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Status: Bridge (2019 - September)
(Text as at 10/10/2019 23:58:34)
(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)
Rationale for this Project
- I showed some natural talent for bridge in my youth1, and I’ve wanted to see how far I could 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 enough.
- I withdrew from the game2 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 in July 2017, but played 2 games in 18Q4 and 6 games in 19Q1. Thereafter, things have returned pretty much to normal.
- While I’m now also committed to Billericay Chess Club3, I’ve now decided I’m much more suited to bridge than chess, and will now take bridge seriously again.
- While my main partner is David, I’ve also restarted old partnerships with Linda and Colin, so I played 30 times in 19Q3.
- See my Bridge Page4 for full information on my Bridge activities.
- Highlights of the Quarter:-
- Essex/Herts Swiss Teams (Sunday 22nd September): Played with David, and Tim & Steve. Another triumph! The team was lying 2nd after winning our first 3 matches. We then lost narrowly to the eventual winners (all down to our team-mates choosing the wrong grand slam and our opponents the right one). Then we won our next two matches – narrowly against the Orams, but comprehensively against Marc Chawner’s team. Sadly, the wheels fell off in the last round, so instead of coming 2nd had we lost no worse than 6-14, we came 5 / 36. 1.58 GPs gained.
- Essex/Herts Swiss Pairs (Saturday 21st September): Played with David. Quite a triumph. We were lying 2nd after winning our first 3 matches, then lost our next 2, but finished strongly winning our last 2 matches 19-1 to end up 12 / 88 on 55.46%. 1.73 GPs gained.
- Essex/Herts Swiss Teams (Sunday 21st July): Played with David, and Tim & Steve. Rather a disaster, though this was largely down to our team-mates as David and my X-IMPs were slightly above flat, thereby exceeded our NGS ratings. Anyway, we won one match, drew one and lost 5, coming 33 / 42 and gaining only 0.38 GPs.
- Essex/Herts Swiss Pairs (Saturday 20th July): Played with David. Somewhat underwhelming, but we marginally exceeded our NGS, coming 63 / 98 on 48.6%, winning one match, drawing 3 and losing 3, gaining 0.63 GPs thereby.
- NICKO Plate Round 4 (Tuesday 9th July): Played with David, and Tim & Steve, for Mountnessing A. Got crushed by YCBC K – lost by 46 IMPs, most of which were mislaid in the first 12 boards.
- Warboys B Flight (Wednesdays 10/7, 14/8, 11/9): Played with David. A little better than last time (=0, +11, +19 IMPs) – on average about at our NGS-rating. My average for the season was +6.17 IMPs over 6 sessions, so came 8 / 27 qualifiers (see Warboys B-Flight 2019).
- Mountnessing Bridge Club: Played on 12 Thursdays with David. A bit up and down, but mostly positive.
- Mayflower Bridge Club: Played on 8 Tuesdays; 5 times with David and 3 times with Linda. Again, a bit up and down, but mostly positive.
- Hutton Bridge Club: Played on 2 Mondays. Once with David and once with Colin. Results just about OK – the club is pretty random, and on its last legs, methinks.
- Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following these links – for the last quarter and to date.
- Results: Follow this link. Further information can be found from my Bridge Page5.
- Local Points:
- 34,8936, bagged to date, including 1,191 Blue Points and 104.39 Green Points.
- That makes me a National Master. My next milestone7 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:
- As a result of the September Essex/Herts triumph, my rating rose to a comfortable K. Then I had 3 bad results and I was left still a K but teetering on the edge at the end of the quarter.
- See EBU: NGS for full details of the scheme, and previous Status Reports and my Summary of Progress to Date8 for my detailed meanderings over time.
- Summary of Progress to Date: I’ve hived off the history to a Summary of Progress to Date9 document.
- Further Details: of time expenditure against task are given below, extracted from the relevant version of my Summary Task List10 (which is regularly updated between Quarterly Status Reports).
Summary of Progress during July - September 2019
- I spent 216.75 hours in 19Q3 on this Project, or related work (382.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 237.5% of the planned effort (183.4% YTD). Overall, 32.3% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 15.3% YTD) - as against 13.7% planned (7.4% YTD).
- So, more than twice the time planned. The main reason was unexpectedly standing in for Leon with David on Tuesdays, and then playing with Linda when Leon returned.
- I briefly looked into "Granville (Richard) & Burn (David) - The MOSSO Bidding System" with the idea of playing it with Colin, but it’s too complicated for him (and likewise for me, most likely).
- Otherwise, see “General Status” above.
- Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List11, and YTD here12.
Bridge (Total Hours = 216.75)
- Bridge - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 9.75)
- Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 9)
- 19Q2 Status Reports (3.25 hours)
- 19Q3 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
- Bridge - Emails to Colin (0.75 hours)
- Bridge - Emails to David, Etc. (1 hour)
- Bridge - Emails to Linda (0.75 hours)
- Bridge - Mountnessing Membership / Ladders investigation (0.25 hours)
- Bridge - Socialising with Tony (0.25 hours)
- Bridge - Strong Diamond - Convention Card Update (2 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (9 hours)
- Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 120)
- Bridge - Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs (David Tennet) (14.25 hours)
- Bridge - Essex / Herts Swiss Teams (David Tennet) (14 hours)
- Bridge - Hutton (Colin Scott) (3.75 hours)
- Bridge - Hutton (David Tennet) (3.25 hours)
- Bridge - Mayflower (David Tennet) (16 hours)
- Bridge - Mayflower (Linda Fleet) (10 hours)
- Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (39 hours)
- Bridge - NICKO Plate R4 Match (David Tennet) (4 hours)
- Bridge - Warboys B (David Tennet) (10.75 hours)
- Holiday - Estimation Whist (5 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (120 hours)
- Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 78)
- Bridge - Emails to Colin re System (Mosso Etc) (0.5 hours)
- Bridge - Session Reviews (Colin Scott) (1 hour)
- Bridge - Session Reviews (David Tennet) (36.75 hours)
- Bridge - Session Reviews (Linda Fleet) (2 hours)
- Bridge - Systems Review (Colin - Benji) (1.75 hours)
- Bridge - Systems Review (Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT) (6 hours)
- Bridge - Systems Review (Strong Diamond) (30 hours)
→ See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (78 hours)
Plans for the Near Future:
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 2:
Footnote 3: Footnote 6:
- 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 do any Webmastering.
- 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.
- 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.
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