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Diplomacy MPS – RIP LETTERS TO THE
I READ with interest Andrew AS we are soon to introduce Full marks to the EBU for EDITOR
Petrie’s statement about accept- both P2P and National Grading introducing the NGS. No
able dress at EBU events (reply Scheme (NGS) the old Master doubt some may criticise the
to letter, December 2009). In Point Scheme (MPS) should simplicity of the scheme but at
particular, I noted that Tour- now be closed. least it does record the current Send your letters to the Editor,
nament Directors can insist on The MPS is a relic from the playing ability of each member. Elena Jeronimidis, 23 Erleigh Road,
competitors getting changed if past no doubt set up to grade Roger Thomas, Southampton Reading RG1 5LR, or e-mail
their appearance ‘does not meet the playing ability of the mem- firstname.lastname@example.org
an acceptable standard’. bers at that time but with only Andrew Petrie, Chairman of the (please include your postal address)
I hope that TDs are careful provision to monitor future up, Tournament Committee, replies: My The editor reserves the right to
when dealing with American but not down, movements in view is that we need to continue condense letters.Publication does not
competitors wear ing short- the grading. Over fifty years and indeed enhance the existing mean the EBU agrees with the views
sleeved shirts and blouses, later the relic is still in place Master-point system for the fol- expressed or that
because their right to wear with members still climbing lowing reasons: (i) It is as yet un- the comments are factually correct.
them is enshrined in the higher on the ladder with a clear when the NGS will actually be
American constitution. Specif-
ically it gives them ‘The right
myriad of levels now being
created. The more you play, and
ready to be introduced, even as a
pilot. After its initial introduction, Bridgemate
to bare arms’.
Robert Steel, Salisbury
the bigger the tournament, the
more you are able to rise but no
it will take some time to ‘bed down’
and so for the foreseeable future we code
matter how badly you perform will still need the MPS (handicaps,
in any event you cannot ever stratifying, Ranked Masters etc.). THE now ubiquitous Bridge-
Flowcharts fall. The MPS in its current
form can only record the life-
(ii) The NGS is designed to mea-
sure the current form of a player.
mate is brilliant, but to my
knowledge has no published
time participation of the player The Master-point Scheme meas- code of practice for its use.
I READ with interest the article – not the current ability. ures the lifetime achievement. We This can give rise to minor
on free downloads of Directors With the introduction of P2P think they will complement each altercations which could be
Flowcharts in the February into clubs there will no doubt other very well. The MPS is en- avoided with such a code.
issue. However, I could not be some experienced club joyed by a significant number of It should be the duty of the
find the item on the EBU web- players who will now become members who believe achieving ‘verifier’ to always announce
site. You did not publish a link EBU members for the first the next rank is a satisfying chal- the indicated percentage.
in your last issue, but maybe time. Under the MPS they lenge; this is shown by the response This avoids:
you could do so now? would need to start at the to our 2007 membership survey. 1. Everyone leaning over the
Gordon Fox, by e-mail bottom of the ladder and have (iii) The MPS provides a simple table – not possible for
no hope of catching up with non-monetary recognition system some.
Sorry! The link is www.ebu.co.uk/ their colleagues with many for clubs, counties, commercial 2. Any perceived gloating.
documents/flow_charts.pdf years of climbing. organisations and the EBU itself. 3. The tiring question: ‘To
us or them?’
There are several less problem-
THE FEBRUARY DEBATE
Thank you for your votes and comments. Voters were
No can do atic etiquette issues which
98% in favour of wriggling if 1NT is doubled. should be addressed. I have my
PLEASE, please, please can preferred ideas but I am sure
you provide the North-South the L & E Committee can
Appeal attendance hands in the otherwise out-
standing ‘Beat Today’s Experts’
express them more eloquently.
They should cover, for example:
COULD you please explain 2. The director, who states the column. It would make it so 1. Bridgemate orientation
who may be present at the time facts and the ruling (and then much more rewarding and for verification.
of the meeting of an Appeals usually leaves but may stay if valuable. 2. The stage of the proceed-
Committee? the chairman requests it). G.S. Hathorn, Sawston ings when the contract /
Name and address supplied 3. The players at the table result should be entered.
concerned. It is not for lack of trying on David 3. A code for announcing
Jeremy Dhondy, Chairman of the 4. In a teams event, either or Bird’s part! I regret I have to keep previous results and any
Laws & Ethics Committee, replies: If both captains of the sides disappointing him as well as his rights to individual veto.
a player appeals against a director’s involved. fans, but there simply isn’t enough David Wing, London
ruling, then the people who may That’s it, no spectators! The players space on the two pages to accom-
attend the appeal are: who are being appealed against do modate six 52-card layouts and This was felt to be a problem for the
1. The Appeal Committee not have to attend. If the side relative auctions underneath. We Tournament Committee and Chair-
members (usually three, but appealing don’t attend, then the do feature a few 52-card layouts if man Andrew Petrie says he will
it can be one in exceptional appeal chairman may decline to the commentary touches on play or make sure these issues will be con-
circumstances). hear the appeal. defence issues. sidered at a future meeting. Ú
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