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Don Smolen
Don Smolen
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Member Since
March 25, 2012
Last Seen
March 30
Member Type
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How well do you understand restricted choice?
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ACBL Dues Revenue Flow: Bad for Recruitment
That's impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing your Club when I'm in the area.
ACBL Dues Revenue Flow: Bad for Recruitment
70k / month rent? How do you afford it with 20k tables per year?
Walt Walvick
So sad to hear this. Walt and I were regular partners in his UPenn days. What memories! Condolences to his family.
Take the Board Off the Table
So you would have argued against using screens when that was proposed?
Take the Board Off the Table
Why is this an either/or matter? We should be vigilant AND remove the tools that cheaters could use when we can. Your argument suggests we don't need screens. Is that your position?
The Videos Speak
You know a zillion times more about this than I do. I hope you're right and I wish you well. One question about your analogy: do you think Reese-Schapiro would have been convicted if there were videos of their hand signals but no one was able to explain what ...
The Videos Speak
Thanks for your reply, Kit, and for all of your work. I don't question that the facts are sufficient to convince experts, but it’s my opinion that a skillful defense presented to non-expert adjudicators could raise so many questions of interpretation that these facts would be unconvincing to ...
The Videos Speak
In his conclusion, Kit rightly speaks of the need to build an airtight case. IMHO, that goal is very far away and may be unattainable. I’ve played bridge on and off for over 50 years and became a LM in 1967. That said, my knowledge and experience is nowhere ...
NICKELL Narrowly Wins 62-Board Semi Final
I was vugraph op in the closed room (Berkowitz/Sontag vs Levin/Weinstein). About halfway through, the director announced that both tables were slow and removed some boards. He said he'd be happy to restore them if they caught up. The pace of play picked up a bit and ...

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