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Status: Bridge (2020 - September)
(Text as at 04/10/2020 00:27:22)
(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)
As this project is substantially in abeyance, this report is mostly generated automatically, with minor textual additions at the end of each academic year.
Rationale for this Project
- I showed some natural talent for bridge in my youth1, and I’ve wanted to see how far I can get with a bit of application (but – given the breadth my other interests – without fanaticism).
- However, this project has always needed to be kept rigorously in hand, something that has rarely been the case since I returned to the game.
- Basically, Bridge is fun – and I do reasonably well, but not well enough2 to justify making it a major focus of my efforts.
- I withdrew from the game3 for most of 2015, but returned in the final quarter. This absence allowed me to get things in perspective for a while thereafter – playing twice or three times a week, with the occasional tournament.
- I again retired from the game for 18 months, commencing in July 2017, but played 2 games in 18Q4 and 6 games in 19Q1. Thereafter, things have returned pretty much to normal.
- While, since the summer of 2018, I’ve been somewhat also committed to Billericay Chess Club4, I’ve now decided I’m much more suited to bridge than chess, and will take bridge seriously again.
- While my main bridge partner is David, I’ve also restarted and maintained old partnerships with Linda and Colin. However, bridge in clubs and tournaments was shut down with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lock-down of mid-March 2020, and show no signs of re-opening this year.
- While there are lots of opportunities for on-line bridge, and several local clubs run their own sessions, I’ve decided not to take part as it’s too much like a busman’s holiday (given I spend all day in front of a computer). As in other “intermissions”, I don’t miss the game in the least – this time because I’m happily focusing on my philosophical researches.
- Just before the lock-down, I’d agreed to take on support of the Hutton and Mountnessing websites, together with support and running of the Mountnessing scoring kit (laptop and phones). It’s unlikely that much will happen face-to-face either this or next year, but there’s a risk on-line bridge might really take off and I might be expected to take part, or even help facilitate, given my IT background. The systems on offer are BBO - Bridge Base On-Line, which is the established system with links to the EBU’s NGS and MP systems, and RealBridge, which is currently in Beta testing, but has the advantage of having video and audio links (though not yet NGS or MPs5, but it looks like it will be shortly as the EBU’s Autumn Congress at the end of October, and other major events, are to be played using it).
- See my Bridge Page6 for full information on my Bridge activities.
- This project is now effectively moth-balled. There’s unlikely to be face-to-face bridge for another year. However, the development of RealBridge undercuts some of my objections to on-line bridge, in that there is inter-personal contact, though it still has the drawback of being stuck in front of a computer screen.
- Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following these links – for the last quarter and to date (both reflecting play up to and including 20Q1).
- Results: Follow this link. Further information can be found from my Bridge Page7.
- Master Points:
- 36,3898, bagged to date, including 1,249 Blue Points and 107.39 Green Points.
- That makes me a National Master. My next milestone9 will be to achieve Premier National Master status (40,000 LPs, including 100 GPs) – so comfortably there as far as GPs are concerned, but still a long way to go for local points.
- EBU Grading:
- Started as a K, rose to an Ace of Clubs in early February, stayed at that level until (what turned out to be) the last game of the quarter (National Pairs) where a rotten set dropped me down to a K by 0.01%. Stuck there until bridge resumes!
- See EBU: NGS for full details of the scheme, and previous Status Reports and my Summary of Progress to Date10 for my detailed meanderings over time.
- Summary of Progress to Date: I’ve hived off the history to a Summary of Progress to Date11 document.
- Further Details: of time expenditure against task are given below, extracted from the relevant version of my Summary Task List12 (which is regularly updated between Quarterly Status Reports) and YTD here13..
Summary of Progress during July - September 2020
- I spent 18.75 hours in 20Q3 on this Project, or related work (463.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 47.9% of the planned effort (86.7% YTD). Overall, 2.7% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 16.6% YTD) - as against 5.6% planned (18.1% YTD).
- Bridge (Total Hours = 18.75)
- Bridge - Reading / Writing
- Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 8)
- Bridge - Play
- Bridge - Study
- As can be seen, only about half the scheduled time was expended, partly on the anticipated Admin though some time was spent reviewing the Mountnessing “Hands of the Week” and playing Estimation Whist on holiday!
Summary of Progress during October 2019 – September 2020 (YTD Activity14)
- Bridge (Total Hours = 463.25)
- Bridge - Reading / Writing
- Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 66.75)
- 19Q3 Status Reports & personal Bridge webpage updares (6.75 hours)
- 19Q4 Status Reports (1.5 hours)
- 20Q1 Status Reports (4 hours)
- 20Q2 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (13 hours)
- "Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Admin & Maintenance" (6 hours)
- Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Reading User Guide (0.75 hours)
- Admin - Mountnessing DBC - Committee Discussions (11.75 hours)
- Admin - Mountnessing DBC WhatsApp Group (5.75 hours)
- Bridge - 20H1 planning (6.5 hours)
- Bridge - Colin Benji - Convention Card Update (2 hours)
- Bridge - Emails to Dave Turner (0.5 hours)
- Bridge - Emails to David, Etc. (10 hours)
- Bridge - Hutton AGM (0.75 hours)
- Bridge - Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT - Convention Card Update (1.5 hours)
- Bridge - Strong Diamond - Convention Card Update (3.25 hours)
- Bridge - Stuff for parties (0.5 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (43.25 hours)
- Bridge - Systems Review (Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT) (0.25 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (0.25 hours)
- Bridge - Travel & Travel planning (1.25 hours)
- Discussions with Tony & Alaric (1.75 hours)
- Emails to Richard re bridge in schools (1.25 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (4.25 hours)
- Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 209)
- Bridge - Hutton (Colin Scott) (22.75 hours)
- Bridge - Hutton (Linda Fleet) (15.5 hours)
- Bridge - Mayflower (Colin Scott) (30.25 hours)
- Bridge - Mayflower (David Tennet) (16.75 hours)
- Bridge - Mayflower (Linda Fleet) (19.5 hours)
- Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (66.25 hours)
- Bridge - National Pairs Heat (David Tennet) (7 hours)
- Bridge - NICKO R1 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
- Bridge - NICKO R2 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
- Bridge - Warboys A (David Tennet) (6.75 hours)
- Bridge - Woodham Cornell Trophy (David Tennet) (6.25 hours)
- Bridge - Woodham Ferrers Swiss Teams (David Tennet) (6 hours)
- Holiday - Estimation Whist (5 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (209 hours)
- Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 174.5)
- The list above gives a more balanced picture of the (academic) year, during which I played regularly in the first half, but not at all in the second.
Plans for the Near Future:
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 2:
- My view is that anyone sufficiently smart to play bridge at the expert level is probably sufficiently smart to do something more useful with their time, so ought not to be playing, except in retirement.
- That said, anyone would like to play like an expert should this be possible while still keeping bridge as a relaxation. I doubt this is possible, certainly in my own case.
Footnote 4: Footnote 5:
- When not playing, I didn’t miss the game at all, but maybe this was mainly because acting as the Essex County Bridge Association (ECBA) Webmaster provided a psychological substitute.
- However, I didn’t miss it over the 18 months from July 2017 either, and I no longer did any Webmastering.
- Again, I have to ask myself why these are important.
- My answer is that without these – particularly NGS – it’s not a proper national game.
- There’s a slight discrepancy between my records and the EBU stats.
- When the EBU had 33,776, my calculations had 33,915, made up of 22,962 LPs, 1,175 BPs and 100.06 GPs.
- I’ve not been bothered to determine the reason for the discrepancy, nor repeated the comparison as now I’m playing regularly timing issues also play a part. However, I have written a reconciliation program, but haven’t sorted out the discrepancies yet.
- I think I had about 5,000 LPs from my student days, but never registered any, more’s the pity.
- My Gold Points have now “aged off”.
- I no longer intend to “aim” to climb the greasy pole, but simply to enjoy the game.
- As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
- If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
- The YTD Activity-list is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
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