Ross Taylor

Canadian Bridge Federation seems to be dropping the ball

Other than Michael Yuen’s daily briefs, and recent posts from Linda and Ray, there has been a  dearth of reporting from this year’s Canadian Bridge Week being held in Regina as I write. Yet, all would acknowledge this is the single most important week on Canadian bridge players’ calendars. Surely the CBF could have commissioned (or even comandeered) someone to write more detailed timely reports about all the goings on – it truly is of interest. 

But my bigger beef is with the results reporting on the CBF website. They are often a half to one day behind and errors are not uncommon. The second day of the CNTC final is presently underway (it is 3 pm EST on May 28), yet the CBF website is just reporting the results of the first three (of four) segments from yesterday’s play. And if I want to see what is going on in the overalls after the first day of the COPC (Canadian Open Pairs Championship), a mouse click only takes me to the results of yesterday afternoon’s first of two qualifying sessions.

Someone tuning in right now to the CBF website for a snapshot of the CNTC final would not be able to determine who was leading as the teams retired for bed last night.

Why not have the director in charge post the results of each session’s bridge within 15 to 30 minutes of session’s end? If he or she is not the right person, surely there is a competent volunteer onsite who can take care of this.

There are hundreds of people following these events from afar, and we rely on the CBF to keep us informed. Truth is, I am getting more timely information from and also Problem with their information is it is just a tease – would love more hands, stories, and gossip.

Update – May 28 9.47 pm. Well I have no complaints now – maybe someone read this blog entry.

The results are all posted and easy to read. Even the CNTC result from the seventh segment (of eight), is already posted.

The match is a real nail biter which could go either way. Team Rayner leads Team Hughes by only seven imps 222 to 215, with sixteen boards left to play.

Play resumes at 9.55 EST. Worth watching on BBO.


Judy Kay-WolffMay 28th, 2011 at 6:25 pm


Welcome back to blogging. You are a man after my own heart — one who tells it like it is

in a gentlemanly manner. I agree the coverage was not good except for the Lees and an occasional two cents from others.

I find myself glued to my seat when BBO covers some critical matches. I still think it is the greatest invention of the modern bridge


Fred LernerMay 29th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Good post Ross. I felt the same way. Result reporting was abysmal.

Linda LeeMay 31st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I totally agree. I would also like to see a simple newsletter even online with results and a hand or two and a picture or two.

I understand it costs money to print a newsletter but you could print out one or two copies and post them on a wall and have it available to everybody online.

I have been thinking about the whole event and you have inspired me to write a blog about it.

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