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Rick Benstock
Rick Benstock
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Feb. 14, 2014
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July 28
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True North American Championships Coming
I looked at the date as soon as I read the sentence "The USBF will no longer send teams to compete in the Bermuda Bowl.." Then I knew it was a joke. What real bridge player would give up a chance to play in the Bermuda Bowl? Now if this ...
EBL Convicts Fantoni-Nunes
Reese and Shapiro were certainly one of the top pairs in the world in 1965 when they decided to cheat. Their motivation was simply to prove that "the rules" didn't apply to people as brilliant and as far above the hoi polloi as themselves. At least that is how ...
Will Roper's bidding problem: 876 7 AT73 AT876
Is 4 not a splinter when undiscussed in "expert standard?" We are a passed hand and we didn't preempt in 2nd chair. We aren't playing fit showing jumps. Are we giving up on slam?
Statement by WBF ( Oct 9, 2015)
Just having a "flashback" to my early days in tournament bridge...when the midnight swisses had young participants...I believe that most of my contemporaries were smoking weed before and after each round. I have no opinion on whether the cannabis was "performance enhancing" but it certainly was "enjoyment enhancing ...
Why do major players cheat?
@Nick Hardy Are you referring to the John Fowles novel by that title? I read it in high school in the early 1960s. Lol. Unless someone else stole the title?
Why do major players cheat?
They think they are playing the game but on another level. A meta-level. So you have the game of bridge with its "silly" rules (for the hoi polloi) and you have the "inner" or "higher level" game of bridge. Because the lower level game with its hunt for "patzer points ...
Will Roper's lead problem: AT43 763 942 976
A competent declarer at high levels will read the spade ace underlead easily as who would lead away from the queen of spades on this auction? And it's an old ploy in any event. I led a heart to set up a trick for my partner (and maybe kill ...
Option Overload
Why would LHO lead a diamond into this auction? That's the key question I cannot answer. Seeking enlightenment as to expert thinking here.
Mary Jane Far[r]ell?
The club on Fairfax was a duplicate club not a rubber club. So I must be mistaken about having seen Meyer if he only played rubber bridge.
Mary Jane Far[r]ell?
I played against Mary Jane FaRell and Hermine Baron (not playing together!) at a bridge club on Fairfax in L.A. in the 1970s. I think either Morris Portugal or Harold Guiver played there too. Or both. But the best schools for learning bridge were the many rubber bridge clubs ...
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