Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs

We had 8 tables for the SIM pairs event last night. Massive congratulations to Fred and Jayne on an outstanding result. As I type, they are 10th out of a field of about 1000 pairs. This may change slightly as there are still more results to be submitted. Pat and Nigel Haslam had (another) excellent night also.
For those of you who took part (or even if you didn’t!) check out the Ecat’s website. You can see how much each participating club has raised (click “Details” below the running total). There may be a day or two time lag as the organisers process all the donations. From Results, scroll down to Thursday 12th and you get a lot of useful information, hand records, analysis, etc. There’s a video contribution from Andrew Robson as he analyses one of the boards – Board 4 last night, I think.
Over the years, Ecat have raised over £1 million for Children in Need with their simultaneous pairs events. I think they were a bit worried about fund-raising this year, but on-line Bridge has come up trumps!
Could I make just one organisational point about our on-line sessions? As you know, BASSHM (and HEIGHN) have arranged to have standby pairs so that no pair is disappointed on the evening. However, this does rely on members being seated quite promptly. The room opens at 6.45 pm. Please be seated by 6.50 pm. The standby pair will enter the room at 6.55 pm if they are needed, ready for the start at 7.00 pm.
Our on-line sessions seem to have settled down well. We are regularly getting between 7 and 9 tables. As winter approaches, this may increase slightly.

Stay safe and stay sane. Andy