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Ian Payn
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2015
Last Seen
Dec. 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Chairman, English Bridge Union

Former Chairman, London Metropolitan Bridge Association

Former Chairman, Young Chelsea Bridge Club (London, England)

Chairmen gotta chair...

My views are my own unless otherwise stated.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
"Move for the last round, please..."
Bridge Accomplishments
Won a prize for "best defended hand" after dropping the wrong card on the table.
Regular Bridge Partners
David Burn, Gillian Fawcett, Joe Fawcett, BJ "Binkie" Callaghan (if desperate), Franklin To.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Monday Club, Battersea, London. Meets on Mondays.
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Summer Meeting; EBU Premier League
Favorite Conventions
Anything that Burn and I both remember on the same hand.
BBO Username
IanPayn (but I never play)
ACBL Ranking
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
My frustration with the ACBL reaches at an all time high
Did it say in the accompanying letter that the pen worked (possibly one of the more feeble attempts at responsibility-dodging you're likely to read today)? I have friends in high places: I'm sure a replacement, road-tested pen can be provided if you would like me to organise it ...
A ruling from a bridge player
Foyles used to have a tremendous collection of Bridge books. Alas, no longer.
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
PS Artur, I have not defended anything at all, other than the L & E, whose job is perhaps more difficult than you are prepared to believe.
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
CURRENT and for the foreseeable, absent an unfortunate interface with the 38 (or indeed, any other numbered) bus. Also depends, of course, on how you define "unfortunate". I do wonder why it's automatically assumed that one is an agent of the forces of darkness merely because one does not ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
The Benjy Two Clubs was/is a wondrous thing to pre-empt against, because the 2C bidder will always feel impelled to bid his "8 Playing Trick" suit on the next round no matter how high you've pushed them. Much jollity (for at least two people at the table) ensues ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
We have indeed consulted with those who did not go to Eastbourne via a web forum and received a lot of responses which are going towards shaping a new design for tournaments. I can be corrected if I am wrong, but I do not recall any comments regarding regulations. Doubtless ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
"Future" Chairman? Oh dear, I'm afraid the dream (or nightmare) has already come true. Very easy to miss (coverage in the national press was, it must be said, muted), but the imaginary chain of office was passed on some ten days ago. I think, Paul, you're wrong. We ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
Quoth Peter Hasenson: "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" I wish this were true. But it isn't. But it is a helpful (if ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
Artur,the complexity of the rules is not what I was posting about. As to what the regulations are, I agree completely that it's a vexing problem, that problem being exacerbated because you need one-size-fits-all regulations. I'm sure the secretary of the L & E would welcome e-mails with ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
Paul, this won't wash. "As should be clear I used fictional characters and a fictional auction, but a "real" ruling. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental as they say." It isn't clear. It isn't remotely clear. You identify the event, the board and ...
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