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when John speaks I listen
July 9
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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
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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
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very well done Amir heartbreaking to be so close but enjoy the Bermuda Bowl
June 20
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many thanks Jon I got a big hug from Boye :)
June 19
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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
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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
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a long time ago in a universe far away when we still dealt boards at the table an opponent dealt and dropped a card face up on the table .I n those days he simply picked it up and dealt the card to himself. a little later my partner was in 6 he needed to guess a Queen so he did all the right things drew trumps tested the side suits and then had to take the guess. he thought and thought and finally got it wrong by taking the correct percentage chance on the information he held .3 people at the table said ‘well done that was very ethical ’ He looked puzzled . It then dawned on us he had forgotten all about the up turned card in the auction .
Nov. 28, 2017
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How can anyone want to play bridge like this ? if I was west I would say sorry my inadvertent revoke caused the problem score it as 7 made ,if I were east I would say my partners revoke caused the problem score it as 7 made and if I were the captain of the offending team I would say my pairs error caused the problem therefore score it as 7 made .
Laws Equity and Natural Justice should achieve the ‘right’ outcome .

After all its only a game of cards nothing more serious….
Nov. 27, 2017
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As i have recently reached Senior ranking and therefore at risk of not remembering things here are a few random comments about slow play and screens .

In my 1st trial for the Scottish open team I played against the notoriously slow famous Scottish player in the very 1st match of the trial . It was short matches about 10 boards or so and no screens . The format was cross imp pairs. The 1st board was a bog standard 3nt with 10 tricks no chance of 9 or 11, 10 tricks on the lead . It took 15 mins to play as the slow player was declarer . At the time I uncharitably thought that it was his way of getting under the skin of a very inexperienced trialist . Over the years i realised that I was wrong . I no longer think that was case i know it to be the case .

To demonstrate the benefit of screens I played an entire set of 16 boards thinking that my opponent on the other side was player A when in fact it was player B .I only discovered this at the end when we stood up and saw player A at another table and thought that's strange . I know now that i am getting too old to play
Oct. 9, 2017
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just as well we have brilliant lawyers who play bridge . I am sure that for the appropriate fee they will argue either side's case .
Oct. 8, 2017
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I recall Liz Mcgowan and Heather Dondy teamed up with 4 Icelanders (sorry I forget their names) to win a WBL mixed teams of 4 . Nobody seemed to call foul over that performance .
Oct. 4, 2017
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Excellent stuff As a schoolboy I moved to Aberdeenshire in 1972 and have lived there or in Aberdeen ever since . The Press and Journal is still thriving and in 1972 there was still a corps of Kempson followers in Aberdeenshire who played the Kempson system .
He was well thought of and I recall hearing that he brought a team of English players to Aberdeen to play a match at the Bridge club in Aberdeen in Rubislaw terrace .The club has a photograph of the Aberdeen players and I think they still have a copy of the book Kempson wrote about the match . In the early 1990s a Jubilee celebration match was played in the Bridge club Aberdeen using hands from the book . It was a very successful evening .

I also recall being told that Kempson had suffered a serious head injury during the WW1 and he had a metal plate inserted but was afflicted by severe headaches for the rest of his life . Sadly all of the players in our area who personally knew him are no longer with us .
Sept. 18, 2017
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Difficult to find praise that has not already been stated but well deserved recognition for the best Bridge site around .
Aug. 22, 2017
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plus ca change etc
Aug. 17, 2017
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if you wear the phone around your neck is the ring tone ‘ bling bling’ ?
Aug. 10, 2017
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Remember it not all a bed of roses. the Norwegian tax authorities have taken an interest in the ex Norwegians
June 27, 2017
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For what it is worth I strongly feel that the ‘right Director call’ is ‘Director please’ however I accept this is 1) off topic and 2) I am in the minority at every tournament I play Should I give up my crusade ?
June 22, 2017
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Dutch 7's and Scottish 9's on defense carding in always win last trick with 7 to get a beer and always play the curse at 1st chance
June 11, 2017
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I recall it was also played by the British ladies in the 1980's but I would not like to defame anybody .
June 11, 2017
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