Welcome to the National Bridge Organisation for Scotland
General Manager of the SBU
The SBU, the National Governing Organisation for bridge in Scotland, is pleased to announce this key new post. Recently registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), the SBU has changed its organisational structure to support and develop its key objectives A central part of the new structure is the General Manager, who will be employed to lead the Operational Group and will report directly to the Board of Trustees. This is an exciting time in the long, 88-year-old history of the SBU. We have taken a fresh look at all that we want to do, and how we should “go about” achieving this. We envisage that the General Manager will play a pivotal...
- Minutes of the EGM of 11th January 2022
Senior European Team
As a result of the Trial held the weekend of January 15/16, the following team is announced as that for the Senior European event:- Sandy Duncan & Bob McPaul, Mike Ash & Robert Ferrari and Harry Smith & Roy Bennett. Tim McKay & Derrick Peden are named as the reserve pair. The NPC will be announced in due course. (International Committee)
The SBU seeks a personable, flexible, Secretary/Administrator, to provide assistance to the New Board Chair and the interim General Manager, and their committees where necessary, so they can fulfil their responsibilities in the transitional period as we move towards the start of the New Organisation and beyond. This is an exciting opportunity to help influence support networks in the SBU. The successful candidate for this voluntary post may wish to be considered for a permanent post if/when it arises. Working hours can be flexible (Monday to Saturday): part-time, covering around 10 hours per week. Key Skills/characteristics Organised, and able to work independently Strong...
Winter Swiss Teams
The SBU Winter Swiss Teams will take place on Sunday 30th January starting at 11am. This event is open to all SBU members and teams of 4,5 or 6 are invited to enter. There will be 8 rounds of 6 boards with Red Points for each match won/drawn along with bonus Red Points for the top quarter. Entry details on the SBU website or use the following link to register https://www.sbu.org.uk/events/event-booking/32-winter-swiss-teams/individual-registration. Teams playing in the Winter 4s who fail to progress to the final stages will drop into this event automatically – there is no need to register....
West District - Steve Bailey Bronze Pairs
Glasgow Bridge Centre will be running a single session MP Pairs (approx 24 boards) on Sunday 20th February 2022, starting at 1pm in memory of Steve Bailey As many of you will know, Steve was an excellent mentor to a whole host of Bronze players, encouraging them to enter leagues and improve their game. The event is open to all Bronze players in Scotland (the list of eligible players will be downloaded on 31st Janurary 2022). Register on BBO, on the day from 11am (search for GBC in Competitive/All Tournaments). Entry Fee is BBO$4 playing around 24 boards. The Steve Bailey Trophy will be awarded to the winners with prizes in BBO$ for the first three pairs and...
Camrose Weekend 2
At the end of the first weekend, the SBU team are sitting in 4th place and the Scotland team in a disappointing 6th place having had no luck all weekend. BGB this morning announced that the second weekend (due to have been held in Edinburgh) is also now going to revert to being online on Realbridge with the SBU as hosts on the weekend of March 4, 5, 6. The International Committee met on Sunday evening and the following was decided:- The SBU team will remain unchanged for the second weekend ie. Bob McKinnon & Cathy Ferguson, Finlay Marshall & Archie Bouverie and Liz McGowan & John Matheson with NPC Angus Macdonald. The Scotland team will be Alex Adamson & Derek...
- SBU Newsletter, December 2021
Opportunities in Teaching and Learning
Highland District are organising some training sessions in early 2022: Training for non-online players to play online Introduction to RealBridge for Club officials of smaller clubs Training to mentor adults online on RealBridge Watch or get experience of online teaching in schools Video making for tutors If any of these topics are of interest please find full details at https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?club=sbuhighland&pid=display_page45
- International Bridge Press Association Awards to Scottish Bridge Players
European Mixed Trial 2022
Entries are now being taken for the European Mixed Trial which is scheduled to take place the weekend of February 19th & 20th 2022. The attached SCoC should be read before submitting your team entry to me. images/Mixed_Supp_CoC_202122.pdf Any Mixed pairs unable to find team mates should also contact me as I may know of others in a similar situation. Anne Perkins (International Committee)
SBU Bronze League 9 - Registration is Now Open
Registration is now Open for the next Iteration of the SBU Bronze League. This tournament is for Bronze Members of the SBU. Each team may have 1 Silver member of the SBU, and may have 4, 5 or 6 participants. Matches are scheduled to be played each Wednesday on BBO and be over 16 boards. This iteration will run from Wednesday 12th January through to Wednesday 9th March Please visit the: SBU Bronze League Website to register your team for the event. Howard Greenwell (Bronze League Convener)
President's Newsletter - December 2021
Dear Members I hope that this finds you well, and that you are continuing to enjoy your bridge, whether online or F2F. In this newsletter to SBU members I want to highlight a number of new and exciting developments. Considering our responsibilities as we return to ‘a new norm for bridge clubs’ Firstly, particularly in light of the prevalence of a new strain of COVID-19 and Scottish Government statements, we need to remind players of the legal requirement to wear masks at bridge clubs. It is an individual’s responsibility to wear a mask (although some clubs may be misinterpreting current Scottish Government policy when they ‘allow’ masks not to be worn in...
Lady Milne & Senior Camrose selections
Based on the results of the Lady Milne & Senior Camrose combined trial held this weekend past, I can announce the two teams to represent Scotland. Lady Milne (due to be held in Wales in April 2022) - Abi Milne & Sheila Adamson, Liz McGowan & Fiona McQuaker and Anne Symons & Sam Punch Senior Camrose (due to be held in Northern Ireland in May 2022) - Bob McPaul & Sandy Duncan, David Shenkin & Cameron McLatchie and Roy Bennett & Harry Smith. Paul Maiolani & Jim McMenemy are named as reserve pair. NPC will be Derek Diamond. Congratulations to all these players Anne Perkins...
2021 Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award
The SBU is proud to announce that the American Contract Bridge League has awarded the Sidney H. Lazard, Jr. Sportsmanship Award to The Scottish Open team, comprising of Alex Adamson, James Hay, Derrick Peden, Stephen Peterkin, Samantha Punch, Derek Sanders, and NPC Anne Perkins, competing at the EBL qualification competitions for the World Team Championships, in August 2021. In 2001, Lazard established the Sidney H. Lazard, Jr. Sportsmanship Award in honour of his son, who died in 1999 after battling cancer. The annual award celebrates sportsmanlike characteristics and aims to recognize those who "play hard but fair and hold no grudges." “I designed the award as a...
Winter Fours 2022
The Winter Fours is the premier teams event on the SBU calendar. We ran it for the first time online in March 2021 and it proved to lend itself well to the format on Realbridge. The decision has therefore been taken to run it along similar lines again, but to move it to its usual time slot at the end of January over the final two weekends. The attached poster gives you some more details about how to enter. images/users/10590/Winter4'sPoster2022V2.pdf The starting time each day will be 11.00 (GMT) and the finishing time around 18.30. Teams of 8 will be accepted as we're aware there are other events on for part of these weekends elsewhere. We hope to see as many...
Back to Bridge: SBU Congress at Peebles Hydro
11-13 March 2022 at Peebles Hydro Celebrate the return of face-to-face bridge in Scotland. Here's the PeeblesMarch2022.pdf brochure with all the details. After what has been a very challenging time for everyone in the bridge-playing world, the SBU asks for your support in making sure we return to face-to-face bridge in numbers. We are going to meet on 11 March 2022 and, with your help, deliver the very best bridge event Scotland can offer: Register now for the Pairs event here, and the Teams event here. We will start officially at 20:00 on Friday with session one of a three-session Swiss Teams and have experts on hand in the bar to support the post-mortem...