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EBU Minimum openings

There's been a lot of talk recently about the English Bridge Union's stringent opening requirements.

In particular there was the thread about the 2 opener that was ruled illegal.

The EBU's rules are often described as "protecting weaker players from psyches by stronger pairs".

In my experience it's often stronger players that need protecting from weak ones. This 2nt opener cost us first place last night by 3 match points

West
Q3
AJ6
A98
KQJ53
North
KJ862
K105
J1062
6
East
104
Q874
Q43
A1084
South
A975
932
K75
972
W
N
E
S
P
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

I was north and talked myself out of a lead in favour of a . Partner's K located every card and when I won the K I tried my luck with more . No joy. When W threw the 3 I was annoyed with myself. When partner won the A I was annoyed with W.

You can call this a psyche if you like. I call it crazy. They scored about what you'd expect:47% including the 4% for this board. If I'd lead a they'd have scored 43% and come second last.

Last month's Bridge World editorial featured some anomalies of the EBU's regulations with a headline "How to reduce attendance". 

If you look at the dwindling attendance at most clubs and the popularity of simple systems games, we could do with some more rules to stop people bidding like this.

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