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thank you peter!
Oct. 29, 2016
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Any NY bridger who was happily able to walk into the Bridge World brownstone and peruse at leisure would also tell you that Edgar was a class act away from the table.
Aug. 15, 2016
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In a previous note, I commented that the best rules encourage honest participation. That being said, I liked the suggestion of average minus : average minus. Something like 8-8 or 7-7 makes more sense than either 0-0 or 10-10.
Aug. 5, 2016
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The point Julian makes is relevant to an important aspect of system design. Regulations and guidelines always need to be made in such a way as to encourage good intentions. When they do not ethical infractions ALWAYS seem to follow. Two examples are the rules for round robins, such as the Olympic badminton rules which encourage throwing to get a better semi-final opponent and the soccer (football) four-ways when achieving a draw is the best result for two opposing squads collectively.
I believe it may be better in the future to have a much less harsh penalty for sitting the wrong way.
Aug. 2, 2016
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Bravo Neil. Always endeavor to do the right thing.
Aug. 1, 2016
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This leads to a further question. In computer bridge- at least in the BBO version- you are aware of your team's IMP standing whereas at analog bridge (also known as “at-the-table”) you do not. As bridge continues to evolve at the highest level, are there arguments, pro and con, for “barometer” KO's?

Would anyone care to see a Spingold played in barometer fashion?
March 22, 2016
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Is Christie still running for president?
March 14, 2016
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Kudos to two very nice guys!
March 11, 2016
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Thanks Josef for your efforts in NC and elsewhere on behalf of youth bridge.
Feb. 21, 2016
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Looking forward to it Avon….love your writing.
Feb. 4, 2016
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I want to say that I express no political opinions on this site, only sadness and solidarity.
Nov. 14, 2015
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Thanks Joel….this is very aesthetically beautiful. Pick a morning on the second week and a good brunch place!
Nov. 6, 2015
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always good to see you karen
Oct. 27, 2015
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So…feeling generous, I will happily take both Joel and Alan to brunch. I think Joel's revision to no shortness is better, but I should note a miswording on my part. I intended to define the degree of insufficiency as shortfall vs trump length not a fixed number 7. Both Joel's and Alan's solutions have degree 49.
Again feeling generous I will add a third brunch to a still higher insufficiency.
Oct. 25, 2015
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Coming up!
Oct. 25, 2015
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Wow…definitely a large brunch!!
Oct. 25, 2015
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The Bertens note illustrates clearly a flaw in the laws.I have read Love many times and might still f*** up a compound (or simpler) squeeze at the table. Claims on hands with a hitch: specific play sequences, or blockages or overtaking,or ruffing high, should require an affirmative statement of play without which the claim should be judged invalid. In other words, the claimant should affirmatively point out the hitch.
Oct. 24, 2015
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Signor Rona please resign.
Oct. 22, 2015
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to saverio and kenny: in the original KS there were controlled psyches and the ACBL convention card included a checkbox for controlled psyches. i do not know the acbl regulations, but these seem to have disappeared. my question to you both is the following: suppose someone had on his CC the following 1NT (3d seat): 13-15 OR 0-5. would you consider that permissible? i also seem to recall (but may be wrong) that when soloway was playing ATTACK, zia and michael had an issue with “controlled” psyches there as well. Can you both/either enlighten me and express your opinions?
Oct. 13, 2015
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Too bad you slept through 6 crisscross by Joel
Oct. 6, 2015
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