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Tanya: MBO = Major Bridge Organisation(s) e.g. world, zonal and (larger) national bodies…but I like your choice more :)
July 16, 2016
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Several MBOs across the world have unnecessarily large costs bases (often legacy positions unchallenged for far too long - think large and often expensive secretariats, BoD expenses, etc.) and it is the rank and file who pay for it, aided and assisted in a small way by the Tournament players and a few others.

Like all ‘taxes’, card fees are often resented. Ask many club owners/managers and they will tell you that master points, etc. are a tax on clubs not individuals (except perhaps for sim pairs, special games etc where the club often raises prices as necessary). And many clubs resent the overall amount of money they send each week/month/year for what they perceive to be so little value and service.

There is no point comparing the price of a session of bridge with going to a sporting event, the theatre, etc as so very few attend these others occasions as regularly as people play bridge. (Yes before someone writes in I am sure they are those who go the theatre five days a week but they are the all too rare exception - there are many bridge players playing five or more sessions a week. And to stage these other events costs a great deal of money whilst staging a bridge competition is far cheaper.

Add it all up and I believe there is a very real risk that some MBOs could be in danger of pricing themselves out of their own monopolistic markets.
July 16, 2016
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Does it really matter one way or the other!?

Eugene kindly posted a cute quiz. Many of us enjoyed the fun. The results are in. Burn came first (as expected!).

Time to move on…
July 15, 2016
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So now it is official - David Burn knows more about bridge than anyone else - but of course we all (in England at least) knew that before!!

PS Thanks Eugene for the 2 posts
July 15, 2016
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The innocence of youth!

The BW team do us all a very great service and to undermine their efforts is just not on.

I really do hope that no one ever again allows another person access to their account but if they do, then they must pay the consequences, namely a very long ban.
July 11, 2016
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@David Burn: If the Laws & Ethics committee did not exist with such a splendorous name, there would be no room for the oft used moniker, ‘Fools and Pathetics’ - surely reason enough not to change!!
July 9, 2016
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I suppose it begs the question, ‘How many BW members have won a WSOP bracelet?’
July 4, 2016
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There is something to play for - top 10 finishers qualify for Champions Cup

http://eurobridge.org/european-champions-cup.aspx
June 25, 2016
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Siri needs to open a BW account!
June 14, 2016
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Poland, Netherlands and England have decent chances of success. Come on England - back to back Europeans would be nice!!
June 14, 2016
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IMO, there is a world of difference between an ad hoc act of cheating and premeditated partnership cheating…
May 23, 2016
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Gentleman, of course it is true that the players should not have had to expose and verify cheating among their ranks. But when the authorities failed to do so…
May 23, 2016
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I once asked a lawyer friend of mine whether he thought his client was guilty of the charges laid before him. His reply…'since when has that got anything to do with it!!'
May 19, 2016
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EBL Disciplinary Commission

The Disciplinary Commission of the EBL has concluded that the Israeli pair of Lotan Fisher & Ron Schwartz have been guilty of infractions of the laws of bridge. Accordingly, they have been banned from playing together for life, and are separately prohibited from playing in any EBL events or activities for a period of 5 years. Additionally, the costs of the investigation and hearing have been awarded against them.

A full verdict will be released in due course.

19.05.2016: EBL DC Dispositive Decision:
http://eurobridge.org/Data/Sites/1/media/documents/2016%2005%2018_EBL_FS_Dispositive.pdf
May 19, 2016
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Rixi Markus, studying the draw for the fourth round on the 1961 Gold Cup: ‘F … and B … have got good draws.’ ‘Oh, who have they got?’ someone enquired.‘Each other!’
May 12, 2016
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In 1956 Maurice Harrison-Gray had an operation in which he shed 34 gall-stones. ‘Enough for a small slam at no-trumps,’ remarked surgeon Rodney Smith.
May 12, 2016
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‘All bridge hands are equally likely, but some are more equally likely than others.’

Alan Truscott
May 12, 2016
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The club bore approached the Secretary in a perturbed state of mind. ‘I have been grossly insulted,’ said he. ‘How so?’ asked the Secretary. ‘A member has offered me £5 to resign from the club. What shall I do?’ ‘Hold on,’ said the Secretary, ‘you may get a better offer.’

Traditional
May 12, 2016
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‘However good you may think you are, never assume that you are proof against the simplest of mistakes in the play of the cards’

Frank England, Manchester Evening News 1934
May 12, 2016
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‘Of all the follies invented by the human brain, Bridge must rank amongst the greatest. It is paying it too high a compliment to class it with drugs; and it is asking for trouble, I suppose, to brand it openly as a vice. It is certainly a black lie to describe it as a game. Rather is it a custom – an unwholesome custom – in which the wealthy of all classes indulge to excess; it is an outlet for one’s lower nature, sanctioned by society for the use of men and women of emaciated intelligence and no moral sense.’

John English, Daily Mirror 1934
May 12, 2016
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