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Alan Shillitoe
Alan Shillitoe
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Member Since
May 4, 2015
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about me

English Bridge's chief babysitter.

United Kingdom

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the saint
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World Bridge Games ("Olympiad") 2020
I had a conversation along these lines last time I chatted with Peter G a few tears ago. My experience from working in schools-level programs is that actually money is the last piece of the puzzle that should be fitted in. Before that you absolutely need a solid plan & framework ...
Looking for a bridge club in Southampton
Shame, I spent a few happy evenings in there during my student days. Including a deal flat in 3N-8!
Director Behavior for I/N Events at Nationals
The World Pairs of all events should be issuing time penalties. If you can't (or won't) run that event properly, when would you?
I know exactly the sort of thing you're talking about. We've probably played the same speedballs. However, the problem is that the only speedballs that ever get played are usually involving fields that are half-drunk or playing for a laugh because it's done as an afterthought late ...
I've advocated a serious speedball bridge championship for ages. Half the time on the clock, penalties strictly enforced. Not a drinking event. Would be great to play in.
Open letter to Robb Gordon
Nah. Disagree. Looked at that for 30 seconds and had generic defences based on general principles to all of it pretty quickly. I stand by my view that the vast majority of Bridge players are lazy. Were they not so, there wouldn't be anything in there to terrify them.
What is an Expert in EBUland?
I'm not claiming to be an expert, but I'm a case study in how external factors can affect recent form. When we had my little boy my rating dropped by up to seven points over the next year. That's sleep deprivation for you! It's a lot ...
What is an Expert in EBUland?
Kind of reverse Dunning-Kruger. An expert knows how bad they really are.
What is an Expert in EBUland?
It's also far easier to maintain or raise a grade if you play in higher average standard fields. Try maintaining an NGS of over 70 playing in a 40 strength event. As Clive said. It's a bit of (interesting) fun and nothing more.
Soft Question on Bridge vs Chess vs Backgammon
TBH, you can often tell if someone is a weak player even before they pick up their cards by the things they say. It's why I usually try to keep my mouth shut...

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