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Stop all this ‘selfish nonsense’ - bridge needs sponsors. If there were no sponsors I suspect high level bridge would have died off a long time ago. Or at least it would be below the standard it is today. And the ACBL and others would suffer for it.
April 19
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EBL announcement makes no mention of Julian Klukowski!
April 13
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Bridge World April 1975 Vol 46 No 7, Page 2

Editorial

We have received a letter from Robert Sheehan, a British international player who lived in America for a few years and still visits occasionally. He objects, with good reason, to a recently-adopted ACBL regulation.

To the Editor:

I believe the current ACBL rules are that any player not eligible to play for North America in the Bermuda Bowl is not allowed to play in events which are part of the qualification system for the Playoff. At the moment, those events are the Spingold, Vanderbilt, Reisinger and Grand National tournaments.

I appreciate that allowing foreign players to play in these tournaments could on occasion affect which American teams get to the Playoff. But surely there is a larger issue, and this is that bridge, like most sports and games, is becoming more international. One has only to see the number of different countries, including the USA, represented at the big European tournaments to appreciate the trend. The effect of the ACBL’s ruling is to go completely against this trend, by restricting the most prestigious American events to home players only. My experience of American players is that they are strong enough to beat most foreign opposition. It would be all for the good of the game if the ACBL rules allowed the matter to be put to the test.

Robert Sheehan
London
April 3
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If only this were true! As April fools jokes go, this is perhaps one of the better ideas…
April 1
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There are also a number of schools in England which play mini bridge.

The English Bridge Union's teaching charity, English Bridge Education and Development, are trying hard to get more schools involved. http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/

As are some of the 39 EBU Counties. Surrey County Bridge Association are holding sessions in June for those wanting to learn how to teach minibridge. http://www.ebu.co.uk/node/2692

My own County, Middlesex (North London area, of which I am the Chairman) sponsored a minibridge camp last summer and are planning to do the same again this year. The press release stated:

Over 50 children aged between four and fifteen took part in a series of mini-bridge camps held at Pinner Bridge Club over the summer resulting in over 25 children reaching the necessary standard to receive EBED Junior Award Scheme certificates.


Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge, paid a visit on Monday 15th August and commented, “I was delighted to visit the mini-bridge summer camp to meet many of the participants and to play some hands with them. I strongly support the development of the game and the younger you start the more chance there is that you become a strong player. It was really good to meet the young players who had only been learning the game for a few days yet had started to become proficient as a result of the excellent teaching and coaching that they were receiving. Let us hope that we can see many more such summer camps and school development of Bridge so that more and more young people learn this mind sport.”

The sessions were sponsored by MCBA and run by a team of volunteers led by MCBA member Trupti Shah and included President Paul Wilson, Vice Chairman Harish Patel as well as Vanessa Clarke, Shirish Dodhia, Steven Lipman, Chandra Mehta, Theresa Mullane, Anjana Shah, Manjari Shah, Rajesh Shah, Titksha Shah. Our thanks go to them all for generously donating their time.
March 31
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Hi Jeff, About a dozen years ago I wrote a book, British Bridge Almanack, and needless to say your name appears quite a few times in the international records section!

In my book, I printed the replies I received from many leading British players to the following questions and I would love to know your answers.

The perfect bridge player would:

a have the natural talent of……..

b the bidding judgement of……..

c play dummies like……..

d defend like……..

e have the temperament of……..

f play rubber bridge like……..

g and be the perfect gentleman/woman like……..

Hope to see you at the Winter Games 2018.
March 29
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View from across the pond: IMO 10 years is too long for residuals. Around five to seven years seems more appropriate.
March 22
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I don't believe the Premier League would exist at all if it were not for Steve Eginton. His reward for setting it up (against considerable opposition, I might add) was to be dumped as Chairman of the Selectors at the first available opportunity in a coup orchestrated by the then BoD.
March 17
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Richard: What you are proposing was clearly never the case in the past as you are unable to provide us with any indications why you were selected in 1987 & 88. So why do you believe it should be different now?

As someone out of the game for so long you are sounding like a true ‘Oscar Wilde’cynic - he who knows the price (butler scores in this instance) of everything and the value of nothing…
March 17
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I hope you get your challenge match vs Clayton
March 17
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I can reveal the pre-selected pair is Tony Forrester and Andrew Robson and I await comment from the Sage of Sidmouth as to why he considers their selection the height of folly.
March 17
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OK so I looked up the trial results for 1987 & 1988 Camrose in English Bridge. February 1987:

Stage I
1st Forrester, Brock, Kirby, Armstrong, 106 VP
2nd Fishpool, Greenwood, Shek, O’Reilly, 90 VP
3rd Burn, Durmus, Loveys, Evans, 86 VP
4th Smolski, Rose, Myers, Sheehan, 71 VP
5th Banks, Eginton, Holland, Ewart, 65 VP
6th Fleet, Pottage, Rigal, Czerniewski, 48 VP
7th Bentley, Ferguson, Helme, Bowyer, 46 VP
8th Price, Duckworth, Reardon, Butland, 34 VP

Stage II
1st Forrester, Brock, Kirby, Armstrong, 90 VP
2nd Smolski, Rose, Myers, Sheehan, 62 VP
3rd Fishpool, Greenwood, Shek, O’Reilly, 41 VP
4th Burn, Durmus, Loveys, Evans, 37 VP

Selections:
V NI: Kirby, Armstrong, Holland, Ewart, Reardon, Butland
V Wales: Fleet, Pottage, Banks, Eginton, Forrester, Brock
V Scotland: Forrester, Brock, Kirby, Armstrong + 1 pair to be selected.

So no selection for Stage II runners up Smolski, Rose, Myers, Sheehan nor third placed Fishpool, Greenwood, Shek, O’Reilly nor fourth placed Burn, Durmus, Loveys, Evans, but instead pairs from the teams finishing in 5th, 6th and 8th place of stage I.

Moving on, the final trial results for 1988 Camrose, printed in English Bridge February 1988 (Forrester, Brock, Kirby & Armstrong were exempted):

1st Horton, Winter, Hyett, Crook, 97 VP
2nd Czerniewski, Rigal, Shek, Calderwood, 92 VP
3rd Mrs Landy, Elliott, Robson, Liggins, 86 VP
4th Mrs Horton, Lodge, Fleet, Pottage, 84 VP

Selections:
V NI: Forrester, Brock, Czerniewski, Rigal, Fleet, Pottage
V Wales: Forrester, Brock, Kirby, Armstrong, Horton, Winter
V Scotland: Forrester, Brock, Kirby, Armstrong, Hyett, Crook

So no selection for runners up Shek, Calderwood nor third placed Mrs Landy, Elliott, Robson, Liggins but a pair from the fourth placed team.

Richard, I am most probably being rather harsh and furthermore I have no knowledge of any discussions the selectors had, nor player availability, etc. but I do wonder if this were now, would we all be reading loud and clear from disgusted of Sidmouth!?
March 16
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Richard - How would you imagine I could access trial results for said period?
March 15
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OK I'll bite…

As Andy B writes above, the EPL is broadly a sponsorfest with several competitors below international class and almost always one or two teams below the standard of the rest. It is held over three non consecutive weekends but is fine as a trial for the friendly Camrose home internationals.

It used to be that the Selection Committee selected the teams for the Camrose and it may well be just co-incidence but I note that during his time on the Selection Committee, Richard Fleet was selected a number of times as a player but never before or after!

It is envisaged that the Euro trial will contain a restricted number of pairs, all of whom will be capable performers. Perhaps the trial should be held over a week or longer but I very much doubt the players would be willing to participate in such a drawn out affair.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the EBU Selection Committee
March 15
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Was Josh Donn even alive in 1963!?
March 13
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It doesn't really add up - oppo have 10 or more spades and up to half the HCP and yet are silent!
March 8
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@Richard - I believe one is not necessarily related to the other. JC is trying to balance the books based on a four year cycle - in simple terms he believes that at current rates of expenditure, the EBU will be spending more than it receives and so cuts need to be made.
March 1
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@Richard: £180k on ‘ill-starred legal proceedings’ and the money broadly came from reserves.
March 1
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Split Giorgio Belladonna into thirds and each would have five world championships and change. He won no NABC titles, but he won 10 European Championships, more than anyone before or since.

Meanwhile, the great Jeff Meckstroth has been elected to the ACBL HoF and I offer him my congratulations on this richly deserved honour.
Feb. 21
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