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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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Kelsey: Killing Defense = Earthquake, the bridge landscape moved; More Killing Defense= Thunderbolt, the first and still the only book to discuss discarding in depth; Adventures in Card Play= Beauty.
Feb. 20, 2018
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My favorite is Kelsey by yards. My favorite for intermediates is Frank Stewart - kudos for lauding him.
Feb. 20, 2018
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indeed low from Tx would be effective here!
Feb. 18, 2018
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thanks for doing the heavy lifting on this unglamorous work.
Feb. 14, 2018
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Al. I have always appreciated your dedication. 1> efforts in computer bridge. 2> willingness to talk to the community. I will say that virtually no one from the WBF, aside from yourself, seems to feel the need to address the wider bridge community. I am strongly biased in that I have publicly written that Rona should resign, still I suspect anyone without a bias should want more communication from the WBF relating to how they should work to improve and support this game.
Jan. 30, 2018
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Jan. 21, 2018
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Mike. If what you recall is true that sickens me. I played against many extraordinary talents who died too young from HIV-related illnesses. Larry Edwards found awesome teammates for me as a young player. However I acknowledge there were many irrational fears embraced then and now.
Jan. 18, 2018
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As I remarked parenthetically in an earlier comment, I believe that Signore Rona should resign from the WBF. Past associations with banished partnerships and players gives his leadership a tarnished image- not to mention his attempt to impede Zia's address to the WBF and journalists following the Brogeland “revolution”.

Except for Al Levy's (presumably unofficial) comment, the WBF has made no public statements intending to bolster our confidence in the integrity of the game, nor any statements in response to this legal challenge to their authority.

I reiterate that there appears to be more than a little similarity between the WBF and FIFA, a parallel which does no one any favors.
Jan. 12, 2018
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