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I started a separate thread for Lyon Restaurants:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lyon-restaurants/
Aug. 16
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I don't understand your question, Gene. Anyone can post about this to BW at any time. As for the WBF, I'd suggest figuring out which committee is in charge of the area with which you are concerned and contacting them directly. You might want to broach the matter on BW first to learn about the history of the policy and to gauge or gather popular support.
Aug. 16
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Thanks for the heads up! I made it through immigration and customs quickly when I arrived on Monday evening. I'll leave extra time for my departure, though.
Aug. 16
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Thanks for the informative report, Eugene!
Aug. 16
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I would cash the H AK. If all follow, a club to hand and the HQ. If all follow I'll cash the clubs and have several chances. If hearts prove 4-2 then give up a heart. If East has the long heart we'll be able to postpone the decision of which finesse to take until seeing how clubs break. If West holds the long heart then the diamond finesse is odds against. This is the difficult part, but I'll plan to go up with the DA, cash the clubs, and take the spade hook. Besides the hook I'll need a spade break, a club break, or a squeeze.
Aug. 15
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Don't know. I'm staying in a condo for my first few days here, so I didn't check for a hotel shuttle.
July 18
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Yes, I'm bothered by that too, but I wasn't asked to vote on it! In fact, if I recall our discussion from years ago, I opposed awarding any PPs to teams who earned them with ineligible players.
July 13
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Jan, I understand that it won't pose a problem since we seed only within bye level, but the apparent incongruity is why I voted the way I did. I think Peter said something similar, but probably more clearly.
July 12
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Got it, Sam. I understand your point now. I still prefer to seed by deep bye points, though. It seems incongruous that a team with a bye to the QF could have a higher seed than a team with a bye to the SF.
July 12
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I agree with Peter. Sam, I don't understand why you say PPs would be more accurate.
July 11
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The seeding issue is discussed in the “USBF conditions of contest issue” thread.
July 11
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Bill, you don't need to be good, just to shown up and pay the entry fee! And I will try to make it to Saul's the next time I'm in the Bay Area…
June 23
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Pellegrini's was excellent and they were able to seat a large party at short notice.
June 23
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Thanks for the suggestions. I wish I had time to try them all!
June 22
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I agree with Georgiana, allowing multiple teams per country would improve the European (closed) Championships. Just as the US is perhaps underrepresented in world championship play, strong bridge-playing European countries are under-represented in the European Championships.

Since I no longer live in Europe I must leave this decision to the Europeans. As Michael K notes, it is their choice.
May 15
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I'd like to see the Bermuda Bowl and Olympiad be as strong as possible and I'd welcome changes that would lead towards that end. One possibility for the latter would be to allow multiple entrants per country.
May 12
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One reason Europe has done well is that it is allowed to enter more teams. In the Bermuda Bowl, Europe has six or seven teams to the USA's two. In the Olympiad, Europe is allocated 40 or so teams to the USA's one. Given these odds, it's impressive that the USA has done as well as it has.

For what it's worth I've represented both the USA and Switzerland in these events.
May 12
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April 23
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April 20
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The study found this was true for expert bridge players but not for expert chess players. While I think bridge and chess require roughly similar amounts of intellectual effort bridge has many more facets. For instance, chess players do not have to deal with hidden information. Bridge players have much experience evaluating multiple possibilities where evidence points in different directions. We also get rapid feedback on the accuracy of our predictions.
April 20
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