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I had wondered if something like 10xxx QJxx KQxxx - was possible and even 5S wasn't making.
May 1
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What was the answer to this?
May 1
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5 years ago, if there had been an U16 event, they would have been two intermediates and four novices. That is no longer the case. The standard in the age group has risen dramatically.

The same would happen in the U13 age group.

I accept the cost and logistics issues and there are balances to be found. There has been a lot of good use of international online events for starters - world online champs, North Sea cup.

What I would also say is that the majority of school age players (at least in England) getting initially exposed to the game are currently in the 9-12 age group. Anything that helps bridge (pardon the pun) that development gap, keeps the young players engaged is a good thing.

It would force us to properly approach our training and coaching programmes for this group and sort out our internal junior competition structure (which is currently not the best) to give young players more opportunities, but these are good things.
May 1
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Officially make the U13s the next new age group category.
May 1
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There is a direct correlation between wages and finishing position in the Premier League.

The IPL (as with the NFL) theoretically has a wage cap which should even out the teams over time - even more so in the case of the NFL with the draft system. What we've then seen is the effect of good management/coaching allowing some teams (Patriots, Chennai Super Kings) to buck the short term rise and falls and be consistently successful (reaching playoffs) over a prolonged period.
April 29
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I haven't found a reference to it anywhere. If anyone does know where there is one…
April 18
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The kids age group in Lyonwas the U16s. There was no separate U13 event in Lyon even if some of the players could have qualified to do so. That field was also heavily distorted by being about 90+% Chinese. No problems with that but all the European nations spent their budgets on the Euro U16 event the month before.
April 17
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Like many of the users on here, I hold strong opinions on the recent cheating scandals, but I will leave the questions on them to other users. Instead, I will focus on my overriding passion in the game - junior bridge.

I am of the opinion that the best thing that has happened to the game in my time being involved has been the development of the U16 category - it has had the effects of bringing in younger players into the developmental environment AND started to improve the standards of U21 and higher bridge as these players have now started to move into those categories with more skills and training behind them.

My question? In the last Euro junior pairs, there was an experiment with an U13 category. Are there plans to make this a new formal age group for international teams events? I sincerely hope so, as it will help the development of the game in these age groups even more!
April 17
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Have a word with Sam Punch of Keep Bridge Alive fame. She's looking at doing elements of this type of work as part of her academic analysis into the benefits of bridge - I believe.
April 16
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Champions League now has a higher standard of football than the World Cup and the first three on that list have all won multiples. The last two also won multiples when it was just a single club side from a nation event.
March 25
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Playing as many boards as the pros they're paying, butlering generally equivalently and not ducking the strong teams in doing so.
March 23
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Actually Liam GCH Fox is secretly planning to allow US system regulation to run roughshod over British rules despite this never being promised. So now lower grade systems will be allowed to take over and dilute the quality of Bridge which had been held to higher European standards.
March 23
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Greater cross-pollination of successful initiatives and methods from different areas. I'd offer the SYBA model for getting people trained to go into schools and initially engaging them. I'd also offer the EBED Junior Award Scheme as an example of a method that has engaged and encouraged kids to develop while giving teachers a structure to their syllabus.

People are often too inward looking in their own clubs, towns and countries to take in new ideas or understand best practice in an area.
March 22
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I double. Keeps most options open.

(We all would if we could)
March 20
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If you're interested in kids and effects on performance at schools I should put you in touch with SYBA at Stamford in England. Might be some scope to help each other.
March 15
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Everyone needs to make a conscious effort to go out, engage and teach new players. Where clubs and organisations have done this they thrive because the core product - the game - is great. Where they haven't they have died.

Anything else is just hot air.
March 15
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Carved another one…
March 9
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The ‘Award the 1965 Bermuda Bowl to Argentina’ campaign begins here!
March 7
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Not really - they want to strip fat as much as feasibly possible.
March 4
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I've long said that reclassifying Bridge, Chess and the like as ‘Mind Sports’ would solve a lot of the problems. Then you could have an appropriate PED list (yes, cognitive enhancing drugs should be banned, many others are nonsense)and a classification of the mind sports which fits (with potential associated benefits) rather than trying to shoehorn it into something that only causes pointless and unwinnable debate.
March 2
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