Club Management Focus: Spring 2015

Simultaneous Pairs Events 2015

The 2015 Sim Pairs events are well underway and at every heat pairs and clubs are gaining the opportunity 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.

Competitions in 2015

British Summer Pairs - Monday 27th to Thursday 30th July 2015
EBED Autumn Pairs – Monday 7th to Friday 11th September
British Autumn Pairs - Monday 5th to Thursday 8th October 2015

EBED Autumn Pairs, 7th to 11th September

The Spring and Autumn Simultaneous Pairs are both in support of the English Bridge Education and Development charity.

The events are organised by English Bridge Education and Development CIO, with the EBU running the event and acting as its agent for entry fees. The funds raised from the events will go to the charity to help in its mission: encouraging more people to take up bridge, as well as building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality, to ensure bridge has a strong future.

We hope you will take part in the event in September. By taking part in the event your club will be donating to an officially registered charity, working for the benefit of bridge players throughout the country. We hope you will see the importance of it work it does and be willing to run a heat to enable your members to take part. This event also gives clubs which meet on Fridays an opportunity to take part.

By taking part in the event your club will be donating to an officially registered charity, working for the benefit of bridge players throughout the country. We hope you will see the importance of it work it does and be willing to run a heat to enable your members to take part.

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

A discussion feature: The webpage for each hand commentary also has a discussion forum, so players can debate the hands they played, and comment on the results.

Dummy double analysis For each board which is played a double dummy analysis is available, allowing players to see what they could – or should – have done differently.

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.

The World Wide Bridge Contest

The World Wide Bridge Contest, organised by the WBF, is a sim pairs held on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June. Proceeds will support the WBF’s various youth bridge projects. Further information, and details on entries, can be found via the ECatsBridge website.