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Michael Clark
Michael Clark
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Member Since
Sept. 1, 2015
Last Seen
Nov. 15
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Website developer at the EBU. I used to be a fairly serious player and had a couple of successes, but I don't play very much any more.


@mzxclark on Twitter. Also follow @poorbridge if you want old-but-still-funny horoscopes.

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Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
I don't know if I'll change your mind, and I can't speak for how things would work in other markets, but the experience of the EBU has been positive. The NGS is very popular here, and there certainly hasn't been any big drop-off of players since ...
A better rating system
"I can not help but believe that it's possible to improve over these sorts of naive algorithms." I'm sure you're right, Richard, and I certainly defer to you in the realm of data science, but do you really think it could improve by enough that anyone would ...
A better rating system
It's a matter of opinion, of course, but it might be pretty boring if nobody's grade ever changed and a new player entered the top ten once a decade. Is Espen Erichsen the absolute best player in England? The data doesn't say. But is he a very ...
A better rating system
I chuckle at your second presumption, Richard! Our NGS is very simple compared to what you propose and we still get a lot of enquiries about why someone's grade changed the way it did. If we had to tell them "we have no idea - trust the system" I'm ...
A better rating system
You could argue the reverse. Without a grading system, you have no real benefit to playing with a bad player other than (heaven forbid!) the fun of the game. You're not likely to win prizes or master points. But with a grading system, you have something to aim for ...
A better rating system
Yeah, it's a myth that playing with a much weaker partner will harm your grade. It's an understandable thing to think, but the data shows very clearly that there is no bias in either direction - you will improve your grade pretty much exactly 50% of the time. Of ...
Ruling fron Eastbourne
Hi Norman. Out of curiosity, how will your "enthusiastic, embryonic bridge player" feel when they see this thread? Is moaning about your family's director rulings on social media the kind of thing that will make them flock to the game?
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I'm amazed you think that, David. Of course the Grand Slam review is covered by copyright. It might be a fact that the film was made in 1931 and stars Paul Lukas, but the way in which the reviewer expressed those facts required creativity and effort. Virtually everything that ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I'm going to try and avoid discussing the rights and wrongs of what Horton has done in the comments. I've said my piece, and encourage everyone to make up their own minds. But I do want to address the part about my having a vendetta against him, since ...
What should the selectors do?
A positive person would have added that England finished fourth in 2015...
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