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I said ‘normal’…
6 hours ago
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I would have already decided what to play on this trick before playing to trick 1.
14 hours ago
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That would appear to be a very minimal requirement.
14 hours ago
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Are we playing strong 10?

How do I encourage? My default would be (reverse) count here.
16 hours ago
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If East having seen all 4 hands doesn't concede then that's a player I don't want on my team.
17 hours ago
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There would appear to be no normal play for declarer to lose a trick, shame!
Oct. 18
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We are talking about a rating system for a minority hobby not major league baseball.
Oct. 18
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There is a simple data feed from Pianola to NGS; or from Scorebridge or BridgeWebs.
Oct. 18
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4 from me would include a promise not to bid again unless forced.
Oct. 18
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Good luck with that.

I think one of the big differences between the US and UK is the number of people trying to make money out of the game. I don't know how much ACBLscore cost to develop but I know how much EBUscore cost the EBU.
Nada, nothing, nowt.
It was developed by Jeff Smith and donated to the EBU. Similarly most of the work on NGS was undertaken on a volunteer basis.
Oct. 18
Ian Grant edited this comment Oct. 18
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Show your partner some hands where you would use Leb and ask him what he would do.

Then ask him what he would do with the hands you would do what he did with…. ;-)
Oct. 17
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The EBU NGS system was based on the PPI (Past Performance Indicator) system developed by the online bridge club BridgeClubLive. The biggest difference is that the EBU categorises players from 2 to Ace whereas the BCL system only uses the four suit symbols. The original intent of the BCL system was to enable players to find partners of similar ability but it is also used for an annual handicapped pairs competition. We lost in the semi-final in 2017 to a very low-ranked pair who went on to win the event, we won the event in 2018 and went out in the first round this year to a mid-ranked pair.
Oct. 17
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When I play well my rating goes up, when I play badly it goes down. Seems to work to me!
Oct. 16
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…and it was built in the US of A so must be better than the EBU system…
Oct. 15
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'People overcall 1 with crappy 8 points. they will not be able to do that on the second level.'

Wanna bet?
(…and who needs 8 points anyway…)
Oct. 15
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Reading through these suggestions tells you all you need to know about the state of our game, bridge players are rubbish at marketing. I don't even like my own suggestion.
Oct. 14
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Say what it does on the tin:

Bids'n'tricks.
Oct. 13
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Other; I call the director because I have to.


I tell beginners that they have to call the TD for any irregularity, that the TD is everyone's friend, there to make sure we get a proper bridge result on each hand. We only chop fingers off for really serious errors …..p a u s e…..and failure to call the TD is a two finger penalty.


Someone usually obliges…yes I'll take those two if you want.
Oct. 13
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I started playing Schenken in 1973, the ladies at Rotherham Bridge Club had been playing it for a long time before that.
Oct. 13
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That's just a style thing, and pretty contrived at times too.
E.g.
A:The state capital of Alaska
Q: What is Juneau?
Oct. 12
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