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  • @gordonrainsford said: The alternative, that anyone can do this as long as they pretend not to, is worse. Sure, I understand why you did it. But there is a big difference between not being bothered that someone double-checked which RKCB they…
  • "Players may consult their own system card and other notes at any stage." That seems like a scary thing to explicitly allow. Anyone worried that it opens the door to people playing complex relay systems without having any memory load?
  • I had a situation in one of the matches where I claimed, it got rejected, so I clarified my claim and claimed again, again rejected. So I started to cash my top winners, when one of the defenders (presumably not the one who rejected it) claimed the …
  • @Peter said: I'm concerned that maybe they shouldn't for the following reasons: * Possible lack of Correlation between F2F and Online performance * Numbers of players who are playing under aliases without disclosing their EBU#s * Numb…
  • @Robin_BarkerTD said: The EBU (and possibly EBU clubs) have had problems. Or Pianola has had problems with a new API to EBU data. Don't think that's related.
    in Pianola Comment by michael March 3
  • Happy to stand corrected, then. It would never occur to me to hide four-card support, and I thought the "delayed game raise" with four cards has been dead for decades. Say the auction continues something like: 1H - Pass - 2C - 2S Dbl - 3S - 4H - …
  • I don't think it should be alerted because it might be three cards, but it might well need to be alerted because it could conceal four-card support. That seems "potentially unexpected" to me, and the kind of thing that the opponents are entitled to …
  • @GrahamC said: Not really on-topic, but what's going on with that double-dummy table? It looks like if you can't make 7 tricks it puts you down for making just one.
  • I've never actually played strong twos, but isn't the single raise usually game forcing? Maybe diamonds is an exception.
  • To create a potential member you do the same as creating a club member but you untick the box that says "this player is a member of your club". See the screenshot in 3.1 of the wiki page. They don't appear in your membership list, obviously, but if…
  • Can declarer, who perhaps can't be bothered to figure out the double-dummy problem, just claim all 13 tricks without stating a line and then when the defence object it's the TD who has to figure it out instead? Any doubt would go against the claimer…
  • @Mitch said: It's a bit of a pain, but you can get there if you remove the "https" from the URL. You have to do so every time you navigate to a new page :-( Don't do this if you're logging in to your account, though. Your password could be …
  • Mature = 1000+ Evolving = 150-999 And yes - a Mature grade playing with someone who is not yet Evolving will not impact their grade.
  • See the Help menu at the top of the page. You need two-thirds of the field to be registered or it won't be able to grade it, so it's worth registering the players as soon as possible if you have any reason to believe they'll return. Having lots of…
  • Bandwidth is not a problem - we have loads of that, and we're not exactly streaming video. It seems to be the number of requests, not the size of requests, that slows it down. The new server benchmarks about ten times faster than the current server…
  • Thanks Stan. Someone else mentioned this today, actually, so clearly something is up. I was aware that the website was occasionally slow in the mornings when there were lots of visitors, but hadn't realised there were evening problems too. There has…
  • @00403545 - this essentially already exists. If you log onto My EBU after the event and look at your session history, the Par column gives you your performance compared to expectation. If it's a positive number it means you did better than the NGS p…
  • @032170 said: Hmm! This is not really a discussion board is it? At Eastbourne I wqas told to use these forums rather than Bridgewinners. On Bridgewinners there is a healthy discussion, here, nothing! Why bother? 167 replies across 22 thre…
  • @weejonnie said: The hand is fine as a Benji 2C opener - it has 8 playing tricks with diamonds as trumps. The only time a hand has to be strong is if the suit is clubs. Note that you cannot play a precision Club system by defining 1 Club …
  • My problem with handicapped events is that if you control for skill in bridge all you're left with is luck, so this is no better than a lottery. The standard argument against this is that people can "have a good day" or "play above themselves", but …
  • Would you really run a club night with a two-winner movement, but a one-winner handicap result? That seems like the only time when there might be an appreciable difference between the SOpp of competing pairs, but even then you could get around it by…
  • A bit out of left-field, but my suggestion would be to develop the Summer Meeting beyond bridge and have it become a Mind Sports Festival. I don't know much about the new venue, but back in the Brighton days I used to look at those huge empty halls,…
  • @Paul_Gibbons said: The bottom part of previous tournament fields is dropping out making the gap between club and tournament play bigger. I thought it was worth fact-checking this, so I pulled the entry list for the 2005 Brighton Swiss Pairs…
  • Serious golf events don't use handicaps. And handicaps only exist in horse racing to facilitate gambling. That's not to say that handicapped events in bridge shouldn't exist, but I don't think their place is in national tournaments.
  • @ais523 said: The scoring table in bridge feels more like that than like the question about legal moves in chess; it's not specifying what it's legal to do, it's just specifying how valuable various results are. I'm not sure I agree with thi…
  • @Robin_BarkerTD said: @michael said: I'm trying to think of another game or sport where players are not allowed to find out the rules of the game they're playing while they're playing it. Are footballers (of any shape) or c…
  • I'm trying to think of another game or sport where players are not allowed to find out the rules of the game they're playing while they're playing it.
  • It would also have to follow RO18 in first and second seat, which does restrict it a bit - you couldn't open 5431 8-counts with 1, or 4333 10-counts.
  • @mickg said: Michael, I know that some bridge "centres" who have a number of clubs that play at their premises need to have multiple copies of EBUScore on the one computer. Can you also give advice/instructions on how to do this. I can't, bu…
  • This might be a good time to remind people that they can log in to multiple accounts at once in My EBU. Information here. At some point I'll make that more user-friendly...