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Partner had:
A4
KT
KQJ83
T854
March 28
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On this particularly deal the ‘cockamamie’ agreement got the better of us, and we missed a 3NT. Partner suggested I was put off bidding by west's slow pass, and we could have a claim. He wasn't too convinced when I told them I wasn't bidding anyway!

FTR the pair that play these are not terrible (a K in ngs terms). Their explanation is it “makes things interesting”. Apart from their two-level openings the rest of their system is fairly standard.
March 28
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A gender recognition certificate is not easy to get (some think it's too difficult). It takes several years and a medical diagnosis. In my opinion there's not much risk of someone putting themselves through such an arduous process just because they fancy winning a few mixed/ ladies events!

There have been transgender women playing in EBU mixed events for a while now. Well done to the EBU for quietly publishing a comprehensive policy (and in advance of any incident as far as I know).
March 28
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I've recently moved from a small company (~50) to a large company (~30,000). I've had to get used to fewer F2F and more conference calls, though *considerably* less email. Most of my useful collaboration gets done on slack (online instant messaging).
March 23
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The future of bridge bots probably isn't in “cosmetic fixes” and tweaking algorithms. Instead, coding no logic at all beyond the rules of the game, and using neural networks to figure out the “right” moves. It's worked excellently for GO. If only I could afford to give up the day job and spend my time coding bridge problems instead.
March 15
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Perhaps I do not understand yours. Your statement “Not to make a highly controversial decision to pick a worse team.” led me to believe you thought a ‘worse’ team had indeed been selected. Yet we have Sally/Fiona and Heather/Nevena, with a (good) third pair. So what's the problem?
March 15
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As David so eloquently put it, you have your teams mixed up. We were always going to have one player who had never played a (senior) Europeans (for England) before.
March 15
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John, the team that has been selected is, in my opinion, one of the two or three line-ups we were most likely to end up with before trials began. (No disrespect to the other teams that trialled, but I expected one of the teams made up of the ‘old guard’ to prevail).

If one of these line-ups were clearly ‘worse’, they wouldn't have held a team trial in the first.

Whether or not you agree with which team was declared the winner, the final selection is made up of 6 fine players. 5 of them have played Europeans before, while the 6th has played in the Lady Milne 10 times.

Best of luck to our ladies; I look forward to following you on Vugraph.
March 15
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I've just started playing the EBU tournaments on FunBridge. Are these the same bots do you know?

I've not been playing long enough to attempt much bot-manipulation, just trying to play my normal game. But I have noticed that you can occasionally notice a slight hesitation, and can therefore tell a lot about what holdings they may have in that suit.

Wouldn't it be sensible for the bot to always wait a specific amount of time before playing the card, whether it is done thinking or not? I don't think it would slow things down too much for the human players.
March 15
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This was in 5 spades, claiming 6. The line to make required taking some ruffs in dummy before drawing trumps (which declarer was allowed to do).
March 14
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I was once accused of not allowing declarer to state their line of play before calling the director. But the claim came before I'd chosen a lead or anyone had seen dummy!
March 12
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I have had the same situation, though with about 4 cards in each hand. The director was called with the statement “she's forgotten I have a trump”. Even after the director ruled in my favour and walked away she was telling me I'm “not allowed to claim with trumps out”.

Simple solution - I don't claim unless I'm confident the opposition will understand!
March 12
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Paul, I agree with a lot of your points. But I don't see why a pairs trial would mean pros would play with clients. Yes, that happens at the lady Milne, but the euros is taken more seriously and there were no such issues with the open trials.
March 9
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I was guilty of kicking off that thread rather indignantly (I am friends with those affected) without knowing all the facts involved.

Having now heard rather more about the situation, I'll just say this:

The team with the sub went away from the event thinking they had won, and did not learn otherwise until seeing the announcement to the contrary on the website. They were not contacted individually. Whether or not the committee made the correct decision, which I shall not comment on, the way in which it was handled was disgraceful.

Edit - as David points out I may have got my wired crossed here. Yet again I am not aware of all the facts! I'll go back to not commenting…
March 8
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If nothing else, the selection committee should have at least informed the participants of these conditions up front rather than let one team go home thinking they had won.
But, I am not in possession of all the facts, so I will bow out of this discussion.
March 7
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So team Brock won but the selectors chose team Senior anyway. What a farce!
March 7
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“I'm a strength man, and I do enjoy a three-card raise.” - any single bridge players should consider making this your dating profile tagline
March 6
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You're right of course Richard, I missed Draper. I still think of Susan as the 6th player but time has really flown since she stopped playing!
March 5
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I may be wrong, but I don't remember them having trials at all for Euros recently. Lady Milne is always pairs trials.
March 5
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I must admit I'm a bit confused as to why the England ladies' Euros trials is teams, not pairs as the open was. The 5 members of the ‘usual’ Euros team are split across two teams, and there are only 4 teams trialling in total (3rd pair is going to be chosen by selection committee)
March 5
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