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well, this comment is only conditionally true. it may not be possible for East to give unambiguous count. let's compromise and say the odds are slightly less than 3:1.
June 1, 2017
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I think it just as well that they play overtly on BBO as they could obviously play anonymously. At least you will know who is willing to play with them….
May 2, 2017
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It seemed that an ideal situation arose when the Mixed Trials for Poland were essentially a continuation in venue and time of the DC nationals. I suspect that having the trials subsequent to the Spring Nationals, in the same town, might be a way to attract more teams.
April 5, 2017
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Furthermore, the court implied that monetary damages could be gotten by the plaintiffs. I believe this goes straight to the issue I raised in a previous post. Of course this is a horrible ruling, but if the bridge federation doesn't change procedures for accepting entries they may continue to be liable in the future.
April 3, 2017
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I trust this jingoistic, head-in-the-sand attempt to withdraw from the world and build a 30-foot orange barrier to foreign bridge expertise is a bad and in poor taste April Fool's joke.
April 1, 2017
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Will the appellate work also be inexpensive? I appreciate your comment Mike, but I don't want it to subtract from the idea that the entry seller should own the rights to participation.
March 31, 2017
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There is a huge downside to this decision: the German bridge federation will have large legal expenses. Similar problems have possibly been responsible for past ACBL inaction. It is imperative that entries specify legal disclaimers which allow participation solely (barring discrimination) at the organizer's discretion.
March 31, 2017
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RIP John.
March 25, 2017
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FWIW. After reading a book on Regres in the early 1990's, I modified the original Polish Beta (forcing pass) system to include 8-12 openings and a forcing (13+) 1 opening. I subsequently played it for approximately 10 years with Jesus Arias and Mark Ospeck. Our best results were many (>10) regional wins, and a middle overall in the 3-day National Life Master Pairs.
As modified the system was fully GCC compliant.
Jan. 26, 2017
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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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