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Wondering how best to get to 4H on the Moysian - could easily be right.
Oct. 16
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They need to have smokers and non-smokers entrances for these WBF/EBL events - including the junior ones. The air inside might be clean, but within 10 feet of the entrance requires breathing apparatus.
Oct. 15
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Fishbein, pinpoint astro, extended stayman and stayman in doubt.
Oct. 12
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Mine dropped seven points after the birth of my child. I can assure you that was pretty accurate.
Oct. 11
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Dealmaster Pro
Oct. 11
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You bid 4H, partner bids 4N. Your move.
Oct. 11
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John, it's nonsense - the biggest pickups to be made are in a strong field with a weaker rated partner. Find a few aspiring juniors who are going to start making waves in the near future and ride their improvements to ratings heaven!
Oct. 10
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I didn't phrase that clearly Tom. Electronic bridge has saved us cash - as opposed to purely the world online juniors (your point was correct) - we've managed to hold other U16 events in a purely electronic form too.
Oct. 8
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We've already had the online junior world champs for a couple of years - screenmates connecting via webcam - and it has worked well. I'd also add that it saved massively on travel and accommodation costs!
Oct. 8
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I'm starting to think that longer term this is a more sustainable model for many of the age group championships
Sept. 24
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I can see the rationale for paying for the polo shirts - even if the rest of the team cost is self-funded, the national body is asking if people want to wear their uniforms in competition.
Sept. 23
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I recall Guadeloupe giving England a total hosing in 2012, so I certainly didn't underestimate them!
Sept. 23
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Yup to some extent. But numbers are even better now we have a squad and an improved structure for picking them up at even younger ages.
Sept. 22
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Depending on the precise location, European venues can be very pricey too. It can even be costly to move them around internally in England. Travel expenses were always the dominant part of squad training expenditures. Have to think smarter.
Sept. 22
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Entirely valid question Tom. As much as I evangelise for junior bridge even I can't completely square that - and there is a balance to be found somewhere. That's even before any environmental considerations come into play.

It's worth considering how online international bridge can be developed further with these groups too - that has been a great initiative from the WBF. Theres some elements of a solution in there.

It's not just a team to be sent,but the additional pastoral support that needs to be there too, which only adds to the logistics.
Sept. 21
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Into our u16 junior squad. We then get two training cycles with them. There are now some programmes that have proved effective at getting into schools at those ages. The lure of a national squad can be potent from there.

I'm not saying u13 bridge will be any great standard at all but that's not the point. It's a better development option for the game long term. U21 standards have already risen as a result of u16 bridge.
Sept. 21
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We're already taking them in at 10-11 years old.
Sept. 21
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Before the u16 category was announced we didn't have enough. Now we have loads. I predict the same would happen if a younger category happened.

If you dont have enough u16s then go and coach some.
Sept. 21
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It's in the regulations. Basically a couple of polo shirts with the badge on. Most who play in this would already have them from younger age group representation.
Sept. 21
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Self-funded at that age.
Sept. 21
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