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Park and Ride?
Aug. 6
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And you guys wonder why we are short of tournament players! Unless one reads the rules, the white book, the blue book, etc from cover to cover there are all too often ‘lawyers’ who will outsmart you.

I was talking to Victor Silverstone last night. When he started playing there was only Stayman and Blackwood! How much easier life was then!
Aug. 6
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I took public transport to the central London venue on the Friday. As did many others I know. It was easy peasy. If you decided to drive and expected anything other than lots of traffic in central London on a Friday evening then I pity you. I drove in on the other days and there was no issue.
Aug. 6
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Was the one club natural? If not was it alerted?
Aug. 6
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We will get a new chairman later this year and I sincerely trust he or she spend their time addressing the REAL issues the EBU face such as this one rather than wasting huge amounts of time and effort worrying about if our Committees are elected or appointed, etc
Aug. 6
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 6
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That was in central London. London is a big city.

And we had much the same number in Eastbourne.

If the event were held in London and Eastbourne in alternating years (BTW I am not suggesting that it does) then I believe the London event would hold up and the Eastbourne one would not.

I honestly believe Eastbourne is a dead duck for the summer meeting and will collapse shortly for a range of reasons and we urgently need to think about alternatives both in terms of location and program.
Aug. 6
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Hotel prices in England in August are a real issue but I believe if the summer meeting comprised the two weekends and Green Pointed events all week at a location one hour commute from London and the Home Counties (eg London, Brighton, etc) then there is a chance. No Friday evening. Start each event at 11:00. Have a one hour break. Finish at around 20:00. Ensure on-site refreshments are available. Throw in some speedballs, etc. Have novice events, etc. Maybe make some events two/three/more days but have new events starting each day. Make the pricing sensible. Try and get some sponsorship. People can commute if they wish each day. Won’t be a week away for many but will be a bridge fest for those that wish. Ensure the location is junior friendly. Perhaps a uni campus or similar. And promote it widely. Get the players onside - the all full weekers, the one-dayers etc. Bribe them with huge Green Point awards if necessary! If the Seniors don’t like it and want their own event, well you have Eastbourne for that.
Aug. 6
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 6
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Over the weekend there were 160 pairs in the Harold Poster and 22 in the Jack High. Yesterday we had 30 pairs in the afternoon and 36 in the Seniors and 22 in the PWAE. There are no results for the Really Easy on the website and I have no idea how many attended that and the TD course but how sustainable can the event be based on these numbers?

I spoke with one Middx member yesterday who went to Brighton 30 times but had not been to the Summer congress for a number of years due to family issues. And she told me she wouldn’t go back to Eastbourne. Didn’t care for the playing space being in a basement with no windows and not great a/c and wondered if the venue could have coped if it was really hot. She disliked having to go up two floors to get a drink and then having to queue forever. Didn’t like it not being in a hotel. Didn't like to journey to Eastbourne. Etc. Not bitching just saying…
Aug. 6
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Those who feel the rules are the rules and should be followed at all times clearly have never run a club game, let alone been a club owner/manager.

IMO if the Director was called every time there was an infraction in a club game, there would be no more club games.
July 24
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Life Master Pairs update

Winners of the von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs: Vince DeMuy and Brad Moss.

Moss and DeMuy won the event, lost it and won it again as scoring corrections were reported after the results came out. At the time the event concluded Sunday night, they were believed to be the winners, but when official results came out hours later, they had dropped to second. Then further scoring corrections reported Monday brought them back on top, putting announced winners Ed Nagy and Gary Soules in second. No appeals affected the outcome of the event.

https://cdn.acbl.org/nabc/2019/02/bulletins/db5.pdf
July 23
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BBO vugraph is the gold standard others can only aspire to.

Thank you, Fred and Sheri and I hope you both enjoy a well-earned retirement.
July 15
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@Jeff: Surely some mistake and you really meant to write, “We anticipate that any day now they will get an idea on how best to waste that money” :)
July 11
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Avon: I would be interested to know during which period(s) and with which partner(s) you believe JTR engaged in collusive cheating? And the method(s) used? Thx
July 8
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Because the EBU have not listed Jones in the biography section of the website
June 27
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Ed Jones = Ken
June 27
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This sort of hand (where both partners are maximum or indeed minimum for their actions or where fits are utopian) is always easy in retrospect!
June 26
Peter Hasenson edited this comment June 26
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Team Good Six want to share something with you:
If you do well at a big event, it is not always about
fighting for IMPs. The teams contesting the knockout
rounds often finish late and find themselves last in line
in the queue for a taxi. That has certainly been the
case for team Good Six and although they were elated
to have won their semifinal they then faced what they
feared might be a long wait for transport. Or so they
thought. When they went outside the hotel they were
greeted by a charming member of the Nafiz hospitality
staff who knew all their results, congratulated them on
reaching the final and delighted them by announcing,
“We have a taxi waiting for you”. Tired, hungry and
eternally grateful, they could go straight to dinner.

http://championships.eurobridge.org/EOC2019/bulletins/bul_06.pdf
June 19
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Norman: The concept that you were ever a losing rubber bridge player is one I find almost impossible to comprehend!
May 16
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I wonder how much this decision was influenced by the reasoned debate on BW?
May 13
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