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You are missing my vote: don't know how I used to remember the cards, I just did.

Nowadays it is a newspaper/book column visualization. Sometimes the print is annoyingly small. . .
April 16
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@Don M

The 990 forms are a matter of public record(*). I understand that out former CEO, B.G. collated these and that is where the figure was derived.

(*for some, for ex: http://990finder.foundationcenter.org/990results.aspx?990_type=&fn=American+Contract+Bridge+League&st=&zp=&ei=&fy=&action=Search )
April 15
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When BH is at the table he focuses. Though in this case is was probably on the food.
April 15
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This never actually happened because the ACBL solved all the tempo problems after a preempt by eliminating the stop card.

We can probably also solve the deficit issue if Congress just eliminates the tax code. Everyone will voluntarily send in money without being instructed to do so.
April 15
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When my friends mentioned to Bob Hamman that they bought a bridge club, TGBH replied: “Really? And I always thought you two were smart.”
April 12
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Richard has this exactly. (Credence for Avon's claim that R.W. is a smart guy, but I should point out that this could simply be the broken clock syndrome.)

The reason the ACBL has not been - and can never be - effective in promoting bridge is that not-for-profit organizations lack a positive feedback mechanism.

In a business run for a profit, that business is forced to consider the needs of potential customers in order to survive. One needs to be both responsive to what you existing clients want as well as what needs to be done to bring in others.

A not-for-profit organization is beholden to either the bureaucracy of itself if appointed or anointed, or to the special interest base if elected.
April 12
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Tim is misquoted a lot. It really comes down to balance. We all must eat to survive. Fine food makes the process more enjoyable. Gluttony is bad, starvation is worse.

Aristole observed that for each positive human characteristic, there are two negative outliers on either extreme. Courage is a virtue. Being rash (excessive) or cowardly (deficient) is not.
April 12
ATB
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The other demonstration of this point is that if W&N hands are transposed, the balancing double nets +500 when West floats it. If the E&N hands are transposed, then TO double is going to blow up in your face. 4-x+1 on a spade lead. Though I probably would have doubled.
April 10
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Bocchi-Duboin played this. I stole it from them years ago because it worked well for them. It has worked well for me since.

It is more important to get the level right with hearts than it is to get to the ideal partial in a minor. Half the time this treatment does not prevent that. If partner X'd on a 2353 min he can still bid 3 over X. We play 2NT as the GT advance from doubler. The other half of the time, I am just happy they cannot play 2.
April 10
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Are we certain that is a photo of a bridge event? There doesn't seem to be any of us old folks.
April 10
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I love sims. But small-case love. It is my opinion that sims are often pointless and/or misused.

For example, what stands out to me about Michael's data above is that if it took 450M+ deals to produce 10K relevant samples, then a player playing a session each and every day will be faced with this decision once every five years.

This supposes - as I did not look at the file - that the sim selected for a specific seat. If not, figure once every 20 years.

I will save Mr. M.Rosenberg some time posting about the dangers of DD analysis. I am doing this as a public service because Michael needs time to keep working on his game, lest his illustrious career become known as “the father of Kevin Rosenberg”. (Oh, and did you know he is married to DEBBIE!?) It is always hard keeping up with Jones' - especially when you are them.

For example, suppose you have a guess for the Q in the 5-4 suit. Either 2-way or finesse/drop. The DD program will solve with 100% efficiency. It will do so regardless of whether the M is trump or NT. However, it is a mistake to assume it does not matter “because it is the same”.

It is only the same if you can also solve at 100%. When you do not, losing the trick and therefore a tempo is probably more deleterious at NT than in a suit contract. The ops are one step closer to clearing out your stopper now.

This is not to say that the DD isn't useful. But for me, what is useful is in looking at the hands where spades is better. Then looking at the hands where NT is better. Are these real-world results? If they are, what is the difference between the hands. Texture? Intermediates? Controls? Strength of the main suit? Total combined points?

This information is what is useful. The sim definitions are too overly broad to be very useful for the one or two unique hands you will be confronted with. And we want our best chance on these particular hands. Not what works over ten thousand. If one could accurately solve these situations with big data, GIB would have learned to outbid us long ago.
April 9
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Frances took time off from contributing to Bridgewinners!?

Well…ok - I suppose. Oh and congratulations too!
April 9
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Still looks like all roads lead to -2

I am guessing you aren't beating M.R. if you aren't beating me :)
April 9
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Why take the bait? Only a fool would do so as this is just a variation of pounding the table when neither the facts nor the law are on one's side. If Stone had a case to present, it is unlikely that he would not have been – initially - censured by his own RA and banned from international competition for a year. (Kaplan and Sheinwold went over every hand from '58 and found nothing. There were hand records somewhere, once. I would sure love to see all 328 deals.)

Stone filed a lawsuit against the disciplinary action by the ACBL and eventually everything got dropped. Ironically, Stone blazed a trail for others to follow later.
April 9
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Good hearts. 3H direct is competitive and possibly weak.
April 9
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Might make more sense in context of a wk NT a la K/S.
April 9
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“…ranked answers don't allow for N's final P”

Since North took three bids to the four-level after partner's one-level response, I think we can excuse North's final pass. Partner might actually have had a reason not to bid again.
April 9
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I claim 5Hx-2. Also cannot see ever bidding it after I eventually pushed them into 5.
April 9
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Then there is the Roth variation. LHO hitched so many times before playing low that Al and everyone else thought he held the king.
April 7
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LOL, that is the whole Starbucks chain :)
April 7
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