Club Management Focus: Winter 2015

Simultaneous Pairs Events 2015

The 2015 Sim Pairs events are underway. During the British Winter Simultaneous Pairs 190 pairs and 190 clubs gained the chance to win £1000 or one of seventeen other cash prizes. If your club and club members would like the chance to win a prize then you should enter one of the other Sim Pairs events in 2015.

Club Stratified Sim Pairs: 9th - 12th March

The Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs runs like any other EBU simultaneous pairs event, however the results are stratified into four categories based on Master Point rankings.

The stratification of the results means that each pair can compare their scores to those of players of a similar ranking. This event is therefore an excellent introduction to simultaneous competitions for both players and clubs who have not previously taken part in such events, and particularly for those clubs which have a large number of 'recent graduates' from teaching groups.

Relatively inexperienced pairs can play the hands in their normal club session, and once the results have been submitted they can be compared with both the national results, but also the results of those with a comparable ranking. It is also a great opportunity for those in lower rankings to earn Blue Points. And of course the higher ranked players can complete for the top placings and higher Master Point awards. Blue points and local points will be awarded to the top third of the overall ranking list. In addition, the top 1/3 of each stratification will get blue points and local points.

There is a reduced entry fee for the Club Stratified Sim Pairs - only £2.10 per player (in addition to usual Universal Membership charges).

Other Competitions in 2015

British Spring Pairs - Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th, and Monday 13th April 2015

EBU Spring Pairs - Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th May 2015

British Summer Pairs - Monday 27th to Thursday 30th July 2015

EBED Autumn Pairs - Monday 7th to Friday 11th September 2015

British Autumn Pairs - Monday 5th to Thursday 8th October 2015

Why else should you take part?

Hopefully you already know of the other reasons why your club should take part in the EBU Sims events, but in case you need more persuading:

Take part in a national competition: The EBU Sim Pairs gives everyone the opportunity to take part in a national competition, but with the comfort and convenience of playing at their own club. As entry is only a couple of pounds it is also the cheapest way to play in a national event.

Win Master Points: Master Points are awarded so it is therefore an excellent opportunity for those who are seeking a promotion to try to earn a few hundred more. In addition to the local points, the leading pairs nationally will also be awarded Blue Points. You can find out more about Blue Points at

The results: The results service which is provided is excellent, with a breakdown of all the scores and percentages along with hand records and an expert commentary which is both interesting and educational. Here is an example

Support worthwhile causes: The EBED Autumn Pairs raises funds to support the national charity for bridge - English Bridge Education and Development. Proceeds from other events go towards funding the activities of the EBU - your union. By supporting these events you are investing in the future of bridge in this country and the services that the EBU provides to you and your members.

The prizes: The prize have already been mentioned but are worth reiterating. 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 seventeen other cash prizes for both host clubs and heat winners. There are cash prizes for the overall winners of some events too. Information on the prizes is available here.

Addressing concerns

Some people have told us that they don't participate in Sim Pairs as they believe the hands are 'rigged', or manipulated so that they are 'weird'. This is not true. The hands you receive are exactly as dealt, and should be similar to those played in any club session where the hands are properly shuffled and dealt.

Some clubs do not have a dealing machine, or a volunteer who doesn't intend playing, so have difficulties in making up the boards in advance. Such clubs may wish to consider arranging a reciprocal agreement with a nearby club, who play on a different night, and make up the hands for each other, thereby allowing everyone to take part. Alternatively, certain movements would allow for the hands to be made at the first table of the evening (curtain cards can be downloaded from the website), after which you would move as normal and commence playing in the second round - nobody need miss out on playing.

How to enter

To enter go to your club's page of the member's area of the EBU website. You can enter for any event in 2015 now, but can also enter on the day itself. For specific instructions please read this document.

For more information on all of these points please see the attachment or visit the website.

Full details of the events and how to enter, along with previous results, can be found at

If you have any queries please don,t hesitate to contact us, otherwise we look forward to you entering - hopefully for March's Club Stratified Sim Pairs.