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Is playing the same boards in a pairs event important?

Do you consider maximizing the number of pairs playing the same hands important? Yesterday's club game was the first time I've ever played in a game where the director used an unusual movement for that purpose.

There were nine and a half tables. We were EW and my partner was handed a guide card for reasons I didn't understand at the time. When I asked the director why weren't using a standard Mitchell with a sitout, this was the answer:

"We used a 9 x 3 = 27 board movement, to maximize pairs playing the same hands. This was a Unit championship game. Your idea consumes 10 x 3 boards and is not as accurate for the determination of the true overall winner. NOTE: The 27 board Groner movement requires 3 pairs to be involved: the bump NS pair and EWs 6&9 who must swap locations on two of the nine rounds. Everyone played at the correct table(s) for the correct board(s) so i consider the movement as a success."

It made me wonder whether or not everyone playing the same boards is considered important in national and international events. The last time I played in the Blue Ribbon Pairs (a long time ago) I'm pretty sure all four sessions used a normal Mitchell.

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