- Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 09:10
The SBU is the National Governing Organisation for Bridge in Scotland.
European Open Championships
The 7th European Open Championships are being held in Tromsø, Norway from 27 June - 11 July (website). A number of Scottish players are participating:
Mixed Teams: PUNCH (Sam Punch-Tim Rees (Wal), Sarah Teshome (Eng)-James Thrower (Eng)), BADGER (Frances Hinden (Eng)-Graham Osborne (Eng), Paula Leslie-Jeffrey Allerton (Eng))
Mixed Pairs: Liz McGowan-David Liggat, Paula Leslie-Jeffrey Allerton (Eng), Sam Punch-Tim Rees (Wal)
Open Teams: ABERDEEN ANGUS (Jim Hay, Andrew Philip, Diccen Sargent, Jon Aars (Nor))
Senior Teams: SCOTLAND (Liz McGowan-David Liggat, Harry Smith-Roy Bennett)
Senior Pairs: Liz McGowan-David Liggat, Harry Smith-Roy Bennett
Women's Teams: LESLIE LADIES (Kristine Breivik(Norway), Solvi Remen (Norway), Paula Leslie, Sam Punch.)
Good luck to them all!
28 June: Commiserations to Paula Leslie and team BADGER, who missed out on the knockout stages of the Mixed Teams by just 0.01 VP. They will now join team PUNCH in the consolation BAM teams.
1 July: Congratulations to Sam Punch who, with Tim Rees (Wales), qualified in 9th place for the Mixed Pairs Final tomorrow.
2 July: Sam Punch and Tim Rees lie 6th at the halfway point of the Mixed Pairs Final. Fifty boards to be played on Friday.
3 July: Sam and Tim faded to 21st, but still above average in the final. Paula Leslie, playing with Jeffrey Allerton, and Liz McGowan-David Liggat both finished above average in the EBL Cup for Open Pairs.
4 July: ABERDEEN ANGUS are below average halfway through the Open Teams qualifying Swiss. LESLIE LADIES led after two rounds but finished the day 13VP behind the qualifying eighth position. SCOTLAND were lying fourth for most of the day by slipped to ninth after the seventh match in the Senior's round-robin qualifying; again the top eight make the KO. The qualifying finishes tomorrow.
5 July: ABERDEEN ANGUS won 4 of 10 matches but did not make the top sixteen teams. LESLIE LADIES won 6/10 but a heavy defeat in their final match saw them just drop out of the KO qualifying spots. A similar fate befell SCOTLAND, the Seniors' team winning 7 of 13 matches but just insufficient to make the top eight (as it happened they needed to be in the top four). Most will now play the BAM teams tomorrow before a few days of match pointed pairs for some.
European Youth Teams Championship
The 25th European Youth Team Championships will be held in Tromsø, Norway, from 18 July. For the first time there is a Kids (under 15) series and Scotland is sending a team.
Hutchesons’ Grammar has a long and well-established tradition of producing talented juniors, many of whom continue to play at the highest level. Recently, four young boys from this School were selected to represent Scotland in the forthcoming European Youth Bridge Championships being held in Tromsø, Norway in July. They will be playing in the so-called “Kids Series” where they will meet up with similarly aged young players from different parts of Europe.
The boys are incredibly and naturally talented and their game is improving all the time. As well as being aspiring internationalists, they are also wonderful ambassadors of junior bridge and will carry the Scottish Flag with distinction. Here are shown Ronald Gaffin and John Di Mambro who are accompanying (from left to right) David Tobias, Saketh Jampana, Wan-Hew Tran and Adam Tobias.
We wish them well!
Scottish School Teams Championship
The Scottish Schools’ Trophy was retained by Hutchesons’ Grammar School on Friday 12 June. The five-man team consisted of brothers Callum and Angus Townsley with Adam Tobias, Christopher Docherty and Gideon Green.
A hybrid team from Aberdeen schools consisting of P Maganti, A Reid, John Russell and Charlotte Rutherford won the Abbott Salver.
Scotland juniors in Finland
The Scotland U20 team was invited to play in the Junior International Teams Tournament and Midsummer Tournament in Salo, Finland, last weekend.
The team of Jun Nakamaru-Pinder, Ronan Valentine, Liam O'Brien, and Stewart Pinkerton competed against more experienced and older opponents, finishing ninth in the junior event and then 27th in the open teams on Saturday. Jun and Stewart finished above average in the open pairs on Sunday.
A special mention for Jun who won the Best Played Hand in the junior teams, a trophy he shared with Rob Myers (England U25) who took the same line. There will be an article in the next SB News.
Overall it provided excellent preparation for the team as they head to Tromsø, Norway at the end of the month for the European Junior Teams Championships, where they will be joined by Olivia Bailey and Soozy Nesom.
Annual General Meeting
The 81st AGM took place on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at the Mayfield Centre, Sunnybank Road, Stirling, FK7 0DP starting at 7.00pm (map).
At the AGM, Russell Frame was re-elected President, Cathy Ferguson was re-elected Secretary and George Plant was elected Treasurer. The year end of the SBU was changed to the 31st August bringing it into line with both the playing and the subscription year. Club fees were increased to £17 from 1st September2015 and member fees will be increased by £1pp for four years commencing 1st September 2016. Russell Frame presented the President's Prize to Tim Wickens in recognition of his services as treasurer to the SBU.
Chairman's Cup, Sweden
The SBU has been invited to send a team to the Chairman’s Cup in Sweden from Saturday 25 July to Thursday 30 July 2015. The selectors are pleased to announce that Derek Sanders, Stephen Peterkin, Alex Adamson, and Finlay Marshall will represent Scotland.
- Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 09:41
The committee has confirmed the eight teams in the First Division and the introduction of a third division. The latest information is on the 2015 National League page.
Gold Cup Plate
The final will take place between Ian Dick's team and Mike Ash's team on Saturday 29 August at the Ayrshire Bridge Centre, starting at 11am.
Scottish Cup 2015
32 teams have entered and the draw took place on Sunday, 12th April at the Ayrshire Bridge Centre. The finalists from 2014, Short and Kane have been seeded and will enter the event at round of 16. Results Patrick beat Walker
7 teams have entered the Highland draw, 2 of which will make up the final 16. Results Wickens join main draw (Highland 2) and Craig (Highland 1)
Scottish Cup Plate 2015
Highland - Ramsay is through to the final . The other team will be determined on the 3rd July and the winner will enter the main draw.
2016 World Bridge Games
Formerly called the Olympiad, first information available in international activities.
- Last Updated on Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:45
2015 SBU Congresses at Peebles Hydro Hotel
Summer : 10-12 July 2015
Autumn : 16-18 October 2015
Winter : 11-13 December 2015
Review of Overseas Congress 2015 - Corfu
- Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 12:02
Minibridge enjoys a revival
see article in GTC Ann Wickens, our Education Officer will be in Glasgow on 16th July to meet with prospective tutors .
At the 2014 AGM it was agreed that there should be an independent review of Mempad. The executive appointed Sandy Duncan to undertake this task – Report.
Women's Pairs 2016
There will be two qualifying heats prior to the final on Sunday 28th February. The first is on Sunday the 25th October in Nairn and the second is on Sunday the 29th November at Stirling Bridge Club.
Women's Teams 2016
This event will take place at the Melville BC Edinburgh on Saturday 16th January and Sunday 17th January 2016. Special rates have been agreed with the Holiday Inn which is very close to the club – more.
Winter 4's 2016
This event will take place at the Melville BC in Edinburgh the weekend of the 29th January . The Winter Swiss teams will be on Sunday 31st January at the Carlton BC. Special rates have been negotiated with the Holiday Inn – more.
Strathpeffer Congress 2016
A new date and an old venue. The congress returns to the Ben Wyvis Hotel . The weekend of the 1st to 4th April is devoted to the bridge congress and DBB will be £99 pp for 3 nights.
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Information for clubs
This is a new section within the Support tab. Many thanks to Fort Matilda BC for sharing their experience of lottery funding, first published in the SB News, July 2012.
EBU Blue Points
As the SBU does not issue Blue Points, this is the current policy for handling them.
World Bridge Championships
No Scottish representation this time – event details.