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While perhaps a bit off topic, Bill is right on regarding Grant Baze.

Grant, a Californian along with Detroit transplant Barry Crane, are unique to CA and ACBL bridge.

My feeling is that we haven't done “justice” to Baze – perhaps due to a Eastern NA/European orientation on BW :)

I'll save my experiences against him for another time.

PS: My guess is that Boye-Grant would have been an incredible partnership.
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Good title.
2 hours ago
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Some of us, myself included, are neither fast or slow. Whatever, I “hate” it when there is extraneous conversation. It may be time that I need. I'm somewhat envious of those who don't let the clock bother them. Moreover, when they do, they often have an advantage over players of my disposition.
2 hours ago
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Hank, you have it right. As noted in the post, the BW editorial is only for those with more than a passing interest.
14 hours ago
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One doesn't have to be a top player to have a feel for what's going on.

Worst of all, I recently lost rapport with a favorite partner by informing him that he was – inadvertently of course – conveying the nature of his hand and his feeling about an auction. We still play together, but the damage has been done.
21 hours ago
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Ray, don't be silly. I saw no need to read Gene's comment or place Ron's comment in context until I knew to whom you were addressing.

Once again, it could be that comments are out of order.

I thought we both subscribed to the notion that it is best to refer by name.

Many never do and won't.
Aug. 15
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Ray, pls – to whom are you addressing?
Aug. 15
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I'm dazzled. What's a “Protective?”
Aug. 15
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Ray is right. Best practice on BW I think is to use a name or quote rather than firing back a quick reply.
Aug. 15
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I think Richard has most of it about right. A number of pros follow the money, and have said so. And within the U.S., a good number continue to follow the money. Why should anyone fault them?
Aug. 15
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That's the point. Certainly if the price is right. No rate card published in the Bulletin.
Aug. 15
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Robert wrote:

“The Bulletin should be a profit center, not a cost center. The ACBL has long resisted selling outside advertising in the Bulletin; a decision which costs the members @$450,000 per year in printing and mailing alone, not to mention the salaries of the in-house people tasked with production & editorial.”

??? While the Bulletin is a house organ, this does not mean that advertising from any source is necessarily declined or, presumably, “resisted.” See last paragraph on the last page of current Bulletins.

I have sometimes wondered why Bulletin advertising has been essentially limited to tournaments, products and services, an occasional personal. Perhaps management has exercised its right, at its sole discretion, to refuse any advertisement.
Aug. 15
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Here is a link to the “marketing” department at Horn Lake. I'm not privy to any job description for the employees who are charged with this function, but this appears to be what they do.

http://www.acbl.org/marketing/
Aug. 15
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Not today's general style, but my memory is that at imps red it was not uncommon for a number of partnerships to not overcall with the East hand, circa 1980 or earlier.
Aug. 15
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Monty, good reasons for the two of you to hang in there :)
Aug. 14
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The game defies spectator interest except for addicted enthusiasts.

(I'm a life-long live kibitzer, identifying with my kibitzee both as declarer and defender…I even relax when I'm dummy. Vu-graph watching is OK, but not the same for me, although it helps when you know the players.)

Why should it be? Is scrabble? Chess? Bocce ball?

Poker has an appeal of sorts– because you can identify with it, I assume.
Aug. 14
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I have it on good authority that an old geezer in Florida who can drive at night is a hot item.
Aug. 14
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An add-on:

In Bridge World Standard, the 3NT opening is gambling (solid 7-card minor with little side strength). An opening of four of a minor is natural. There are no elaborations.

Obviously, partnerships should agree to their own methods.

With regard to the 3NT opening, the Root-Pavlecik authors of Modern Bridge Conventions (1981) recommend the Acol 3NT Opening (all positions). Sensible follow-ups follow.

Similarly, Robinson in Washington Standard (1996) recommends an Acol 3NT in 3r or 4th seat.

This opening shows 16-21 high card points, a solid or semi-solid minor (at least 6, often 7 cards) and outside stoppers in at least 2 (perhaps 3 suits) with never a void or a small singleton.

The Acol method in Ronald's poll received only 6 votes.

This is (from R-P), a classic example:

A3
5
AKQ9873
Q5

Another is K8-AQ-A107-AQJT85.

(Robinson examples are similar).

Clearly, our alternative mainstream methods can get us there but there are, obviously, trade-off advantages to consider.

My software partner is misbehaving. Once I straighten her out, I think the Acol 3NT will surely have a higher frequency than the traditional 3NT.

Deciding on the merits of the Acol method relative to the typical mainstream of opening 1m defies simulation help.
Aug. 14
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The French have a way with words :).

“pissoirs”
Aug. 14
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This link should take you to a Google page which has links to the three legal cases referred to in the BOD minutes from Philadelphia (nothing from Atlanta as yet). I haven't perused any of these.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=pwdzW-vKIY31zgLzmZHoCg&q=2++PETER+MARCUS%2C+et+al+v.+ACBL&oq=2++PETER+MARCUS%2C+et+al+v.+ACBL&gs_l=psy-ab.3…4292.4292.0.6778.1.1.0.0.0.0.117.117.0j1.1.0….0…1c..64.psy-ab..0.0.0….0.GgvpPQrXP84
Aug. 14
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