Club Management Focus: Autumn 2015

Sim Pairs

The 2015 Prize Draw

As we hope you know, each club which has hosted a heat of the Sim Pairs will be entered in a draw with a chance to win up to £1000. The winning pair of each heat will also be entered in to a draw with a top prize of £1000.
The draw will be made at the AGM on 25th November, and the winners will be notified shortly after that.
To be in with a chance of winning in 2016, just take part in one of our sims events.

Information for 2016

We hope that you and your club will take part in one, some, or all of our Sim Pairs events in 2016.

Please remember that the proceeds from the competition go towards supporting the EBU and its members, English Bridge Education and Development, or our national teams, so by taking part you are enabling your members to both play in a nationwide competition, and also to help bridge in England.

Some of the features of the Sims Events we'd like to point out are:

Cash prizes

The prize structure which was introduced in 2014 & 2015 will be used in 2016. Each club which hosts a heat will have the chance to win up to £1000. The winning pair of each heat will also have the chance to win up to £1000, and there are cash prizes for the overall winners of each event too*.

* This excludes the Bridge England Sims or the club Stratified Sims

The results:

The results service which is provided is, we believe, excellent, with a breakdown of all the scores and percentages along with hand records and an expert commentary which is both interesting and educational. There is also a double-dummy feature, so you can see what you could, or should, have done, and there is a discussion feature, so you can talk about what happened on the board. Here is an example.

The hands:

We sometimes receive comments that some people are concerned that hands in a Sims event are manipulated so that they are weird or that we pick hands which make for a more interesting commentary. This is not true. The hands you receive are exactly as dealt, and the interesting commentary is down to the skill of the author, not due to manipulation of the hands.

Master Points:

Whilst not the motivation of some club players, others love the opportunity to boost their Master Point total whilst playing in their home club. The top pairs will receive hundreds of Master Points as well as being awarded Blue Points. You can see more information on Blue Points here.

Promotional material:

To help you promote your event we will provide a poster, which you can personalise with your club details, so that you can advertise the event to your members.

The dates of the 2016 events are:

British Winter Simultaneous Pairs
Monday 4th to Thursday 7th January 2016
(if ordering booklets please do so as soon as possible to avoid the Christmas post)

Bridge England Simultaneous Pairs
The event is held to raise funds to aid performance in our international teams. This supports all teams (Open, Women, Seniors and Juniors).
Tuesday 2nd to Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs
The Club Stratified Sim Pairs is an ideal event for those clubs with less experienced members as the results are stratified, with bonus Master Points for the lower strats. This means that everyone can compare with their scores with players of a similar ability, as well as looking at their overall national ranking.
The Club Stratified Sim Pairs is also the cheapest of the sim pairs to enter – it is only an additional £2.20 per player.
More information is available here.

Monday 14th to Thursday 17th March 2016

British Spring Simultaneous Pairs
Monday 4th to Thursday 7th April 2016

EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs
Proceeds from this event will go to the charity, English Bridge Education and Development.
Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th May and Monday 9th May 2016

British Summer Simultaneous Pairs
Monday 25th to Thursday 28th July 2016

EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs
Proceeds from this event will go to the charity, English Bridge Education and Development.
Monday 5th to Friday 9th September 2016

British Autumn Simultaneous Pairs
Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October 2016

Entry fees:

The fee for entering the Sim Pairs is an additional £2.70 per player - except the Club Stratified Sim Pairs which is an additional £2.20. A Universal Membership Subscription payment is also made for all participants.