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well that is easy to accomplish. just join the acbl as a new member and DON'T offer to tell anyone you played elsewhere.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Here a counter-suggestion that may work in lieu of finding contemporaries with experience playing against the foreign player. Design an online par quiz which anyone applying for membership can take (and with varying questions). Assign mp's directly based on score. (If you want to replicate the ACBL “endurance” mp's then add an integer x years playing.)

I am not sure which requires more work, but new volunteers will need to be re-recruited and new questions made for the par contest. The advantage of the online quiz is that the person seeking mp-equivalents can take care of this himself.

Well there are probably many arguments against this as well… but just a thought.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Thank you MB. It is really important to hear from people like you and trace the evolution of ethics in our game.
Sept. 18, 2018
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If you win the A you seem to have 8 against lefty, J and J ambiguous. What about A, ruff D, pull last trump, heart to A, ruff diamond, finish trumps?
Sept. 16, 2018
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Justin: Thanks for your heartfelt essay. The issue of collusive/cooperative behavior in social games (games as Wittgenstein or a mathematician would call them) is a complex one. It is at the heart of how one crafts rules and boundary conditions of the game to optimize outcomes which are judged to be “fair”. It is as relelevant to police procedure and admissions policies as it is to basketball and bridge.

I urge you to not quit bridge because it has abuses, any more than you should quit society because it has unfairness… Sorry Moliere… Just keep working toward a more perfected game.
Sept. 16, 2018
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I know we've spoken many times Avon, but I just wish to commend you again publicly. THANKS.
Sept. 16, 2018
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Slightly changing the subject of the post, but riffing in the ball park, would most people agree that interfering with the opponents' NT auctions has gone from maybe 15% in the early 1970's to over 40% today?
Sept. 10, 2018
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Dear Phil: I may speak for others when I say “WELCOME BACK to active bridge play”. It was good seeing you in Atlanta, and I know the rest of us will be the better for your keen insights.
Sept. 3, 2018
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I am disappointed and frankly dismayed by the response of the IBPA. It is bizarre to contemplate a professional society not mandating a code of conduct among its professional members. It seems that this would be akin to the AMA or the ABA (US medical and legal professional organizations) not being concerned with a member's malpractice.
July 26, 2018
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It is quite clear I mistakenly asked for the English Bridge Union to say something official when my request should have been of the European Bridge League. I apologize for agitating in the wrong place, and renew my request for comment of the latter bridge organization.
July 25, 2018
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I could be mistaken. I was curious if any of the bridge organizations he writes commentary occasionally for cared to comment for the record. If the query is misdirected I apologize.
July 25, 2018
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Would any official of the EBU care to make a formal statement?
July 25, 2018
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The ACBL should be asked to make the database available, anonymized, for research purposes. This can be done simply by masking names and numbers. When you speak at the Nationals Jeff, you should push for such access along with the ability of clubs to push out surveys.
July 3, 2018
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The value function you are referring to was the measure of the ultimate contract's success (in IMPs). This is in contrast to introducing hand valuation benchmarks into the learning process, the way Deep Blue did to favor some tree searches when it “learned” chess. I appreciate your correcting any mis-statements in my piece.
June 20, 2018
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KS with systemic psychs and controls?
April 9, 2018
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I should like to relate a very funny story from over 20 years ago. I played a club duplicate with a friend, Dori Cohen, a few months after she broke up with Marty Bergen. Not surprisingly we were playing Bergen raises. I held a similar weak hand with great trick-taking strength and responded 3 (limit) to my partner's opening 1M. After the hand was over and the opponents realized that they had missed a cold game, the director was summoned. The summoning opponent did not object to my choice of 3, but rather insisted that Dori did not know what a Bergen raise was, and had thus given incorrect information! Fortunately the director did not pursue this line of reasoning. Go girl!!
March 29, 2018
Mike Lipkin edited this comment March 29, 2018
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I enjoyed this hand. I think that the discussion has veered from the more complex question of what is the best approach to the spade suit. Even if declarer wins at trick 1 and leads a spade to the Q, what should he do when it holds? He can cash four diamonds ending in hand to extract discards, but he may still need to make a critical play in the spade suit.
For those curious, here is the actual hand: N: A74 T87 764 KQ96 S: JT52 QJ93 93 T42. One should consider the outcome with permuted A,J,T.
March 8, 2018
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At the time I was in grad school, I took two digressions from studies and research to teach bridge, my second and fourth summers, to relatively new, but extremely bright, PhD candidates and postdocs. The book I used was “Five Weeks…” and it was a pleasure to work with. I have recommended it many times since. The students found it smooth sailing.
March 1, 2018
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December 1956 The Bridge World New Science Edgar Kaplan
Feb. 22, 2018
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most important bridge article: New Science
Feb. 22, 2018
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