The Experiment by Ian Payn
WE ARE trying an experiment challenge of this pilot scheme. everybody is amenable. How online is perfectly feasible.
– an experiment which, if And of all competitions, the this will mature over the next
successful, will result in a Faulkner Salver perhaps suffers couple of years I’m not going In the Limelight
revolution in the way in which most from those two bugbears: to attempt to predict, but the
matches in knockout compe- very few teams from some areas Conditions of Contest for this We do want to know how it
titions may be played. For the leading to either being drawn first toe-in-the-water will be goes, and when the first match
first time, we’re allowing against the same team time perfectly clear on what the is played we’ll want to run an
matches to be played online, after time, or having to travel ground rules are at this stage, article about it, either here, in
and the competition in which long distances – or both! and nobody will be disenfran- English Bridge, or in Tourna-
we’re doing it is (wait for it) the chised, or have any reason to be ment Focus, so not only will
Seniors Knockout Teams for It Will Be an Option uncomfortable if they don’t two teams blaze a trail, they’ll
the Gerard Faulkner Salver. want to take advantage of this also get their names up in
I know what you’re thinking, This will come into effect in facility. metaphorical lights.
but consider this: there is no the 2013-2014 season and the
group that has embraced the Tournament Committee hopes Unfounded Concerns Feedback, Please!
idea of the internet as strongly that it will be of benefit as an
as the older generation – of additional service. Please don’t One of the concerns about on- As always, the Tournament
bridge players, at least. In the take the wrong message away line bridge, mainly for those Committee is interested in
current Seniors Teams com- from this: it’s an option. It’s not who don’t play, is the possi- what people think, both of
petition there are two hundred compulsory, it’s anything but. bility of cheating, but I’m this arrangement and how they
and twenty-five players regis- We imagine that the scenario prepared to wager that our can see it working in the
tered, and we have email will involve perhaps an away members are a pretty honest future, and we’re open to
addresses for two hundred captain deciding that he’d lot. In any event, measures will suggestions. The best conduit
and eight of them. Of the fifty- rather play online than travel be in place to monitor and stop to the TC is the usual one – if
two teams entered, only five are for a particular match, and any attempt at sharp practice. you drop Peter Jordan a line
returning result slips by post. asking his opposing captain if Evidence from the Amer ican (firstname.lastname@example.org), he’ll make
This is a sector of the playing he’s willing. That’s all. Then it Contract Bridge League shows sure that any com ments get
population ready to take up the can just be set up on BBO if that enforcing ethical standards through to us.
B&B (Bliss and Bridge) aboard Balmoral
THE 2012 EBU cruise, organised by Paul Hackett in conjunction
with Fred. Olsen, was seventeen days heading for the Cape Verde
islands, off the coast of Africa, on board the Balmoral. When the
ship was at sea Paul took a morning seminar, discussing points from
the previous afternoon session. There was a full session every
afternoon the ship was not in port and every night there was a short
sixteen-board pairs session to enable everyone not only to have a
relaxing dinner but also the opportunity to watch the shows.
On the first afternoon Fred. Olsen hosted a cocktail party where
the bridge team was introduced: Paul Hackett, in overall charge;
John Pyner, the TD; and hosts Maggie Pyner, Olivia Hackett,
Annette Lucas and Mike Cornes. This ensured that everyone
always had a partner and there was no sit-out.
First port of call was Madeira: Madeira wine was the main
buying opportunity and many took advantage to stock up. Then
came the Cape Verde islands, well off the beaten tourist trail –
beautiful beaches and lush greenery were in abundance; three more and the Victor Ludorum was Carol Duke, closely followed by Tony
days and three islands, and then back to Tenerife. The bridge, which Heatly; the final session was followed by a closing cocktail party.
was incredibly friendly, attracted on average 7-8 tables per session Watch this space for details of the next EBU cruise!
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