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Congratulations to the Lockdown 4 winners:  Angus Macdonald and John P Hamilton.  The Lockdown Swiss is open to all and Series 5 will commence on Saturday 17 April.  Please see full details under 'Upcoming Events'.  New entrants are always welcome.

Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is bringing together bridge teachers, players, NBO administrators and academics from twenty countries. The aim is to exchange ideas, review case studies and share good practice in order to promote bridge more widely in society. For example, the final session will lead to the creation of a marketing campaign to increase participation in the game.  

The sessions will explore what drives individuals at different lifecourse stages to learn and continue playing. The conference will develop an understanding of the barriers to learning and benefits gained from the leisure activity. Insights will be shared in relation to inclusivity, inequality and participation. By focusing on the recruitment and retention of players, the conference will also consider new ways to transform the negative images of bridge.  

BAMSA hopes you will join us to share learning from case studies and exchange views of best practice. The development of educational resources in relation to each of the eight conference sessions will contribute to the wider recognition of bridge as a mindsport and social game. These will include practical implications for bridge education, policy and practice. For more information and to register for this free conference which is supported by SBU Education see:  

https://bridgemindsport.org/conference-2021/ 

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Charges have been made against Mr Stewart Pinkerton (SBU Member No 12868) that while playing online on BBO in the period between 2 and 14 July 2020 he had illicit knowledge of the layout of some hands obtained by ‘self-kibitzing’ and that he took advantage of that knowledge to improve his scores.

The defendant admitted the charges.

The Disciplinary Tribunal found that the defendant’s conduct constituted an offence under paragraph 2.2 of the SBU Disciplinary Code.

The Disciplinary Tribunal, at a hearing on 13 April, imposed a sanction of suspension of SBU membership for a period of 15 months from 14 April 2021 to 14 July 2022. The period of suspension has been mitigated by his guilty plea and expression of remorse.