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52 English Bridge December 2016 www.ebu.co.uk

D

uring the past year

several clubs have

benefitted from a

decision taken by the EBU Board

to help with major financial

projects that may otherwise have

been unaffordable. As one would

expect, the budget was limited but

we still managed to provide

support to nine clubs.

We opened up applications via

the website at the beginning of

April and after a week we were at

capacity - not really a surprise!

We eventually provided

financial support for the purchase

of six electronic duplication

machines, one batch of Bridgetab

devices, one set of Bridgemates,

and one hand duplicator. In each

case the club had to 'match fund'

what we could pay, and agree to

repay a proportion of the grant

support should they cease

affiliation in less than three years.

The clubs we supported were

Grange over Sands, Bourne,

Monday, Phoenix, Abingdon,

Hutton, Dorking, Alford and

Winchcombe. All of them were

very happy with the arrangement

and some of their feedback is

shown opposite.

Incidentally, there is a

commonly held view that predealt

hands are 'fixed' in some

way, but this is totally untrue -

they really are just randomly

dealt - something that rarely

happens when shuffling is done

by hand.

We are hoping to repeat the

'grant budget' for the next

financial year, so be on the

lookout for an announcement on

A discounted 'HandyDup'

dealing machine has enabled the

club to be more cost effective and

efficient running Sims events and

to provide hand records for a new

session aimed specifically at

attracting improvers to the club.

Tony French, Chairman,

Hutton Duplicate BC

For a number of years we have

paid for the supply of duplimated

boards. Inspired by the very

generous support available from

the EBU for the purchase of a

duplimate machine, we decided to

take control of our own board

duplication. It will pay for itself in

under two years.

Peter Litchfield, Secretary,

Abingdon Duplicate BC

We were very pleased to embrace

the grant made available by the

EBU to get a dealing machine. We

now have a Club Dealer who has

mastered the intricacies of the

computer programme and also the

logistics of circulating the boards

from home to club and back again.

Many are delighted that the club

has progressed to the use of

random dealing with the bonus

of having hand records so that

hands can be reviewed and

analysed after any event. Others

are sceptical and feel that the

hands must be fixed so that

finesses fail, or hands are misfits,

or that NS or EW get all the

good hands.

Chris Frost, Chairman,

Phoenix BC, Nottingham

Thanks to a generous grant

from the EBU and a loan from a

member, we have been able to

purchase a set of Bridgemates.

Our members now experience

the benefits of such a purchase

and appreciate the instant

scoring. A few people struggled

early on but have quickly

learned how to use the

equipment. Thus, thanks to

EBU, we feel, for a small club,

we are up to date with bridge

technology!

Mike Cornelius, Secretary,

Winchcombe BC

WE'RE HOSTING A CAMROSE WEEKEND -

COME AND WATCH, OR EVEN VOLUNTEER

6-8 January 2017

Brandon Hall Hotel, Warwickshire

This year England is hosting the first weekend of the

Camrose Trophy with the five countries of the British Isles

competing over two weekends. Scotland, as the host for the

second weekend, will field a second 'SBU' team in addition to

those from England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Spectators are welcome, but Gordon Rainsford is also

seeking volunteergordon@ebu.co.uk venue. If you can offer

assistance, please email him on gordon@ebu.co.uk

Clubs race to take up EBU grants

Clubs race to take up EBU grants

click

link

by Barry Capal, General Manager, EBU

Help to buy dealing and scoring machines

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