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Don't know but it is hand #9 from 190102 TCG-day.
Jan. 3
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A compounding error is that many “average” club players don't understand the constraints UI places on the opponents. An example: I picked up KQJ9xx AKJxxxx in yesterday's common game. The auction proceeded: (2) - 4* - (4) - hesitation, then pass, by my student. The 4 call by me was properly explained as GF Leaping Michaels. After my partner passed the opponents were outraged that I bid a slam. The director politely explained that my bid was consistent with the hand I held and not a reason to adjust the score. My opponent carried the objection onward after the director had ruled and left the table. She noted that Bridgemate showed one table had played the contract in 4 - proof that I should have passed!
Jan. 3
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No. And he hasn't “sung” either.
Jan. 2
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Thanks for the enormous time and effort at this detective adventure
Jan. 1
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Unfortunately I do not. I saw the newspaper item and wanted bridgers to know that there are definite stirrings in the youth realm. This past week at the NYC regional there were many young people in attendance, some doing quite well. Ron Smith came from Chicago to NYC, and partnered and teamed with several. Go Ron!
Dec. 30, 2018
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this seems to be a typical local story. my guess is when a similar youth bridge program “takes off” in NYC.
Dec. 27, 2018
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moved to answer to jeff
Dec. 27, 2018
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partial answer: al levy is in the wbf and acbl. in the past he has been most willing to comment on BW. perhaps he should be invited to a no-holds In the Well.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Frederic. Thanks for this fascinating thread.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Hi Drew. Just an aside- I know people who do not play in certain arranged BBO matches because they include people (experts ) “known to assist themselves” with multiple logins. Of course this wouldn't apply to matches with live human monitors.
Dec. 23, 2018
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Dear Nic: I would be VERY interested in learning the value of X from you!
Dec. 21, 2018
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JS: I find it amusing that the voting BoD member couldn't know your opinion by A) seeing any of your vociferous anti-cheating posts over the last several years OR B) using a cell phone to ask you.
Dec. 21, 2018
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cannot like this enough.
Dec. 19, 2018
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I am not happy with the conclusion, but I wish to thank Ms. Heth for responding to the many requests for fuller information.
Dec. 19, 2018
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my first expert partner was Mel Lawhorn, a retired postal worker from south side Chicago. A real gentleman. He won an ABA national championship in the 50's. My book “Invitation to Annihilation” was dedicated to him, and includes one of his hands.
Dec. 18, 2018
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Update 17 Dec: No reply/comment from ACBL or A&C chair about WHY Lanzarotti was readmitted. What pressing need persuaded them to reopen this grievous wound? Why this insult to honest members? Was lucre involved? Whose interests were considered? Who pushed for readmittance? PLEASE TELL US ACBL BoD!
Dec. 17, 2018
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MR: Let's see if I can say this politically. Let them play for Spain, Monaco, or teach the new generation. Methinks it has been tried. How do you think it has worked out?
Dec. 13, 2018
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Bob may have missed any of Bobby Wolff's threads.
Dec. 12, 2018
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As a further explication: I privately emailed Ms. Heth (district8director@acbl.org) asking for a public statement by the A&C explaining their position.

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO DO THE SAME.

To date I have not received a reply. I believe it is indefensible to hear the uproar from below and not publicly explain- absent confidential information- the committee's reasoning.
Dec. 12, 2018
Mike Lipkin edited this comment Dec. 12, 2018
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I would like Georgia Heth and the A&C committee to make a public statement fully explaining their actions to the membership.
Dec. 11, 2018
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