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Master Points - Important


Avoiding problems at the table

Next Committee Meeting

1st August, 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".
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
SBU Master Points

With immediate effect (8 April 2015) 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 : 8th Apr 2015 10:07 BST
Additional Tournaments

Our thanks to all who responded. However, only 13 members did and the committee have therefore concluded numbers would be too small.  All tournaments require substantial input from several people, justified only by a consistently good attendance. Moreover, some players would have played less on Mon/Wed.
We were pleased some replies were from improvers, but again too few to suggest an additional event would be viable.
We appreciate many members, including improvers, play in Buchanan team matches as well as the Mon/Wed tournaments, whilst improvers also have the tournaments held on Tuesdays and in Room 1 almost every 1st and 3rd Monday.

Last updated : 29th Mar 2015 11:16 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

Following a successful trial period and feedback from members, on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, the tournament on the top floor is now reserved for players in the 1st and 2nd Divisions or of equivalent standard, whereas the tournament on the first floor is reserved for 3rd and 4th Division players and Improvers. The tournament on the ground floor (Lounge) remains open to all players.

Please note the following 2015 dates for your diary (also listed on the Calendar pages):

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 : 26th Jul 2015 15:52 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 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
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.

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