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Correct Tom, I didn't word it the best. Didn't intend to cause confusion though. But the point remains that they increased the average NGS strength of the field.
Jan. 7
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So was Andrew Robson. David Gold and Mike Bell weren't selected for the 10 partnerships that competed in that event - something that got dug over on BW a couple of years ago that I don't propose to go into here.
Jan. 7
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One could also argue that since there were no exemptions straight through to the team this time (from players with an NGS higher than 68), and all the strong players were able to enter (no limiting of the field by the selection committee) that there was always potential for the NGS of this event to be higher
Jan. 7
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Maybe not explicitly in every case, but intuitively and factored by years of experience.
Jan. 6
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The whole Stamford club is a remarkable story of success. From a small provincial town, now the third largest club in the country in total tables. All through effective community engagement.
Jan. 2
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It could easily be adapted to Precision/Polish club with only a smidgeon of common sense. You could probably do it with a relay system or forcing pass or Betelgeuse Gamma Plus from the Andromeda galaxy if you really want to - not that anyone would teach a beginner that.

I really didn't give a flying pig's fart what people got taught, it was far more important that they were.
Jan. 1
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I'd also add a couple of notes to this.

In England, we have also historically had to take near novices into the U16/U21 squads because of a lack of suitable training options elsewhere - evening club sessions and late bed times don't really work with school children. Online bridge is part of the solution, but not the whole thing - there is no substitute for playing the game with a group of other people.

I have written a framework to help teachers and mentors structure tuition without any immediate oversight. This is the English Bridge Junior Award Scheme - it's particularly popular in the 10-14 age group.

https://www.ebedcio.org.uk/junior-award-scheme

I deliberately wrote it to be system agnostic - so it doesn't matter what methods you play/teach. It's based around the elements of natural bidding with limited additional conventional methods. Cardplay is cardplay wherever you are.
Jan. 1
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If you want to understand how a local bridge club has managed to get into schools, then have a look at this example from (Old) England. They have a program that, linked to examples from the national curiculum, gets buy in from the local schools. They have demonstrated starter/minibridge to several thousand children. At their last session, they had England Bermuda Bowl (QF 2019) player Chris Jagger helping them too. I (England Junior Coach) have also been involved with some of their coaching sessions and competitions.

There is much to be learned from their framework in this area:

https://www.bridgewebs.com/stamford/SYBA%20Welcome%20-%20Sept%202019%206pages.pdf.pdf

They don't have all the answers - they (and I) are struggling to transition these players into more youth bridge players from their initial introductions - but they are brilliant at that part.

We are making some progress in the transition phase as one of the many young players introduced to the game at the club has now joined the England U16 training squad.
Jan. 1
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At some point I will write and compare and contrast with my experiences in England. But in the mean time, well done to all involved. There are also some very interesting things to take away and learn from.
Dec. 26, 2019
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Thoroughly approve of this poll having an option to execute the perpetrators. Should be mandatory.
Dec. 26, 2019
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For further clarification, 4D was a splinter as played by this pair. I've run a sim on it and I'll keep the results quiet until I've had a few more responses through.
Dec. 22, 2019
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And don't get me started on how badly filled out most of them are even when they do actually have one. Absolutely no excuse at the top level for this and incredibly unprofessional.
Dec. 9, 2019
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Held Olympiad in 1992, holds major Italian championships all the time.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Sounds like a contender for all three in one…
Dec. 3, 2019
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It wasn't intended that way. I'm heavily involved in junior bridge where the ability to laugh at one's own (frequent and spectacular) mishaps is integral to it. Sometime's you just have to put your own hand up and say ‘Yes, I was a total spanner there!’

I should note the only time I've appeared in the Daily Telegraph bridge column was as a result of a well earned -2200 (or similar).
Dec. 3, 2019
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Mike was one of the people I was certain would have a nomination for themselves for one of the categories…
Dec. 2, 2019
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We really need a BW Oscars for that sort of thing.
Nov. 29, 2019
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That does depend on how well the pro plays. If they have a shocker, the punter certainly isn't getting anything for their money!
Nov. 25, 2019
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I love it, but with a career and a young family I don't have the time to play as much as I would like and I get massive envy every time I know there's a big event on I'd want to be playing in.

A friend of mine says that there are three major things you can do, but you can only do two out of three properly:

Family
Career
Bridge (or whatever else you focus on)

Many of us have to reduce the Bridge in order to have the others - we can't compromise our family or work lives. When my family grows up or I retire I'll have more time for Bridge. In the meantime, I'll just have to do what I can.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Have a word with Florentin Axinte - he's already offering a product that runs queries on the VG datasets. The quality of data recording by VG operators means there's gaps and glitches in the database - player names, duff sets and a few other bits that are a PITA to sort manually - that would need to be addressed first before any really solid analysis gets going.

Incorporating the other stuff needs thought, because while it has some potential use, most of it has no play/auction data other than contract, declarer, lead (believe this at your peril) and tricks made.
Nov. 8, 2019
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