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pair were a long-established

partnership, or beginners, or

perhaps in keeping with most

bridge clubs, of a certain age.

Nobody other than East really

knows what East was thinking

about, we're not told if he/she

was asked about the UCB, but if

not, he/she may have been

desperately trying to remember

if it was a Michaels, a UCB or

something else. It's even possible

he/she didn't notice North had

passed. So perhaps West was

presented with logical

alternatives but unless West is a

mind-reader the hesitation could

mean anything or nothing.

A final point is that by stating

that the director used the wrong

test and gave a wrong decision,

Robin completely undermines

the director. He or she is trying

to act as umpire, often at a cost

to their own result. It's likely that

many people must know the

people in question, so rather

than just receiving guidance on

the rules, the director receives a

public slapping. Nice.

No doubt if you publish this

email, I'll get a public slapping as

well! Brian Dorey

There are positions where you

apply more relaxed rules in a club

than in a major championship.

The elderly player who drops a

card on the floor, for example.

I agree that people hesitate for

different reasons but if you

hesitate (nothing wrong with

that) you put pressure on partner

not to use the information.

It's quite true that most club

directors are volunteers and the

club is dependent on their good

graces. A good club will help them

by being supportive which

includes helping them get training

(the EBU's Club Director course

comes to mind). In the incident

covered in Roy Young's letter West

bid on for no valid bridge reason

after East had hesitated. What

reason did West have for going on?

It is often said that there can be

any number of reasons for a

hesitation but very often it is

because the person hesitating is

thinking of taking positive action.

There are some complicated

laws and for directors not to get

them all right all the time is

entirely understandable but if you

take on the job you have some

responsibility to try and

understand the basics. Mr Young

showed considerable grace by

accepting the decision at the event.

Jeremy Dhondy

EBU Chairman

sportsmanship and a

friendly international spirit. Joan Gerard was a

great supporter of the WBF Youth Programs

worldwide.

Nominations are made by players, NPCs,

coaches and WBF championship officials, with no

one able to nominate players from their own

country. Jasmine is the first English player to win

the award since Ben Green in 2003.

JOAN GERARD AWARD

Congratulations to

Jasmine Bakhshi who is

this year's recipient of

the Joan Gerard Award

in the U16 category.

The Award is presented

to youth players who

demonstrate aptitude,

fair play, good

MEMBER SUSPENDED

FROM COMPETITIONS

An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently

considered charges that Mr Dave Robinson had

embarked on a loud and sustained outburst

complaining about the injustice of an appeal at

the Harrogate Spring Congress, and that this

constituted a breach of Rule 3.2(v) of the EBU

Disciplinary Rules, being conduct or behaviour

which falls below the accepted standards

required of Player Members.

The defendant admitted the charges. In the

light of his expressed regret and willingness to

apologise to those most directly affected, the

Committee imposed a sanction of three

months' suspension from participation in EBU

competitions.

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