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February 2020 English Bridge

points, leaving the courageous young Dennis the

Dane in need of more brave decisions in the boards

to come.

This very exacting form of scoring demands a lot

of players throughout the competition and the

smallest slip will be severely punished. It makes it exciting both to play and to watch. For more

information about tactics at board-a-match/pointa-board,

see my article for this magazine from June

2013 (https://tinyurl.com/uu8u9jo). There's also a

link on the EBU website, with the details of the

National Point-a-Board Teams, held in January. r

HIGHS, LOWS AND STATISTICS

T

he EBU's Michael Clark has pulled together

great facts and figures showing the amazing

feats some players achieved in 2019.

As with 2018, there was only one pair to manage

a 90%+ card this year - Natasha Romaine and Phil

Thompson, playing at Belper Bridge Club on 25th

January. They couldn't quite top last year's score of

92.50%, but they won't have been too disappointed

with 90.18%.

Outside of national events, by far the strongest

bridge was played in the London Super League,

organised by Nick Sandqvist at the Young Chelsea.

They actually took the top 14 spots, but their

strongest heat was 64.79.

The Super League attracts a lot of very strong

teams, so let's also mention the strongest 'normal'

club evening which was a smallish teams night at

New Amersham Bridge Club on 30th April. Their

SOF was 61.44. r

Natasha and Phil only played 16 boards, which

makes it a little bit easier to score big. The pair with

the highest score who played 20+ boards was Tony

Cherrett & Phil Harris at Caterham Bridge Club on

30th August with a score of 86.25%.

In all, 21 pairs managed to score 80%+ over 20+

boards, so if you were one of the pairs that managed

this - you're in rare company!

How about the biggest NGS improvement for a

pair? Technically, that was a score of +40.36 against

par, but it was a pivot teams and they only played

three boards together, so it probably shouldn't

count. The largest jump for a mature grade in a

normal session was Rachel Calvert & Sarah

Pendarves, who beat par by +34.18 on a bridge

holiday in January.

1 Premier League Division 1 66.70

2 European Open Trials, Stage 2 66.12

3 Crockfords Cup Final 65.80

4 4 Stars A Final (Summer meeting teams) 65.51

5 National Point-A-Board Teams final 65.11

We don't want to look at the worst scores of the

year (we were all beginners once!), but the biggest

NGS drop of the year by a mature partnership was

-34.05 against par!

The strongest session of the year by Strength of

Field (SOF) didn't manage to top last year's Open

Trials, although the final of this year's trials may well

do. The strongest EBU sessions (and strongest

overall) were:

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