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“Nigel - Arab teams you mean Lebanon, and they do not avoid the match, they forfeit it.”

Yu–Other countries, such as Iran, forbid their athletes from competing against Israeli athletes. Not sure whether it's happened in bridge other than with Lebanon. (Until yesterday, Lebanon wouldn't allow showing of the movie, The Post, because of Spielberg's support of Israel and probably still don't show Wonder Woman because the actress playing the title character was from Israel)
Jan. 18
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“I never did see a gun pulled in a club, to be honest. I did play against a club owner at a tournament who took one look at my convention card and said ”don't you ever play at my club if you are gonna play like that.“ And I didn't. A bonus of being younger than the average bridge player is that I only had to wait five years before she passed away and the club was under new management.”

What was on your Convention Card? Pornography? Racial or other kinds of hatred? Surely, she should not have made that statement about any Bridge Conventions
Jan. 16
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“If unsuccessful we need to withdraw from the IOC.”

I suggest withdrawing from the IOC, even if successful.The IOC has allowed worse things than this bridge (non)decision
Jan. 15
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“Some favorite To Tell the Truth moments: when Bob Miller was described as a baseball pitcher with many different major league teams, and TWO contestants stood, each a Bob Miller; when the father of a fraternity brother of mine was the contestant because he owned a company that makes ladders (my fraternity brother now runs the company).”

The 1962 New York Mets had 2 pitchers named Bob Miller. One was called R.G. Miller (who played with many teams) and R.L Miller.
Jan. 10
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Convince more of my better students to partner with me at least once in duplicate.
Dec. 31, 2017
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From what I know of Bobby Fischer's days in Erasmus High School, he was not a good student. Sounds like the opposite of what others have written about most of the participants in the Seamon Juniors. (Of course, Fischer was a total jerk as an adult).
Dec. 29, 2017
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For the past year, I've been teaching Beginner and “Advanced Beginner” classes to people in their sixties or seventies. About half had played before, generally in college or against players knowing as much (or little) as they.

It is important to differentiate this group from younger players. Only a couple will ever play in a tournament and my guess is that very few will even play club bridge. Their goal is either to learn the basics or improve their game, but mainly to have fun. They enjoy playing the practice hands, but are reluctant to advance beyond elementary bidding.

In my last class, I was asked how they could play better. I said “Play against better players. Play online. Read.” My guess is that many will do the second; a few the third. But most are very scared about playing against better players, thinking they will embarass themselves or me if I partner with them. (I truthfully tell them that I don't need their help for me to be embarassed for my play).
Dec. 19, 2017
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“I’ve been to the Zoo in D.C. Sorry it doesn’t come anywhere close to the SD zoo. You get what you pay for.”

Has anyone polled the residents of the 2 zoos to get their opinions?
Dec. 4, 2017
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“Let's not whine about process, to enforce clean play. We don't have it, at any level, and we don't enforce it cleanly and equally, across NBOs, nor do we specify punishments, or define what constitutes cheating: ”I know it when I see it, Justice Harlan"

Actually,Justice Potter Stewart, but the sentiment is still valid.
Nov. 18, 2017
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“And while she is a loyal member of the Grammar police, she would not consider your comment at all pendantic.”

Especially when there's a necklace hanging from her neck…

Sorry, but pedantry IS the subject…“


Winston Churchill said ”That's the type of arrant pedantry, up with which I will not put." Your comment outdoes that.
Nov. 4, 2017
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“In the interests of pedantry, I think it was ‘Marcia’.”

My wife's name is Marcia. And while she is a loyal member of the Grammar police, she would not consider your comment at all pendantic.
Nov. 1, 2017
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“E: GM 1 is deaf. He has the bar ratchet up the music. Distractions like loud music are known to affect speed chess performance. Of those who can hear it.”

If GM1 is not TOTALLY deaf, loud music may be worse for him than for his opponent with better hearing. If he is TOTALLY deaf, how would he know that music was being played in the first place? Vibrations?
Oct. 30, 2017
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The attorneys can answer this better than I, but aren't most convictions overturned for procedural reasons, not because new evidence came to light?
Sept. 29, 2017
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I don't know what things were like 20+ years ago, but I infer from your comment that people who were playing social or party bridge then are playing in ACBL for masterpoints. But even if I misinterpreted your comments, I wonder whether the “average” player of 20+ years ago was really that great.
Sept. 29, 2017
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Does any of the above discussion have anything to do with bridge?
Sept. 26, 2017
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Surprisingly, one of those clubs stopped using “view other results” from Bridgemates more than 2 years ago. I was one of those supporting that decision to move things along, but unfortunately I haven't seen either substantial speed up of play or quiet.
Sept. 18, 2017
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Hi Judy,

Thank you for all that you contribute on your blog. It needs a wider audience.
More and more I find the 6th F, frustration dominating the other 5!
Sept. 15, 2017
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Ralph Kramden. And yesterday,I was going to comment on Pearls vs. Swine. Pastis also makes fun of himself–might not hurt for some of us here.
Sept. 7, 2017
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Great article, Mike. I also live in Columbia near Oakland Mills. A great place to raise a family!
Sept. 5, 2017
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Or maybe they have no opinion but are interested in seeing the voting.
Aug. 24, 2017
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