As well as running our own Sim Pairs we can help you to run yours. If your club, or a county with which you are involved, runs a Sim Pairs competition, then please consider using the EBU’s Sim Pairs hosting service.
We believe our prices to be competitive with other hosting services, and of course if you use our services the money remains within the EBU and will be reinvested in providing services and activities for the members and affiliated clubs. By using our service you are helping to support your bridge union.
We offer a comprehensive scoring service, producing detailed results for each hand. Each heat simply uploads its regular scoring file, and our software automatically scores the event. This eliminates the need for the organiser to score the event across the whole field, giving quicker, more accurate results.
We can provide the hands which will be played, or the organiser can submit a hand file to us, and we will host the file so that it can be downloaded by the coordinator of each heat of the event.
The basic scoring service is £25 for the whole event, plus 10p per pair.
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. If you are entitled to overall points and points for your strat, you will only get the higher of the awards – you won’t get two lots of points.
All heat winners (excluding those at unaffiliated English clubs) are also entered in to a prize draw with a first prize of £1000, and with 9 other cash prizes. Likewise every host club (excluding those at unaffiliated English clubs) is entered in to a similar draw, with the same prize structure.
The entry fee is £2.30 per player (in addition to the usual Universal Membership payment) so is the cheapest EBU Sim Pairs event, and an inexpensive way to try to win Blue Points.
Add the opportunity to possibly win £1000, and the great results service and expert hand commentaries which are available, and it is excellent value for money.
For further information on the EBU simultaneous pairs events, including the other events which take place during the year, and details of the results summary and hand commentaries, please visit www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs or see our information sheet.