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Just facts.
23 hours ago
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I personally don't believe PZ, whathever happens, is in the mood of engaging a lawsuit against the EBL. You can ask him. Of course, one may think that it was a wrong decision not to appeal the CAS arbitration but the fact is that the EBL (M. Aubry being president) did not. So now, there is no base for the EBL to disqualify Monaco… or that would be a “fait du prince” and I would not find it acceptable (by principle), despite considering if would be an outstanding act of courage.
Nov. 14
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The decision is not Pierre Zimmermann's or his teammates'decision. It's the Monaco bridge federation's decision. Zimmermann is not even a board member of this federation.
Nov. 14
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I understand you consider it bizarre, but what you suggest is not in the power of the EBL (I mean, the EBL has zero legal base for that)
Nov. 14
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Tony, I see Alan's post. What the EBL can do (could have done) and the decisions of the local federations are two different matters. I'm asking again : what the EBL (not Monaco or Poland) should have done, in your opinion ?
Nov. 14
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Tony, I'd really like to know exactly what the EBL, in your opinion, should have done. Maybe then M. De Pauw can enter in the discussion and reiterate his arguments.
Nov. 14
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The number of participants is quite different between a European Open and a Youth Championships. This is why. I love Opatjia (we were there for the “famous” 2014 European Teams Championship) but I will be more than pleased to play in Istanbul also.
Nov. 13
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I sent a message to Pierre Zimmermann today remembering him to register. I'm sure some of us here are also aware of other teams who will come for sure but did not register yet. It's easy to remember them to do it now. It would help the organization.
Sept. 6
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Some “big” teams such as Lavazza or Monaco are not registered yet. Can't imagine they are not coming.
Sept. 6
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In Ostend (last match) board # 5 also was a potential slam. Few bid it.
My experience is that, looking at last sessions (and last boards) of major events, you indeed can be suspicious. See last boards of the BB final / semi-final / round robin in Lyon last year, see last board of previous EBL European championship (in Budapest), see last board in Sanya, last boards at Bali BB (semi-final and final), penultimate board in Wroclaw… and many more (last board of the recent US trials !)
I would really find interesting that, taking last sessions of all European and World championships (to start with) of the past 20 years, one would compare the % of possible slams (ie. a/ 12 tricks can be made, or b/ the slam is a decent one - say 50% probability -but fails) with the theoretical number with randomly distributed deals (who knows this theoretical % ? … and the probability that the very LAST board is a slam ?)
June 18
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Lol updated …Tx
May 2
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The contract is 3NT (1NT - 3NT) by South after the Diamond 5 lead

North :
K4
K75
7632
A543

South :
A75
AJ43
AK9
982

West :
J86
106
Q10854
KJ7

East :
Q10932
Q982
J
Q106

The solution : https://www.dropbox.com/s/4f4cfv6bkuadee0/Capture%20d%E2%80%99%C3%A9cran%202018-05-02%20%C3%A0%2011.26.06.png?dl=0
May 2
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One team only per country.
Top 8 will qualify for World championship in Sanya (China) Oct. 19 - Nov. 3 - 2019.
March 31
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Some statistics : you will be in a position to open a 4432 hand (ie. with opening values out of your NT range, as a dealer or 2nd seat when dealer pass, etc…) once a month if you play a 30 boards session every day. So I doubt your decision (5532 or 5542) will have a huge impact on your performance a the end of the year.
It's amusing to see that in my country (France) one of the very first questions in a new partnership still is : “do we play four-cards one diamond, or three-cards one club ?”
I'm personally convinced the Polish approach (the 5551) is best, but my partners are not !
March 3
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5551 is the “original” Polish Club style. Many Polish champions (and other from former-Eastern block countries) champions play this way.
March 3
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Right ! It was published only few hours ago so I did not see the other article.
At least that will give double chance to the readers !
Feb. 18
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This is also interesting to read, on the same topic.
http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/eng/ev-eng/fulvio-fantoni-back-to-the-green-table.html
Feb. 8
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Do you believe, then, that the IMSA should not have been created :
http://www.imsaworld.com/wp/history/
Jan. 16
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One more contribution :http://www.imsaworld.com/wp/history/
Jan. 16
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There has been a debate among the “Présidents de comité” who took the opinion of the “Présidents de clubs” and the players themselves. That's why we can say “ a vast majority …”
Jan. 16
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