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Purple skin? You pervert :). I'm ok with antlery women though.
July 2, 2014
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Its hard for me to “give Saverio the respect he deserves” when he restates his same point multiple times while failing to acknowledge the legitimate argument of the other side. Oh, until Rosenberg comments, then he is like, “true Micheal” then restates his same point AGAIN.

Both sides on this issue seem to have legitimate concerns. NEXT!
July 2, 2014
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I have asked if the event could be saved if the money for business class tickets could be raised. I have not received an answer. With Richard's offer of 25000, I am guessing we are close to 50% of the way there.

Does the fact that none of the players or organizers has responded mean the event is dead regardless?
June 27, 2014
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Richard Willey, if you put together a kickstarter campaign to riase the 75,000, I will gladly donate. With your 25000 as a starter, I'm sure we could raise enough for the airline tickets.

Would the powers at be and the selected players still do the event, if the money can be raised?
June 25, 2014
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Is it possible to save the event if money is raised or does the announcement indicate it is dead for sure?
June 25, 2014
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How did you tell Marty Bergen you were moving on? Was there a convention that “broke the camels back”? Did one more thrump or switch idea just make you say, “enoughs enough!” Was teammate selection or client bookings a factor? Why didn't Mr. Bergen find his own David Berkowitz and wow the world with his new 3 card implied fit three under preempts? Your answer here is an opportunity to make it “juicy” and out do Levin. Poor on the details. :)
June 13, 2014
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Do you think Bergen style weak 2's were a big winner for you when you two were playing together? Do you think pairs playing that style would do well today? Would your answer change depending on the strength of the field?
June 13, 2014
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This does not seem to be a risk free psyche. Partner may decide the 4-3 Major Moysian will play better than 3NT when they are not in on the joke.

Some of my partner's occasionally open 1NT 2-3-6-2 or perhaps 2-3-5-3 and no cards in the short minor.
May 27, 2014
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Fun set of hands. The bridge world this month had a swiss teams feature and part of the fun is reading the results of my actions right away. Then at the end of our hands they give what happened at our team mates table.

I'll be honest that I forgot some of my decisions from when I read the first article until now. Maybe next time, combine the two articles?

Well done on the 2NT defense.
April 20, 2014
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Sometimes I wish I was playing precision.
April 19, 2014
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I like “bonus level” as it is both descriptive and certain. 3nt, 4M, 5m,6x, and 7x, are all special levels that reward extra risk with extra points, if made. To me, the term zone means something more about the way two hands value together:
When partner opens a strong artificial forcing 2C and you have 12 points, you are in the slam zone; when partner opens the bidding 1M and you have 5-card support and a stiff, you may be in the game zone with far fewer than the normal 25 combined HCP;or,thinking you and partner are in the slam zone with two flat balanced 16 counts is dangerous.
April 18, 2014
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I like the concept.
April 18, 2014
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Deny 3-card spade support but can hold a doubleton?
April 18, 2014
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I always describe them to new players as the bonus levels.
April 17, 2014
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Directors have a better line of communication to those in charge and a better understanding of the problem than the board does. They should be a force for change.
April 17, 2014
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Yuan, when can we expect some more info?
April 17, 2014
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The whole situation is ridiculous. Shame on the ACBL, the board, the directors, and the C&CC. Get this stuff fixed and allow the rules on the ground to reflect the spirit of the law.
April 17, 2014
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What would 2, 2, 2, etc have been over the double? Considering a natural diamond call is not available I assume 2 has some artificial meaning?

“We play everything is a transfer over the takeout double (redouble shows hearts), and 2 is a single raise with both minors. There is no direct way to show a diamond suit. Pass then 2 is conventionally a limit raise of diamonds. With a queen less, North could bid 1 (a 1NT call), and when South bids the expected 1NT North can revert to 2. This transfer structure goes very well with a Precision 1 opener. ”
April 13, 2014
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I think that it is important to remember that the final was not concluded and the Wold team wanted to make an accusation to force their opponent's to play straight up. They were discourgaed from doing so by the WBF. This makes the medal situation different than if the cheating had come out later after the match.

The WBF request essentially prevented the US team from winning on the ground, so the WBF could collect evidence. I am sure the WBF only had the interest of the players at heart…or perhaps they cared more about protecting themselves from a law suit by the doctors. More evidence held by the WBF meant less legal trouble from the accused. Unfortunately, it denied the US a clean competitive finish and a likely victory. To deny them the gold now would punish them for cooperating. To deny them now would make any competitors mid-match future cooperation with a governing body less likely. Denying them the gold would be bad policy, bad faith, and bad for bridge.
April 13, 2014
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Over one of a minor 2 and 2 show 4 hearts and 5 spades (some play it could be more shapely with majors 5-5, 6-4, 6-5, etc.) Usually the 2 call shows a lower range, say 6-9 and 2 shows 10-12. This has lots of benefits like allowing 1m-1M-1NT 2OM to be forcing and after a NMF sequence 1m-1M-1NT-2Om opener does not need to show 4 cards in the other major as responder can't have that hand or they would have reversed flanneryd or rebid 2OM forcing. Minimum hands holding 5 and 4 will also find the heart fit that otherwise might get buried.
April 11, 2014
Jonathan Cohn edited this comment April 11, 2014
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