SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS – AN ENHANCED SERVICE
FOR OUR CLUBS AND THEIR MEMBERS
by Sally Bugden, EBU Chairman
THOSE of you who can remember when we first launched HOW WILL THE NEW TECHNOLOGY WORK?
proposals on universal membership (was it really four years ago?)
will recall that the platform for this policy was to enhance and The technology will be simple, with the process of uploading to
revitalise bridge playing in our affiliated clubs. The EBU is a not- the new ‘Sims Results’ section of our website operating on the
for-profit organisation that ploughs any surplus it makes back principles of uploading pay-to-play club files.
into members services and the development of the game. We also We will also be able to offer bespoke simultaneous pairs events
made a commitment to streamline administration. for groups of clubs who may wish to compete against each other,
Since implementation of universal membership back in April or within counties. These events will be available at any time for
2010 we have been looking at the ways in which we can achieve you to fit into your club playing calendar.
those commitments we made to you.
The development of our own simultaneous pairs software TESTING TIME!
forms part of this pledge.
We will be running a free simultaneous pairs event for all our
WHAT DOES THE NEW SIM PAIRS SOFTWARE MEAN clubs towards the end of 2011 to test the new system. Keep your
eyes peeled for Barry’s Blog on the website.
TO OUR CLUBS AND THEIR MEMBERS?
A NOTE OF THANKS
Simply, the new software means an easily accessible service with
more opportunities to play. It will also enable us to offer a modest We would like to take this opportunity to thank Anna Gudge and
reduction in entry fees*, which can be reduced further through Mark Newton of ECATs, a commercial company, for providing us
the use of online commentaries and hand records. with an excellent service over the years. They will continue to run
So in the first year of operation beginning in April 2012 the our events up to April 2012. From that date onwards, as far as we
EBU will offer 17 days of its EBU Sims as follows, with the are aware, ECATs will still run their Children in Need
opportunity for sessions to be run in the morning, afternoon or Simultaneous Pairs, the World Bridge Federation and European
evening** as follows: Bridge League Simultaneous Pairs and the Kidney Research event.
• Spring EBU Sims (May) 5 days FURTHER INFO
• Autumn EBU Sims (September) 5 days
• Stratified EBU Sims (March) 5 days We will be providing further information about our simultaneous
• International EBU Sims also known as Bridge England Sims events over the coming months in English Bridge and on the
(February) 2 days website. If you have any questions, please contact Krys
Kazmierczak (email@example.com), who is part of the team ensuring
Our British Sims – the replacement for the BGB Sims which we that we represent the best interests of our members by using our
hope the WBU and SBU will take part in – will run for a total of own technical and event-running expertise to provide the
twenty days with morning, afternoon and evening sessions** as improved services. r
• 5 days Spring 17 – 19 February 2012
• 5 days Summer Green-
• 5 days Autumn HARROGATE pointed
• 5 days Winter
There will be enhanced master point awards on offer for both Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
EBU and British Sims and all events can be stratified, thus making
them attractive to novice and experienced players alike.
*The Stratified EBU Sims entry fee of £2 will remain unchanged.
**Conditions will be put in place to ensure that individual ( 01296 317203 / 219 8 firstname.lastname@example.org
members only play in one simultaneous pairs session per day.
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