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When will we hear from Zimmermann?
Sept. 14, 2015
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Alan…there are Long Islanders (NY) who also get the joke.
Sept. 14, 2015
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thank you for your effort
Sept. 7, 2015
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I was going to wait until Saturday Night to thank you Bill for your kind words, but what the hey… Thanks. Sorry I missed you in Chicago!
Sept. 2, 2015
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Not commenting on the specifics of tournament play which you go into later, indeed the notion that top players would monitor each other is in accord with the Major League Baseball Players Association agreeing to random drug testing AND also agreeing to mandatory penalties for 1st, 2nd and 3d infractions. That last one results in a lifetime ban.
Sept. 2, 2015
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The story has been extensively written about by Reese (on his behalf) and Truscott (who may have been biased as his future wife decoded the transmitted signals). Photographic evidence supports the notion that Reese and Shapiro were transmitting length by the number of fingers they exposed in holding their hands (no screens at the time). The English captain, M. Swimer, was sufficiently convinced having watched the play in possession of the code, that he forfeited two matches.
Those of us who believe RS were cheating feel that the only victim was the honorable Swimer, who was blackballed by the EBU afterwards.
Sept. 1, 2015
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I have read the books and noted that some of their conclusions seem borne by practice…. I have greatly cut down leading from broken 6-card suits, when I have limited strength, and this seems to work very well. With two 4-card suits I have begun leading more often from the weaker of the two.

It would greatly surprise me if there were not a fair amount of sturdy material that survives the transition to real single-dummy play.
Aug. 31, 2015
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3 in the auction showed 5-4-2-2, I believe; 3 would have shown some singleton and 4 would have shown 5-5.
Aug. 27, 2015
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I agree that this is mainly to bring ethical responsibility forward to the sponsor as well as the players. And I don't wish to compel anyone to sign this. But I do believe that incentive bonuses are corrosive and have unintended consequences.
Aug. 26, 2015
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My comment is directed to both the BB allegations and the MP case. An issue not directly discussed was that sponsor fees and bonuses may provide corrosive incentives. Would it be somewhat of a deterrent to cheating to have sponsors sign on to an ethical practices statement that they agree to pay flat fees (no bonuses) and actively agree to hire only those pairs that “reflect the most ethical of behavior at and away from the table”?
Aug. 26, 2015
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My view is that the penalty exacted was ridiculous and the “lawyering” of bridge embarrassing. Let's get at the table refereeing of bridge from round of16 on and eliminate appeals committees.
Aug. 17, 2015
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re: this nationals. I would like to note that I came here with no regular partners to play with. I played with Bob Feller, Ranald Davidson,Julius Sigurjonsson and Brian Maksymetz. All except Bob Feller were last second pickups. It was my distinct pleasure to note that they were all friendly thoughtful and courteous, and I had and am having a wonderful time. Special thanks to the Kents!! They also made my stay fabulous.
Aug. 15, 2015
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Many years ago, Henry was housesitting for his parents and to pass the time we had an impromptu swiss pairs at the house. I was playing with a friend, Duncan Jones, the Teukolskys were playing, Henry with a six- or seven-ish Paul, and a fourth pair whose names escape me.

During one hand when Paul was declaring against us, Henry was rambling on about great bridge events of the past, seemingly uninvolved in young Paul's struggles. At some point Paul led a middling (but high) card and called for the K from Kx in dummy.

Henry played low with no apparent thought- thus blocking the suit.

What was Paul to do? He crossed to the king and was forced to take the essential finesse back to his hand to make the contract.

Cheers Henry.
June 12, 2015
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Way to go!!
March 23, 2015
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well done guys!
March 14, 2015
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resort contort?
Dec. 27, 2014
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it sounds like the personal discussion between aviv and alan, both of whom are thoughtful and passionate, should continue privately.
Sept. 5, 2014
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…go to the subsection: Charges against the couple “Dr. Wladow - Dr. Elinescu”
July 16, 2014
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Rereading the query (and responses), I realize that I worded the query quite badly. I am very eager to hear constructive criticism and I want to emphasize that my partner in all respects behaved perfectly. The disapproval with my choice of bids was seriously considered which is why I posted in the first place. Upon the rereading I realize I may have offended and this was not my intent!
June 24, 2014
Mike Lipkin edited this comment June 25, 2014
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thanks to everyone who contributed…it was very informative…also thanks to those of you who put in the extra effort to simulate and comment…cheers, mike
June 23, 2014
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