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Buchanan Bridge Club Congress 2018

The Buchanan Bridge Club is holding its annual Congress from Saturday 28th April to Tuesday 8th May.  Details can be found on their website  http://www.buchananbc.co.uk/

Forthcoming events at GBC

West District Club Championships

on Sunday 15 April starting at 1pm.

Masterpoints

All Masterpoints gained since December 2017 have now been uploaded to Mempad.  Log into Mempad and check your totals.

Website

With effect from Thursday 18 January 2018 this is the official website of the Glasgow Bridge Centre.

Welcome to Glasgow Bridge Centre
Welcome to Glasgow Bridge Centre
Welcome to Glasgow Bridge Centre

The Glasgow Bridge Centre enjoys a reputation as one of the finest bridge clubs in Scotland – let alone Glasgow.

Players of all abilities come to enjoy their bridge at evening and afternoon tournaments throughout the week.  The club – located in the Shawlands area of Glasgow – also runs a comprehensive bridge teaching programme for would-be Zia Mahmoods!

Formed in 1983, the GBC has a proud history.  Over the years, celebrated Scottish internationalists including Willie Coyle, Sam Leckie, Victor Goldberg, and Morag Malcolm have all played at our club.

Indeed Zia himself has graced the green baize here as guest of honour during one of his visits to Scotland.

Albert Benjamin, inventor of the world-famous 'Benji Acol' bidding system, also played a vital role in the club's history.  It was he who founded the Kenmure Club – a great Glasgow bridge institution which joined forces with the St Mungo Club to create GBC.  An atmospheric photograph of the great man  (did everyone smoke in those days?) hangs inside the front door of our premises at 1055 Pollokshaws Road – close to Queens Park.

For more than 50 years, we have continued to promote all that's good about bridge, encouraging high standards of play and fierce but friendly rivalry in the battle of the cards.  The Glasgow club's facilities include all the usual modern aids – Bridgemates, TV screens and a dedicated email system to announce members' results from club competitions.  Hot drinks and snacks are also available.

Our thriving membership includes many of Glasgow's top players.  If you would like to visit for a game, please do.  You're assured of a warm welcome at the club, which meets on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, along with our regular Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon tournaments.

Come and join us!

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ian Howie a highly-regarded player with a long and distinguished record in Scottish bridge and a much respected member of the club.

Ian trained as a dentist in Glasgow University in the 1960s. As a chess player he was interested in the bridge game at the Dental School, so he watched, learned, and became hooked for life. He was a contemporary of Victor Silverstone and played for Glasgow University in the Waddington Cup against Belfast. In the 60s he played in Trials with Bertie Wolfson, and, with Jimmy Baird and a very young Barnet Shenkin, reached the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup in 1971 an achievement he would repeat 37 years later in 2008!

In 1989 he played with John Murdoch in the 1989 Camrose, and won the Scottish Cup twice.

His long term partner, Michele Gladstone tells how Ian patiently taught her the finer points of the game and helped her become the player she is today. Ian was a  supportive partner for many of the game's most talented players and willingly shared his knowledge and gave advice to less experienced players.  

Ian's funeral will take place on Friday 27 April at 10:45 at Linn Crematorium.

Ian will be missed at the table both for his expertise and friendship.  We extend sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

Thursday Tournament

We are re-launching GBC's Thursday night tournament as Simple Systems Night - to encourage more Improvers and recent graduates of the SBU teaching course to enter our evening competitions. 

Starting this Thursday (April 19th) at 7:15pm, complex bidding styles and sophisticated conventions will no longer be allowed.  We aim to make the tournament as 'natural' as possible, with an agreed bidding style across the field.  It will follow the same methods as most 'Individual' tournaments, which allow ordinary conventions such as Stayman, Transfers, basic Blackwood and a natural defence to the opponent's opening 1NT- but prohibit Precision-style or Strong Club openers, the Multi, Puppet Stayman, conventional NT defences such as Astro, DONT and two-suited overcalls such as Michaels.

If you're an Improver looking to dip your toe into the evening tournaments without the stress of meeting the Polish Club head-on (what is it, anyway?), this is just the event for you.  Likewise, if you're a fan of natural bidding - and want to help some of our developing players take their game to the next stage, please come along and take part.   It's going to be fun.

Hope to see you there and visitors will be made most welcome.

Calendar
19th April 2018
Simple Systems Tournament
19:15
23rd April 2018
Monday Butler
19:15
24th April 2018
Tuesday afternoon Butler
13:30
25th April 2018
Wednesday afternoon Matchpoints
13:30
25th April 2018
Wednesday Matchpoints
19:15
Results
Thursday Evening
Director: GBC
Scorer: GBC
Wednesday AfternonA
Director: GBC
Scorer: GBC
Wednesday EveningB
Director: GBC
Scorer: GBC