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Starting Times and Playing Schedules

I am starting a new thread, since I was informed it was inappropriate for inclusion in another thread. (Since I’ve spent much of my life doing or saying inappropriate things, this doesn’t really bother me, but I feel the topic is important enough to deserve its own thread.) My contention is that playing an early session, followed by an hour break, and then a late session, ending before 9pm is vastly preferable to the current schedule, with a uselessly long break and an end time that precludes having a nice dinner, usually with wine to accompany the whines about the hands, partners etc.

Sabine Auken strongly agreed. Jan Martel added some questions of the logistical problems that different timing might cause. She ended by saying, “In the USBF events, where we also play 60 boards a day, we start at 10:00 am, take a very short (70-90 minute (lunch break and finish at 8:20 or 8:30. Some people consider that early enough for dinner, some don't. This is definitely one of those areas where you can't please all of the people all of the time!

I am quite sure you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but the current structure pleases one group 100% of the time, and never pleases the other group. This is extremely inequitable. As a test, I’d suggest that each National 3 day pair event follow a European style schedule for a year, and see how people react. If is very popular, try to use it for more events. If very unpopular, then abandon it. If the reaction seems about evenly divided, then use it for a few events.

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