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+1
Aug. 18
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A few minutes later, gone again…
Aug. 15
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10:37 Pacific time, the website is back, at least for the moment. I still hope the WBF will consider a plan for posting score updates elsewhere in the event that it becomes blocked again.
Aug. 15
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On further thought, rather than posting here, could the WBF post on their Facebook page, which would surely reach more people and could be easily shared?
Aug. 14
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That's kind of you, Jim.

A friend suggested to me that under the circumstances it might be possible for the WBF to post updates here, or perhaps elsewhere with a link here on BridgeWinners.

If there is a WBF official reading this, please consider this suggestion. Many are writing to ask me about scores, and I'm sure many others around the world are interested in following the event. There seems to have been no info available for the non vugraph matches at all today so far. Thank you.
Aug. 14
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Congratulations to France and China 3 on reaching the Finals of the U16 World Championship.
They will play a 48 board match for the championship, while Sweden and USA play off for the bronze medal.
Aug. 14
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Thanks, Jim. Rooting hard for the team to take the bronze, and, with any luck, avoid torturing you in the process.
Aug. 14
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Just after I posted the above, I see that everything is back on the website, so check there for info!
Aug. 14
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Thank you, Jim. Best of luck.

And many thanks to Marc van Beijsterveldt for sending me a photo of the U21 standings after Round 20. Here are the approximate standings of the teams in contention - sorry, I can't read all the fractions, and may be misreading some of the whole numbers.

1. Israel 305
2. Sweden 279
3. Bulgaria 279
4. Poland 269
5. Italy 263
6. Germany 251
7. Netherlands 243
8. France 236
9. USA 231
10. Chinese Tapei 220
11. Canada 214
Aug. 14
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12AM California time Tuesday (near the end of RR Match 20), a vugraph operator has reported:

“from wbf official: …at the moment worldbridge.org is blocked by the firewall”

This happened for a couple of hours yesterday too. Sure hope it will be unblocked in time for all who want to follow running scores for the last RR match, and those who are following the U16 Semis.

Apparently people onsite can see running scores on the monitors there, because internal systems are working. If anyone onsite has the time, and is willing to post updates while the website is blocked, that would be much appreciated.
Aug. 14
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Is it not only you. I'm finding the same.
Aug. 13
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Steve, I was told a few days ago that only the Final of the U16 would be on VuGraph.

Last night I was told by someone reliable that the 4th segment of both semis will be on VuGraph. Presumably that is because the U26 and U21 Round Robins will be over. Since those events have priority, and there is limited capacity for broadcasting onsite, I doubt if any earlier segments will be broadcast.
Aug. 13
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Never mind, scored are up now. Congratulations, Jim and the U16 kids. Good luck in semis.
Aug. 13
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Rumor has it the team won by single digits? If so, big congrats!!

The website isn't giving any scores. If someone onsite can post results from this round/set here that would be awesome.
Aug. 13
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Quick update 3AM Pacific time Monday. From memory, because scores aren't showing for me on the website right now.

The US Rona Cup team won their last match vs. Netherlands and qualified comfortably. Rona has a day off tomorrow, and plays the quarterfinal Wednesday in China.

The US 16 team is about to start the third and last 12 board segment of their quarterfinal match with a small lead. Let's go!!

There are four matches left in the U26 and U21 round robins.

USA 1 U26 has been having a big day and have a healthy lead (about 30VPs). USA 2 U26 team has also had a good day, and are now in 4th, I believe about 30vps ahead of 9th.

U21 is still in 9th, and is about to play a big match on BBO Vugraph vs. the Netherlands, one of the teams they can catch.
And USA 1 U26 is about to play on BBO vs. Sweden.

Gotta go watch BBO, while continually updating running scores from the U16 quarterfinal!!
Aug. 13
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Update on US teams, after one match played on Monday (Sunday evening in the US)

USA U16 wins the Round Robin! It came down to the last board.
Congratulations to our Canadian friends on finishing 2nd.

The US Rona Cup team pulled off an amazing turnaround against Hungary in this match, to move into 5th place, putting them in excellent qualifying position. They have two matches left, and a bye for one of them.

USA I U26 won a blitz to increase their RR lead.

USA 2 U26 also turned this match around for a small win vs. China Hong Kong after trailing most of the match. They are now in 6th, about 16 VPs ahead of 9th, with 6 matches to play.

The U21 team also has 6 matches to play, plenty of time to move up into qualifying position. They are currently in 9th, almost 10 VPs behind 8th. I know they can do it!!


Edited: subtraction error
Aug. 12
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For those wondering, I've been told that only the Final of the U16 will be on BBO.
Aug. 12
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Ah, before someone corrects me, there is of course a simple answer to Shawn's question. No.
Aug. 12
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And here is a link to info about WBF zones:

http://www.worldbridge.org/bridge-zones/
Aug. 12
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There is no simple answer to your question. Here is what I believe is the relevant section from the CoC:

3. Right to Enter
The number of teams from each Zone invited to participate in the 2018 World Youth Bridge Teams
championships:
Zonal Qualified Teams Juniors Youngsters Girls
Host Country 1 team 1 team 1 team
Zone 1 6 teams 6 teams 5 teams
Zone 2 3 teams 3 teams 2 teams
Zone 3 2 teams 2 teams 1 team
Zone 4 1 team 1 team 1 team
Zone 5 1 team 1 team 1 team
Zone 6 4 teams 4 teams 4 teams
Zone 7 2 teams 2 teams 2 teams
Zone 8 2 teams 2 teams 2 teams
For the Girls Championship Zones 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 are allowed to be represented by a Zonal Team,
composed of players from different NBOs of that Zone.
If any Zone does not fill its quota the first berth will be offered to Zone 1, the second to Zone 6.
The participation in Kids Teams Championship is by invitation, with 18 teams being invited for the 2018 Championships.
Each participating member NBO must play against all other participating member NBOs. Entry and subsequent refusal to play will result in disqualification.


And here is the link to the CoC:
http://www.worldbridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018SupplementalConditionsWujiang.pdf
Aug. 12
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