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Biscuits is Jim Proctor now retired from directing but still playing.
Aug. 17
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The hand (which won't qualify for Tom's column) was at Peebles when Steve held
S - H AKJ109xxxx D KJ9x C- . He opened 4H and it went x No 4S. He passed and stood my double. I held the singleton HQ and DA10x amongst other things. 4Sx made and 7H was, of course, on the diamond guess.
He was a friend for 40+ years and never, despite some of my play, had a cross word to impart (although he did get a little fed up with references to the hand above). He was both an amusing and instructive friend and I'll miss him.

On the way to Peebles he produced another of his immortal phrases “Well, Jeremy, at least this is one road you can't go at 80 on” He did not win a Nostradamus award for this.
Oh and as the TD of a Camrose trial he was in the lead at the end of the first session as the fines awarded for various things outweighed any other scores.
Aug. 15
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The new forum has appeared and awaits its first comment! Go to https://www.ebu.co.uk/forum/
Aug. 13
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Other venues can be and have been considered. One reason why we are no longer at Brighton, whatever its attractions, is that the economics don't work amd stopped doing so when the entry fell below,say, 300 pairs. The rate at the venue (and possible alternatives) went up and was unaffordable. When we considered the move from Brighton and consulted on it one alternative was Telford. Not exactly a seaside resort but has a complex with hotels and restaurants and playing area. That was a distant third on a list of three.
Whilst it is possible to have a roving congress the downside is that it takes venues a while to get up to speed so the first year may be trying. Eastbourne, it is true, does not have a thriving night life and the transport links dictate that going back to London is not a runner as it was (just) from Brighton. I think a majority (not only of those who come but those who might think of coming) will want earlier starts on Saturday and Sunday and if it has support that will happen. To me Eastbourne has the downside of being further to go but it has the upside of(now) a much better venue, much cheaper parking, better range of affordable hotels and plenty of reasonable restaurants. That isn't to say that there can't be improvements (more staff on the late night bar?) although I don't think the list of proposed alternative activities would garner many customers. It's funny how nostalgia casts that sepia tint over previous venues. I recall people complaining vociferously about (in no particular order) cost of hotels, difficulty and cost of parking, parking fines and towing away problems, unpleasantness of venue (temperature and condition of loos), unpleasant atmosphere when going back to hotels later at night etc etc. nothing like absence to make the heart grow fonder for Brighton.
Aug. 8
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If it is written as 9-17 your opponents might wish to know what you will invite on. I've never understood how methods like this are playable but perhaps that is my shortcoming. What you say or write on your system card is about giving opponents a reasonable description of what you play. Perfectly reasonable for 1NT to differ according to position or vulnerability and indeed for judgement on the hand in front of you holding a five card suit or not, Aces and Kings or softer honours, good intermediates etc but to describe it as 9-17 is not really meeting obligations of disclosure IMO.
Aug. 1
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One of my hobby horses is the way people waste time at the table (I've met a lot of Eric Kehr's opponents I think). I'm not talking about them playing slowly although that can be annoying and having played with a very slow partner for some years I understand that others were driven demented also. If you are slow by nature then perhaps you should try and smarten up your non bridge at the table. You don't have to lick your pencil before entering the contract/lead or score on your personal scorecard! Taking a lot of time and then a. post-morteming extensively afterwards (I'm not sure the sign on the wall would be very effective. Perhaps a Taser Gun to speed things up?) b. looking at and commenting on every result you can see on the Bridgemate c. getting up and going for a coffee after 10 tricks are not great but the worst is putting these people in charge of the boards. It takes for ever for a new board to appear and even then it may not be the right one or put down with the correct polarity.

Another partner had little patience and would tend to snarl “next” if people took too long. The ferocity of “next” was directly related to the quality of result achieved on the previous board. That, of course, hardly created the best atmosphere. I suppose the point I'm making is that you can play fairly slowly as a partnership if that is your thing but if you do so you need to be efficient around the table and also when you move to the next table.
July 19
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It's not called “Death by Powerpoint” for nothing!
May 18
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“I can't remember our agreement”

I fear this is pretty common in my local club and indeed local tournaments. Lots of casual partnerships who say we will play “x” and one indeed thinks it is “x” and the other “X ver 2” Some fail to remember due to age and failing memory. I played an event last weekend where 5 times in 48 boards ( a much larger than typical number) the hand held did not accord with the explanation given. On four of those occasions it made no significant difference. Telling people they can't play things and reducing their enjoyment will reduce all events to 3 table Howells!
May 2
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The system on “this side of the pond” is that all those who are U26 get half price entries. The only condition is that their date of birth is registered with the English Bridge Union. In addition those who are in any of the junior squads get free entry to most tournaments provided they have the approval of the squad leader. They are expected to play with a fellow squad member. For the Spring Foursomes which is about to happen this coming weekend and is probably our top weekend tournament hotel fees are also covered by a generous, anonymous sponsor. This has led to an increase in the number of juniors playing.
April 30
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Norman: I think Bridge is classified as a sport in some countries but not all. Sadly England is not amongst them and the EBU lost a court case last year in an attempt to change this.
I also believe Seniors are not subject to drug testing at WBF events but am open to correction on this point.
March 3
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Aren't Seniors exempted from the testing process anyway as the Olympic movement doesn't recognise such a series? for seniors then the wBF could have no rules or some amended ones that don't involve banning for taking body building drugs.
March 2
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Isn't there previous for only disqualifying part of a team? When someone refused a drug test in a World Championship (equivalent to a fail) they lost their silver medal but the rest of the team kept theirs.

It seems to me that if you take illicit drugs and break the regulations of the competition then not only should you be disqualified because the argument goes that if there were benefit all the team benefited (perhaps unknowingly).
Normal caveat that the comments above don't necessarily support having a drug regime for bridge which is roughly equivalent to Greco-Roman wrestling.
March 2
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I had heard the story but have no supporting evidence. However the 1935 Laws of Contract Bridge support the idea but give his opponent the right to cancel the bid. Law 22 6c says "if a player
c. Bids more than seven, either inadvertently or in order to make his bid sufficient; bids, doubles or redoubles when required to pass in accordance with a penalty imposed under this law; or makes a call neither recognised nor dealt with in the laws of this period :his side must pass whenever it is their turn to call, and the opponent who first bid the denomination, or, if neither opponent has bid, the opponent on the offenders left, may cancel the improper call.
Jan. 6
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Well it is actually a direct crib from Wikipedia. See here to get a flavour https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counts_and_dukes_of_Anjou.
Dec. 31, 2018
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It was, as you say, but changed last year and is now the same as the WBF and EBL.
Dec. 13, 2018
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I expect the team members(Middlesex and Sussex do).
Nov. 20, 2018
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I think this would have been better resolved by disqualifying Israel as has happened and then if legal issues would not permit them to disqualify Monaco as well then to freeze the remaining positions and leave the title vacant.
I can't see any reason why anyone thinks Monaco will renounce the title anytime soon or otherwise.
Nov. 1, 2018
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Worth noting, with the calls to renounce the Gold Medal, that Monaco did not choose to renounce the silver one they have had since 2014. That gives me cause to doubt that they will do anything different now.
Oct. 12, 2018
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Parking costs in Brighton were certainly a big downside. Last time I went it cost me well over £100 for the two weekends plus one day. In Eastbourne it cost me £4 for the same thing. The cost of staying for 10 days is certainly one thing that has caused attendance to decline. Accommodation in Eastbourne is cheaper than Brighton but still not bargain basement. I think the next not many years will tell us if this is viable or not as a format.
Oct. 4, 2018
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Try hyperbole if you want but first as you acknowledge the weekend events were in London and second the midweek events were in clubs with a reasonable geographical spread. This was sufficiently successful that as and when we move back to Eastbourne this will likely continue alongside them happening at the main venue.
Oct. 3, 2018
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