At our recent meeting the Committee decided to continue running tournaments for ED players on occasional Friday evenings.   We thought that with continuing restrictions on going out combined with dark, cold evenings, the opportunity to play more bridge online might be welcome.

Dates for your diaries are :

Friday Nov 13th at 7 pm - ED X Imp Pairs

Friday Dec 11th at 7 pm - ED MP Pairs

Friday Jan 8th at 7 pm - ED X Imp Pairs

Friday Jan 22nd at 7 pm - ED MP Pairs

Friday Feb 5th at 7 pm - Open Bronze Pairs (this replaces the Sat afternoon tournament for Bronze players that we usually hold at the beginning of Feb and is open to any SBU Bronze players)

Contact Anne Perkins or Fiona Greenwood for further information.

Congratulations to the  winners of ED Swiss Pairs held on 29th November   Derrick Peden and Jim Hay

In 2nd place were  Rani Sinnak and Morag Ridley and in 3rd Colin Macdonald and Grant Harrower 

Silver prize winners - John and Sheila McVey

Bronze 3/4 winners - David Nisbet  Ian Thomson

Bronze 1/2 winners - Elaine Hutt and Norman Yarrow

An enjoyable day with 60 pairs participating.

An exciting new online event - the Bridge International Championship to be played from 26 October to 1 November and which can be entered by bridge players of all abilities ... from newcomers to experts, anyone can join in.

Presentation - BridgeInternationalChampionship2020.pdf

Applicants are sought by the SBU from members, in the first instance, for the post of the Congress Convenor. The post would commence from appointment, although the organisation of the newly announced online Congress in December 2020 would not be part of the remit.

The SBU considers that their 3 annual National Congresses (2 Home and 1 Overseas)  should showcase all that is best in Scottish Bridge. They wish to offer good, well-managed competition across the spectrum in a well packaged, pleasant social setting.

A new partnership with GEBOS (formally Bridge Overseas) means that the Congress Convenor role is now focused on co-ordinating and helping facilitate the bridge and social side of congresses  – the accommodation arrangements are now dealt with by GEBOS. The Congress Convenor would be the SBU representative, responsible for  front of house, whilst liaising . . .

If you're not quite sure how playing on Bridgebase Online works, here are a few tips:

    Before you begin!

    In order to make sure you are "recognised" as a member of SBU East District on BBO it is essential that you add your BBO ID into your Mempad account.

    How do you do that?

    • Sign on to MEMPAD
    • Select "MY CONTACTS" on the tab towards the top your screen
    • Select "EDIT", scroll about two thirds the way down the page, and type your BBO name in the labelled box
    • While you are on this "EDIT" page please check all your other contact details are up to date.

    Once you're all registered, here's what to do:

    • No earlier than 2 hours before the start time of the event — LOG ON to BBO using their app or at — do . . .

    The land of Oz has featured in books and films, but not until Alex Adamson & Harry Smith started investigating did it become clear that most of the population are bridge players. Focusing their attention on the Over the Rainbow Bridge Club in Munchkinland in the land of Oz, they have found a bridge club full of characters with so many of the features of players to be seen in all the bridge clubs in Scotland, and, doubtless, elsewhere.

    Visit the website

    In Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, the third and final volume, the Over the Rainbow Bridge Club is threatened by dark forces. Can Dorothy and her friends come to the rescue? Will the Lion have the courage to stand up to them? Will the Scarecrow understand what is happening? Will the Tin Man even care?

    In . . .

    So happy to see the little guy back - been missing for a few years!  Must be the melting ice caps in Antarctica.

    The East District would like to encourage members to play bridge online using BBO while the ability to play Face to Face during the Covid pandemic is not possible and we are looking to run regular events that will be publicised here. 

    Our first event was an open match-pointed event Friday 4th September - results are here and linked from the 'Results' tab.

    Amidst all the pandemic chaos, we welcome you to our new district website.   Some of its new features will get limited use until we are able to gather around tables again, but we will soon see some of our events moving online.    Committee members will be able to add, update and remove their own content as and when they wish, and my trusty text code editor can retire. 

    The general and bronze home pages are listed in order of publication (newest first), with the facility to 'feature' a small number of articles to keep them prominent for a limited time.  You also get a jump list of recently updated articles (as distinct from recently added) and a pinboard of stuff which needs to hang around for a while.

    The league pages have had major enhancement and one day we'll . . .

    Terms of entry, pre registration and types of event vary, all of the websites carry full details - please consult those directly!

    The SBU has confirmed the appointment of Scott MacDonald to the position of Treasurer. Scott has previously undertaken a similar role for the New Melville Bridge Club and his experience makes him ideally suited for the post. George Plant, the outgoing Treasurer, has kindly offered to provide assistance during a handover period and this process has already started. The SBU would like to thank George for his service over the last 5 years and welcomes Scott to the team.

    Undoubtedly this is the item that has generated the most correspondence since Lockdown commenced. I know that there is a body of opinion that we should be completing the league season by playing online matches. However the Committee is of the unanimous view that this is very unfair to teams that have players who have not – and have no wish - to play online. Given that it seems highly unlikely that we shall be back playing face-to-face bridge before the end of the year, we are proposing that we simply extend the 2019/20 season to become 2019/21. Outstanding matches – or at least those that the Committee deem to be important for promotion and relegation issues - will be played hopefully in the new year between January and the summer at which point master points will be issued.

    (an extract . . .

    Since my last newsletter in May, we have had another Committee meeting and there are a few items to share with you and members of your Club/League team.


    After many years in the same format, Alan Officer has been busy upgrading our website and shortly you will find a new layout with some nice new features. It will be much easier for the committee to add news items. Once we have events to book that will now we done within the East site itself so according to Alan everything should be smooth! Our website address remains the same.

    Committee matters

    Bill Whyte stepped down as Vice Chairman and I’m pleased to announce that Katharine Bailey (our Bronze Convener) has taken on this role. We have also split our Education Convener post into two with Sarah . . .

    NEBA won the A match online on 5th July 2020. ED won the B match  - full results at the foot of the Berwick BC results page.

    The Berwick Club is the traditional host of the SBU East District against the North East Bridge Association (NEBA) match.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic a shortened event was held on Bridge Base Online on Sunday 5 July.

    NEBA A 60-32 East District A (scorecardtravellerscross imping)

    NEBA B 36-64 East District B (scorecardtravellerscross imping)

    These useful documents are now fixed to the top of the SBU web site home page.  Please note they'll probably be updated from time to time so keep an eye on them.

    1. SBU Online: Instructions for players new & old.pdf

    2. SBU Online: Etiquette & Conditions of Contest

    3.  SBU Online: Instructions for downloading results and masterpoints files .

    This document will be revised to include advice on Swiss Pairs tournaments.

    The final of the Atholl Plate took place on 24th April 2020 on BBO between team Smith (Harry Smith, Glen Falconer, Bob McPaul, Roy Bennett) and team Goodman (Alan Goodman, Brian Short, Anne Symons, Paul Gipson).  36 boards were played – lots of interesting hands – and team Goodman emerged winners by 78 – 45.

    The finalists of the Atholl Cup are now known as team Freimanis beat team McKinnon in the second semi final last Sunday.  The final will therefore be between Freimanis and McKay but not sure when as one of the McKay team doesn’t play online.