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The head of the Honeymooners' lodge was the Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler. :)
March 5
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Agree. It would have been really great for Larry and Marty to be inducted together.
March 5
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This gives me a great idea - I think I have the solution. For chronically slow pairs, the directors should dress up as nuns, surround the offenders, and clang bells saying “Shame! Shame!! Shame!!!” a la Game of Thrones.

Making the offending pair do a nude walk of shame optional, depending on their level of transgression.
Feb. 16
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I LOVE bidding boxes. It's really a completely different game now.

People would differentiate their bids by their intonations. For example, the worst was “double” for a takeout double, “double!” for a penalty double, and “DOUBLE!!!” for a don't you dare pull this partner penalty double.

Don't miss that at all…..
Feb. 13
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There is no one on this site, and I mean NO ONE, who if we singled out their worst bid or play, wouldn't look ridiculous. As we all know, this game is extremely humbling.

I therefore think people should perhaps take this into account before writing unkind things like “time to get a new partner”, etc. If you have a partner who never makes a ridiculous mistake playing this very hard and exhausting game, hold on tight, or better yet please send him or her my way!

I know how out of place these comments are, because apparently I'm one of the few posters who is familiar with North, who is a very strong player, who can hold their own in national events.

I don't know what happened on this hand. Granted, it certainly seems that a “cow flew by” when North was making the decision about what to do over 4C.

All I can say is that there are at least half a dozen things I've done that in isolation would make me look like someone who had just taken his first bridge class instead of someone who has been playing this game for more than 4 decades…and that's just in the past year!

So when posting comments about the decisions that people have made, please do remember folks…there but for the grace of the lord go we.
Jan. 2
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Right? You're not going to be very happy if you double, and when it rides around back to him he bids 3C or 3H because he misclicked and accidentally passed, and now you let him escape from 2S!

Who knows what's going on? Maybe the cat jumped on his mouse. :) This is just an occupational hazard when playing online.
Dec. 24, 2019
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I agree Amir got way too bent out of shape from what clearly seems to have been a misunderstanding with one ACBL employee, and yet blamed the entire ACBL. Probably the frustration of his waiting 3 years to find out that what he thought he was told was the case was not in fact correct.

Now Paul you are responding in kind by painting the entire BridgeWinners community with one brush based on the posts of a very small percentage of them, which doesn't *necessarily* represent the feelings of the community at large. Probably the result of the frustration of trying to protect an ACBL employee from over the top, and public, criticism.

Time to de-escalate. Let's all go to neutral corners for a bit and cool off, and perhaps re-emerge with a more nuanced viewpoint. :)
Dec. 11, 2019
Richard Franklin edited this comment Dec. 11, 2019
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Right? When I make a bonehead mistake of this magnitude, I want to quietly slink away from the table, mumble 7S down 1 to my teammates, and have as few people find out what really happened as possible.

The LAST thing I would do is appeal so that it ends up being in the Daily Bulletin, the Case Book, and posted as an article on Bridge Winners! :)
Dec. 5, 2019
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Board 5 should say LHO turns up with 9 MAJOR cards…
Nov. 27, 2019
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Congratulations, Phil. You don't win this baby without some serious declaring chops.

To Leo's point, it's really a shame that (due to obvious security issues) everybody can't play the same hands and have them matchpointed across the field! It's very far from being apples to apples, and if you draw a flat set of hands and/or a significantly above average set of opponents to be matchpointed against, you're doomed.
Nov. 26, 2019
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Playing against Ken, you really couldn't be on auto-pilot. When your partner doubled one of his weak 2 bids, you really had to think about converting it to a penalty double that you wouldn't consider versus almost anyone else, because if you bid, you would often end up in a ridiculous 3 level contract in a 4-3 fit because Kenny had opened 2S on Qxxxx!

Sometime in the last 10 years I sat down against Kenny in a pair game, and Ken responded 1S on nothing. Apparently his client had never met Ken and wasn't in on the joke, and bid all the way up to 3S. Finally, after all these years of him doing this to us, I said, I don't know what is going on here, but enough is enough and even though I had no trump tricks I reached for the red card.

When the smoke cleared, Ken had gone for 1100 against our heart partial. It was one of the few times I got the best of him. Usually I walked away from the table muttering to myself. Rest in peace Ken……….
Nov. 12, 2019
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I would add one more thing to your list, Deborah. Make sure you get your partner's name right. :) Steve???
Oct. 16, 2019
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Harold made the game fun. I rarely got the best of him, but I always had a good time at his table. To me, that is why we play the game.

I will very much miss his sense of mischief, and as Chip said, the twinkle in his eye. Save a seat for me too, Harold….
Oct. 8, 2019
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I'm sure it was just an oversight, but in number 3 you left out Lawyers and Guns. :)
Sept. 20, 2019
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Yeah, that about sums it up. Sometimes I think that the better I get (and yet still make stoopid mistakes), the less I enjoy the game!
Aug. 29, 2019
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And a good thing too that your tribe and island goosed us onto a different path, or we might all be drinking schnapps with our wiener schnitzel tonight.
July 3, 2019
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It smells like….victory. Until you get home and they tell you you finished 2nd.
June 4, 2019
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I'd give slightly more credit to Warren Zevon than Phil, but okay. :)

But lawyers? My thoughts on that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlM3CKXJs5k
June 4, 2019
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I played against Bobby once. The first hand went Pass-Pass-Pass-Pass, and my partner and I got a 6 1/2 on a 12 top.

Given that we had the extra time, before playing the second hand, I told Bobby he was the first World Champion I had ever played against, and that I was honored to be able to witness his genius first hand, and that that first hand had just been electric.

Bobby remained stone faced and did not say a single word.
May 29, 2019
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I always hesitate to comment on situations like this until I have heard the other side, but if the facts are as reported - that one team beat both of the other 2 teams in a 3 way, but the winner was determined based on how the match between the 2 losers turned out - this is a real cluster f**k.
May 29, 2019
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