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Gold Cup 2021
The Gold Cup is the UK's most prestigious team competition run by Bridge Great Britain. And because there is a 'consolation event' for 1st and 2nd round losers, everybody is guaranteed at least two matches. Normally teams from Scotland play one another in order to keep travel to a minimum but this year, because of Covid, all 1st and 2nd round matches are being played on-line. This gives us a unique opportunity to play teams from far flung parts of England and Wales. I think that Scottish teams will enjoy the opportunity this brings, particularly because the seeded teams do not join in until Rd 3 so we all have a good chance to win some matches. And if you do...
SBU Bronze League 3 - Registration is Now Open
The SBU would like to announce the opening of registration for the Bronze League 3. Please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/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 will be played each Wednesday on BBO and be over 16 boards. It is up to the team captains to agree if they would like to make the event 2 8-board matches where the Away team changes position after the first 8 boards. Please see the Conditions of Contest detailed on the website for full details of the rules and regulations for participation in and for running the matches. For...
Sunday Afternoon Teatime Individuals
Following the success of the Bronze Brunches, which continue to run at 11:45 every Saturday, a 12 board individual tournament will be trialed on Sunday 25 October at 3pm. The trial will run under SBU_N_DIST and will be called SBU Teatime Individual. The event is open to all SBU members and entrants who must use the simple system described here: Teatime Individual Convention Card Registration is on the day within the two hour window before the start time. Registation fee BBO$1.50 If the trial is successful the event will take place weekly every Sunday afternoon. The host club or district will be responsible for payment for Master Points and will in return be...
New Event: The SBU Online League - SOL
The new SBU Online League will commence on Monday 9 November following the conclusion of Harry Smith's Swiss Teams on 2 November. Registrations from teams of up to six members are invited. Matches will be played weekly on Mondays as head-to-heads of 2x12 board matches on BBO. How to register, Conditions of Contest and registration fees will be published shortly. Initially the event will be Black-Pointed, but once the divisions are judged to have settled Red Points will be awarded. For any further information please contact: emailProtector.addCloakedMailto("ep_a91f2ea5", 0);
SBU National Events on BBO - Dates for your Diary
The Online Tournament Committee is very pleased to announce a number of 'traditional' National events which will be played online before the end of the year. These will be Red-Pointed, and trophies and BBO$ prizes will be awarded: Edwin Berry Swiss Teams: Saturday 7 November Thea Teale Bronze Pairs: Saturday 14 November at 2pm Stirling Pairs: Sunday 22 November Ranked Individuals (Fairlie, Harrison and Shenkin): Sunday 29 November Entry fees and start times, if not shown, will be posted as soon as possible. Registrations for the Edwin Berry will be taken in advance. Further information as to how to register will be posted as soon as possible. Registration for the...
Bridge International Championship - for all players
An exciting new online event - the Bridge International Championship to be played from 26 October to 1 November and which can be entered by bridge players of all abilities ... from newcomers to experts, anyone can join in. Presentation - BridgeInternationalChampionship2020.pdf
BGB System Reviewer
BGB appointed a system reviewer last year, a volunteer who looks at and approves system cards for the Home Internationals. The cards are scrutinised by the reviewer and if there is a problem he consults with the team captain and/or system card originator to get corrections/additions/deletions made. BGB are looking for someone prepared to take this job on with effect from the Camrose Trophy 2021 following the resignation of Paul Gipson, the current reviewer. The quality of system cards in international events has improved considerably over the past few years and the purpose of the BGB review is to maintain the high standard and provide consistency across all...
Forthcoming International Events
Starting on Monday October 5th, we have 2 teams playing in a Seniors event organised by the Polish Bridge Union on BBO. Scotland Blue is largely composed of those involved in the Senior Camrose - namely Mike Ash & Robert Ferrari, Jim Hay & Derrick Peden, Brian Short & Alan Goodman and Iain Sime & John Murdoch. Scotland White is Harry Smith & Roy Bennett, Derek Diamond & Martin Diamond, Bob McKinnon & Cathy Ferguson and David Shenkin & Cameron McLatchie. The link to the PBU website is https://wyniki.pzbs.pl/turnieje/2020/ESC/#000RR000001001001000000000 Most of the matches are in the evening starting at 7.00 pm BST. 1 match per day will be shown on Vugraph on BBO with a 30 minute time delay, but I will only...
SBU Lockdown Swiss Pairs 3
Every Saturday Evening at 7pm for 9 Weeks, starting 10th October on BBO. This event is a continuation of an initiative by Harry Smith. All those who are members of the SBU are invited to enter Full details
Applicants are sought by the SBU from members, in the first instance, for the post of the Congress Convenor. The post would commence from appointment, although the organisation of the newly announced online Congress in December 2020 would not be part of the remit. Applications to Joan Forsyth (select name to send a message) by Friday 9th October 2020 The SBU considers that their 3 annual National Congresses (2 Home and 1 Overseas) should showcase all that is best in Scottish Bridge. They wish to offer good, well-managed competition across the spectrum in a well packaged, pleasant social setting. A new partnership with GEBOS (formally Bridge Overseas) means...
It is some time since my last message. Many of you have been in touch in the interim period seeking advice and/or updates on many of the items I referenced as “works in progress” or “under development”. The most important consideration which really underpins everything else is which rules, advice and guidance should be adhered to and/or followed by the SBU, Districts and Clubs when considering if and when it is safe to return to face to face (F2F) bridge in Scotland. It is relatively easy to provide good advice as to how best to ensure safety, once it is clear that any bridge provider is, all things being equal, free to consider restarting F2F bridge. There...
Over the Rainbow Bridge Club
The land of Oz has featured in books and films, but not until Alex Adamson & Harry Smith started investigating did it become clear that most of the population are bridge players. Focusing their attention on the Over the Rainbow Bridge Club in Munchkinland in the land of Oz, they have found a bridge club full of characters with so many of the features of players to be seen in all the bridge clubs in Scotland, and, doubtless, elsewhere. Visit the website In Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, the third and final volume, the Over the Rainbow Bridge Club is threatened by dark forces. Can Dorothy and her friends come to the rescue? Will the Lion have the courage to stand...
Learn to Play Bridge
The SBU promotes the teaching of bridge and supports all bridge tutors whoever they are, and wherever they are based, across Scotland and beyond. To support this aim, the SBU is launching two new SBU branded courses for beginners and offering free access to all resources for each course to all teachers. One, a shorter 20 lessons course, the other a longer 60 lessons course. Resources for both courses are electronically based comprising Powerpoint Slides, Notes for students and teachers, Quizzes, and Deal files of 8-12 set hands for each lesson. The SBU is also encouraging beginners to learn to play bridge online this Autumn at their local club, but if that’s not...
"Bronze Brunches" Saturdays 11:45 The SBU is pleased to continue its weekend event for all Bronze Players. 12 Boards Bronze Pairs $1.50 on BBO. Registration opens 2 hours beforehand (both players must be online at the same time to register). Login to BBO. Click Competitive, All Tournaments and search for an SBU host (SBU_x_xxx where "x_xxx" will vary), with BRONZE BRUNCH in title Next host: SBU_E_CAR N.B. 1. The host will vary from week to week, but will be of the form SBU_x_xxx. 2. The event is restricted to SBU Bronze players who have saved their BBO name on Mempad. Avoid last minute panic by having your BBO username recorded on Mempad at least 24 hours...
Senior Camrose 2020
It has been decided that the Senior Camrose and Lady Milne events scheduled to be in Coventry the weekend of October 30, 31 and November 1 will now be played online. As a result of this and a further partnership break-up, the Senior Camrose team will now be Jim Hay & Derrick Peden, Mike Ash & Robert Ferrari and Brian Short & Alan Goodman with NPC John Murdoch. Alex Adamson will now replace Alan Goodman as NPC for the Lady Milne.
Bronze League (May-July 2020) - The Winners
I am pleased to announce the winning teams from the recent SBU Bronze League run on BBO. The winners for each division are as follows: Division 1 – Fidra from the Marmion Club with 96.76 VPs Alastair White Norman Lazonby Alan Reid John Skillen Veronica Reid Division 2 – EastNeuk from the St. Andrews Club with 98.67 VPs Marc Shearer Michèle Grainger Peter Thommeny George Watson (Division 2 was a very closely fought contest with 3 teams all in the 90+VP range, and only 0.76 of a VP between the winners and second place Acuity. Third place was taken by LouisRaiders, also with more than 90 VPs) Division 3 – ColintonFive from the Colinton Castle Club with 97.94 VPs...