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.
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.
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 http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/licensing/blue-points.pdf
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.
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.
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 www.ebu.co.uk/sims
If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us, otherwise we look forward to you entering.