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At the end of the session, after 24 boards have been played. You can modify the movement yo introduce scoring breaks every 6 or 12 boards if you really want to, as long as players only discuss boards within their own team, but it slows things down a bit.
Aug. 13, 2019
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It could well be, in which case you should already have the movement in your scoring programs, and you would just need to change the method of scoring from BAM to Imps/VPs.
Aug. 13, 2019
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Not three sets of boards, it only requires a single set of boards per session, with three boards on each table. You can alternatively have a single set of 54 boards playing 6 board rounds and play half the movement before the break and half after. The problem with this is that the boards are ‘live’ during the break and there is a too big a risk of players overhearing accidentally or worse deliberately about boards they have not yet played, so for that reason the double complete movement of three board rounds is preferable.
Aug. 13, 2019
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Is there any reason why you don't just do a multiple teams movement? Tables are numbered 1 - 9 and you have 3 board sets (so 27 boards in all). Each round for 8 rounds EW pairs move down two tables, and the boards down one table. At the end of 8 rounds each team has played 3 boards against each other team, and 24 out of the 27 boards in play. Then repeat after the break, and you have played a total of 6 boards against each other team. This is how we do it in the UK.
Aug. 13, 2019
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Returning to Eastbourne (or Brighton) an earlier start and finish would make a huge difference for another reason. I travel to the congress by train, with the current timings I have no option but to stay in a hotel near the venue. There are no trains to London much after 11pm. With an earlier start, I would have the option of commuting by train, from home if it has reasonable connections, or possibly a town or village on the London to Eastbourne route where one could probably get accommodation a lot cheaper than is available in Eastbourne. It might mean 2 hours or more each way on a train but so what? I can read, work on a laptop, or annoy neighbouring passengers with loud music or loud discussions on the hands played. It may not appeal to everyone, but it's nice to have the option.
Aug. 6, 2019
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This is not the same as say hesitating with a singleton. There are situations in which not covering might beneficial to declarer, and declarer is entitled to think for a few seconds. Eg maybe declarer was considering the possibility of the Q switch being a singleton in which case ducking would leave rho on lead or force lho to overtake the Q with the A if he wanted to be on lead. If lho draws any conclusions from this doesn't he do so at his own risk?
Aug. 2, 2019
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OK, well I applaud Bridgewinners on providing this service. However Bridgewinners are not the organisers of this event, the ACBL are. I automatically looked on the ACBL site for the results because that's where I expect to find them. Why are the ACBL not publishing ALL the results of their Premier event?
July 23, 2019
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Well there has always been overlap. Senior women are eligible for any of four World Championships in Sanya, and Under 16 Women are elgible for seven of the eight world championships.
Aug. 26, 2018
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Great! Thanks. I look forward to seeing the analysis.
June 18, 2018
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I can only find data for the Open Series. Have you also done it for the Women and Seniors?
June 18, 2018
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He was a brilliant and natural card player, he'll be sorely missed.
May 16, 2018
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Conditions of contest for the europeans have now been updated. The Open Series get 8 qualifiers, the Women and Seniors still get 6. There are respectively 33,23 and 22 Teams in the three series, so I guess the number of teams in the series is a factor. Good news for the teams in the Open series.
May 15, 2018
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Interesting that they are playing longer matches in the trials that they will play in the event they are trialing for.
May 14, 2018
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My personal opinion is that it wasn't satisfactory. For example, at one of the championships the carry forward was done purely on positions, 22, 20, 18 VP's etc. So the first 3 three teams could have scores of 323.00, 273.00, 272.99 and the first teams 50vp lead over second would be reduced to 2 VPs, while the 2nd teams 0.01 VP over 3rd would be increased to 2 vps. Taat just seemed wrong to me. More to the point, the organisers have reverted to an all play all format, shortening the matches if necessary to fit them all in, so they must have thought it was unfair.
May 12, 2018
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Alan, the only time to my knowledge that a complete round robin hasn't been played was a few years ago in the European Championships Open series when they had two groups and then a final group with some sort of carry over. After two failed attempts to make this work fairly they reverted back to a complete round robins. Do you know something the EBL doesn't?
May 12, 2018
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This is joke Michael, surely, it can't possibly be a serious suggestion? If you asked the participating teams how many of them would vote for your proposed format you would get no votes. No team likes playing even one threesome, let alone six whole days of them. And how does reducing the KO phase in one of the rounds to 48 boards for two-thirds of the qualifying teams make it less of a lottery?
May 12, 2018
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Also “the duration of the championship will not change, being 8 days of round robin and 6 days of KO (Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final) played as 96 board matches.”
The overall length of the championships will not change, but one day will be added to the qualification, and to get that day back the Bermuda Bowl final will be reduced from 128 boards to 96 boards.
May 10, 2018
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One of the BBO voice commentators said the same, that it was in response to players and NBO's. That's probably it.
In the World Championships they only play 3 x 16 board matches a day. I always thought that was a bit soft, but it seems odd that a zonal championship is tougher than a world championship.
But Andy is right, in the old days matches were 20 boards and players played three a day. So there is a small increase from 60 to 64 boards but for fewer days, so I guess it's back to being close to the way it used to be before they started messing with the format.
It would be tough for a team of four, but of course all the major contenders will have a team of six.
June 16, 2016
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I notice there have been two significant changes
1) Reversion to a complete round robin
2) A really tough schedule with four matches, I assume 16 boards, most days.
Has any reason been given for these changes? I'm just curious.
June 15, 2016
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The director should have done more at the time, but it's unclear (to me at least) what he should have done. The laws appear to only cover fouled boards in pairs events:-

LAW 87
FOULED BOARD
A. definition
A board is considered to be “fouled” if the director determines that a card (or more than one) was displaced in the board or if he determines that the dealer or vulnerability differed between copies of the same board, and the contestants who should have had a score comparison did not play the board in identical form for such reason.
B.
Scoring
in scoring a fouled board, the director determines as closely as possible which scores were obtained on the board in its correct form and which in the changed form(s). He divides the scores on that basis into groups and rates each group separately as provided in the regulations for the tournament. (in the absence of a relevant regulation the director selects and announces his method.)

The only thing I can see that is remotely applicable is in the General Conditions of Contest for Swiss Teams (which also apply to Bracketed Teams)

http://cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Swiss-Teams.pdf

Play Rule 8
Only those boards played at both tables will count towards the result of the match. If the TD determines one side to be at fault, he may protect the non-offending side.

If you interpret this to mean that since it was fouled when played the second time, it was technically only played a only one table the director could have assigned an arbitrary score, with a procedural penalty.
May 20, 2016
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