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We love Jan!
Dec. 2
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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
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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
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@David - tell the EBU not BW as that's what they list!
Nov. 21
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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
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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
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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
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Go Team Black!
Nov. 5
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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
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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
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I would imagine clashing the Cav with the Reykjavik Bridge Festival will also impact on numbers
Oct. 17
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Thanks, Nicolas. Really enjoyed these posts
Oct. 14
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Bernie Taupin & Elton John's lyrics sum up my feelings on Monaco being declared Euro Champs…

It's sad, so sad (so sad)
It's a sad, sad situation
And it's getting more and more absurd
Oct. 14
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His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco
Prince’s Palace of Monaco
B.P. 518
MC 98015 Monaco Cedex


Your Serene Highness,

The European Bridge League has just bestowed upon the Principality the title of European Bridge Champions 2014.

This was due to the event winners, Israel, being stripped of the title after one of their three pairs were convicted of cheating.

Monaco also had a pair on its team who was convicted of cheating and banned by the EBL and World Bridge Federation but they appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have their ban lifted and unfortunately for us bridge players they got off due to the apparent lack of understanding of Contract Bridge by the CAS. Their lawyers did them proud!

There seems little doubt in a great number of bridge players and officials minds that your pair were guilty but as we all know there are two places one should not go for justice – one is a bridge table and the other a court of law!

I appeal to your sense of decency and fair-mindedness to instruct the Monaco Bridge Federation to renounce the 2014 EBL title.

Yours faithfully,
Peter Hasenson
Oct. 12
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“Fortunately, there are some 20,000 WC players on BBO alone”

You've just got to love that statement!!
Oct. 11
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Sad but true
Sept. 27
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Women's still not working…
Sept. 25
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I am a little surprised we haven't heard from Saverio Margiotta. Remember his post from 2015?

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/it-is-time-to-stop-to-speak-improperly-about-italy-and-italians/?cj=240742#c240742

He wrote:

Maybe we are not as rich as other Countries (we anyway stay fairly well) or we dont have a lot of politic consideration, but when we come to speak about bridge we are the GREATEST COUNTRY in the world and noone is allowed to forget it even for just a second. YES, despite we are “small” in terms of players, we have the greatest achievements ever in bridge history, more than USA itself. Noway it is acceptable what Mr Hamman declared to Newsweek :

Hamman, who has won more major tournaments than any American and who has probably lost just as many to cheaters, is somehow able to remain sanguine. “It’s human nature, it’s the way we’re engineered,” he says. “I played against the famed Italian Blue team. They won 17 of 19 world championships at one point, and the fact is, they cheated. Everyone knows that. There’s problems in everything you do, and it’s called life.”

Where are the evidences for that?

In the same time it is NOT acceptable that a journalist can speak about Italy and not Monaco when he is posing a question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlEhgX3WmQ8

It is NOT acceptable that every now and then something bad happens in the bridge world all of you speaks about Blue Team or you name “the Italians” when you speak about Fantoni and Nunes. I wish to remember all of you that IF they will be convicted for cheating (I have little doubt they will not, but at the moment they are not guilty) they should be considered Monegasque rather than Italians (the evidences we all looked at were about play in European Bridge Championships where they were playing under Monaco's flag).

I really wish all of you will REFRAIN from similar behaviour and that FIGB (Italian Bridge Federation) will act in order to protect his and all Italians players reputation.
Sept. 24
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As of 24 Sept:

166 Votes for Yes = 36.8%
16 Votes for No = 3.5%
49 Votes for Some = 10.9%
220 Votes for Abstain = 48.8%

I wonder if a poll was held asking if leading bridge players from various other NBOs cheated in the 1950s and 1960s, would the result be any different?
Sept. 24
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Cheaters are going to cheat.

Because once a cheater, always a cheater.

Prestige, power and money are what people are after when they do wrong.

The perception that it is OK to cheat has disastrous consequences for the morale and morality of bridge as a whole.

The public loses faith in the honesty and integrity of those decent people who play bridge without recourse to cheating.

And in a world where cheaters prosper, insisting on honesty and integrity makes us nothing more than chumps.

This means anti-corruption measures must be baked into the system. We must not allow the courts to dictate to us under the duress of overpaid ‘clever’ lawyers.

In conclusion: Cheaters must never be allowed to prosper in the world of bridge.

#SayNoToCheats

#WearTheBadgeWithPride
Sept. 22
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