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These marginal decisions are always interesting, especially when one half of an established partnership chooses one action and the other half another - see Bell & Gold's answers!!
July 25, 2018
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Hanan,

In your view, when someone takes on a (paid) role in an organisation, is that person bound to act in a trustworthy manner to protect the organisation's reputation (and funds should a lawsuit be presented)?
July 24, 2018
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RECENT UPDATE:

Clarification of the Drop-in Rules for the Pairs events

Players that are eliminated from the knockout stage of any Team event can drop-in to the applicable Pairs event, namely the Rosenblum Teams to the Open Pairs, the McConnell Teams to the Women’s Pairs and the Rand Teams to the Senior Pairs, subject to the WBF Supplemental Conditions of Contest.

A pair whose players are entered in different Team competitions may drop-in to the Pairs event associated with the player that is most recently eliminated. and drop-in to either Pairs event if both were eliminated at the same time. The pair should register for both Pairs events and pay onsite when it is determined which Pairs event they will enter.

Players eliminated during the knock-out phase may play with a player who has not played in the teams PROVIDED they register before the start of the pairs event. – i.e. before the start of the qualification stage. Note, however, that the team can have a maximum of 3 pairs dropping into the pairs, so if one of the players wishes to play with someone who has not played in a team then the five remaining players can only form two additional partnerships to drop in to the relevant pairs event.

If the team has registered more than three pairs, it has to elect the three which will drop-in no later 10 pm on the day prior to the pairs event they have asked to enter. If this doesn’t happen, the system will automatically pick the three pairs, and no change will be allowed thereafter.

**Note that players entering the Pairs Championships after playing in the Teams Championships (i.e. whether they are eliminated at the end of the qualification or whether they drop in after being disqualified during the Knock out phase) do not do so free of charge. They must pay the normal entry fee for the Pairs event.

However, there is a Post Rosenblum teams, which consists of two one-day Swiss Teams and these events are free of charge to players from the Rosenblum who do not wish to play in the Open Pairs; the one day Post-McConnell and Rand events are also free of charge to players from the McConnell and Rand Teams respectively if they do not wish to play in the Women’s or Senior Pairs.

http://championships.worldbridge.org/orlandows18/drop-in-rules
July 23, 2018
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I would imagine every BW member thought it was fun when they first started to play…
July 9, 2018
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From Bridge Books In English, Tim Bourke's mammoth tome:

"In 1892 Henry Barbey posted a single manuscript sheet in the Whist Club of NY outlining the rules of the new game of bridge (whist).

It is long since lost and no copy remains.

William Dalton recorded that a friend had Barbey's sheet printed and circulated to NY clubs. There are no details, no survivors.
June 27, 2018
Peter Hasenson edited this comment June 28, 2018
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TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

The trial system currently in use by USBF appears reasonably well suited to the NBO with (by far) the greatest number of top-class players and playing sponsors.

But it comes at a price, namely weakened teams. US teams have won only two BB since 2003 and haven’t won the Vanderbilt trophy (Olympiad) since 1988. Leaving aside the cheating scandal, does anyone really believe this is a true reflection of the ability of their leading players? One wonders how teams comprising three first-class pairs would have performed.

Most, if not all, leading European NBOs appear to believe that having a sponsor diminishes their chances and so strive to send three of their best pairs. They tend to cover the team’s basic expenses at a rate of around USD 15,000-30,000 per team, including NPC and Coach, per EBL event. The team invariably top this up themselves.

I would imagine that for most leading European NBOs the pool of pairs for the open series is up to a dozen or so. These players are often on separate teams during any given season and sometimes in different partnerships while some only play together in major EBL/WBF events.

Some of these NBOs select their teams, some hold pairs trials, some hold trials for teams of four, some for teams of six and some a combination of the foregoing. I very much doubt there is method or variant left to be invented and many NBOs go round and round in circles over time. Only the criticism is constant.

It would be interesting to learn what guarantees were offered to all the teams @ EBL2018 in advance but in any event, I shall watch with interest to see which NBOs send the same team to the BB without trial or tribulation!
June 22, 2018
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EBU Articles of Association

15.3 The General Manager may attend, but not vote at, any meeting of any Standing Committee or any other Committee or Working Group established by the Board.

16.16 The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be ex-officio members of all the Standing Committees.

16.17 The Board may appoint one additional Director to be an ex-officio member of the Selection Committee. The Chief Tournament Director shall be an ex-officio member (but may not be the chairman) of the Laws and Ethics Committee.
June 20, 2018
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It would be really cool if the EBL and WBF released the DB for all tournaments that they hold data for and someone (Ante!) made sense of them for us philistines :)
June 20, 2018
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FWIW I have long advocated that the ex-officio members of the Selection Committee i.e The EBU BoD representatives, should be non-voting members.

The EBU General Manager and the EBU CTD may also attend the meetings but do not carry voting rights.
June 19, 2018
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The EBU Selection Committee is elected by the ‘EBU Shareholders’ at the EBU AGM. The Shareholders are the representatives of the 39 EBU Counties, and there are about 75-85 Shareholders with around 95 votes total (some hold more than one ‘share’). The elections are for 3 yearly terms and there are normally two or three vacancies each year. Some Counties, such as my own Middlesex, vote in their shareholders at their own AGM. Some just appoint them.
June 19, 2018
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Ante, this is great work. I just wish I understood it all! Thanks for taking the time to indulge us all.
June 19, 2018
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YCBC rents its premises…
June 18, 2018
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And Poland & Greece qualify for Champions Cup!!!
June 16, 2018
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Poland were without a third pair!
June 16, 2018
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In addition, the really poor teams rarely attend these days. Some prefer the Small Federations event:

http://www.eurobridge.org/competitions/european-national-championship/small-federation-games/
June 15, 2018
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And the Women, England vs Russia was flat in 6Hx and only Sweden bid to 7D.

http://db.eurobridge.org/repository/competitions/18Ostend/microsite/RunningScores/Asp/BoardacrossCondit.asp?qboard=006.16..1501
June 14, 2018
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I would imagine France is the biggest surprise right now - nearly won the BB last year and struggling to qualify for BB2019
June 14, 2018
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@DG: I am led to believe that the ‘other pair’ is playing elsewhere!!
June 12, 2018
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I too. Congratulations and good luck, Jan
June 9, 2018
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Yes autocorrect on my phone and I didn’t check properly
June 9, 2018
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