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Hi Yoon, how's the NY Pro Life going? I'd love to get to Japan, Thailand and Korea– just for fun though. I'm bad at getting out and exploring when I am away for bridge tournaments. Good to separate the two, I think.
Oct. 3
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Hi Bob, thanks for the kind words. Definitely, Bob, it is a real worry. More so than just for monetary reasons, I love this game and would hate to see it die. We will both have degrees and we may pursue graduate degrees as well if the business looks like it take a turn for the south.
Oct. 3
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I think my mom kept yelling at him for touching stuff and not washing his hands. We kept talking about the germs and how they are going to kill him. Hence, germs.
Oct. 3
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Hi Liam, I just hear Hamman in the back of my head saying, “It's a game of mistakes” play the next board. This is such an under-rated skill, being able to move on to the next hand and give 100% energy and focus. Something I definitely continue to work on.
Oct. 3
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Thank you, Fred. You are Kit are a class act.
Oct. 3
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Ian– pretty simple for this one, I think. The weaker hands that want to compete come up more frequently, so it makes sense to play the direct action as the weaker bid. Additionally, when we are “weaker” the opponents are more likely to continue to compete, another supporting reason to make 2NT the stronger bid (they are less likely to compete so now we can differentiate our hand).
Oct. 3
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Venky, I echo Zach's thoughts. I would add that it is also highly beneficial to kibitz top players. I have done a lot of kibitzing in my day and always find it enjoyable and helpful.
Oct. 3
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Hi John,

the trend of bidding 1NT without a stopper is definitely notable. The reasons for doing so can be varied, however. In this case, Zach bids 1NT because he feels it is the best overall bridge bid for he hand. Another plus is that it puts the 1C opener on lead and he may have a harder time leading a club than his partner does, actually. Suppose the 1C opener has something like KQx of clubs or KJxx of clubs– is that an automatic lead into the 1NT bidder? Additionally, there is poker involved. If he assumes I have a club stopper he may easily try a different suit which I am well-equipped to stop.
Oct. 3
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Yes sir, hi Phil. I worked for both UBS Financial and TIAA. I was happy in the business world and especially enjoyed the BA work that I did. I made a decision to pursue bridge opportunities because I figured while I am young and have my degree there is no better time to try it. It was too difficult trying to go the nationals and team trials and make a name for myself in the bridge world and still be employed full-time. Something had to give. For now it is the day-job.
Oct. 3
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AP thanks for the question and thank you for the work that you have done volunteering your time to teach bridge as part of the NEYB. We need to make bridge more fun for the masses. Often neophytes and intermediate players are turned off from playing because they feel the competition is too tough– not everyone wants to get beat by the best players. There should be less of a focus on masterpoints, I think. There should be more activities like Panel shows and fun and games with top players. Right now it is a bit too cut-throat for the average player. I'm guilty as the next person for coming off as very competitive. I feel like in Europe they are able to be competitive but then all go out drinking together at the end of the event. Maybe the lack of an evening session is more conducive for that environment. There should be more expert commentary, more vugraph, more television opportunities and more sex appeal. Maybe more cash tournaments could be an answer at this point. As far as I know the reason why we don't have cash tournaments is to prevent cheating— but that reason is flawed because I am pretty sure cash incentives are what caused the recent cheating scandals.
Oct. 3
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Hey Christina,

Thank you for being such a great promoter of international bridge. You are a pleasure to be around and make these tournaments really fun. I'll admit I was pretty jeolous Zach got to play with you in Toronto that was a blow. I think you and I would have more chemistry though, a more balanced partnership.

Too hard to answer this question, Christina. Looking forward to seeing you in SD.
Oct. 3
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Brad, congrats on your recent Bermuda Bowl win. You and Joe were dominant there at the end and very fun to watch. Zach and I love what you do with your dual-system based on vulnerability. We love your style and definitely have learned a lot from you guys. You guys are a class act and we look forward to many more encounters vs. you at the bridge table in the future.
Oct. 3
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Hi Kyle,

This was always a struggle, I'll be honest. Take the people you have that are interested and try to bring them to a local duplicate. Also it's always nice if you can get some young ladies there the men will follow. Easier said than done.
Oct. 3
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Thank you, Tanya. Will you go to the nationals in San Diego?
Oct. 3
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Thank you, Kamla. Will we see you this weekend for the NAPs?
Oct. 3
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Hi Jeff, every situation is different. We have a number of different students who have different needs and goals. We deal as professionally as possible with each person and are always flattered when people want to work with us. We are currently amid some negotiations for a “cycle-deal,” which includes the 3 nationals and also the trials. Likely we won't have a deal for a “cycle-team” until Zach gets out of school. For now it is just case-by-case.
Oct. 3
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Hi Jeff,

At first my dad was pretty surprised. He was big into having us do “mainstream” activities. Play with friends our own age, youth sports, etc. Eventually though, he realized it was a great thing for everyone and a passion of ours. He has even represented many bridge players as clients (as an attorney). My dad is a very easy-going person. He cares about the red sox, eating a good breakfast on Sunday morning and Newspapers. That's about it.
Oct. 3
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Hi Bob, I hope to see you and Helen soon at the upcoming New York Regional in December. I usually know his spots, Bob. He plays bridge not like traditional bridge but as a super matchpoints contest, at all times. I have learned how his mind works a bit so I am usually not that surprised at his actually hand. It's often helpful actually. Zach doesn't underbid in slam auctions. So if I make a slam try and he declines, I better have a hell of a hand to carry on.
Oct. 3
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Michael,

Zach and I cannot thank you enough for the time and energy you have put into both the junior program and our partnership. You are a great resource for all things bridge advice, and sometimes even life advice.

I would love to win a major championship, like a spingold, vanderbilt or bermuda bowl. Haven't figured out the life-goal yet, but I want to make the world a better place. I want my life to be meaningful and to have contributed to society.
Oct. 3
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Randy, thank you for the compliment and we would love to play with the Rimstedt sisters. We have the utmost respect for all of the Rimstedts bridge talent and are becoming good friends with them the more tournaments we play.
Oct. 3
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