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  • This is only a very minor variation, but just to to be different there could be a swiss teams event scored with the Continuious VP scale rather than the discrete one.
  • MickyB wasn't suggesting bracketed knockouts at every congress, just for one of them. There are plenty of other congresses you can play in. You may want to play against the top players, and indeed you can, at almost every other congress. At the mome…
  • @mickyb said: A left-field idea I had was IMPs but with overtricks not counting. This would encourage early claims and faster play, and be particularly suitable for consolation events. However, I think it might be against the laws of bridge.…
  • Across the atlantic they have three eleven day national congresses each year, starting on a Friday, and ending a week later on the Sunday, so exactly the same length as Eastbourne. The difference is that at Eastbourne there are only two major events…
  • The above table pretty much proves what I think we all know, the stronger players are mostly still coming, it's the less strong players that are staying away. This does strongly suggest that if we are going to attract them back we need to offer more…
  • Of all the EBU Knock-Out events (So excluding the Gold Cup which is a BGB event) the event that by far gets the largest entry is the NICKO. Why is this? Matches are shorter, 24 boards, generally fairly local in the early rounds so easier to arrange …
  • When I first played in the Gold Cup back in the 1970's when there were 500+ entries and so nine rounds, Rounds 1 & 2 were played over a weekend and then the Quarters, Semis and Final were played over a 3 day weekend, so the dates for five of the…
  • I would be interested to know why the staggered start on the Friday is being abandoned. The reasons for the much earlier finish on Saturday is to allow players to dine and drink after the bridge, while it also allow players to commute if they so cho…
  • I think a mixed pairs/teams congress would be an excellent idea. The trials for European Mixed teams last year got an entry of 16 teams in its first year, I'm sure when the selectors advertised the trials they were not expecting anywhere near that s…
  • I think there are two things that puts players off playing in the midweek knockouts 1) Threesomes. You can't guarantee there will 8, 16 or 32 teams entering so invariably you need threesomes (or byes) to get the right number of teams through to the…