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I suspect the number of entries was lower than anticipated…

On another note, Richard, you may be interested to learn that nomination papers for AGM were circulated today and not only is JD retiring as Chairman (forced after six years), he is also resigning as a Director (he had one further year left) and Mrs D is not seeking re-election.
Sept. 25, 2019
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Zia is just so American!
Sept. 25, 2019
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Lars: We are holding a three-stage pairs trial.

Entrants have been assigned places in stages one, two and three.

Exempted to the final trial are:
Andrew Robson & David Gold
Artur Malinowski & David Bakhshi
Chris Jagger & Jeffrey Allerton

Exempted to stage two are:
Glyn Liggins & Espen Erichsen
Michael Byrne & Kieran Dyke
Phil King & Andrew McIntosh
Tom Townsend & Tony Forrester

Playing in stage one are:
Alex Hydes & Ben Handley-Pritchard
Ben Green & Ankush Khandelwal
David Kendrick & Paul Barden
Jeremy Willans & Ian Draper
John Atthey & Neil Rosen
Jon Cooke & Cameron Small
Kay Preddy & Norman Selway
Mike Bell & Ben Norton
Patrick Shields & Garry Watson
David Stevenson & Liz Commins
Richard Bowdery & Jason Hackett
Shireen Mohandes & Andy Bowles
Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty
Ali Ahmed & James Thrower
Gad Chadha & Steve Lee
Ian Payn & David Burn
Karen Pryor & Malcolm Pryor
Natalie Shashou & Nick Sandqvist
Qian Li & Tony Ye
Claire Robinson & Heather Bakhshi
John Vos & Dimitre Stoev
Robert Miller & Ufuk Cotuk

Stage one is three days. Top 12 qualify.

Stage two is also three days (16 pairs). Top five qualify.

Stage three is four days (8 pairs).
Sept. 25, 2019
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The ACBL is not part of the WBF
Sept. 25, 2019
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I think Richard wrote without really thinking but we all make mistakes in life, so let's just move on
Sept. 24, 2019
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It falls into my definition of rare* - what's your definition, Richard?

* (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often
Sept. 24, 2019
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1.5 No player may represent another country in a WBF championship…until at least two subsequent calendar years have passed since he/she has represented a different country in such events, without the specific permission of the WBF Credential Committee based on an extraordinary situation.

http://www.worldbridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WBFEligibilityCode.pdf
Sept. 24, 2019
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Amazing captaincy so far, Mr Barden - please keep it up!!
Sept. 24, 2019
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He choose Wales for family reasons. He could have chosen England…
Sept. 24, 2019
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Oliver: I am not a fan of the current bona fide regs but as you state they are what they are. But quite frankly they are far too vague and open to interpretation. I believe the Olympic standard is a passport. Happy with that for bridge but if we are going to allow bona fide residency then I would like to see a four year qualification period with no exceptions. Meanwhile, the world is watching Zimmerman's latest efforts and it will be interesting to see if he is given a ‘special exemption’ as the rules seem to provide for
Sept. 24, 2019
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Mike: Giggs choose Wales. He could have played for England. Family issues were the reason
Sept. 24, 2019
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Giggs played junior football for England!
Sept. 24, 2019
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@Tom: An extra £4K or so of funding every few years is unlikely to result in cuts elsewhere but if it does I am sure we could find savings in the £500-600k we spend a year on salaries or the £30k we spend on L&E, etc.
Sept. 23, 2019
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@Alan: The rationale is that we pay the same for Seniors and Mixed so why not for this other adult category?
Sept. 23, 2019
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Maybe the U31 Championships should be online, perhaps with each participant playing in a public venue?
Sept. 23, 2019
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@Gary: WBF Executive Council is the full Board :)
Sept. 23, 2019
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I think I would find it extremely difficult to support the idea my NBO spends money on a U31 team - after all, they ain't kids at that age. But if individual members want to spend their own money attending such events, then good luck to them, they have my emotional support!
Sept. 23, 2019
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@Tom. Agreed. Come on England
Sept. 23, 2019
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Bangladesh had one vote, Guadaloupe two and Chile three. USA2 had 461!

For the qualifiers:

USA1:477
China:281
Sweden:392
Norway:271
Netherlands:426
Poland:428
England:303
Italy:412
Sept. 23, 2019
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