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Replacing the weakest pair (by far) from the last trial with perhaps the strongest pair in the Country was always going to add to the ave.
Jan. 7
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@Adam: That appears to be the direction of travel
Jan. 1
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I double - as I did at the table yesterday
Dec. 28, 2019
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We know!
Dec. 26, 2019
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@Henrik: “…the clubs with qualified directors are always the most popular clubs…”

This is not true in London, UK where I live and play
Dec. 26, 2019
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Any pair playing Flannery deserve the full force of the law
Dec. 25, 2019
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OK. Got it:

From Gianarrigo Rona
President

Lausanne, 23rd December 2019

I am very pleased to let you know that the 2020 World Bridge Games will be held in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday 21st August and the Closing Ceremony will be on Friday 4th September.

As you will be aware, the event is for National Teams (one per WBF Member Country) and National Pairs (for which there is no specific quota). More information about the event can be found at :
http://www.worldbridge.org/competitions/wbf-championships/world-bridge-games/

Full details will be sent out in January, but we thought you would like to have the dates as soon as possible so that you can arrange your trials and calendars accordingly. More information will also be on the WBF Website in due course, at www.worldbridge.org
Dec. 23, 2019
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I heard this rumour a few days ago. What is your source?
Dec. 23, 2019
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Unknowingly, many novices play EHAA!
Dec. 22, 2019
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Often heard quip at local BC: “I only reverse in my car!”
Dec. 22, 2019
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My take from across the pond as one who has never played in an NABC:

1. If the change suggested by the OP was implemented it would most likely result in much the same attendance at NABCs each year.

2. It ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

3. In X years time when attendances at NABCs are a fraction of what they are now, people will tell anyone who will listen that not making this change was a major cause of the decline!

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.”
Dec. 21, 2019
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@David: Rules or regulations?
Dec. 10, 2019
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When I went backpacking around South America in 1988, I used Rough Guide books. I will never forget the introduction to Brasilia in Brazil, which read, “Brasilia is a vast architectural wank.” A reasonable metaphor for the position the EBU L&E committee finds itself in on this issue?
Dec. 9, 2019
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Dire Straits: Walk of Life
Dec. 7, 2019
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That's surely a bit modern for you DB!?
Dec. 7, 2019
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Fab. Way to go Finn!
Dec. 6, 2019
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Richard: What were the other reasons?
Dec. 6, 2019
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30 years ago, if you opened a strong NT it was often followed by three passes. Now even Mrs Brown from Nether Wallop BC bids 2 Spades showing Spades and a minor, “It's multi-Landy, I'll let you know!”. The need for ‘protecting’ the rank and file is IMO a much diminished requirement and I do question if the L&E lawmakers have really given much thought to this matter.

Furthermore, every time my oppo open One NT, I do not wish to hear a speech along the lines of, “15-17. May contain a singleton but unlikely to contain a singleton below the rank of 6. We upgrade certain 14 counts, most especially those we consider to be worth a SNT which often contain three or more Tens except when we have a 4333 shape. We also downgrade certain 18 counts most especially those we consider to be only worth a SNT which often contain fewer than one Ten especially when we have a 4333 shape. 19 counts are also sometimes downgraded etc, etc, etc.”

Plea to EBU L&E Committee: Sort this out as a matter of urgency before creating any further regulations you feel we all ought to know and follow.
Dec. 6, 2019
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…If the law supposes that,“ said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, ”the law is a ass…
Dec. 5, 2019
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