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Gecko and Hamster
Sept. 18
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My son introduced me to the music of First Aid Kit . Great stuff
Aug. 29
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My own view is that I want to know what the opponents play . If it is something that i do not expect it should be disclosed but even if it is .if it is ‘non standard’ for where I play I hope it would be alerted

Take a random example I open One Diamond next hand overcalls One Spade and partner passes and RHO bids two Diamonds which is alerted the likely and most common explanation will be forcing and support in Spades but say the opponents also play Transfers in competition it has a totally different meaning but in the heat of battle it is easy to assume the 1st meaning

I know all about the letter of the law and how to protect myself but if this is not prealerted I do not see this as respecting the spirit of the law

This is a personal opinion and I would not inflict it on anyone but i want my opponents to know that if I make an unusual/non standard bid that they know what is going on .

But then again I walk in cricket if I hit the ball to the wicket keeper and I call foul in snooker if I brush the cue ball in addressing it.
Aug. 26
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In Scotland we have cheap and nasty thin plastic screens . While they are both portable and easily collapsible they do so regularly at inopportune moments . Senior trialists are most at risk.
Aug. 17
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I bet he would have got away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids
May 14
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plead the fifth
March 11
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Well done
Jan. 22
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Please let us cut west some slack . He is very young but I am sure he will realise it was daft to do what he did. Forgive him move on and make sure he doesn't give the game up .

I have no idea what the correct score should be but average plus seems fair to the non offending side .
Jan. 1
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A well known Scottish international never counts his cards . I recently played a 3nt against him and although they had 5 top tricks , they didn't cash them and he was squeezed to give me an overtrick then at trick 12 he ran out of cards . The missing card was found in the directors room and miraculously he hadn't revoked at any stage . BTW he still doent count his cards :)
Dec. 11, 2018
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I do see Richard Benstead from time to time, he doesn't play much but it is always a pleasure when he does.
The other ‘ept’ one liner I know is to describe a computer dinosaur like me by saying that is he is guy who put the nep in IT . Guilty as charged .
Nov. 20, 2018
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Sad news indeed. He was the author who described a defence as ‘if not inept it was not very ept’.It has made me chuckle many times over .
Nov. 19, 2018
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Marshall that opening sentence is the best I have read .
Oct. 24, 2018
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There is a well known( to Scots lawyers anyway ) Scottish legal term called the Moorov doctrine .Sometimes I wish it was called the Lessov doctrine and it could be applied to the Internet.
July 29, 2018
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when John speaks I listen
July 9, 2018
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In accordance with current practice I apologise for causing any offense with my poor choice of words . I am proud to be European and will remain European whatever the political situation is . For the avoidance of doubt I did mean European Championships .
June 21, 2018
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Couple of examples from Europeans

1) we ere told by our captain we had to report psychic bids to the director apparently so they could detect patterns . The first time one of our players did the director responded ‘so what ? psyches are a part of bridge ’
we went to chief director who ensured we got an apology from the director who had missed that part of the briefing ( co-incidently it was 1C 1D 1major Showing 5 when he had 3)

2) A very well known player did not alert a single bid in 4 hands including cue bids and a 2NT bid that was not natural. I asked director to ask player to alert .His point was these bids are so obvious. no need to alert . I pointed out that meant i has to ask all bids with questions and answers written down . my opponent wrote down he would alert all bids if that made it easier for me I thanked him and there was no difficulty thereafter . Lets say he didn't want to do that it would leave me in a difficult position .

These were the only problems at my table where i thought the directors fell short of the very high standards they set and both were resolved without any real issue . Every ruling at our table was dealt with in a fair fashion and however it went we felt that an equitable result was obtained for both sides
June 20, 2018
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very well done Amir heartbreaking to be so close but enjoy the Bermuda Bowl
June 20, 2018
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many thanks Jon I got a big hug from Boye :)
June 19, 2018
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this is a personal view from a competitor in the Scottish open team. We did not shine . the team was bottom of the pile and I was bottom in the butler. I did manage to buy a Brussels stamped wooden spoon at Brussels Airport .

I have previous played in the Euros in 2010 and the World teams in 2012 again without great success.

My honest appraisal of my own game was that I played better in these championships than in the previous 2.
The big difference this time is that all the teams are very good , there were no easy matches . Of course the top teams are full of professional players and in Scotland we have no resident professionals and a very limited availability of sponsors.

The SBU are considering whether the Open team should receive funding in the future as it is abundantly clear the team will not be competitive in the foreseeable future.

I am delighted for the ladies team in getting to the Venice Cup but that brings its own problems in funding. We are not a cash rich association and fierce fund raising will be required to help the team .

What is also clear that our Open team and potential players need coaching . We need to go to events outwith Scotland to play against better teams on a regular basis if we are ever to improve. We need coaching from proper coaches .

On the bright side we beat Sweden Hungary (when they were leading the table ) Ukraine Wales Ireland and Switzerland.

We gave Italy France and Israel scares losing after leading into the last few boards . We had a say in who won and qualified . If Israel thumped us they would have won and Italy's surge in the last few boards meant they qualified rather than Poland .

Personally I found the event great fun played in a great spirit with lots of examples of great sportsmanship. It was also a relentless slog being hammered by much better players over the second half of 11 solid days of bridge. I think I am too old at nearly 60 to get much better and i will take time out to consider what i want from bridge in the future . I played in a team with great character my team mates were supportive and we had an excellent captain . I hope Scotland will be at the next championship . My partner Abigail Wilson is young enough to come again and she deserves to play at that level again
Finally well done to the successful teams and the organisers put on a great event and the directors were superb .

Jim Hay
June 18, 2018
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The decline of the popularity of Bridge is a world wide problem . The difficulty is the game itself. The learning curve is a long steep path. In this day and age few people want that. They look for something that they can get reasonably good at in a short time. We will not be able to attract more than a small number of people with the desire to have an apprenticeship lasting years.I can offer no solutions
May 6, 2018
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