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Status: Bridge (2017 - June)

(Text as at 20/07/2017 14:34:05)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during April – June 2017
  1. Overview:
    • I continued playing mostly twice a week in total with David and Colin, and occasionally with Albert. I also played in a few tournaments and matches.
    • Results were rather depressing, and my rating crashed from AD at its recent peak to a K.
    • I spent only 91% of planned effort on this project; details below. This was mainly due either to two holidays (though I played estimation whist!) or to the bloated budget rather than to lack of zeal.
  2. The Highlights of the quarter were:-
    • ECBA League Div 2: Played our final match (with David, and TC+SE) against a County A team and won comfortably. If we’d won 17-33 rather than 15-5 we’d have been promoted to Div 1. At least we avoided demotion.
    • ECBA Club Pairs (Sunday 4th June), with Colin, representing Hutton. Came 3 / 17 and the team came top.
    • ECBA Championship Pairs (Sunday 23rd April), with Albert. Dismal. Came 20 / 30 in the qualifier and 7 / 21 in the Consolation Final.
    • EBU Easter Championship Pairs (Friday / Sat 14-15th April), with Colin. A mixed bag. Got off to a great start, then had a middling second session and wilted in the third. Overall, about par for our ratings. 68 / 109, 48.65%, 1.23 GPs gained. The good thing from the perspective of experience was that as this was not a Swiss, there was a risk of coming away with nothing, which had previously put me off entering (as it does most Essex players).
    • ECBA Teams of 4 Final (Monday 3rd April 2017), with David, Albert & Chris T. We were playing Marc Chawner’s team and got crushed – we conceded after 24 boards. Still, a good run.
  3. I’ve continued supporting the ECBA website (Web Link) and Bernie’s Website (Web Link) as well as various sites for small clubs (Web Link).
  4. I spent a lot of time on system and session reviews which, as always, needs to be kept in check.
  5. Effort Expenditure: During 2Q17 I expended 224 hours on this project (782 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the (academic) year commencing in October 2016). That’s 91% of the planned effort, 120% YTD. Overall, 35% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 40% YTD) – as against 35% planned (33% YTD).
  6. Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following these links – for the last quarter and to date.
  7. Recent Results: Follow this link. Further information can be found from my Bridge_Page4.
  8. Local Points:
    • 33,556, bagged to date, including 1,175 Blue Points, 97.56 Green Points and 0.22 Gold Points5.
    • That makes me a National Master. My next aim is to achieve Premier National Master status (40,000 LPs, including 100 GPs) – so just there as far as GPs are concerned6, but still a long way to go for local points.
    • I think I had about 5,000 LPs from my student days, but never registered any, more’s the pity.
  9. EBU Grading:
    • My rating collapsed in 2Q17, and was down to a low K at the end of the quarter.
    • See Web Link for full details of the scheme, and the summary7 and previous reports for my detailed meanderings over time.
  10. Summary of Progress to Date: I’ve hived off the history to a separate document8.
  11. Further Details: of time expenditure against task are given below, extracted from the relevant version of my Summary Task List9 (which is regularly updated between Quarterly Status Reports).

Bridge (Total Hours = 224.25)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 4.25)
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 26)
    • 1Q17 Status Reports (3 hours)
    • Albert's Convention Card to Ian Moss (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Convention Card Update (Colin) (1.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Discussion with Ian Barren (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin"
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Committee Involvement (11 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Committee Involvement - AGM (1.75 hours)
      → See "Admin - ECBA Website - Admin & Maintenance"
    • Bridge - Email to David (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Email to Tony (1.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Year Planning, Investigations and Organisation (5.75 hours)
    • Master Point reconciliation (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin"
  3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 130)
    • Bridge - Bernie's (Albert) (9.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Bernie's (Colin) (16 hours)
    • Bridge - Club Pairs (Colin) (7.25 hours)
    • Bridge - EBU Easter Pairs (Colin) (11.25 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA League Match (David Tennet) (3 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA Tof4 KO Final (David Tennet) (3.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Essex Pairs (Albert) (7 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton / St Edith's (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Albert) (3 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Colin) (16 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (Colin) (9.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (16.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham (Albert) (6 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham (David Tennet) (6.25 hours)
    • Holiday - Estimation Whist (12.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing"
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 64)
    • Bridge - Discussion with Dennis (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (Albert) (4.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (Colin) (17.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (David Tennet) (12.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Albert) (5.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Colin) (15 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Strong Diamond) (7 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Study"
    • "Chawner (Marc) - Competitive Bidding" (2 hours)

Plans for the Near Future:
  1. I intend to play twice a week in clubs, and in National competitions, but to accommodate other activities I’ve reduce the schedule to 16 hours a week throughout the coming quarter.
  2. Up-coming competitions: The following are scheduled:-
    • Felixstowe Swiss Pairs (Saturday 30th September): Ware; partner unknown.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs / Teams (Saturday / Sunday 23-24th September): Ware; partner unknown.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs (Saturday 22nd July): Ware, with David.
    • London Swiss Teams (Sunday 16th July): With Albert, plus PS & PJ.
    • Essex “C” vs Cambs & Hunts (Sunday 2nd July): With David.
  3. To keep “within budget” it is essential that I don’t get involved in lengthy post-mortems.
  4. Bridge Study10:-



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 2: Footnote 3: 16-4 would have led to a tie.

Footnote 5: These have been amortised over the years.

Footnote 6: Taking into account the BPs, which are converted at the rate 300 BPs = 1 GP.

Footnote 10:


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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 60)

Date Length Title
10/04/2017 23:38:24 10034 Status: Bridge (2017 - March)
14/01/2017 20:18:14 9803 Status: Bridge (2016 - December)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 9262 Status: Bridge (2016 - September)
21/07/2016 16:12:00 8468 Status: Bridge (2016 - June)
05/04/2016 23:19:41 9287 Status: Bridge (2016 - March)
07/01/2016 00:59:02 7361 Status: Bridge (2015 - December)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 8567 Status: Bridge (2015 - September)
02/07/2015 23:12:29 7669 Status: Bridge (2015 - June)
23/04/2015 21:14:24 6145 Status: Bridge (2015 - March)
13/01/2015 19:07:41 7762 Status: Bridge (2014 - December)
07/10/2014 17:39:50 7361 Status: Bridge (2014 - September)
04/07/2014 22:46:34 7240 Status: Bridge (2014 - June)



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