Is there an official EBU definition of Novice, Intermediate, Expert etc I could not find one?
The EBU headlined a Team as Novice made up of K&Aces, now I find a Counties competition for Intermediates NGS J and below. It looks as if we need a national title system by way of consistency.
BBO defines their grades as below but people self-determined and even the BBO say people lie
Beginner Someone who has played bridge for less than one year.
Novice Someone who recently learned to play bridge.
Intermediate Someone who is comparable in skill to most other members of BBO.
Advanced Someone who has been consistently successful in clubs or minor tournaments.
Expert Someone who has enjoyed success in major national tournaments.
World Class Someone who has represented their country in World Championships.
As a way of allocating titles Master points appear to a little arbitrary since if you earn master point then the number of times you play determines how far and fast you rise up the scale.
The NGS system appears to offer the opportunity to group players via a semi Descriptive Title
Looking at current members NGS grade the grade with most members is 7 and the average member falls in grades 5 or 6 (depending on how you do the average).
So how about calling -
Grades 1 &2 Novices (although to get a grade at all requires some ability perhaps above “Novice”. (10% of members)
Grades 3,4,5 Intermediates (I don’t like this term as it clashes with the student’s title and BBO) (24%)
Grades 6,7,8 Club (34%)
Grades 9,10, J Advanced (24%)
Grades K & A Experts (8%)
Do we need them? Are there better descriptive titles? Would the titles provide a better focus for the EBU away from their top 8%?