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I know Ray, just making it clear for anyone else reading I'm not sitting on some secret stash of personal data :-)
July 18
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For the record the only data I have used is that published by the ACBL, e.g. at the end of http://web2.acbl.org/tournaments/results/2018/07/1807098.htm. No home addresses :-)

Although it's public, if I do anything more exciting with this data I will anonymise it.

(talking of public data - if any of you (US based) use Venmo and haven't seen the news, please check your settings now!)
July 18
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Peg: here is the full breakdown, someone who knows the area better than me can say how these should be lumped together. (maybe when I get back from the beach I'll calculate ‘~ distance travelled’)

Champaign:
Alton: 4
Aurora: 1
Avon: 2
Ballwin: 1
Belleville: 2
Belvidere: 2
Bensenville: 1
Bloomington: 10
Bowling Green: 2
Boynton Beach: 1
Brookfield: 1
Brookville: 1
Buffalo Grove: 2
Burr Ridge: 1
Caledonia: 2
Campton Hills: 1
Carbondale: 1
Carlinville: 2
Carlyle: 1
Carol Stream: 1
Champaign: 37
Charleston: 4
Chatham: 1
Chesterfield: 4
Chicago: 23
Chicago Heights: 1
Clarkson Valley: 2
Clayton: 1
Clinton: 2
Cocoa Beach: 1
Columbia: 6
Crawfordsville: 1
Crete: 1
Creve Coeur: 2
Crown Point: 1
Crystal Lake: 2
Danville: 1
Deerfield: 2
Delphi: 1
Des Plaines: 2
Downers Grove: 4
Dunlap: 1
East Peoria: 1
Edwardsville: 2
Effingham: 5
Elmhurst: 3
Evanston: 2
Evansville: 3
Fishers: 2
Fort Wayne: 2
Frankfort: 1
Galesburg: 2
Geneva: 1
Georgetown: 1
Germantown: 1
Glen Ellyn: 2
Glenview: 2
Godfrey: 1
Grand Rapids: 1
Grayslake: 1
Greendale: 2
Greenwood: 1
Griffith: 1
Hammond: 1
Highland: 1
Hinsdale: 2
Homewood: 1
Huntley: 1
Hutsonville: 1
Indianapolis: 13
Iowa City: 3
Jacksonville: 1
Joplin: 1
Kankakee: 1
Kansas City: 1
Kirksville: 2
Kokomo: 1
La Grange Park: 1
Lacon: 1
Lafayette: 1
Lawrence: 2
Lebanon: 1
Lemont: 2
Leroy: 1
Lexington: 1
Lombard: 1
Louisville: 3
Madison: 1
Manteno: 1
Marathon: 1
Mattoon: 1
Memphis: 1
Millersburg: 1
Milwaukee: 1
Mokena: 1
Monticello: 1
Morton: 1
Mount Prospect: 1
N Barrington: 1
Naperville: 4
Nashville: 1
New Castle: 2
Newport: 1
Noblesville: 2
Normal: 2
O Fallon: 1
Oak Park: 5
Oconomowoc: 2
Olathe: 1
Orland Park: 1
Pallos Hills: 2
Palos Hills: 1
Park Ridge: 1
Pekin: 1
Peoria: 1
Plainfield: 2
Plano: 1
Portage: 1
Portland: 1
Prescott Valley: 2
Quincy: 1
Rockford: 1
Rockton: 1
Rosedale: 1
Saint Anne: 1
Saint Charles: 4
Saint Louis: 14
Savoy: 2
Schererville: 1
Seaton: 1
Shelbyville: 2
Sherman: 1
Shorewood: 4
Skokie: 3
Springfield: 12
Streamwood: 2
Swansea: 1
Tell City: 1
Terre Haute: 6
Tinley Park: 1
Tolono: 1
Towanda: 1
Urbana: 13
Vero Beach: 1
West Lafayette: 2
West Terre Haut: 1
Wheaton: 2
Wichita: 1
Wildwood: 2

Coralville:
Apple Valley: 2
Bettendorf: 3
Bluffton: 1
Brooklyn Park: 2
Brookville: 1
Burlington: 1
Castle Rock: 2
Cedar Falls: 7
Cedar Rapids: 27
Centerville: 1
Chanhassen: 1
Clayton: 1
Clinton: 2
Columbus: 2
Coralville: 9
Davenport: 5
Denver: 1
Des Moines: 9
Desoto: 1
Dewitt: 1
Dubuque: 5
Duuque: 1
Eagan: 4
East Dubuque: 1
Eau Claire: 1
Eddyville: 1
Edina: 2
Estero: 1
Evansville: 1
Fairfield: 2
Falls City: 1
Galena: 1
Grinnell: 2
Gurnee: 1
Hampton: 1
Hinsdale: 2
Iowa City: 28
Johnston: 1
Kahoka: 2
Keokuk: 2
Lakeville: 2
Lakewood: 1
Le Claire: 2
Leawood: 2
Lemont: 2
Lexington: 1
Lincoln: 2
Lisbon: 1
Long Lake: 2
Madison: 2
Mankato: 3
Marengo: 2
Marion: 4
Maryville: 2
Milwaukee: 2
Minneapolis: 3
Minnetonka: 3
Moline: 4
Mount Pleasant: 5
N Barrington: 1
Overland Park: 1
Panora: 1
Plainfield: 2
Plattsburg: 1
Pleasant Hill: 1
Prior Lake: 1
Robins: 2
Rochester: 5
Rock Island: 1
Rockford: 2
Roseville: 2
Saint Louis: 3
Silvis: 1
Sioux Falls: 2
Spirit Lake: 1
Urbandale: 4
Valparaiso: 2
Wabasha: 2
Waterloo: 3
West Branch: 1
West Des Moines: 6
West Liberty: 1
Wichita: 1
Windsor Heights: 2
Winterset: 1
des Moines: 1

Chicago:
Amelia Island: 1
Anaheim: 1
Arlington Hgts: 1
Aurora: 1
Barrington: 2
Baton Rouge: 2
Belvidere: 1
Bensenville: 2
Boca Grande: 2
Boca Raton: 1
Brookfield: 1
Buffalo Grove: 3
Burr Ridge: 1
Byron: 1
Carol Stream: 2
Cary: 1
Chesterton: 1
Chicago: 132
Clayton: 1
Crown Point: 2
Davis: 1
De Pere: 4
Deerfield: 9
Des Plaines: 2
Downers Grove: 3
Dyer: 1
Elgin: 1
Elmhurst: 8
Elmwood Park: 2
Evanston: 10
Flossmoor: 1
Forest Park: 1
Frankfort: 1
Gary: 3
Geneva: 1
Glen Ellyn: 2
Glencoe: 3
Glenview: 14
Gurnee: 1
Hammond: 2
Highland: 3
Highland Park: 20
Hinsdale: 5
Hobart: 1
Homewood: 4
Houston: 2
Kankakee: 1
Kenilworth: 2
La Grange Park: 2
Lake Bluff: 1
Lake Forest: 3
Lansing: 1
Lemont: 2
Libertyville: 2
Madison: 1
Mequon: 1
Mesa: 1
Middleton: 1
Milwaukee: 1
Missouri City: 1
Morgantown: 1
Mount Prospect: 2
Mundelein: 2
Munster: 2
N Barrington: 1
Naperville: 3
Naples: 2
Niles: 1
Northbrook: 10
Northfield: 4
Nothbrook: 1
Oak Brook: 2
Oak Park: 10
Oakbrook Terrac: 1
Oakland Twp: 1
Oakville: 2
Ocala: 1
Oregon: 1
Orlando: 1
Palatine: 1
Pallos Hills: 2
Park City: 1
Piqua: 1
Plano: 1
Plymouth: 1
Portage: 1
River Forest: 10
Riverside: 1
Riverwoods: 4
Rockford: 2
Romeoville: 1
Saint Anne: 1
Schererville: 1
Skokie: 4
Springfield: 1
Streamwood: 2
The Villages: 1
Tinley Park: 1
Unknown: 22
Vero Beach: 1
Villa Park: 1
Wappingers Fls: 1
Westchester: 3
Western Springs: 2
Wheaton: 2
Wilmette: 5
Windsor: 1
Winnebago: 1
Winnetka: 2
Winter Springs: 2
Wood Dale: 1
Woodridge: 1
la Grange Park: 1
July 18
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Some statistics (because I love statistics):

Number of unique players:
Champaign: 351
Coralville: 235
Chicago: 416

Players from the city of the regional (note this is only exact matches - others may be from very near by and my knowledge of US geography is limited):
Champaign: 37
Coralville: 9
Chicago: 132

Number of players attending multiple regionals:
Champaign and Coralville: 13
Champaign and Chicago: 49
Chicago and Coralville: 5
All 3: 2

Breakdown of players by state (unknown is likely foreign):

Champaign:
AZ: 2
FL: 4
IA: 3
IL: 221
IN: 53
KS: 5
KY: 8
ME: 1
MI: 3
MO: 39
TN: 3
WI: 9

Coralville:
CO: 3
FL: 1
IA: 146
IL: 21
IN: 4
KS: 4
KY: 1
MN: 34
MO: 7
NE: 3
OH: 2
SC: 1
SD: 2
TN: 1
WI: 5

Chicago:
AZ: 1
CA: 1
FL: 12
IL: 340
IN: 17
LA: 2
MI: 2
MO: 1
NC: 1
NY: 1
OH: 1
ON: 3
TX: 3
Unknown: 22
WI: 8
WV: 1
July 18
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Playing with Sandra years ago she made what she referred to as a “Landy game try”, so I've heard it from the horse's mouth!
July 13
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I probably should have mentioned no-one was vulnerable. I was playing with someone in their twenties, who probably would open with a ten high suit
June 29
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One of my proudest moments in bridge came from a terrible set. In the Junior Euros we got absolutely battered by I think Poland. My partner was nearly in tears. Our coach asked if we were ok to play the next set, we had a hug and went back out there and smashed it.
June 25
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Awesome!
I did some Vugraph analysis a while back (https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/600k-boards-from-vugraph-lies-damned-lies-and-statistics/) and intended to translate that to something like Tableau that non-technical people could explore. But life got in the way. Perhaps you'd be interested in seeing if we could combine our efforts?
June 19
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I don't know enough about the relative standard of Scottish players to comment :-)

It's not applicable to the question that Richard asked, since England qualified for all three. But in general I can imagine a scenario where an excellent pair played for a team that didn't qualify and are eligible to play for a different category that did. Would their inclusion be justification to change the team?
June 18
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“I do not expect any local debate about picking the same Scotland Women team for Sanya”
I don't know many of the Scottish players so apologies if this is off the mark - there was a female playing for the open team that didn't qualify, would there be any debate about adding her to the VC team?
June 18
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Congrats Sam!
June 17
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Though the more interesting bids also come with the risk of a going for a number ;-)
(I recently went for 1400 playing 2 as spades and a minor. Opponents bid to 5, my 5-card suit, and partner reasoned I must have clubs and sacrificed…)
June 12
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At teams (or probably in a different field) I would be bidding 4 without much thought. My consideration here was that I thought most people wouldn't have found their heart fit after a 1NT opening, and 4-1 was likely to be a complete bottom.

What I failed to consider was how badly 1NT would play - in fact it went 3 or 4 off…
June 1
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I've heard bits of his story before but that still made me bawl like a baby. RIP Martin.
May 20
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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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