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Tom: H&IOW converted into a charity so that they could accept the c. £500k from the sale of the club premises. They got the money from the sale a few years ago and want to build a new club somewhere but have so far failed to find a suitable site but I understand they haven't given up!
9 hours ago
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I believe WG gave like $1mm to us jnr bridge a while ago. Good for him but I rather agree with JL that it becomes boring each and every time money is needed for this or that bridge endeavour then WG is pronounced the potential saviour when there are many, many others who are more into bridge and could also easily afford the necessary cash but do not splash it.
Aug. 17
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Small table events, most particularly ones with mixed ability and/or a small number of boards, are rather random no matter the scoring method!
Aug. 17
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@Richard. Of course the Trials were a major event. They were also by invitation only, lasted four days and had the highest ave NGS rating of any EBU event ever!

PS Probably best I don't mention the composition of the 10 pairs and the ones left out!

The Ranked Masters is open to all but very few compete these days. I also am not a fan of IMPing such a short and small event as one or two wild swings can have too great an influence on the result in what is quite a random field.

The Lady Milne final trial was indeed four tables but as the name suggests it was the final trial and had a qualifying event so not like for like.

My main point was that an open to all event that attracts so few entrants can hardly be called major and I am sure you will agree with me. Oh for the days when the RM was sold out weeks in advance :)
Aug. 17
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I don't call a 5 or 10 table event a major one but if you do, then so be it
Aug. 17
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And sold for a song. And only ‘friends’ of the powers that be were allowed a look in. Quite a distasteful episode all round IMO
Aug. 17
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I wonder if it is any coincidence that both the ACBL and WBF have some 25 people on their EXCO!?
Aug. 16
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Indeed it does
Aug. 16
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@Ed: There is a TV quiz show in UK called ‘University Challenge’ and the presenter asks a question to the two teams stating, “your starter for ten” followed by the question. Teams may not consult at this point. Once they get a question right, they get three follow up questions, sometimes related to the starter, sometimes not, where they can confer and each is worth five points.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t6l0
Aug. 16
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As a starter for ten, the L&E should be split into two committees - one dealing with regulations and one with violations. The skill sets are vastly different and should be treated as such. I did suggest this to the EBU Chairman a number of months ago and he broadly agreed but stated he would not be dealing with such a change in this his last year as chairman but suggested it was something for his successor to implement.

The regulations committee should meet once a year in person and pass as many emails between themselves as they wish the rest of the time.

The violations committee should be wholely independent of the regulations committee and the BoD and should meet only as necessary and strive to deal with matters by email wherever possible.

Failing that, the L&E should, as Keith Stanley once so memorably remarked, “Meet once a year. And if that doesn't work, once every two years.”
Aug. 16
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All WBF events use screens and self alerts. A far better system IMO
Aug. 16
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Nevermind altering, I fail to understand why there isn't an automatic fine of some sort when a partnership gives different explanations of a particular call.
Aug. 16
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And the Chinese regime is one that several bridge players would rather not support with their presence. Just saying…
Aug. 15
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 15
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@Nick: As I understand it, the host NBO only has to provide A) a venue f.o.c., B) some local volunteers and C) a mere $350,000 to the WBF for the honour and privilege of hosting a w/c and quite frankly I fail to understand why there isn’t a queue of NBOs lining up to sign on the dotted line :)
Aug. 15
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Sad news.

I only really knew Steve as a TD and a very good one at that but perhaps his greatest achievement as a player was in 1980 when he was part of the rather unfancied Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire team which won the Tollemache Cup (English Inter-County Teams of 8 Championship). He played with David Kendrick, a certain David Burn played with Peter Burrows and the rest of the team comprised Martin Atherton & Tony Hough, Tim Rees & David Harris, Will Lee & Stuart Young.

Richard, you will, no doubt, have good memories of 1990 when you, Steve, Bill Pencharcz and Ms M van Beesten won the Four Stars at Brighton.

May he rest in peace.
Aug. 15
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Thanks, Jeremy. The first comment should surely be from the EBU, listing the outcomes of the discussion at Eastbourne so that people can see what has already been discussed and then add to it.
Aug. 13
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I joined the EBU some 35 years ago when tournaments were alive and kicking. 176 teams at the Nat Swiss Teams in Leeds. 500/600 pairs at Brighton each and every year, etc.

Over the years many of the ‘army’ of regular tournament players have died off or retired and Hamman's demographic cliff has now well and truly kicked in.

I suspect in not many years time, we will pine for the 160 odd pairs and 80 odd teams we had at the summer congress this year.

All very sad. And from what I understand the same is true for much of Western Europe

Bridge in England has morphed into a daytime activity, played in local clubs, too many of which are not EBU affiliated.

The gap between top players and the baying mob has increased to such an extent that many are fearful to tread further. Cost is another factor. ODGP events in the south seem to be doing OK but for how much longer?
Aug. 12
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 12
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I suspect the EBU would get more of a response to a post here than on a forum on their website. Perhaps they should do both?
Aug. 12
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Wonderful
Aug. 9
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@DG: Yes but will Cope cope with it!?
Aug. 8
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