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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".
Master Points are now Electronic

Since Monday 21st April, master points for club tournaments are 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 : 13th May 2014 21:37 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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