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Stop being polite, it only works in favor of assholes.

The bozo who stiffed you knows you can't sue him–he lives in another state or country and the transactional costs are more than the $400.

OKB or BBO can't/won't get involved in he said/she said arguments.They aren't bill collectors

Give him 24 hours to come up with the money via Paypal or make his name public. This is a small community and reputations are vital. He is probably right now doing the same thing to another online pro, and will continue as long as it works.

Social pressure is much stronger than legal pressure over small amounts of money.
Sept. 28, 2016
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I hate Bracketed Swiss.

Besides the issue of inevitably playing the same people I've been playing against for the last 40 years, there is a strong disincentive for playing with newer players.

I play with my wife and her sister and brother in law. Jimmy and I have more than twice the points the women do, and we are always in the top bracket, and not competitive with the strong teams here in the Bay Area. There is just no reason for us to go play. We might be 6th overall in an open Swiss, but will be 6th in our 8 team bracket.
June 19, 2016
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My partner bought an entry in the one day event instead of the two day event, which we didn't figure out until about round 8.

My wife said I should have known instantly: we were at table 3.
May 24, 2016
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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Oct. 12, 2015
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An excellent choice. Congratulations to Boye
Oct. 3, 2015
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Carolyn was everything a sponsor should be. Dedicated, serious, pleasant to play against and a lady at all times.
Oct. 1, 2015
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More proof that you can do almost anything if you aren't concerned who gets the credit. Go Suzi!
Sept. 21, 2015
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Conscious cheating is not a ‘mistake’. Fessing up in the face of being exposed is not ‘class’. I do not think those words mean what you think they do.
Sept. 19, 2015
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If I ruff a trick and lead the suit right back, can I admit and promise not to do it again and only pay a 1 trick penalty?
Since when do cheaters get to define their own penalty?
Sept. 19, 2015
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No, we are people not automatons.

I play with my right hand. Or my left. I lay the card down vertical, or horizontal, or diagonal, or I flip it onto the table and it lands willy-nilly.

All completely without thinking. My mind is on what to play, not how to play it.
Sept. 16, 2015
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Seconded
Sept. 14, 2015
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How long would they have to sit in purgatory before you would be willing to play with either of them as your partner?

Sept. 3, 2015
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If Rosa Parks had gone through channels her granddaughters would still be sitting in the back of the bus.

If Washington, Jefferson and Franklin had gone through channels we would still be bowing to the Queen.

If Nelson Mandela had gone through channels there would still be apartheid.
Aug. 29, 2015
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It does a cheating pair of professionals no good to win pair game if they can't get sponsors. Masterpoints don't pay the bills.
Aug. 29, 2015
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A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and mean your mother.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Aren't beta blockers prohibited? That would eliminate a huge percentage of us with heart problems.
Testosterone replacement therapy, common in us old guys, is also prohibited.

Drug testing bridge players is a silly idea.
Aug. 26, 2015
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