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Alternatively don't have brackets, I can't think of an EBU event that has them. What we do have is a qualifying round feeding into A, B and C finals.

Yes its embarassing for a pro-team to ‘qualify’ for a C final (especially if the sponsor has outfitted them with team t-shirts) but for the rest of us its all part of the fun.
July 8
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There were 6 diamonds in dummy
July 8
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The TD wasn't called to save her having to limp over (having pulled a muscle earlier) to a table low down the field towards the end of the event. There were at least 2 qualified tds at the table, who would usually know better than to rule themselves.
July 8
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Beats me. :-(
July 8
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I'm not complaining about the practice; I'm complaining about the lack of disclosure.
July 8
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No, but the words after might…
July 8
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Space would have been an issue on other nights.
July 8
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Agreed Ian, but we have had issues when we held classes on the same night as the ‘session for experienced players’ previously known as the ‘expert night’:
“Why do they all look so miserable?”

Many of our beginners joined other ‘less serious’ clubs once their lessons concluded.
July 8
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I play odd/even with no issues; the key, as with all potential tempo issues, is ‘be prepared’ (dib,dib,dib).
July 8
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Time for a pantomime:
Oh yes we do…
July 7
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On the assumption that partner has around opening values (as per our agreements) they are likely to hold something outside of spades.
July 7
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Were they capable of adding 1 to the count of your ex-partners?
July 7
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I have seen a lot of players who play count pretty much exclusively; or so they say….

However, from observation it would appear that when discarding they give count in a suit they don't like…
July 7
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Edited: ‘playing’ was an overbid.
July 7
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My local club is thriving with over 300 members and running 6 sessions a week. There are leagues which run on Monday nights in the winter and special events on bank holidays. Membership costs £20 per year and a session (normally 27/28 boards ) is £3. We own our premises and we operate on a not-for-profit basis.


At county level things are much less rosy, with falling numbers and cancelled events. Cost may be an issue, typically £22.50 for a one day event of 49 boards.

Moving up to congress level and we will be paying £70 each at Scarborough for a 2 day pairs event (94 boards) plus travel and accomodation.

This weekend we are in Llandudno playing attending a 2 day pairs event (96 boards) for £45 each.
July 6
Ian Grant edited this comment July 7
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'C' is a write-only language.
July 4
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So how do you find your 8/9 card major fit?
July 3
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This 2 bid, majors or clubs, is legal in ebuland; in fact ANY defence is allowed. Disclosure is key.
July 2
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My partner has a simple approach to this:
“I don't care who they are, they are going down!”.

Been right once or twice too.
July 2
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X = t/o of spades
2S = t/o of hearts


Problem is what to do with a strong hand.


We play the 2 opener as 3-11, 4/5 cards in each major, vul or not; even at teams.
July 2
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