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My practice is to always call the TD. Whatever the rule, both sides would do well to learn what it is. There's nothing to be gained from asserting that my view is right - we already know that my opponent disagrees. This is precisely what we have TDs for, and we don't have to pay them by the call.
Dec. 4
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Thanks for the dining tips, Rebecca! I posted about Tajima Ramen before I saw that's you'd already recommended it. I've been back a few times. Tonight I tried Beshock Ramen. It was excellent as well, though I have to give the nod to Tajima.
Dec. 3
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I thought it was a poor decision to place the blues and the mini-blues in the same room. The events had two different clocks, making it difficult to know how much time was left in the round.
Dec. 3
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Had dinner at Tajima Ramen, 901 E St. in the Gaslamp district. The food was out of the world. I'm not usually a ramen fan but this place is worth a visit. I preferred it to the highly touted Jeju in NYC.
Dec. 1
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I like the registration gift shirts. I have a large white one and would love to trade for a small or medium, any color. Ping me here or I'm registered at the Hyatt.

I'd be happy to throw in a copy of “Atlas Shrugged” as an inducement!
Nov. 30
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Hugh was a real gentleman and a good friend and occasional teammate. I wish I knew more people like him. I was delighted when I learned that he and Min lived a mile or so from my parents' place in Oakland and I tried to look them up every few visits home.

Hugh had a keen sense of humor with no worries about political correctness. His email handle was “HugeLoss” because he said that was how his inlaws pronounced his name.
Nov. 21
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This is great, Emily. Thanks!

Have you seen Richard Pavlicek's analyses?

http://rpbridge.net/rpme.htm

I find them useful and fascinating. He's stopped updating his, so the field is wide open.
Nov. 12
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My thanks to correspondents who have pointed out that the English Bridge Union has posted all back issues of the Contract Bridge Journal on their website, as well its successors: British Bridge World, then EBU Quarterly, then English Bridge.

http://www.ebu.co.uk/englishbridge/
Oct. 23
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I've set up a mailing list to describe the collection and run the auction. Anyone who's interested can subscribe here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bridge-books-and-magazines

It will live on after the auction as a forum for collectors to buy, sell, and trade. I'd be happy to see something like that on BridgeWinners, but the terms of service might prove a sticking point.
Oct. 23
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This is my favorite Regional event in the country. I'll be making a trip to NYC this year to play in it.

According to “The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge”:

(Board-A-Match's) popularity diminished over the years when it became apparent that the skill involved is so high that the same teams were winning almost all the time.

While I don't think it's a bad thing that the best teams tended to win, quite the contrary, I must point out that over the 20+ years it's been contested many teams have won the NYC event. In its first four years, no player repeated a win, never mind an entire team.

I'd like to encourage anyone in the New York area who thinks of himself or herself a top-flight player, or who aspires to become one, to consider playing in this event. And if you're not a local but you love visiting New York, as I do, this is a great excuse!
Oct. 22
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Thanks for the suggestions, Don!

I have contacted the ACBL. They say they don't have a budget for items like this but will check to see whether they can find someone interested in making a purchase on behalf of the ACBL library.

I only know Bill well enough to wave to at tournaments. If anyone wants to contact him or Warren I've no objection! My email address is adam@tameware.com.
Oct. 22
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I found more potential purchasers than I'd expected. My initial plan is to hold a Dutch auction. I'll announce a high initial price, then lower it in steps until I find a taker or reach a point at which I don't want to sell. I plan to do this by email, not on BridgeWinners. Please contact me privately if you'd like me to keep you in the loop.
Oct. 22
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6 is a decent spot single-dummy. It needs both minors 3-2 and no spade lead. I've seen a couple notorious 6 overcalls on worse hands than this one.
Oct. 20
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I was East at the other table. My club switch had the effect of breaking up the simple squeeze but that was not my intent. I certainly did not envision the end position. A diamond switch would have been safer since declarer might have needed to guess clubs.
Oct. 18
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It seems that Norway is a monarchy, and the King retains the power to pardon:

http://www.nysun.com/editorials/hats-off-to-harald/90095/
Oct. 13
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Copied from the other thread. I urge you to vote “No”.

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One of our chief responsibilities as administrators is to make sure that every competitor has an incentive to do as well as he can in every match. Providing an advantage to a team that loses a match abrogates our responsibility. Any such policy is an evil one and would be even if no player ever dumped intentionally. As The Bridge World magazine put it, it is wrong to place a player in a situation where he will suffer the disapprobation of roughly half of his peers no matter which action he takes.

We must retain the sequester. If for some reason we eliminate it then I will resume my quest to eliminate the RR in favor of a straight KO with first-round byes.
Oct. 12
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One of our chief responsibilities as administrators is to make sure that every competitor has an incentive to do as well as he can in every match. Providing an advantage to a team that loses a match abrogates our responsibility. Any such policy is an evil one, and would be even if no player ever dumped intentionally. As The Bridge World magazine put it, it is wrong to place a player in a situation where he will suffer the disapprobation of roughly half of his peers no matter which action he takes.

We must retain the sequester. If for some reason we eliminate it then I will resume my quest to eliminate the RR in favor of a straight KO with first-round byes.
Oct. 12
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