patricks

Patrick Shields Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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  • In Gloucestershire we did this a few years ago with our "non-expert" county-wide pairs competition. It worked very well for a couple of years, with increased take-up by the members of the clubs who were hosting these events. But then it collapsed, …
  • We have been pondering, in Gloucestershire as part of our thinking on the County Bridge Strategy, what our role is in making the game and its attractions visible to the population at large. We have not yet succeeded in identifying the respective rol…
    in Publicity Comment by patricks August 9
  • In Gloucestershire we run with a locally designed spreadsheet, created by someone quite clever with spreadsheets.
    in Bookkeeping Comment by patricks August 9
  • There may be nothing which tells you with an unfamiliar partner whether the hesitation is an underbid or an overbid, but with any regular partner I bet you could guess which it is !
    in Hesitation Comment by patricks April 14
  • In response to Jeremy69's question " Incidentally where does Gloucestershire publish its financial data for members? I looked on the website but either it is not there or I couldn't find it." we hand out the financial data to those present at th…
  • We have used this sort of scheme for many years in scoring the Gloucestershire County League, and you can see the results pages on the www.gcba.org.uk web site. The league runs on usually 10 evenings throughout the year and we customise the team n…
  • There are two questions puzzling me around this topic at the moment, and your thoughts would be welcome (a) will players who regularly play duplicate have an interest in playing non-duplicate bridge? The upside is that it is much easier to arrnge…
  • The MCWG response to the EBU on draft Strategic Plan (http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/official-documents/EBU-Strategic-Plan-2018-2023.pdf) and its questions Do you believe achievement of the individual strands of the proposed new Plan, as a whole, …
  • I found it quite difficult to experiment with stratifications. I couldn't get it to re-assign people on a new basis unless I did a full database update, and that often took a half hour (or longer). Is there another way? Am I missing something?
  • Had to rush off to play bridge just as I posted that last night. It's an issue for County Associations as well as for the EBU (whose attitude will get captured in their Strategic Plan, which prompted the thinking). The key thought I wanted to rais…
  • The biggest problem with the use of STOP cards is that so many of the people who learn to, and are told, to, use them do not understand the issues around bidding in tempo and of Unauthorised Information. It is for this reason that so much "abuse" ta…
  • Fully agree with David; the key is that the opposition should not be at a disadvantage and if we think they might be confused or misled, then we are honour bound to alert, whatever the words in the regulations are. We should never be looking for ex…
  • Very much like the last two comments; we have been talking in Cheltenham about a campaign under the banner of "the TD is your friend". We might have posters round the walls with this ...