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Maybe, if playing baseball at the Field of Dreams…..
Sept. 20
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When Eric (Kokish) joined The Bridge World (if my ailing memory serves) he was designated EOK to differentiate him from the editor, EK. Perhaps I date myself. Maybe more BW members should grab a subscription of TBW. Worth every penny. Just ask JR.

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Sept. 19
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EK was widely respected as the greatest legal theorist. Pity few have stepped up to embrace that mantle.

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Sept. 19
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If memory serves he had a relative reveal (after both he and Shapiro had died) that in Buenos Aires he and Shapiro had agreed to use hand signals (but not look!) because it was so easy to cheat at bridge and no one would ever suspect such a blatant signal with such a minor piece of information (heart suit length) from them. In Reese's book (Story of an Accusation) he denied it of course. Truscott had a different opinion in his book.

http://www.bridgebum.com/buenos_aires.php

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Sept. 18
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Avon,

First off, the bridge community owes you a debt of gratitude for your research and ultimately - the finished product - yes dear reader - I read it a while ago (courtesy Avon in case you are wondering). It was still in its developmental stage. The time, the collateral cost to family, friends, career, life cannot be understated. Thanks.

Secondly, you have vindicated those - not just Americans but earlier generations of experts who were swindled by the Blue Team. One wonders, would Brazil, France, Argentina or countless others (fellow countryman Eric Murray comes to mind) who might have prevailed with a level playing field? The trouble with the prior attempts was no evidence. A dearth of hand records and more importantly, critical analysis. Accusations without the proof have to fall on deaf ears. There are no bridge police. Within the leadership of bridge, be it the ACBL, WBF or whoever, catching cheaters is of the lowest priority, always has been, and is unlikely to change. That is why those forensic journalists who gather, distill and present their findings are a rare breed. Who has the time? And who wants the headaches, the risk, the blow back, the ridicule? I know you welcome the scrutiny, and time will validate you.

Lastly, the fact that surviving BT members have no comment is sad, but telling. The trouble with this story is that it rocks the boat, disturbs the historical record and some (not so much here) are very uncomfortable with that - as well they should be. I wonder if one might do like Reese, disclose a postmortem confession…not holding my breath. All those stolen titles - who says sorry to the global bridge community? Nobody.


Congratulations. I want my purchased copy autographed….

C
Sept. 18
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Eddie Kantar's Gamesman's Bridge after they have the basics of bidding and play. Teaches you how to think, and you get to laugh as he has the mother of all hands (5NT) - to get into heaven. If you go down, you're sentenced to “bridge hell” where they lead aces, play second hand high and count points. :)

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Sept. 9
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Is the scoring format relevant? Everyone is an animal at match points but most more tepid at IMPs. I voted penalty and I suspect they're stealing. Knowing the opps would help too.
Aug. 30
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Sounds like someone tweaked the hand generator to add a little spice to the game.
Aug. 30
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Roy Bradbury is spinning.

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.

Ray Bradbury

Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/raybradbur626618.html


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Sept. 3, 2017
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It's like a toll road.

Don't want to ride on it, no problem.

Not a huge bot fan but the cost is minimal, and they do have their place and (I suspect) still free one day/month.

On occasion, like playing with a student, can talk, discuss during the hand, and go for a sandwich and no one is crying. No rudeness. No bot disappears when you score a superb result. No insults.
Might as well go for a soda….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwwV0xE70Ks

Still a bargain.

C
Aug. 31, 2017
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As Kelsey might say “Bridge for the Connoisseur”.
Wonderfully executed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKYcgMU-nJQ

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Aug. 30, 2017
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Gambit……
Aug. 30, 2017
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Taking a tiny sample of a few slam hands is but a fraction of the whole. It's like blindly picking two red jelly beans from a bin and concluding they are all red. Any micro-analysis of a few hands can produce skewered results. Strange magic if you will, perhaps relevant, perhaps simply inapposite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dp97JMRCTY


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Aug. 29, 2017
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Ray and Michael both right. Sounds like unseasoned players just trying their best. No UI.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILU2DS_FbzQ

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Aug. 28, 2017
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A treat.

TY.

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Aug. 25, 2017
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deleted.
Aug. 25, 2017
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Bill,

Did not know that. I purchased some of Brad's time in a charity auction (on BW) but have been unable to avail myself of his expertise (and Mark Horton's) due to my injuries following an accident. BTW, I have Jenny's secret cell. :) I will be out of touch for a while, so this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4vFPxOyKXc

will have to wait…

Sorry,

C
Aug. 23, 2017
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Eugene,

I hope you and colleagues are going to pop the bubbly. You have done a wonderful job and to garner such recognition is wonderful.

Have a bottle of Cristal on me but bill it to Brad Moss' account.

http://www.louis-roederer.com/en/wine/cristal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWLIgjB9gGw



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Aug. 22, 2017
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Enjoyed immensely.

TY for sharing.

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Aug. 14, 2017
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It would help to know the calibre (we do spell that way here) of the opponents. Are they rock-solid veteran disciples of Roth? Or are like Meckwell, brazenly out on a limb daring you to saw it off? Are they random, is this a Flighted game? Is so, what flight are we playing? I assume Flight A.

As to the question, having opened 1NT, I have transferred captaincy to my partner. She has heard the auction and still may have something to say. I passed but I never play Match Points, too hard on the nerves.

I will not “say it again”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOlInOTWl_w


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Aug. 14, 2017
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