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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, 2019
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 6, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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Because the EBU have not listed Jones in the biography section of the website
June 27, 2019
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Ed Jones = Ken
June 27, 2019
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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, 2019
Peter Hasenson edited this comment June 26, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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I wonder how much this decision was influenced by the reasoned debate on BW?
May 13, 2019
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@Richard: Why? You don't play anymore!
May 9, 2019
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As others have stated, a unified approach would be best. A players union (if someone cared to set up and run one) would most likely be a good way forward.
May 7, 2019
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A view from London, England

The bridge world needs all the quality events left. And this is one of a dwindling few. World and European championships are overrun by sponsors. Drop-ins are a necessary evil if you like, but necessary they are to keep up standards.

Disclaimer: I have never played in an ACBL National (yet!).
April 28, 2019
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Mr Damiani,

Thank you for coming to the well.

I believe you joined the WBF EXCO at the 1980 WC so I make it you have served for some 39 years - including 16 as President – wow - you must know many secrets!

It follows that 1981 was your first full WC as an EXCO member and as I am sure you are aware, the winning Open team in Port Chester contained three players that have been at the forefront of international bridge ever since – Bobby Levin, Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell! Not to mention Zia Mahmood and Krzysztof Martens who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Anyway, three questions for you:

1. Which two or three people do you consider to have been the world leading authorities on the rules of bridge in the past 40 years?

2. When you joined the WBF EXCO it had 17 or so members. Soon it will have around 24 or more (I am led to believe). How many do you consider necessary?

3. Do you have any regrets?
April 17, 2019
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Some of my photos from the 1st Buffett Cup can be seen here:

http://cbai.ie/results/EventPhotosBuffettCup.htm
April 16, 2019
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