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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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Have you noticed doors is an anagram of odors? This reeks.
Dec. 11, 2018
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I am of the opinion that there is actually a looming crisis. It is clear from the action of the Italian authorities, the WBF whose President I am no fan of, and now the underhanded behavior of the ACBL - readmitting without announcement or a public expression of contrition by the expelled is underhanded- that the express wishes of the ethical majority is given little shrift by the authorities. Not being a player of the first rank, I believe that stronger players need to step forth and demand several immediate actions by the ACBL. These should include a public statement by A&C explaining their actions- as well as an apology to membership for burying the news. Furthermore and at the least permanent probation and monitoring for any similarly readmitted members.
Dec. 10, 2018
Mike Lipkin edited this comment Dec. 10, 2018
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If you “loved” this how will you feel when Lanzarotti brings his act to North America? See the J. Steinberg post of DEC 7 below.
Dec. 10, 2018
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If one were a cynic, one would believe someone's palms were greased. After all, how could this benefit the ACBL, the bridge world, or ethics in general?
Dec. 8, 2018
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Thanks- how do you play 2NT?
Dec. 7, 2018
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Thank you!
Dec. 7, 2018
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A personal aside: when I was a young player a national-caliber partnership took me to committee to overturn a result at the table. Ron Gerard ran the committee and deflected the “fame” factor which- ((unfortunately in my subsequent experience often distorted the committee deliberations))- I am grateful for. At least the current procedure anonymizes the participants. If it has flaws that make a return to committees preferable, I think some thought should be given to anonymizing the participants.
Dec. 6, 2018
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When I played a club game in Reykjavik, the default WAS barometer. Additionally, this gives the organizers the choice of showing OR not showing the leaders, depending on the event, something that can build excitement.
Nov. 25, 2018
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I agree with Bayone but did not click “like” because he confused MIT with U of C. Apologies to all my super students in the James Franck Institute 79-83!
Nov. 12, 2018
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it's also a good convention to “train” on
Nov. 5, 2018
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