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OK, but since those hands are unlikely to matter to the outcome, no one much cares….
April 12, 2016
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Gordon, I thought those extra syllables came from your side of the Atlantic. At least, almost everyone I have heard say “orientated” had an English (or an Indian) accent.
April 12, 2016
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Sending an open letter to a governor asking him to veto a bill is lobbying by definition and has nothing to do with whom the ACBL does business with. But while we're on that topic of whom the ACBL does business with, let's do a couple of thought experiments to show why your position is unreasonable.

First, it's completely ironic that you would refuse to do business with people (bigots) who you think are evil–especially when you are saying that their sin merely consists in refusing to do business with people they think are evil. That isn't called fighting evil. It's called setting a bad example and starting a race to the bottom. In fact, your line of thinking, that by doing business with someone you are promoting their views is EXACTLY the thinking that certain religious people use when refusing service to LGBT.

Finally, suppose the ACBL decided not to allow players of Israeli or Iranian citizenship to participate in its tournaments, because of religious and racial discriminatory policies in the case of Israel and because of religious and LGBT discriminatory policies in the case of Iran. Wouldn't that be a ridiculous outcome, even if you agree that Israel and Iran are behaving poorly?
April 12, 2016
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Amir, the ACBL has made a choice that I very much agree with. It will not discriminate against LGBT. How dare you call that “doing nothing”.

We don't therefore need to turn a recreational organization into a lobbying organization at the drop of a hat.
April 12, 2016
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Is it the ACBL or the USBF that is attempting to create ties between bridge and the Olympics these days? (I agree these ties are a sad waste of time and effort.)
April 12, 2016
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I'd probably pay a kibitzer to tie his shoelaces together….
April 12, 2016
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I thought appeals committees were for cases that required bridge judgment and that just plain getting the law wrong simply went to the chief director? (And if that already was the chief director, you're out of luck.)
April 12, 2016
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At matchpoints don't balance if they can make a bigger plus in the unbid major. It doesn't even have to be game. (And even when it is game, you get a terrible board even if they stop in a partscore in the right suit.)
April 12, 2016
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It's normal to omit the (P) and the semicolons. it's not normal to write partner's Dbl as Pass. :)
April 12, 2016
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Obviously the opponents' minor suits are quite awesome if they have only eight hearts missing the AJ. Responder may well have a spade void, too, and opener the SA. On the other hand, partner only needs KQ to make 11 tricks the likely limit of the hand in 6NT. (They get the A and dummy's ten minor suit tricks, and then they have to lead a heart.) In fact, there's even a chance 6 is making and 6NT is down. So maybe double is the way to ensure a plus.
April 12, 2016
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I have a higher principle…Don't balance if they can make 4 of the unbid major.
April 12, 2016
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I always abstain on any lead or play problem with x's.
April 12, 2016
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By the way, the auction in the title should be 1-(1)-Dbl-1 and not what it actually is (with pass instead of double).
April 12, 2016
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Mike, normally I wouldn't be so rude, but when you try to put words in someone's mouth and then brag about it to confirm you did so maliciously, you deserve the comeuppance you get.
April 11, 2016
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Mike, if you think that's the natural conclusion of the argument, that reflects on you, not on me.

Why don't you go vote for Trump? He loves the poorly educated. Me, not so much.
April 11, 2016
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You don't read so well, then, Mike, because I didn't suggest any of the things you appear to think I suggested.
April 11, 2016
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Amir, the ACBL isn't a person. It is a collection of people who clearly are unlikely to agree about the right thing to do on a political question, as politics is not the basis on which they associate with each other. You might as well ask the ACBL to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers because “it's the right thing to do”. (And God knows bridge players collectively have more to atone for with respect to inebriated driving than with respect to how they treat the LGBT community.)
April 11, 2016
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Well now that you've written this strongly on BW, I'm guessing you may as well report her. At least it will have been a worthwhile suicide. ;)
April 11, 2016
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And frankly, if a landlord wanted to terminate a lease because the ACBL has an inclusive policy, the governor's vetoing this law wouldn't stop them anyway….But they'd be very unlikely to do it because they always could have done it but didn't and nothing had really changed. But an open letter is a change.
April 11, 2016
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Yes, but it's much more likely they'd terminate the lease because of an open letter to the governor. Why borrow trouble?
April 11, 2016
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