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Plain speaking Green LETTERS TO THE
WILL someone please tell me the conservative, classical pre- Values EDITOR
who (Marc Smith or Frances empt meaning: ‘I expect to go
Hinden) was arguing in favour 2/3 off in this contract.’ This is HAVING returned to compe-
of or against disciplined or delightfully disciplined and titive bridge after a break of
random pre-empts ? random at the same time. No almost twenty years, I found
For example, Marc Smith lies, no deceptions, it does ex- that I had accumulated over Send your letters to the Editor,
concludes: ‘You should be disci- actly what it says on the tin. 150 Green Points – my collec- Elena Jeronimidis, 23 Erleigh Road,
plined within the confines of But should I be surprised at tion of GPs being gained via Reading RG1 5LR, or e-mail
your agreed system.’ I’m sorry, the advocates’ comments, be- events such as Crockfords, Gold
I thought he was advocating cause when reading about the Cup, and National Pairs. The editor reserves the right to condense
letters. Publication does not mean the
random pre-empts. However, bidding methods of experts one Having recently entered a few EBU agrees with the views expressed or
Frances Hinden argues: ‘. . . the is very much aware of their Sim Pairs events, I was surpri- that the comments are factually correct.
disciplined player loosens up over-egging of the pudding and sed to learn that GPs can now
in other positions.’ And there I their quest for the latest fa- be obtained by playing against
was thinking she was advoca-
ting disciplined pre-empts.
shionable bidding gizmo?
players of limited ability.
Why did the EBU change
Accuse me of taking things
out of context if you must, but
Boston Spa the previous practice of only
issuing black points? kindly!
I’m just an old fashioned GOM I hope this month’s debate Do other members feel that
(grumpy old man). The only (pages 38-39) attracts more by awarding Green Points in I HAVE just spent a pleasant
thing that made sense was votes than the two (a 50-50 Sim Pairs, promotion through morning reading the August
Frances Hinden’s reference to split) I received for August! the master-point ranks is made magazine. I felt I had to drop
easier and therefore GPs have you a mail to say what a good
lost some of their merit? read it was this time.
Card problems Mel Downing, by e-mail I love the snippets of news
you slotted in everywhere. The
WHEN the new design cards eyesight problem which ex- Alan Nelson, Chairman of the one of Bill Gardner was bril-
were introduced at Brighton a acerbated the problem. Tournament Committee, replies: liant. I have met Bill all around
few years ago, there were some I hope that this problem can ‘Our objective in making this the circuit over the years and
problems with the confusion be examined and corrected change was to encourage play- have missed him recently pro-
caused by the design of the ace when the next batch of playing ers of all levels of ability by re- bably due to his mayoral duties.
of spades. cards are manufactured. cognising excellent performance There was the lovely story of
The problem arose again on Peter J. Bates, Sussex in a national event even if it was him in Luxor where he went
Sunday for one of our oppo- in the familiar environment of and bartered for a job lot of
nents who mistook declarer’s Jeremy Dhondy informs me that their local club. Our hope is Egyptian cotton t-shirts in
lead of the ace of spades as the the new cards are clearer in this that that this will in turn en- every colour imaginable. I don’t
ace of clubs and consequently respect, and says the solution, courage more players to value think the seller knew what hit
revoked, failing to follow suit. if clubs can afford it, is to replace the EBU Tournament and him. Bill still wears them at the
In this case the player had an the old ones sooner rather later. Master-point programmes.’ events he attends!
If you can keep the size of
issue like this one, I am sure
Part-scores Teams v Pairs revisited people will be happy to have a
thinner type of paper to keep
WHY does the bidding test I AGREE with Guy Malcolm The disproportionate effect the postage the same.
contain so many slam hands (August Letters) that team style of big swings can be eliminated Jenny Gray, by e-mail
every issue? They only form a and scoring is attractive, esp- if the session is scored using
small part of day-to-day bridge. ecially in a ‘proper’ team event, board-a-match instead of IMPs. The number of letters and e-
Can’t we have more part-scores where one team of four plays But that requires pairs-style tac- mails received in praise of the
and games to test ourselves on? another over 24 or 32 boards. A tics, not teams, defeating the in- August issue has been heart-
Dick Clark, by e-mail club team evening is different. itial reason for having a teams warming! Thank you all who
Most likely each team will play evening! wrote in. I am happy to report
David Bird points out that part- just two boards against 12 other I like teams, but do not dis- that English Bridge will go up
score hands of interest usually teams. IMPs scoring skews the miss pairs. I enjoy trying for to a regular 64 pages in Decem-
entail contested auctions, which ranking in favour of a team that something, losing 1700 but ber, after the stock of heavier
the Questions sheet does not cope gets one enormous score, often realising that has only cost our paper that the printers had set
well with. He is, however, happy not through its own efforts but pair 4%, at pairs, rather than aside for us has been used up. As
to comply with readers’ wishes because one of its pairs was ruining the result for a whole for the news sprinkled all over
and will, in future, look harder lucky to be playing a pair that team. the mag, well . . . we depend on
for interesting non-slam hands. gave away a stupid 1700 points. Barry North, Cobham you for that!
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