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Ben, David: I would consult with Henry Higgins if I were you!!
Aug. 28, 2018
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@Georgina: The Tollemache Cup is the inter-county championships for teams of eight.

Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details. Teams are limited to 12 playing members, although not necessarily the same 12 in the qualifying round and the final.

Obviously, only 8 may play at any one time in each set. Sets vary depending on entry, etc but tend to be in the range 6-8 boards

Results from 2017:
https://www.ebu.co.uk/results/655

History:
https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/465
Aug. 28, 2018
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Sami played for the victorious Middlesex team in the 1957 Tollemache!

Maurice Harrison-Gray, Dorothy Shanahan, Jim Sharples, Bob Sharples, Jack Nunes, Albert Rose, Richard Preston, Ralph Swimer, Sami Kehela, Ronnie Crown
Aug. 28, 2018
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Wonderful. Thank you so much for doing this, Shireen et al.

PS I remember watching it the first time around! Happy memories brought back to life
Aug. 26, 2018
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@Malcolm: At Euro2018 Press Conference, Jan Kamras the newly elected EBL President, commented that he had already raised this with WBF and hoped that it would not recur.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Good luck!
Aug. 23, 2018
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@Al Levy: Into which semi-final, A or B, does one drop in to?
Aug. 21, 2018
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The value events are the week one Pairs events. $350 for 7 days of bridge. $50.00 per person per day. Same as in ACBL land but here you get pre-duplicated boards, screens throughout, personalised scorecards, world-class TDs and more besides.

The Teams events week one are expensive if you get KO'd early including failing to qualify for the KO's. The worst case scenario is $200 per person per day! Ouch!
Aug. 20, 2018
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 20, 2018
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@Cathy: Don't forget there is also live video of matches at many major championships :)
Aug. 14, 2018
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@Cathy: As RF has alluded to, seeing one hand at the table also has its limitations and I would guess that articles on-site are often written whilst the reporter is watching the match on BBO!
Aug. 14, 2018
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@Cathy: For sure you are right but the cost of sending each reporter has to be weighed up. Flights, hotels, per diem, etc soon add up…
Aug. 14, 2018
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The WBF has changed Seniors eligibility - I wonder if the ACBL will be following suit anytime soon?

The World Bridge Federation's Executive Council has decided to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 over the next 8 years in accordance with the following schedule:

Born in 1957 or earlier for the championship in 2018
Born in 1958 or earlier for the championships in 2019 and 2020
Born in 1959 or earlier for the championships in 2021 and 2022
Born in 1960 or earlier for the championships in 2023 and 2024
Born in 1961 or earlier for the championships in 2025 and 2026
Aug. 1, 2018
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A distant cousin is…

The Fleet Street Coup
By Terence Reese
BBW 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 dis¬tributed 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 re¬turned 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.”
July 31, 2018
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6th win for D9 in 8 years!
8th win for D9 in 12 years!
Meckwell on all these winning teams!!
July 30, 2018
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Well played, Editor (and Mr Roche)!! Can I expect a blow by blow account in the next IBPA bulletin?
July 30, 2018
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https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/PLI

PLI Prêt Locatif Intermédiaire (French: Intermediate Rental Loans)
PLI Programmation Logique Inductive (French)
PLI Projekt Lokal Idrottsutveckling (Sweden)
PLI Plan de Localisation Informatique
PLI Presentation Level Integration (visually integrate with an applications user interface)
PLI Pruned Log Index
PLI Power-Link Innovations (software solutions to the broadcast industry)
PLI Planar-Lumped Inductor
PLI Pilot Lot Inspection
PLI Pre-Load Indicator/Indicating
PLI Pilot Location Indicator
PLI Punch List Item
PLI Partito Liberale Italiano (Italian: Italian Liberal Party)
PLI Programming Language Interface (Verilog programming language)
PLI Pancreatic Lipase Immunoassay (blood test)
PLI Power Level Indicator
PLI Pounds/Linear Inch
PLI Practising Law Institute
PLI Private Line Interface
PLI Partido Liberal Independiente (Spanish: Independent Liberal Party; Nicaragua)
PLI Person of Limited Intelligence
PLI PDU Length Indicator
PLI Pharmacists for Life International
PLI Public Liability Insurance (UK)
PLI Position Location Information
PLI Power Line Interference
PLI Professional Liability Insurance
PLI Aeroperu - Empresa de Transportes Aereos del Peru (ICAO code)
PLI Profit Level Indicator
PLI product liability insurance
July 28, 2018
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http://englishchamber.blogspot.com/2005/09/idiots-morons-imbeciles-cretins.html

According to British legal stature, an idiot is an individual with an IQ of less than 20, an imbecile has an IQ of between 20 and 49, and a moron an IQ between 50 and 69. Cretins are specifically persons with a deformity or mental retardation caused by a thyroid deficiency; cretinism is now more commonly called hyperthyroidism. Idoit isderived from the Greek for “private person” (as in idiosyncracy); moron is from the Greek for “foolish”; imbecile is a construction from a Latin phrase meaning “without a stick”; cretin comes, via the French, from the word “Christian” and implies a holy person - God's fool" as it were.
July 27, 2018
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Tommy, I have now checked the IBPA database and MH is a member
July 26, 2018
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