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The bridge correspondent (Julian Pottage) of the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper recently wrote “The seating arrangements in a bridge club are similar to those in a pub. So as and when pubs are back open and allowing customers to sit where they like inside, we can expect bridge clubs to reopen. At the moment nobody can put a date on this.”.
I can’t disagree with that. I would add that many bridge players are “vulnerable” or like me live with vulnerable people, so even when bridge clubs reopen many players won’t return until a vaccine is made available.
May 4
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The ladies have trials on every weekend in January, so it’s back for the Lady Milne trials next weekend.
Jan. 21
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That was the Lady Milne trials.
Jan. 20
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Well done Mike and Ben.

Although the NGS is not a perfect measure, it is interesting to note that Mike and Ben are currently the top “mature” pair in England. Only two “evolving” pairs that participated in the trials are above them, who are the two pairs that qualified automatically. Also the pairs that came 4th and 5th in the trials are the 2nd and 3rd “mature” pairs.

(Mature is playing 1,000+ boards together over the past three years. Evolving is 150-999 boards)
Jan. 9
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Some players will have hidden their grade, so the actual totals will be a little higher.
Those whose grades are evolving include Z.Mahmood and A.Robson, who are in an elite group of 7 players that have a rating of more than 70%
July 12, 2019
John Currie edited this comment July 12, 2019
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According to the EBU website
14% of players are Jack or above
8% Queen or above
5% King or above
2.3% AC or above
1.0% AD or above
0.4% AH or above
0.2% AS (75 players out of 47,000)
July 12, 2019
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On the actual hand, partner had 2 hearts and 3 clubs, and would have responded 6 clubs to 5 notrumps. Hearts were 3-2 with the queen not doubleton. Although clubs were 4-1, 6C made and 6H didn’t. Not sure how 5NT would be interpreted, 6H was actually bid over 4D.
April 25, 2019
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Could a less than completely ethical player make a slow double on a hand where they are confident of taking the contract off, e.g. holding KQJ10 of spades and an ace, or could they get a ruling against them for the slow double in this circumstance?
Jan. 14, 2019
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@David Gold
Do you adopt the same policy to the partners, team mates and sponsors of convicted collusive cheaters? That is, those playing with them after they are allowed to play again.
Dec. 12, 2018
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North was “old school” where double meant “lead the first suit bid by dummy”, and his AQC sat over the king. South was of the “figure out what I want” school. That was minus 1210 (I was the lucky west). Needless to say there was a heated debate, with North indicating he would have to get rid of his old books! A heart lead also takes the contract off as this gives insurmountable entry problems. So only a diamond lets it through, a club takes it two off via a trump promotion.
Feb. 3, 2018
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This year, because of the lower entry, the Gold Cup in England has been reduced to one round of 32 boards before the seeds and 48 board matches are introduced. Previously there were two rounds of 32 boards before the seeds entered the draw. I think the prospect of 48 board matches in round two, which may be against a seeded team, will put more teams off entering in future years.

Distances can also be great, even in Round 1.
Oct. 10, 2017
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Andrew Robson led small from KQJxx in this year's BB, against Meckwell I think. It was the only lead to take the contract off, even though declarer had Axx opposite 10xx. Declarer went up with the Ace to (a) block the suit (b) prevent Forrester getting in and finding the killer switch.
Nov. 25, 2015
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