The Club Diary and Fixture Booklet 2019/2020 is now available at the bar
A revised calendar has been published.
Avoiding problems at the table
Tuesday 27th August, 6.00pm
For Divisions 3, 4, 5 and players wanting a fun team game.
A friendly teams of four for those wanting to practice for future league matches, or just wanting a fun evening of bridge.
No pressure. No fear.
July 25th Aug 22nd
7.00pm start, teams of four players, enter on club notice board or online
... to Bobby Dickson, Brian McConnell, Heather and David Merriman on winning the West District Erskine Teams of Four Trophy.
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 are welcome. We look forward 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. Please join us on Thursdays from 12.30pm.
Some points to avoid problems at the table -
Count your cards face down 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?'.
The board in play should remain in the centre of the table until play is complete.
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.
If you cannot follow suit, do not say ‘Having none’. It is your partner who has the option of asking.
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.
Members will no doubt be aware of changes to data protection law (the new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR) and will have received numerous communications from banks and other organisations on the matter.
Naturally, you have the right of correction or deletion of data, and how to do so is explained in the policy.
If you are content you need take no further action. However, if you do have any concerns, feel free to raise them; how to do so is explained in the policy.
Trish Matheson and Christine Howe have been upgrading the club's book collection. Modern books (with an emphasis on declarer and defender play) have replaced ancient and out-dated volumes.
You will find the new books on the bottom two shelves of the display cabinet in the bar. On the bottom shelf are books that relatively inexperienced players will enjoy (e.g. from Year 3 of the SBU course); on the next shelf up are books that are relevant at slightly higher levels. Click for the list.
We encourage you to borrow any book that interests you. There is a folder in the display cabinet (with full instructions) for recording loans. When you return any book, it would be great if you could write comments as indicated in the folder, to guide subsequent readers.
From 1st February paper points are no longer accepted. All email queries related to SBU Master Points should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 - email@example.com
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.
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.
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.