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Hi Debbie,

Good problem. playing with JD, I would bid 4C, but undiscussed, partner might play me for 6-4. I prefer 4D over 4NT because it leaves partner room to cooperate.
Nov. 8, 2017
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“… and with my research I am going to demonstrate along a series of articles that the benefit declarer receive with such information is meaningless in the play of the hand and something he can do by himself. ”

To paraphrase Dickens, I derive from this comment that you are confounding your intention with your execution.
Sept. 8, 2017
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Steve,

I have a good grasp on the concept of sponsors and pros, but who are the “elites”?
Aug. 31, 2017
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JD,

change “thought” to “thinks”

my opinion hasn't changed (even if I'm wrong)
Aug. 30, 2017
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Congrats
Aug. 26, 2017
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Open a strong club
Aug. 24, 2017
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Congrats
Aug. 23, 2017
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You might want to cash 2 clubs before the hearts in case someone has JT tight of clubs
Aug. 20, 2017
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Ai-Tai,

While I agree with your general comments, nothing David Gold said would make me think he was racist or sexist.

My take on David's comments is that people can be thought to be sexist when in reality, they are jerks (or just condescending) to everyone.
Aug. 18, 2017
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King lead asked for count.
Aug. 12, 2017
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Many well-known players have received cell phone penalties. What happened here is very simple: any time the directors heard a cell phone, they investigated and issued a penalty. If they didn't hear and no one called, there was no penalty.

In all sports, some infractions escape penalty because the officials didn't notice the infraction. Bridge is no different. But to imply that the directors are selectively enforcing cell phone penalties based on some status or ethnicity of the player is offensive.
Aug. 8, 2017
Brian Platnick edited this comment Aug. 8, 2017
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Peg,

It can be difficult to hear “director please” over the noise of all the cell phones.
Aug. 5, 2017
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“Peg, I don't buy it that if a phone goes off - not vibrating, not light, but actually rings - that none of the directors in an NABC+ event heard it.”

I have no problem buying it. Many times I have called for a director repeatedly before getting ones attention, and I don't have a soft voice. From this experience, I have no problem believing that a cell phone could ring and no director heard it. How many U/I situations occur during a session without a director being called? It is frequently up to the players to call a director. Just because some violations go unpunished is not the fault of the directing staff.

It sux to lose on a cell phone penalty. It also sux to lose when you misclaim or forget to pull all of the opponents trumps, or forget a convention. But a cell phone going off during the session is the players fault, not the directors or ACBLs.
Aug. 5, 2017
Brian Platnick edited this comment Aug. 5, 2017
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Peg,

I agree 100%
July 31, 2017
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Thanks Jan for all of the hard work and thanks to Lisa Berkowitz and Martha Katz for keeping everyone fed.

To echo what my friend Ai-Tai said above, while the event is expensive, you definitely get you money's worth. Breakfast and Lunch are included every day along with coffee, snacks, bottled water, etc. and the playing conditions are great.
May 12, 2017
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Marty and Chip played great. During the 4 sets they played, the Fleisher team picked up about 90 Imps and lost about 60 when they were out.

Chip is not only one of the greatest players in the history of bridge, but also one of the most generous. The only time I played in the Juniors, he was the coach of our team and 25 years later, he still acts as my bridge coach. Even during the finals, when we were both out, Chip would discuss hands and give me advice.

Congratulations to both the Nickell and Fleisher teams. They are all great players and also maintain a very high ethical standard. Good luck in Lyon.
May 12, 2017
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I don't think this is accurate.
April 23, 2017
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Michael,

People often say that with screens, these problems disappear. But how do you handle the problem of one player alerting his screenmate as to every negative inference, but his partner “alerting by the rules”. If both opponents aren't given the same information, this can be an issue.
April 7, 2017
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Great point Gary. Tom should have included a choice for:

- I am concerned that I will win the trials and have to actually compete in the Bermuda Bowl
April 5, 2017
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Pass = please push us to the 5-level
March 28, 2017
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