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Ah there comes the “right thing” again. More of a Huxley-ish concept after the Orwellian revisionists…
Nov. 3, 2015
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In France :
Sequence 1 11+ or both majors 8-10
Sequence 2 1H showing 0-7 2C shows a very strong hand and requires more info
If you have good clubs you overcall 2C on oppo's 1C (I don't)
Nov. 3, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Nov. 3, 2015
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Sounds like editing or deleting pictures/articles of the Encyclopedia Sovietica…
“Victor who? Korchnoi? Niet, never heard of him, tovarichtch.”
Nov. 3, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Nov. 3, 2015
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I'm French and don't wanna end up on a stake. So 15-17 throughout.
Nov. 2, 2015
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I didn't even mention it…too petty ;-)
Nov. 2, 2015
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No ambiguity here.
Poland were allowed to play by the relevant authority, Poland won.
Period.


Nov. 2, 2015
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Is MTG still alive and kicking?????

Geez, it was all the rage amongst my role-playing pals (the ones more geekish than me, that is) when I was a student!
I used to be as avid an Advanced Dungeons and Dragons player as any other guy in the group but remained totally impervious to all those card games.
Booh, does time fly… :-(
Nov. 2, 2015
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Don't mix up “legal” and “legitimate”…
I mean the equivalent of the French words “légal” and “légitime”

Killing red-haired one-legged males* on sight could be “legal” in a given country, but I question the “legitimacy” of that law.

Poland were allowed to play, therefore it was legal, unless you challenge the authority of the WBF (which I'm sure you do ;-) ). Whether it was legitimate can be discussed, of course.

The Bermuda Bowl DID take place, the Poles DID play and DID win. We're not living in some Orwellian dystopia where you can rewrite history at will, but in real world

* I beg the RHOLM lobby not to sue me
Nov. 2, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Nov. 2, 2015
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Yeah and don't forget to strip Argentina of their 1986 World Cup, and to prune the track and field records tables, and to invalidate some elections and and and…
Six players will never be able to fully savour their greatest bridge achievement, is it not a sufficient punishment in itself?
Nov. 2, 2015
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Nevermind Diego, I've read good feedback about you here. It can happen to anyone and, being a rather difficult partner myself, I certainly won't throw you the first stone.
To celebrate the event, I'll even become one of your followers :-)
Nov. 2, 2015
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I'm by no means a golf expert, but are you really supposed to concede a 60 cm putt?
Nov. 2, 2015
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“We have to be polite at the table”
I'm glad to see you've come a long way since the day you called me an idiot for misplaying a contract in a BBO individual tournament :-)
Nov. 1, 2015
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Thank you so much Buddy. I had managed to deduce what 199ers resp. 299ers were from your explanation.
The system seems extremely intricate. Am I right to assume it is static and strictly cumulative?

By the way, I forgot to write that in France too, the event in which a pair has to play is determined by the rank of the stronger player.
Nov. 1, 2015
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Well, when we call someone a 5♣, it's hardly a compliment, so I advise you to not try for 7th category :-p
Nov. 1, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Nov. 1, 2015
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I was referring to the 76ers ;-)and forgot the American game* team from San Francisco.
I love the cynical asterisk pun :-p

* In French we say “football américain”, but well…it's still a game where your hands are way more useful than your feet. See to what lengths I have to go to maintain my integrity. A partial abjuration of my very mothertongue
Nov. 1, 2015
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In France, players are divided into four categories (or “séries”).
Each category is subdivided into five sub-categories, four of them bearing the name of a suit (♣ being the lowest and ♠ the highest, no surprise here) and the fifth (named “Promotion”) being an antechamber towards the next upper category.
The highest attainable rank is «1e Série nationale»… obviously there’s no more promotion possible at such heights (apotheosis? ☺).

Each club or federal tournament awards ranking points, evidently in extremely variable amounts, according to the average level and number of players involved.

There are two sorts of points:
- The pompously and ill-named expert points (points d’expert, PE)
- The performance points (points de performance, PP)

All tournaments allot PEs, but PPs can only be gathered in federal competitions (and some specific regional series). For players belonging to categories 2,3 and 4, the PPs earned give right to a PE bonus.
From 4♣ to 2♠, your ranking exclusively depends on PEs. Starting from 2 Promotion till 1N, PPs are paramount.
You have to collect 75 PPs to be a 2 Promotion player, 125 for 1♣, 250 for 1♦, 500 for 1♥, 1000 for 1♠ and 2000 for 1N. There are currently 181 1N players.

Of course, the ranking is dynamic. Before the start of a new season, your total amount of PEs and PPs is pruned. 16.66% of your PEs and 20 to almost 30% of your PPs (according to your current ranking) will disappear into oblivion…

Sure enough, considering our natural humility and utter disdain for badges of honour, no titles are awarded in France.
Nov. 1, 2015
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Well I'm more the literary type…
Intuitively, I'd say it is a rather remote probability
Nov. 1, 2015
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There seems to be a new trend on BW : the sore loser theory.
Mr. Brogeland most probably doesn't like to lose (you definitely won't make it to the top of the food chain if you don't give a damn about winning or losing), but do you?

I don't (and bear in mind that I do much more often than most of you :-p )

Bridge being a game of statistics, I would like to ask the upholders of that theory a single question :

How likely is it that a top player in his early forties, a former European and World Champion, suddenly loses his marbles and starts playing Columbine because he lost a Spingold QF by 1 IMP?
Nov. 1, 2015
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That's a great idea. Instead of the Bermuda Bowl, we'd have the Milton Friedman or the Ayn Rand Cup.

Now really…
Oct. 31, 2015
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Would that be yours truly ?
I can send it privately if you wish. PayPal is ok.

Admins : Just kidding
Oct. 31, 2015
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