Buchanan Bridge Club
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NEW Afternoon Tournament

Next Buchanan Trophy event

Winter Pairs latest


SBU Master Points

Avoiding problems at the table

Next Committee Meeting

29th 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".
Thursday Afternoon Bridge

From 12.30pm       Social:  tea/coffee & cake
1pm - 4pm.           Bridge Tournament, 24 boards. Master Points and printouts of hands.
Cost                       £4 per person (including refreshments}
No prize money. No bar service. Catering and collection of monies by club members.

Visitors will be made welcome. The President and committee look forward to this tournament and to seeing many members as well as visitors attending.

Please note that parking charges apply on weekday afternoons. We recommend car-sharing or using public transport if possible.

A stand-by will be provided, so if you come without a partner you will get a game.

Last updated : 18th Aug 2016 21:22 BST
Tournament Director Course

It is proposed to run a basic level Tournament Director's course in the club if there is sufficient interest. A suggested date is Sunday 13th November although alternative dates could be considered. It will start at 10.00am and finish about 4.00pm.
Use the form below to register your interest. Members only.

Last updated : 18th Oct 2016 13:25 BST
Next Buchanan Trophy event: CHRIS HARRISON TEAMS: Wednesday 23 November
Next Buchanan Trophy event:  CHRIS HARRISON TEAMS: Wednesday 23 November


Please get your team together and use Online Entry to play for the Chris Harrison Trophy. This is a Pivot Teams event, so you will change partners twice and play a number of boards with each of your team mates!

An entry list will also appear on the notice board in due course.

Last updated : 14th Oct 2016 12:11 BST

... to Neil Wylie and Ricky Finlayson on winning the Swiss Pairs at the SBU Autumn Congress

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

... to Robin Heron and Robin Crouch on winning the West District Bronze Challenge 2016!

... to James & Grace Walker, Liz Smart and Sheena Hamilton on winning the Westchester Cup

Last updated : 24th Oct 2016 09:52 BST
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 four best percentage results will count towards the competition, so you will still be able to enter in the following months.

In the later rounds (from January onwards) only scores obtained in the First Floor tournament will count towards players' total score. Results obtained in other sections, such as the Lounge tournament, will not be counted.

The remaining dates are -

Wednesday 2 November, 7 December, 4 January, 1 February, 1 March, 5 April.

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

Last updated : 6th Oct 2016 09:23 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.
Make the opening lead face down and then ask 'Any questions?'.
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 May 2016 16:21 BST
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