As an EBU club each time we play on Friday the top one third of the pairs get local masterpoints,( called black points). If we have 4 tables the top 3 pairs get 18,12, and 6 points. If we have 5 or 6 tables and play an arrow switched one winner movement the top 4 pairs get 24,18,12 and 6 points. With 7 or 8 tables we play a north south and east west winning list and each direction the top 3 pairs get 30,20,10 points.
Recently at the Wednesday club they held a heat of a Sims Pairs event where the hands were played at 19 other clubs and the boards were scored locally and then re scored over the whole national field. The results were as follows,
1st. Timmy Wright Mark Benson. 69.26%. 24 points.
2nd Joanna West. Christine Symons. 67.04%. 18 points.
3rd. Pat Welsh. Bill Dix. 57.04%. 12 points.
4th. Paul and Christine Rutherford. 53.70%. 6 points.
5th. Bill Gardner. Nes Charles. 53.33%. No points.
6th. Val Thompson. Margaret Andrews. 52.59%. No points.
When the boards were rescored nationally,
Timmy and Mark. Scored. 71.26% which was top 60 blue points. 178 black points.
Christine Joanna. 59.86%. 44 130
Bill. Nes. 57.03%. 26 77
Pat Bill. 55.56%. 16 45
Val Margaret. 55.00%. 13 39
Chris Paul. 53.51%. No points.
The National scores vary from the local scores because a top score in the club in a small field of 6 tables may easily get beaten by a number of scores nationwide, where as if you get a “ lucky club top “ because your opponents mess up an auction and go off 1400 or worse, this can still be the top score nationally, so 2 boards that both score you 100% locally might score only 75% in one case but still 100% in the other case.
By winning nationally Timmy who is a member of Ace and Mark who was the England Cricket Captain a number of years ago, scored almost 240 points and that is the same as winning 10 or 12 Wednesdays in a row. In fact back in the good old days when a lot more clubs were playing and the numbers at each club we’re much higher, the National winners could gain 1000 points.
The Wednesday club intends playing 6-8 sims events a year. We as a Friday club have only one or two events that are run on Fridays, there is one in November for the BBC charity Children in Need. The committee have agreed to run a heat to support this charity and more information will be made available nearer the time.