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Patrick Shields Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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  • I have always taken the attitude that there are a myriad of reasons for an online interruption, and I remind people of that - the consequence being that drawing any inference is a much riskier business. Given they known that, they can take the ris…
  • I must admit that playing in a large field online and face-to-face feel quite different. Although I might only (in your example) meet 11 pairs out of 53 others in both cases, at least in face-to-face I get to see the other 42 pairs scattered around …
  • I have come across two cases recently where UNDO was not invoked (ignorance in one case, not allowed in the other) - where a PASS had been announced as "11-14 balanced" when the intention was to open 1N, and where a raise of 1S to 2S had been announ…
  • @gordonrainsford said: NGS uses underlying matchpoint scores, not VP scores. That's what I needed to hear; no problem, we just live without NGS
  • Is there a timetable for updating the Skyblue book? There are aspects, particularly of the approach to announcing bids, that, IMHO need updating.
  • As Barrie say you must be conscious of the event type. In a Swiss Pairs, the average of the NS pairs will be (roughly) equal to that of the EW pairs, because of the way in which matches are assigned. But SOpp does affect how you are expected to sc…
  • The sessions are uploaded for UMS payment and magazine points on either option. What you do have is SOpp (strength of opposition) which page 11 of the full NGS Guide suggests is based solely on whom you play against in a Swiss Pairs game. "Things …
  • The Midlands Counties League has used this form of scoring for a small number of years, and using the discrete scale. We have used Bridgemates to collect the scores and sometimes to generate the result. We have a Midlsands Counties Online League r…
  • @Martin said: > The trouble with the alerting rules being as they are, if we take into account everything that the ops may or may not expect for our opening hand, we can end up alerting everything. For example, 1H open - Alert - "co…
  • Three thoughts - 1) The opponents are entitled to fully understand your bidding methods. The Laws say that. That is independent of the alerting procedures. You are duty bound to make sure there is an adequate means for them to be informed. 2) H…
  • I had the same on Monday (1st Nov) running a Swiss teams which was due to start at 1930. The problems were evident from 1915 and many persevered (after the occasional phone call) and did manage to register for the event, but others found it impossib…
  • I always poll peers to find out what they would have done with the correct information.
  • This is a problem in face-to-face bridge also. I often think that there should be lessons given on how to explain your bidding when asked, rehearsing what should and should not be said, and with reminders on what needs to be added when relevant. We…
  • Very many thanks for all your help - I've been distracted for a few days. I should say how grateful we are to have this BBOtoXML and MERGE capability. It makes our teams matches a lot more interesting when we can compare results.
  • I played one RealBridge session and felt after wards that I actually prefer BBO. I have played online bridge off and on for over 20 years (back to OKbridge on a character display) and with increased amounts on BBO in recent months have become ver…
  • Although there are aspects of the face to face experience we do want to replicate, I do not believe the mission should be to replicate the flaws and compromises we have had to make over the years in face to face to support the true game. Where onli…
  • The relevant XML file had 12 25 but no field. Adding one in did not solve the problem.
  • @Martin said: If it is safe enough for 6 people to enter a pub or restaurant for 2 or 3 hours sitting next to each other with no face coverings. Served by people who are serving others, drinking from glasses touched by others etc. Then it has …
  • Prompted by some notes from Ron Millet : as we come out of the current crisis the candidates for learning them game will come from different camps - at least 1. Raw beginners who were in classes when the crisis hit. 2. Newcomers on waiting lis…
  • Prompted by some notes from Ron Millet : as we come out of the current crisis the membership will fall into different camps - we will have at least 1. Those past players who never got to play online. 2. Those past players who are converts to o…
  • Membership and Communications are distinct topics but the bulk of EBU communcation is with members and the bulk of EBU engagement with members is through communication. It is that inter-linking that had driven the current proposal.
  • A vague aspiration for the vision works for me, as it gives the sense of direction and the fact that it is difficult to test or difficult to achieve doesn't detract from that sense of giving direction. The word "valued" might be redundant but what …
  • The primary reason for this grouping is that a lot of "taking care of" our current membership (which drives their retention as members) comes from what we communicate with them and how we do that. We do have some communication to non-members but th…
  • An important part of the Competitions strategy has to be an approach to Laws & Ethics which is robust and commands the respect of the bridge playing population.
  • Does the EBU have a duty to get England to win a big European or World Championship some day? In which case delivering the best performing team may take first priority.
  • One question which needs to be answered is whether or not running competitions needs to be (a) self financing service, (b) a revenue generating service, or (c) a service subsidised by other activities. It might be interesting to note that the UMS c…
  • Absolutely right - see https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3856
  • I can see no reason why it should not be standard that every double made in an online game is announced. Even if you have no agreement about a position you can say "not agreed but these usually suggest defending/bidding or whatever". Announcement…
  • One possibility currently missing is training people for committee roles such as club or county treasurer? Do such services matter? In practice clubs tend to refer issues they have directly to the EBU rather than to or via their County Association…
  • This should be at the top of the list of mission components. This involves reaching out to non-players – but is that purely a central activity? How much of the promotion task should be taken up by EBED, CBAs and clubs? Should the EBU be working wi…