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So well deserved in every conceivable way.
Jan. 20
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Collusive cheating should be a lifetime ban for both players. No exceptions. It is too easy to cheat at bridge to take any chances whatsoever with repeat behaviour and making players play against known cheats is completely unreasonable. “ Rehabilitation ” is not only in the eye of the beholder but completely irrelevant.
Dec. 8, 2018
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It is a big mistake to have flight C players in the same game as flight A players. It is never ever, good to do that. There is zero data to support that you learn when you are completely overmatched and indeed much data to suggest the opposite. There is also much collateral damage such as the game is decided by which A pair can jockey the most tops from the C pairs. This leads to unscrupulous gamesmanship from a few A players against the C players.
This is one reason why some games are having trouble holding on their better
There are many other similar factors that strongly support no C players against A players.
If you peruse posted online scores from any random club game you choose that has C players vs A players you will see many 30 % games. For those of you reading this who remember the old hand scored sheets that were posted on a 12 top 156 average, 30% is 93
That is absurd in a duplicate game. 93 was almost unheard of. Now it is common. That is not a fair competition and the result is that the weaker players will quit for obvious reasons and many stronger players who are simply looking for a good bridge game will also quit again for obvious reasons.
Dec. 8, 2018
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I posted a separate comment instead.
Dec. 8, 2018
Allan Graves edited this comment Dec. 8, 2018
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Congrats to the winners , well done
Nov. 28, 2018
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Well done
Oct. 7, 2018
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Hi Jack See my comment above . Declarative Interogative was old BT method adapted by KS .
It’s roots theoretically would begin withnthe Culbertson 4 /5 NT convention that maintained dialogue and control agreement and was an integral part of Culbertson and predated Blackwood . Excellent method for its time but BW obviously simpler and almost as good .
Sept. 19, 2018
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The DI used by the BT was undefined as to keycards . Turbo is a relatively modern advance rigidly defined as to key cards .
I played DI that was modified in a manner suggested by Kaplan in a late fifties in a Bridge World article . Non jump 4NT after suit agreement promised X number of Aces and at least 2nd round control of all unbid suits . Ergo failure to use DI denied the requirements for DI . X was usually 2 but could be 3 or 1 under some rigidly controlled circumstances . Responder to DI would sign off in agreed trump when off 2 aces . Would co operate below 5T off 1Ace by showing a feature or , rarely , last train . Could jump to slam off 1 Ace (;Good trump and or fit )Must bid 5NT with remaining aces or could Q between 5T and 6 T with remainder aces and striong grand slam interest ( jump to 6 of possible alternate trumps was a choice off 1 Ace ) In Addition I played super Gerber to 5 level from 4 level to take control with a slam drive and grand slam interest that could be solved by the response . I played this as early as the late sixties and with Mittelman from the late seventies . It was extremely effective as it maintained a co operative dialogue within the parameters of Ace and control certainty.Clearly modern Turbo is a similiar method to maintain dialogue with keycard certainty . The BT club started with 2/1 control resp to one club so they had theoretical certainty in those auctions but only in those auctions .I had impeccably ethical and brilliant teammates who were multiple international medalists . They played BT DI and Q bid theory for awhile and they had a number of small and grand slam disastersbecause they didn’t use the BT rule . Using the BT rule provides Ace certainty without the inconvenient fuss of either the method I used or modern turbo. I played tens thousands of boards with my version of Controlled DI . I deeply respect Mr Burn but I can assure the readers it is not possible to avoid disaster playing BT Q bids and old DI without the BT rule. Some Ace understanding is required . In addition some advanced intermediate skill was needed to recognize when 4NT was DI . I doubt the BT had ever to use bridge logic to determine what 4NT meant . Michael Becker’s story about “ let’s play straight Georgio “ and the old BT pair then having a small slam two Ace disaster to lose B.B. is quite ironic .
Sept. 19, 2018
Allan Graves edited this comment Sept. 19, 2018
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You make a good point about clear rules rather than optimal agreements. Say for example the auction goes 1D - 2D : inverted , then later 3NT , removed to 4D , then we would all agree that 4NT is regressive. However support in the posted question was first agreed at the 4 level and both partners are unlimited. You need a key card ask to at least facillitate the the grand slams . Mr. Clayton stated that 4NT is their only key card ask so that must take precedence. To bet that 4NT is a better contract than 5D at the expense of an easy slam auction, particularly a grand, is not good utility. In the inverted auction I offered, an unlimited slam going opener, or responder for that matter,had ample opportunity to start some kind of key card as before the 4NT in question. . The clear rule is that there is a key card road below and up to 4NT in the absence of a more sophisticated agreement, and that should dominate. Then the regressive situatations become more obviouis.
Sept. 3, 2018
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First chance to ask for key cards after support in an unlimited auction is clearly Blackwood . If it had proceeded 4D instead of 3S no one would assume 4Nt was natural in the abscence of an agreement and this auction is identical ,
Sept. 3, 2018
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Well done
July 30, 2018
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This is very sad news . I had known that he had been sick for a long time. I remember how devoted he was to his daughter who needed more help, through no fault of her own, from her parents and that Jon always put her first . We played in some US National events successfully and he was a superb bridge player not only technically but strategically. He was of course a flawless partner. I really enjoyed playing with him. A real loss to a lot of people in all walks of his life.
July 17, 2018
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Johathan, they were almost unanimously enthusiastic and wanted Paul to return for a second session but by the next day the factions made things too difficult. It is hard with such a large number to come to a solid consensus in a short period of time. It is unfortunate that that version of the BOD did not go on record as to which insights and proposals they disagreed with. Then some constructive dialogue might have been possible.
June 11, 2018
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The master-point plan was created with a twofold purpose. To track lifetime achievement and establish peer groups. Bridge is at its competitive best played in your general peer group or “ playing up ” Until we stop using it as a motivator and short term marketing crutch, inflation and it's myriad of collateral problems will eventually escalate out of control. I do not have the solution but we need to address it and gradually return ithe plan to its original intent.
For the curious search this site for Henry Bethe history and commentary on the this issue.
May 27, 2018
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I had the pleasure to play on some Canadian teams with Eric and Sami. One such expedition was the 1980 Olympiad in Valkenburg. Bidding boxes were not yet in wide use in North America. During the qualifying rounds It when 3 quick Greens to Murray who later recounted . “ I noticed a bead of sweat on Sami's brow as I reached for my bidding box, considered my bid, reached again, considered , and finally pulled the Green.” Sami was disconsolate having inadvertently Greened when he had a strong NT.
Murray reluctantly faced his Yarborough.
In 1978 I moved to Toronto and Eric offered me a room in his beautiful home in Toronto's nicest old neighborhood for as long as I needed to find a place ,Over the decades that he was my friend he was unfailingly kind and generous to everyone in need, in every conceivable situation. When you played with him , unless you were Sami, he occasionally would comment on your bidding and play if he thought you should know better. He was always so dryly witty about it that there was no space for self pity or indignation. If you actually listened to the commentary you were much the better player for it. He saw every card play situation instantly and was always a step or two ahead of the table psychologically .During those endless international competitions. Kokish Nagy, Mittelman and myself would occasionally kid them about their old “Colonial ACOL” methods but at the end of the day an honest appraisal of the results would show that not only had they outplayed us, that was to be expected , but they had outbid us as well. Any bridge conversation I had with either Eric or Sami became part any bridge understanding that I had then and is still with me now. It is often said that so and so “never played a wrong card” which is of course , an exaggeration, but I remember Edgar Kaplan telling me that in Sami's case it was indeed true. Sami was the experts expert . He would never comment on your play as a team mate. but if you beseeched him for his opinion he would cut quickly to the essence of any bridge situation.
Eric and Sami were legendary for their stamina. They led Canada to the semi finals of the Quadrennial Olympiads 1964 1968 1972 winning the bronze in 68 and 72 . They played almost every board in 64 and 68 and indeed in 1972 they set a record that will never be broken when they did indeed play every board plus an extra half match when both pairs sat the same direction. They won back to back Spingolds in 1964 and 1965 playing 4 handed with Sheardown and Elliot .I know that when I played with Eric I not only never became tired but was always ready to keep going when the session was over. . His presence, energy, good humor and unfailing love of bridge just carried you along. They did all of this while making many international bridge friendships and leaving Canada with a legacy of sportsmanship.
.In his professional life as a “lawyers lawyer” litigator with a major Toronto firm he would have his clipping service scour local Ontario newspapers looking for possible reports of abuse of power perpetrated on “ the little guy” . . If he found one that his private eye company could verify he would offer his services, or encourage a local colleague , to act pro bono.
His beloved wife Helen, also a lawyer, suffered very early onset Alzheimer's. Eric was unfailing attentive throughout the remainder of her life.
I was reminiscing with Bob Hamman the other night about “ Rutherford” and the tired old cliche about “ breaking the mould ” came up.,
In Eric Rutherford Murray's case, it is true.
May 24, 2018
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Very sad , Margie was very generous in so many ways.
May 24, 2018
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And just how many angels can you fit on a pin.?
May 22, 2018
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oh that is very sad.
May 21, 2018
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yes game forcing balanced 2NT that can include major best positioned in NT, is de riguer , even if not playing Montreal relay, as it is good to get that hand into NT and off the one level ASAP.
May 16, 2018
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Koiksh played it for as long as anyone would play it with him as I recall.
In particular with a weak NT system it is extremely good as over 1D resp it allows opener with distribution to rebid 1M (he cant be 12-14 balanced.and a 1S response on any 4 ruins openers most descriptive rebid choices. ) and balanced 15-17 to rebid his strong NT then stayman can follow ( you are no worse off than standard ) but furfther developement over 1NT is now sharply increased as responder cannot have a five card major so system geeks can go to town. So Eric K (ehr) get ahold of the other Eric K and you will find him very generous with his basic weak NT system notes. He would even send you the entire system if you asked for it but be careful , Mittelman tore out his shoulder carrying it around one tournament. All kidding aside, I'm with David Gold , go ahead and play it and many very good partnerships have played weak NT system.
May 15, 2018
Allan Graves edited this comment May 15, 2018
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