President, Maurice Pigott on winning the J K McDonald Individual

Last updated : 27th Feb 2015 09:56 GMT

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
New tournament for 1st & 2nd Division players now permanent

Following a successful trial period, this tournament is now a permanent fixture in the club calendar. The match-pointed (top floor) tournament on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month are reserved for players in the 1st and 2nd Divisions or of equivelant standard. The Aggregate tournaments on the same night are not affected and run as normal.

1st and 2nd Division players - please note the following 2015 dates for your diary:

Monday 2 & 16 March Monday 6 & 20 April
Monday 4 & 18 May Monday 1 & 15 June
Monday 6 & 20 July Monday 3 & 17 August
Monday 7 & 21 September Monday 5 & 19 October
Monday 2 & 16 November Monday 7 & 21 December


Last updated : 16th Feb 2015 17:09 GMT
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
West District League Tables

The latest League Tables are now available under "Information".

Last updated : 5th Jan 2015 01:08 GMT

The Winter Pairs is the Buchanan's Pairs Championship which is now played as part of Matchpoint Wednesdays (so on the 1st Wednesday of each month, from September through to April). For current rankings and scores, see Results.

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 no harm done if you play with another partner - your result just won't count for the Winter Pairs.

The remaining dates are -

Wednesday 4 March, 1 April

Last updated : 16th Feb 2015 17:10 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 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

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
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 : 2nd Aug 2014 15:28 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
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