Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This blog is now officially closed until further notice!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Topless Tommy

Interesting article about a hand played with my partner recently (he remembers them all!)'

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Electronic Scoring

Recently attended a club with electronic scoring. Seemed to work very well, members very experienced in using it.

Results available within seconds at the end.

Very impressive but not all said they liked it. They missed having travelling score sheets to see who had bid what. This was true even though they could find this on the electronic score pads.

Which is better? What do you think?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Psychic Bids-again!

My club has just taken a big decision. Psychic bids are banned! I know, I know they are allowed by the laws of Bridge. But......we are not members of the English Bridge Union and so are making up our own rules.

The reason is that a minority of players are (we think), using them too often. I say "we think" because we can't really check on it. The EBU seems to think that players should report their own "psyches". They also think the Tournament Director should check to see if the psyche is "fielded". This is not realistic for a TD who, in a small club, is also playing.

So if the TD is called to a suspected psyche we will apply the rule of 19 to opening bids and the rule of 14 to pre-empts at the 2 level and above. If the test is failed the psycher will be penalized. Overcalls must have at least 3 cards overcalled (unless conventional).

So there it is. I will let you know how it works out (from the safety of my nuclear bunker).

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's a long time since I posted here (for no particular reason). Lots of things have happened in the (Bridge) world.

Bridge holidays are my latest thing and it will be interesting to see what people think about them and what makes a good holiday?