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I have said it before and I will state it again…Never claim unless your hand or dummy is high no matter the order the cards are played. It’s just not worth it.
Dec. 4, 2019
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'World Online Championship' is a misleading title. It should be ‘World Online Robot Partner Championship’

I really do believe the WBF could and should stage a ‘proper’ world online championship, pairs or teams, with participants playing online at public venues such as bridge clubs. Maybe one day…
Nov. 16, 2019
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A view from across the pond…25 BoD members is just madness. The membership should get behind this proposal - it is a hugely important first step. Don't concern yourselves with anything else as you may not get another opportunity for ages.
Nov. 15, 2019
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Bertie=Andrew Black
Nov. 7, 2019
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The Fleet Street Coup
By Terence Reese
British Bridge Word September 1957

Pre-war readers will remember the Fleet Street coup. It occurred when Norman Hart, then bridge correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, was defending with his favourite partner, another journalist. The club suit was distributed as follows:

9 5

K Q 8 3…………..A J 7 6

10 4 2

South was in Three No Trumps, with just eight tricks to make outside the club suit.

West opened the King of clubs. His partner, after some study, overtook with the Ace and returned the Jack. Making doubly sure, West captured this with the Queen and returned the 8, for South to win with the 10 and some surprise.

The coup reappeared in a new version during a pre-Vienna practice match between the ladies (who won) and a team consisting of Boris Schapiro and Dimmie Fleming, Jeremy Flint and Guy Ramsey, who now occupies The Daily Telegraph post with much distinction.

This time the clubs were as follows:¬
8 4

K 10 5 3………A Q 9 6 2

J 7

Schapiro played the South hand in Two No Trumps after East had opened One Club. The defenders cashed their five club tricks, and the contract was just made.

It transpired that at the other table the ladies had registered 660. The following dialogue ensued at the end of the match:

Schapiro
“Didn’t you bid clubs?”

Flint
“Yes.”

Schapiro
“Well didn’t you lead them?”

Flint
“Yes.”

Schapiro
“Well, come on, what happened?

Flint
“A slight misunderstanding. Ask my partner”

Ramsey
“Jeremy lead the 3 and I won with Ace. Should have been the Queen, I suppose.”

Schapiro
“Didn’t you continue?”

Ramsey:
“Yes, I led back the 9, to silence the 8 in dummy.”

Schapiro
“At my table the 8 didn’t make the slightest sound.”

Ramsey
“When declarer played the Jack, Jeremy thought for a long while, and then ducked. I suppose he placed me with A92 and South with QJ76 and wanted to retain the tenace. We didn’t get in again until near the end.”
Oct. 21, 2019
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Playing with certain partners I would state… it matters not, I have both!!! Lol
Oct. 20, 2019
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Ercam: If you are an IBPA member all this info is online. If not, please join :)
Oct. 18, 2019
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From Ben Bavin on 13th October:

Hi Peter,

I have set up the attached web page with details of Dads funeral open to anyone that knew him on the 28th of October.
https://max-bavin.muchloved.com

There will also be details of an online stream for those that cannot attend but would like to. The stream information should be up a week before the funeral.

Funeral of Max Bavin

The Funeral of Max Bavin will take place on at Bierton Crematorium. It is open to anyone that knew Max. I would welcome your help in spreading the word to those that are not Tech Savy and may not be able to see webpage. There is a area to leave Flowers, or a bottle of Congnac if you would like to. Max's ashes will be laid to rest in St Clements Graveyard (Jersey Channel Islands) after the funeral. If you where close to Max and would like to say a few words please contact Ben on - ben.bavin@canaccord.com

There will also be a streaming service for those that cannot attend but would like to. Details on how to log in will be below once we have them

Afterwards I would like to invite everyone that attended to celebrate Max's life at the Horse and Jockey.
https://www.biertoncrematorium.co.uk/article/8706/Welcome
https://www.emberinns.co.uk/nationalsearch/southeast/the-horse-and-jockey-aylesbury

Service
28th October 2019 at 2:00 pm
Bierton Crematorium
Cane End Ln
Bierton
Aylesbury
HP22 5BH
United Kingdom

A drink to Celebrate Max's life
28th October 2019 at 3:30 pm
Horse and Jockey
Buckingham Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP19 9QL
Oct. 13, 2019
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And leading players playing with each other, not with clients :)
Oct. 12, 2019
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@Tom: Green points won in all category events i.e. Seniors, women, etc should also not be used for seeding elite open events
Oct. 8, 2019
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Adam: How was your proposal for transparency received?
Oct. 8, 2019
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Ben Bavin (son) wrote on FB:

I'm devastated to say that Dad is no longer with us. He passed yesterday from what sounds like a shock heart attack on his way back from the shops close to home. I cant really describe how I feel but I love you so much dad and I hope you are resting easy. I'm glad that our last memories where happy ones and although we didn't see each other as much after moving to Jersey I loved you and admired you just as much as i did when i was Little. I'm also thankful that you did not suffer or feel any pain when passing. Thank you for always being there for me and a wonderful and loving Dad and role model to me. “Your number one son” Ben. <3 <3 <3 <3

I am trying to use facebook as a method to connect to, and get in touch with Dads friends to help communicate details of his funeral. It will be in Aylesbury, and once the autopsy has been done I will be in a position to communicate the date and location. If you know someone that was close to Dad it would be very much appreciated if you could pass this onto them. I will try to take control of the facebook account at some point but cannot read messages sent to him directly so please contact me or Roz Howard directly.

I am trying not to get down, as I know dad wouldn't want me upset and in tears all the time, and nor would he want his friends to be.
Oct. 6, 2019
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The randomness of short matches…
Sept. 28, 2019
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Or one who has changed country i.e. has a passport for his/her new country
Sept. 26, 2019
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BTW Richard, you may or may not like the idea of a pairs trial but given that was what was decided upon do you like the format, length and no of exemptions to each stage, etc?
Sept. 25, 2019
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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
Peter Hasenson edited this comment 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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