REPORT NO. 29

LADY MILNE

The Ladies Home International – the Lady Milne – takes place in Belfast this coming weekend (15-17 April), from Friday evening through to Sunday.

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The Welsh team comprises:

Liz Atkinson/Ceri Pierce

Gilly Clench/Maggie Pierce

Irene Thomas/Jenny Vaughan

NPC: Liam Sheridan

Good luck to all.

 

WORLD BRIDGE GAMES

See Report 24 for information about this event, which takes place in Wroclaw, Poland in September. There is one correction: no final decision has been taken with respect to financial support for Pairs or Teams wishing to represent Wales in this event.

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REPORT NO. 28

MASTERPOINTS AND BRIDGEMATES: A NEW INITIATIVE

The selectors have long been concerned that masterpoint awards, upon which their selection decisions are generally based, do not adequately distinguish different skill levels within the WBU. There is a particular problem where the partnership in question is of players whose skill levels, to put it at its kindest, are somewhat discrepant. We have been in discussion with Mr William Gates, a leading expert on Bridgemate technology, with a view to establishing whether the Bridgemate facility now in use in most clubs might offer a solution to this problem.

Following our specifications, Mr Gates has developed a Bridgemate prototype containing an number of additional features. The most significant of these is an ‘Error’ code that can be entered when one member of a partnership perpetrates a gross error that results in a needlessly inferior score on a given board. That error message will be assigned only to the player making the mistake, with the non-offending player’s score on the board being amended to Average +.

There will also be a brilliancy provision, whereby plays which indicate that the player in question is of international standard (or close to it), can be highlighted and transferred to the selectors’ database.

The responsibility for activating these features of the new technology will fall to North and East, generally assumed to be the stronger players within the partnership.

The new Bridgemates are expensive, at £10,000 per machine, and so may be beyond the reach of some clubs, but as with all new technology it is anticipated that costs will fall over time, whilst new features are likely to be added.

The new machines are due to be trialed over the next two months in the Cardiff club, where we understand there has been a particularly high incidence of players suffering poor results through no fault of their own. We will report back once the experiment has been completed.

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REPORT NO. 27

EUROPEAN TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 53rd European Teams Championships will be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 16th to 25th June.

The following teams have been chosen to represent Wales in this event.

OPEN TEAM

Gary Jones & Patrick Jourdain; Richard Plackett & Simon Richards; Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff            NPC: Alan Stephenson

SENIORS TEAM

Paul Denning & Patrick Shields; Filip & Diane Kurbalija; John Salisbury & Mike Tedd           NPC: Alan Stephenson

We wish both teams the best of good fortune.

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