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Paul Elstein
Paul Elstein
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Member Since
March 28, 2013
Last Seen
15 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Been playing for 55+ years, but am still at the intermediate level.  Have been teaching beginner bridge to seniors.  Strong believer in the 5Fs--fun, focus, forgive, forget, and if none of those work go into a private place to shout the 5th F.  Another f is for frustration; but we always come back to play in spite of it.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Coming in first in our section, the first day that my partner and I played in a Regional Tournament
Favorite Conventions
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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Orders of Protection - American Pool Players Association - ACBL
John, I agree 100% with you and I imagine that there should be some way to embarass the APA publicly. However, I'm not sure whether the ACLU gets involved in non-governmental issues such as this, which while wrong, may not really be "discriminatory."
You Know You Are A Bridge Player When....
When you hear children singing "London Bridge is falling down," and you wonder how they know that the caliber of bridge in England's capital is getting worse.
Why youth players are aggressive bidders
Are there actual data showing that the top younger players bid more aggressively than top older players when they play against each other? For example, more slam bids, more sacrifice bids
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
"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 ...
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
"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 ...
CAS Decision on Fantoni and Nunes
"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
Bridge Players on TV Game Shows
"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 ...
Bridge goals and resolutions for 2018
Convince more of my better students to partner with me at least once in duplicate.
Identifying Bridge Proteges
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).
Dark Ages Bidding for Beginners?
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 ...

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