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I want Graham Norton doing commentary.
May 25
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It's not just this bid, but a general strategy for the rest of the auction that interests.
May 25
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Can we do the election Eurovision style?
May 25
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Seeing some of the 14 counts that people bid 2N on in the pass out seat, I'm guessing 4 tricks or 9!
May 18
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He would.
May 17
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Sad news. Was always entertaining playing against him.
May 16
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I agree - a good selection.

One solution might be to donate (some?) them to the Junior Squads (disclaimer - I've been involved with coaching them for a number of years) - although some are more useful than others. There is a ‘library’ for the U21s. We were looking at the possibility of doing the same for the U16s. Solihull has been a great supporter of that squad and has helped develop a number of the players who have achieved great things in the last few years.

If there are better offers for the collection then do follow those.
May 1
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I agree it isn't clear and I remain open to be convinced in other directions.
May 1
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I know the deal but I'm going to remain honest to my expressed views at the time.
April 30
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One might also argue they have a bigger incentive to cheat to gain the good results needed to get the best clients and salaries. Obviously not saying all pros cheat, but those that were revealed to have been doing so were one of the biggest established pairs and one that was in the process of getting big results to established themselves as one.

However, I'd argue that people will cheat regardless of prize money or professional wages. Acknowledgement of their peers and the glory of winning are by far the biggest driving factor for most cheats - you see this within amateur sport where people take measures to try to win far beyond the actual rewards for doing so. It's all about the ego.
April 13
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The fourth option is that of an Imperial Stormtrooper directing a Bridge event on Tatooine having just been to the table where a ruling was requested against a Jedi and his young companion.
April 10
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For those of you who don't know Ned - he knows a lot about getting people to play and having fun while doing it.
April 9
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I agree it's a problem in not getting enough kids exposed in the first place. I'd love to be able to stick a couple of zeroes on the end of the numbers we do manage to engage. But I've seen so many initiatives where a good number of kids (even a hundred or more in a couple of cases) learn Minibridge for a few weeks to great fanfare and then… nothing, because there was no progression plan or course for any of them. And what happens to all of them? They just disappear into the ether. And despite the great intentions, it's all been a bit of a waste of time.
April 9
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All these things are great as the first step - introducing people to the game in the first place. I've mucked about with Kida and it's great - up to a point.

What do they do once Kida or whatever other initial temptation has exhausted its interest to them? There has to be places where they can play as often as they want to get them hooked into the system. This is where we are lacking.
April 9
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The problem isn't getting kids interested in the first place. If you expose them to the game, most invariably love it. So be it F2F with cards or by an electronic game of some sort, all will be interested in it - initially at least.

The big effort is required at laying down a structure with LOTS of opportunity for F2F play with their peers, in events that they want to play in, that are convenient and fun for them. And then providing the support to take them from beginner to self-functioning player. That is VERY hard work and only a tiny handful of people anywhere are actually doing it.

Exposing people to the game is one thing. Retaining them is orders of magnitude more difficult.
April 9
Alan Shillitoe edited this comment April 9
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AJTxx x ATx Axxx
April 4
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Did North X or bid 4S?
April 4
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It was for me too. I passed and my man wandered a few off vulnerable in a 5-1 fit (5-2 break) with 5C pretty easy. Emily at the other table on the identical auction bid 4C and scored up the 14 IMP swing.
April 4
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Zlatan doesn't join others. Others join Zlatan.
April 2
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It was another title to be removed from Fantunes and Fartz
April 2
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