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Perhaps a more interesting question is…How many World Class players are there?
4 hours ago
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IMO Keep Bridge Alive is a wonderful initiative and should be supported by all bridge lovers
March 12
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In my view, age limits and term limits are a good thing and a 20-24 person WBF Exco is not a good thing
Feb. 27
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Feb. 27
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In the space of a month or so, JG broke a 19-year-old ACBL MP record (well played and congratulations Joe) and Derek Oram broke a long-standing English Bridge Union MP record:

“Sometime in November last year, quite probably unbeknownst to those playing, Derek Oram broke a very long-standing record, becoming the top masterpoint scorer in English history. John Durden, who sadly passed away in 2005, had built up such a huge lead at the top that it took over 13 years to catch him up.

Masterpoint records from the early years are unfortunately a little patchy. When they were digitised in the 1990s, they went on to the new database in one big lump, so we have no way of knowing, for example, who was #1 in 1985. But from the data we have available, it seems likely that John had held the number one spot for at least 30 years, and it may well be longer.”

https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3373

Happy days!
Feb. 26
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‘In his (Alan Hiron’s) obituary in The Independent, his friend, the colourful Irish player Des Deery, describes an incident in Prague, in which I was the sober driver of a small car containing at least seven drunken bridge players. We were stopped by the police, and the only official looking document I could produce was an EBU Master Point certificate. After perusing it the bemused policeman allowed us to drive on. According to Alan, that was the sole recorded occasion of the Master Point scheme having any practical use.’

Extract from bridge article in The Times by Robert Sheehan 1999
Feb. 24
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Congratulations Jeff and Thomas on a fine victory - well worth crossing the Atlantic for :)
Feb. 8
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Whatever their nicknames, now that they are long retired I can finally admit that they were a seriously talent cricketing family.
Jan. 23
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Very many congratulations, Greg
Jan. 20
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We love Jan!
Dec. 2, 2018
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@ED: Quite recently the figures were:

1 Netherlands 86,873 Members (195 per head of population)
2 Denmark 23,319 (240)
3 New Zealand 14,439 (319)
4 Sweden 23,155 (423)
5 Norway 8,884 (585)
6 France 105,563 (635)
7 Australia 34,527 (692)
8 Scotland 6,412 (827)
9 Israel 6,699 1,254
10 England 37,194 1,449
14 Canada 19,966 1,793
15 USA 153,033 2,104
Nov. 29, 2018
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Nov. 29, 2018
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@Burn: Re: One more win…It is therefore rather amusing to note that the runners-up in 1980 were…London!! Richard Fleet, Jim Niblett, Alan Hiron, Peter Steckelmacher, Nicola Gardener, Keith Loveys, Tim Cope, David Graham, Richard O'Rielly, Chris Duckworth, Ceri Evans & David Price
Nov. 21, 2018
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@David - tell the EBU not BW as that's what they list!
Nov. 21, 2018
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1980

Cambs & Hunts

Steve Barnfield, David Burn, Martin Atherton, Will Lee, Tim Rees, David Harris, Tony Hough, Stuart Young, Peter Burrows, David Kendrick
Nov. 21, 2018
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For non-English and Welsh people, the Tollemache Cup is the inter-county championships for teams of eight.

Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details. Teams are limited to 12 playing members, although not necessarily the same 12 in the qualifying round and the final.

The qualifying event, on 17th - 18th November 2018, will be played in four sections, in each of which every team plays every other. The composition of sections will be determined by advance draw, but the previous year’s finalists will be seeded, two into each section. Play starts at 1.30pm, with a finish at approximately 5.00pm on the Sunday. The top two teams in each section will qualify to play in the final on 16th - 17th February 2019

https://www.ebu.co.uk/competitions/tollemache

https://www.ebu.co.uk/results/711
Nov. 20, 2018
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Simon, The result of the appeal was that the table result was re-stated. As a consequence, Middlesex lost 2 VPs, Manchester finished second and thereby qualified for the final at Middlesex's expense.
Nov. 20, 2018
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Go Team Black!
Nov. 5, 2018
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@Tony: I believe the answer to your ‘question’ is Yes, they will decline the Gold Medal.

Whether that decision takes a few days, a few weeks, a few months, a few years or even a few decades, I can only guess but I believe (or at least I would like to believe) that at some point, equity will be restored.
Oct. 31, 2018
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I think we can all agree that Poland refusing the bronze medal from EBL 2014 was a wonderful thing for them to do and sets a fine example to other nations.

Equally, there are some people who believe that they did not legitimately qualify for WBF2015 and so whilst no-one is suggesting they did not win that particular event fair and square there are those among us who believe they should never have been allowed to play in the first place or perhaps like Germany, Israel, etc. should have withdrawn from the event in advance. But they didn't. Whether all or some of this is down to the change of leadership that has happened recently in Polish bridge, I would not know but it seems to me they are more moralistic now that they were only a few years ago. Bravo!
Oct. 31, 2018
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I would imagine clashing the Cav with the Reykjavik Bridge Festival will also impact on numbers
Oct. 17, 2018
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