Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Jan Martel
1 2 3 4 ... 48 49 50 51
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Thanks, Don.
14 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I couldn't find a here we go app on the iOS App Store. Could it have a different name.
16 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Saint Joan was wonderful. If anyone is considering going, do! It is, of course, a great play, and the performance was really superb. Worth the “hike” from Toronto (I rented a car and drove, because the bus service only runs Thurs-Sun, and there were a lot of “slow downs” according to Google maps, which kept assuring me I was still on the fastest route, but it was definitely worth the drive!
July 19
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Also Longo's about same distance at 15 York st
July 19
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Went to dinner at Byblos (an easy walk from the Intercontinental) and it was wonderful! Interesting, delicious food; outstanding service - attentive, but not cloyingly so, knowledgeable, helpful, just great! If I have time for another meal out in Toronto (unlikely, with Shaw Festival tomorrow, Hall of Fame Thursday, and Vugraph starting Saturday), I'll definitely return. I guess the only negative is that even with the very efficient service, it's the kind of meal you want to linger over, so probably not a good place to go between sessions.
And while I'm mentioning positive things in Toronto, the Intercontinental staff has been great - they cheerfully emptied our mini-bar so we can use it as a refrigerator, and even removed some extra linens and the coffee maker to provide extra storage space (as usual, the hotel just doesn't have enough space for a 2-week stay). And the water pressure is great!
July 18
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
This thread has sort of died - I'd like to get it started again. Jonathan, how hard would it be to create a “smooth” IMP scale we could use for tie-breaks? That seems to me like the best thing that's been suggested, if it isn't too complicated. It doesn't distort things, since few people factor the IMP scale into their considerations, even if we sometimes notice on Vugraph that one extra trick won't gain an IMP but 2 will.
July 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Well, if you're bothered by incongruity, that can happen when we use deep bye PPs for the R8 bye teams and total PPs for the R16 bye teams - it could easily be the case that an R16 team had more total PPs than an R8 team had Deep Bye PPs.
July 12
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Adam, that can't happen. The way bye teams are seeded is first by the stage to which they have a bye and then, within teams that have a bye to the same stage, by PPs - it's only for that second part that we are trying to clarify whether to use total PPs or Deep Bye PPs.
July 12
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
But this vote isn't about a choice between seeding points and PPs, it's about which PPs to count to determine ranking. Perhaps we should also have asked whether to change the rules so that seeding points instead of Positioning Points should be used, but we didn't. If we had, I would point out that a team is different from the sum of its players, so perhaps PPs, which are based on the performance of the team are a better indicator of where to rank the team than are seeding points, which are based on each individual player's performance. I don't actually remember the discussion way back when, when this committee decided to use PPs to rank bye teams, but I'd guess that was the reason.
July 12
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Thanks for all of the fascinating articles, Peter!
July 8
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
And from a neutral observer, it's great to have a match where I'm rooting for BOTH teams!
July 6
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
@Dave - no, if Timo were to play in the 2018 USBC, he would not be able to play for Turkey in a WBF event until I believe 2021 (2 full years in between), possibly 2020.
June 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
@Alan - The USBC, except in “Olympic” years (years divisible by 4), is a WBF Zonal Championship, so playing in it is playing in a WBF event for the United States. And because it is a WBF event, the 2 year rule applies - for example, in order to be eligible for the 2018 USBC (which will select a team for the 2019 Bermuda Bowl), a player must not have played for any other country in 2016 or 2017.
June 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I don't think I understand your question - IPPs are like regular PPs, so they include both PPs won in the previous year's USBC and PPs won with foreign players on the team.
But bye teams are seeded not by seeding points, but only by PPs and the issue we're discussing here is whether for that purpose teams with deep byes should be seeded based only on the PPs points that were relevant for their bye (deep bye PPs) or by total PPs.
June 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
We start the USBC day at 10:00, take a little over an hour for lunch, and finish at 8:20, so I guess my answer is that it takes about 9.5 hours for 60 boards at 8.5 minutes a board. Some players can finish early, many finish late.
June 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It's either/or - a citizen can play for his or her country wherever he or she resides. A person can play for a country of which s/he is not a citizen only if s/he meets the residency requirements. In both cases, the person must not have played for another country for at least 2 years (10 years if the previous country was one of which s/he is not a citizen). Thus Garozzo could play in the USBC because he is a US resident and can play for Italy because he is an Italian citizen and hasn't played in a USBC in over 2 years.
June 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Although Peter & I disagree about the answer to the question posed in this thread, we are in complete agreement about what the question is - it is not how to interpret our current Conditions of Contest, it is what do we want the Conditions of Contest to say about how to seed deep bye teams. Should they be seeded based on all of their PPs or based only on their deep bye PPs.
June 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
To finish before dinner, you need to play fewer than 60 boards a day - even the 56 that EBL played in the KO stages surely didn't allow a finish before about 8 pm, did it? I know, 8 pm is dinner hour for some :-). WBF typically plays only 48 boards a day.
June 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You are misunderstanding. At the end of the Round Robin, the teams are ranked by Positioning Points (bye teams) and then seeding points (everyone else - seeding points include Individual Positioning Points for players who earned Positioning Points in the cycle). Teams 1 & 2 are set. For the rest, teams are randomly assigned to pairs of bracket position. So teams 3 &4 are “shuffled” and assigned to bracket positions 3 & 4; teams 5 & 6 are shuffled and assigned to bracket positions 5 & 6, and so on down to the last team.
June 28
1 2 3 4 ... 48 49 50 51
.

Bottom Home Top