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Hi Cam, You sure brought back some good memories for me, just mentioning Maury Bronstein.

Maury was about the best director I ever met in all my many years playing Regionals in the northeast.

I still remember one time, playing a strong club system, my partner opened 1C, I alerted (verbally in those days), opponents bid too high and went down a couple.

The opps called the director (Maury) claiming I didn't alert and thus they didn't know it was strong artificial 1C.

Maury asked me, my partner, and both opponents and we both said I alerted, they both said they didn't hear it. Maury explained politely that in a case like this, we assume the people who took the action are telling the truth, and ruled that the result stood, but as he turned to walk away, one of the opponents said to me, “well, if that's how you want to get a top…”.

Maury stopped, wheeled on him, and read him the riot act. Told him in no uncertain terms that his remark was unacceptable, rude, and if he, Maury, ever heard him make another remark like that, he'd be ejected from the tournament.

I was very impressed that a director would squash such a comment without being asked (and this was also before the days of zero tolerance) that I never forgot that incident.

In my humble opinion, Maury was the perfect director. He knew the rules inside and out, he managed events smoothly and efficiently, and he managed people beautifully.
April 30, 2016
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The sad fact is that the robots lie about almost ALL their bids. The explanations they give rarely match their hand, either in HCP, “points”, suit lengths, or honors. I've thought so many times about making a screenshot and sending it in, but that's probably useless.
April 26, 2016
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I believe the best play for 5 tricks (1 loser) is low to the 8. If that loses to the J, next cash the A.
April 23, 2016
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A few years ago, I played against a well-known world class pair in one of the national events, and I noticed that during defense or when dummy, player A would pick up his stack of turned down played cards and hold them on edge to the table with the card face to his partner, then he would shuffle through the pile one by one, literally showing his partner every card in his played pile.

I watched his partner player B carefully, and I never saw player B look at the cards at all, and in fact B seemed oblivious to this action that A kept repeating.

So I decided it was just a nervous habit and at the end of the round, I quietly pointed this out to player A, expecting him to not be aware he was doing it. He went ballistic and started saying I had accused him of cheating.

This was a pair that I would not have expected anything improper, but after his reaction, I began to wonder – the old “doth protest too much”.

Because they were such a well-known, well-respected pair, I did nothing more, but I should maybe go look at some videos and see if he's still doing it.
April 19, 2016
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They wouldn't let Gimli play, he kept cutting the deck.
April 19, 2016
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I smite thee all with courtesy! :)
April 16, 2016
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The third spade bid sets spades as trump, so new suits are control bids. I agree with your partner that 4C and 4D are excellent bids, and I think not necessarily making a slam try per se.

In a GF auction, all control bids short of game are courtesy. That is what helps you decide if you have a slam try or not.
April 13, 2016
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You may enjoy this video on Mississippi tourism:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqASSN5S2CI
April 9, 2016
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Maybe what we need is a Recorder system for reporting directors!
March 31, 2016
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Ken, those are exactly the reasons why I play only online now, and also will never bother with a club game again.
March 31, 2016
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I think it would be interesting to see what the (at this moment) 16 people who think the lead really matters would lead.
March 30, 2016
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Delays in bidding or play online are almost always a 3 year old climbing into your lap, a dog barking at the door, a spouse asking you a question, or just a dash for a drink or the bathroom. Who cares? It's not exactly the world championship.
March 25, 2016
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Ian, don't misunderstand, I also report them to abuse@bbo. And BBO does a hugely better job of taking care of the malcreants and miscreants than I've seen at clubs or tournaments. And meanwhile, I don't have to tolerate them even for a moment longer.
March 8, 2016
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I suppose, Ed, if you have nothing in your life except bridge, you might think that. I, for one, don't spend 24/7/365 playing cards. Perhaps YOU are the one who needs an excuse to get out of the house :)
March 7, 2016
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The biggest missing option is “All of the above!”

Why would I want to play at a time convenient to others when I can play online at any time I want, even 5:30 am or 2 am, at exactly when and how long I feel like it?

Well, I'm a morning person, so 5:30 am is the best time for me, so why would I want to play in any game that starts at 7:30 pm and lasts longer than I can stay awake?

Why would I want to get dressed, get in the car, drive somewhere, play bridge for a fixed amount of time, drive home, when I can play online in my jammies for exactly as long as I feel like?

Why would I want to play in a 5 or even 10 table game when I can play in huge tournaments every hour online?

Why would I want to play with my dozen or so local LOLs when I can play with and against hundreds of world class players online?

Why would I want to pay $10 for 26 hands when I can play 24 hands for $2 online, or even for free if I don't care about masterpoints?

Why would I want to play a couple of 26 board sessions a week when I can play 400 hands per week online?

Why would I want to travel hundreds of miles to a Regional or National tournament, pay thousands of dollars for travel, hotel, meals and fees, to sit in uncomfortable hotel chairs for hours, when I can sit comfortably at home and play equally good bridge (or maybe even better)?

Why would I want to play in tournament events that start at 8 pm when I fall asleep at 10?

Why would I want to play anywhere listening to fools berate their partners for their own mistakes, when I can simply boot them from the table online?

Why would I want to tolerate UI or even outright cheating and not be allowed to even say so, when online I can just boot and blacklist them?

Why would I want to play in any place that denies me the ability to open 1N with a singleton if I want, or to use Multi 2D if I want?

Why should I go on with this list – online play is a total no-brainer. I doubt I'll ever bother with a live duplicate bridge game again.
March 7, 2016
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This problem has a name – “third-hand smoke”.

The latest medical research report on third-hand smoke, just out today:


https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160302181717.htm

March 3, 2016
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Back when smoking was first being removed from bridge tournaments, I attended a regional in which there was a smoking room for play and a non-smoking room for play. You could choose which one you wished to play in.

After ONE day, the smokers started opting to play in the non-smoking room, because the smoking room reeked and stunk so badly, even the smokers couldn't stand it.
Feb. 26, 2016
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While you are correct that climate change is the biggest long-term problem humanity has ever faced, and cars are a major contributor to that, it isn't even slightly relevant to the short term question of whether individuals should have to breathe carcinogenic second-hand cigarette smoke at bridge tournaments.

I don't normally drive my car inside buildings where people are playing bridge.
Feb. 26, 2016
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Feb. 26, 2016
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And what rights are those, Steve? The right to introduce carcinogenic fumes into the air that the rest of us have to breathe? Is that the “right” you are defending?
Feb. 25, 2016
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If you had ever played on okbridge and knew the horrible behavior (cheating, extreme rudeness, and elitism/arrogance) related to the rating system, you would thank Fred with all your heart for refusing to have one.
Feb. 15, 2016
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