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Bill, you don't need to be good, just to shown up and pay the entry fee! And I will try to make it to Saul's the next time I'm in the Bay Area…
June 23
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Pellegrini's was excellent and they were able to seat a large party at short notice.
June 23
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Thanks for the suggestions. I wish I had time to try them all!
June 22
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I agree with Georgiana, allowing multiple teams per country would improve the European (closed) Championships. Just as the US is perhaps underrepresented in world championship play, strong bridge-playing European countries are under-represented in the European Championships.

Since I no longer live in Europe I must leave this decision to the Europeans. As Michael K notes, it is their choice.
May 15
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I'd like to see the Bermuda Bowl and Olympiad be as strong as possible and I'd welcome changes that would lead towards that end. One possibility for the latter would be to allow multiple entrants per country.
May 12
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One reason Europe has done well is that it is allowed to enter more teams. In the Bermuda Bowl, Europe has six or seven teams to the USA's two. In the Olympiad, Europe is allocated 40 or so teams to the USA's one. Given these odds, it's impressive that the USA has done as well as it has.

For what it's worth I've represented both the USA and Switzerland in these events.
May 12
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April 23
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April 20
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The study found this was true for expert bridge players but not for expert chess players. While I think bridge and chess require roughly similar amounts of intellectual effort bridge has many more facets. For instance, chess players do not have to deal with hidden information. Bridge players have much experience evaluating multiple possibilities where evidence points in different directions. We also get rapid feedback on the accuracy of our predictions.
April 20
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An alternative to stifling discussion, Richard, would be to not read the thread.

Instead, we could try to find a bridge connection for every post, but that could get ugly too!

“You know, there's a reason we have more Fall NABCs in Orlando than in Winnipeg…”
April 20
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You may well. You didn't cite any evidence, though. Most of the public discussion of the topic has been remarkably evidence-free, or has centered around points that are not only of limited relevance but have been demonstrated to be false, such as the so-called hockey stick or the imaginary decline of polar bear populations.
April 19
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Did just that, to no avail. Perhaps it's a scam site. More likely it's running on auto-pilot because the proprietor thought he could turn a four-hour work week into a zero-hour work week.
April 3
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Thanks for posting! I'm always impressed by how many points you can find in a deal that appears straightforward at first.

North's 3 at the other table seems dangerous. 2 would be normal and it looks as though it will make here, even on a trump lead. Declarer can work out that he has enough winners without the diamond hook.
April 3
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How is this a problem, Ray? I ask with one KC and discover that partner has 1 or 4. I sign off in five, hoping that we make it if partner has only one. When he has four he bids on, showing the trump queen and/or a King in case we have a grand. Kit said as much. The KC responder can bid on in confidence since he knows we're not off two key cards.
April 3
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The new laws have been approved by the WBF Executive Council and can be found here:

http://www.worldbridge.org/the-wbf/by-laws/2017-laws-of-duplicate-bridge/

Thanks to everyone who chimed in! To my mind the lawbook is substantially improved as a result.
April 2
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Thanks, Ed! Alas, the rolcogames.com SSH certificate has expired. I ran a Google search and found some 10-second timers on Alibaba, but most vendors have a minimum order size of 500. One had a minimum order of a single unit. I tried to send an inquiry, proposing to purchase a dozen, but get an error from the Alibaba site. Technology is grand when it works…
March 30
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Link for the timers, please! Some opponents will find it obnoxious, but I know from experience that TDs will feel put upon if I call the TD every time LHO fails to wait after my skip.
March 28
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I agree with Randy and Nigel. Some years ago I submitted a proposal to put their suggestion back into effect:

https://tameware.com/adam/bridge/laws/stop_card.html

I don't think TD's have a reasonable chance of enforcing the regulation unless they have an objective means of determining whether a call was too fast. Players, recognizing this, seldom call the TD under the current regulation. As a result, there is much unnecessary suspicion and ill-will.
March 28
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