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July Newsletter

SBU East District - 9 May 2020

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Completion of the League Season

Undoubtedly this is the item that has generated the most correspondence since Lockdown commenced. I know that there is a body of opinion that we should be completing the league season by playing online matches. However the Committee is of the unanimous view that this is very unfair to teams that have players who have not – and have no wish - to play online. Given that it seems highly unlikely that we shall be back playing face-to-face bridge before the end of the year, we are proposing that we simply extend the 2019/20 season to become 2019/21. Outstanding matches – or at least those that the Committee deem to be important for promotion and relegation issues - will be played hopefully in the new year between January and the summer at which point master points will be issued. --- Anne Perkins (ED Chair) -- more in the ED newsletter! (see above)

SBU Treasurer

After a 5-year stint, George Plant is standing down from the post of SBU Treasurer. We are therefore looking for someone to take over this role. The post attracts an honorarium and would suit a retired accountant or someone who has undertaken a similar role for an organisation in the past. George has indicated that he would be happy to assist the new treasurer with the handover process.

If you think you might be interested in this position which contributes to the running of the SBU for the benefit of all members, please contact Fiona Greenwood on 07796 264671 or by e-mail by Tuesday 11th August 2020.

New Melville B.C. Online Congress

Announcing the first ever New Melville Bridge Club On-Line Congress. This Swiss Pairs congress will take place on Saturday 1 August and is open to all members of the SBU.

Play will start at 11 am and is expected to finish by 5.00 pm with a break for an hour after four rounds. There will be eight six-board rounds in total.

The entry fee is $6 per person payable on the day at the BBO tournament registration page.

SBU Master Points will be awarded.

Players must pre-enter the congress on the New Melville website as it will be limited to 98 pairs to prevent more than one section.

Online Bridge with SBU Virtual Club

These useful documents are now fixed to the top of the SBU web site home page.  Please note they'll probably be updated from time to time so keep an eye on them.

1. SBU Online: Instructions for players new & old.pdf

2. SBU Online: Etiquette & Conditions of Contest

3.  SBU Online: Instructions for downloading results and masterpoints files .
This document will be revised to include advice on Swiss Pairs tournaments.

Annual NEBA Update

NEBA won the A match online on 5th July 2020. ED won the B match - full results at the foot of the Berwick BC results page.

Atholl Cup Plate Final

The final of the Atholl Plate took place on 24th April 2020 on BBO between team Smith (Harry Smith, Glen Falconer, Bob McPaul, Roy Bennett) and team Goodman (Alan Goodman, Brian Short, Anne Symons, Paul Gipson). 36 boards were played – lots of interesting hands – and team Goodman emerged winners by 78 – 45.

The finalists of the Atholl Cup are now known as team Freimanis beat team McKinnon in the second semi final last Sunday. The final will therefore be between Freimanis and McKay but not sure when as one of the McKay team doesn’t play online.

Coronavirus and East District Events

In line with Government and SBU guidelines, the East District is cancelling all events due to take place in the remainder of the season. This includes all outstanding league matches, the Summer League and our AGM. I hope all our members manage to keep well. Remember to stay in contact with those in our community who are vulnerable to loneliness and would usually rely on their bridge club for social interactions.

Anne Perkins (ED Chairman)


To the best of our knowledge all affiliated bridge clubs are now closed until further notice. All East District congresses have been cancelled.

In due course the SBU East District Committee will discuss how to handle the truncated league season, possibly involving an earlier start to next season with matches which are critical to titles, promotion and relegation.

BRIDGE

Allan Flitch Trophy

Married Couple pairs at the New Melville on 15 February 2020.

Results on Melville website


1st Wendy and David Chambers


2nd Sarah and John Gunn


Silver Heather and Peter Braid

More on the Bronze page

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GET YOUR BRIDGE FIX

PLAY BRIDGE ONLINE NOW!

Here's how - Paul Gipson has assembled all you need to know to use Bridge Base Online. Find out all about Playing on BBO at the Berwick BC website.

You do not have to land yourself in some random ACBL expert tournament (unless you want to!), you can set up a table with friends or even your own little tournament. This is the time to figure it out!

Results Board

Older Results

Details from earlier this season.

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Atholl Cup Draw

Atholl Plate Draw

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Bronze Home Page

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East District League & Cup

Updated 30 July 2020

Results will appear here as soon as submitted. Results shown in red are not yet included in the league tables.

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Tables | Next matches | All Recent Results

Current League Leaders:
Div 1: Craigleith
Div 2: Pied Pipers
Div 3: Iconoclasts
Div 4: Gullane
Div 5: Braid Castle

MacLaren Cup (Wall Chart)

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Notices

Constitution

Here is the Constitution of the East District as approved at the AGM in May 2011.

The Laws of Bridge

The SBU implemented the new 2017 Laws on 1st September 2017. Copies of the new Laws are available from Anne Perkins.

The End of Paper Masterpoint Slips

Did you know that those paper MP certificates in your bottom drawer are going to be worth as much as a ten-bob bank note in a few days? Either deliver them to Membership Services or bin them; and please do not send them to the Rose St mailbox in Edinburgh, send them along with your cheques and any other correspondence to: G Plant – SBU 21/5 Falcon Road West Edinburgh EH10 4AD

Master Points Database

MEMPAD gives every SBU member access to their current Master Point totals and ranking, updated daily. Clubs submit master points on-line so you will be able to see your MP totals updated relatively soon after you have played at your local club. There’s also information about members, clubs and SBU competitions.

Email the Master Point Secretary () and ask for a login. Remember to quote your MasterPoint number; you can then register, update your personal details (address, telephone number, email address etc.) and change your password.

Web Site

Design & updates for East District by Alan Officer.

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