February 2020 English Bridge
points, leaving the courageous young Dennis the
Dane in need of more brave decisions in the boards
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
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
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
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