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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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My deepest condolences. To lose a child is the worst thing that can happen to anyone.
Nov. 1, 2018
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my concern isn't with merits of the question: “having none?”, it is your assertion:

“Where players are reluctant to give or use UI, count is more popular.”

Deliberate or not you have made a not-so-veiled accusation.
Oct. 24, 2018
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I may read you incorrectly, but it seems this is a hostile comment implying attitude firsters depend on UI! Please correct my first impression.
Oct. 23, 2018
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Thank goodness for one thing the Americans do right!
Oct. 21, 2018
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Alvin, you are a valuable resource being both in ACBL and WBF governance. I, for one, appreciate your willingness to interact with this audience. Can you provide us with more specificity? The readership is mighty p**sed at the WBF (and other) leadership just now.
Oct. 21, 2018
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Hi Avon. On 115, the link given shows 1 - 3 -4. Were you intending a different board or does the bidding appear differently in another source?
Oct. 19, 2018
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Thanks Julie! Please also post in “Clubs and Teachers”
Oct. 18, 2018
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Board 150, Nic?
Oct. 17, 2018
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I have a take on this which parallels baseball. For many years it was considered unsportsmanlike by a leading team to steal or bunt, once up by some vaguely understood number of runs with some vaguely understood number of innings to play. Violating this unwritten rule often led to retaliation in the form of fistfights, a scrum at second base following a steal, or a beanball from the trailing side's pitcher.

Then the steroid era began and comebacks of large numbers of runs became not uncommon. The mindset seemed to have ended.

I personally detest the idea that offense should be taken from hard play; however obviously not everyone agrees and I suspect that your opponent has this quaint viewpoint. It seems unlikely that a conversation will change this.
Oct. 15, 2018
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#justsayNORONA anyone?
Oct. 8, 2018
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