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Thank you very much for acting as a fellow generous supporter of Junior bridge! I like keeping it simple to make it at 50 percent discount and suggest that any Juniors playing pro would simply NOT use the discount cards because they do not require the subsidy and I believe we may trust the few persons involved to abide the honor system. We should extend the subsidy to students below age 18.
My son, Ben, loves bridge 24/7, but is majoring in Finance at UMD, so he does not play in many tournaments.
April 29
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I ask the question since Josef Blass was listed as having earned 200 master points in the NABC Masterpoint Winners list.
Dec. 4, 2018
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Congrats to all members of Team Blass. I am confused with MPs RE: Josef Blass NPC and being awarded 200 platinum points. If NPC means Nonplaying captain, why award him 200 platinum points for not playing? I must be missing something, so sorry for that.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Richard, of course it does. I was referring to why there were not more young players participating in this event. BTW numerous players from Sweden are in vocational training, including Law school. These are very impressive people, indeed.
Oct. 1, 2018
Curt Kristensen edited this comment Oct. 1, 2018
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Please consider that some younger players in U.S.A. are still in college and have not completed their educational or vocational training.
VERY IMPRESSIVE win for the Rimstedt twins; they are world class!
Oct. 1, 2018
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Debbie Rosenberg (nee Zuckerberg) for reference.
Aug. 11, 2018
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Thanks Jan. There are two JUNIOR matches RR14 on VuGraph BBO which should be outstanding to watch at 3:50 am EST Sunday.

FRANCE vs. CHINA and NETHERLANDS vs. SWEDEN

Enjoy the bridge.
Aug. 11, 2018
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On Livebridge.net link, click Schedule upper left, then the event you want to watch in the center, colored in BLUE.
Aug. 11, 2018
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I give high praise to the Wei team as they have played terrific bridge. In Junior bridge, there is a deep footprint from players within district 21 in CA. At 2017 Summer NABC, district 21 won 3 of the 4 classes of Grand National Teams. Teams captained by Rory Xiao and by his Brent Xiao, respectively, are leading the Final in the U16, U21 USBF finals with 2 sessions remaining. Richard and Andrew Jeng have excelled for years from Atlanta, GA. Sylvia Shi (no longer U26) is one of the finest players in the country. And Juniors benefit from the many mentors
and volunteers within the Silicon Valley bridge community to highlight Junior mentors and players.

I SALUTE the people I know with Asian heritage as many of the most kind, sincere, and talented persons I know.
Dec. 30, 2017
Curt Kristensen edited this comment Dec. 30, 2017
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Terrific win in a terrific match and look for France to play in finals again. Great job, USA-2 members and NPC Jan Martel! WOW
Aug. 26, 2017
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NORTH started with K6 S doubleton and 4 hearts sorry for error.
May 29, 2017
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Zone 2 has 3 countries, USA, Canada, Mexico. With 173,334 registered players from Zone 2, it is allotted 3 entries for World Youth Team events. www.worldbridge.org under Zonal Championships lists this information. USA is granted 2 slots and Mexico or Canada completing the other spot. I don't know when this policy was approved, just that this is the current policy for WBF.

Go Team Kaplan as USA-1 for U-26 for Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy.
Curt Kristensen
Dec. 29, 2015
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Many mentors invested in training Juniors at the bridge camp in July, 2013 in St. Charles, IL. Debbie Rosenberg is leaving a wonderful deep footprint for her leadership in the SiVY bridge club. As a parent, I appreciate especially these investments.
Special additional thanks to Jan and Chip Martel and Joe Stokes.
Dec. 26, 2015
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It appears to me that Cezary Balicki fidgets a lot and makes many
demonstrative movements and facial expressions during his play. I am reluctant to draw any conclusions apart from a speculated pattern of signaling. I defer to experts to draw their conclusions, but I do not see this as clear proof of cheating.
Oct. 12, 2015
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It is fascinating that all three #8 seeds are playing in the
Finals in the 3 main events. Remember that #8 seed Norway won
the World Youth Teams Juniors U-26 in Istanbul, Turkey in 2014.
While I am rooting for the one remaining #1 seed to win Seniors,
I am applauding all the teams which reached the Semis. It has
been a lot of fun to watch the ups and downs of these matches.
Oct. 7, 2015
Curt Kristensen edited this comment Oct. 7, 2015
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I think 3D is a viable bid here since he has C and H to go with his S suit and interest in moving forward in GF fashion. Opps are likely to bid 5D right away to apply pressure. Nice deal.
Aug. 11, 2015
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We need to continue funding the WBF as Steve suggested. I would
be fine with giving proportional awards for 5 or 6 person KO teams
based on the amount played. We do this for Swiss teams already.
July 26, 2015
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Hi Barry,

The Youth NABC is Thursday, Friday and Saturday with
two session events: Youth Pairs on Friday, and Youth Swiss
Teams on Saturday. Within the separate section for the Youth
are an abundance of parents, kids, and volunteers to provide
a comfortable area for the kids and everyone. Food is provided
and it is well organized with nutritious food and snacks. Be
sure to register youth players at: www.youth4bridge.org

There are Cardrook games for beginners and open events
for more experienced players. In case your kids would
not be playing together, you can request help to:
“Find a Partner”. Bridge is a great hobby to share with friends.

Our family has attended the NABC's each Summer since 2009
Washington, D.C. Our son, Ben will be 17 when he attends
the NABC in Chicago with our entire family of 7. My wife
and 4 other children do not play bridge, but they love
Chicago.

If your kids want to get in some practice, be sure to
visit www.bridgebase.com and play and/or watch for free.

I hope you are your kids decide to play in Chicago!
Jan. 4, 2015
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Eric you could consider highlighting achievements of players from either MN and district 14 or collegiate players in the recent past. We have many people from GNT, NAP from MN pairs and teams which the students could view to think, hey, if they can compete nationally, I can try this bridge thing out. I mentioned the
collegiate champions from 2014, but listing other years would show students personal interest stories, Isha Thapa playing in Junior Worlds in 2012 and 2014, but also that many different schools
have been in the top 4 in recent competitions. As a person who
has competed in several GNT's, you could even share what the
experience was like if you don't want to come across as bragging.
Joe Grue from Richfield, MN won 3 World Junior Gold medals after all. I just ask you to be creative in considering sharing a story
or two about players from MN in bridge. Consider, Howie Weinstein, consider Peder Langsetmo now just over 10,000 MPs. Of course, Christian's suggestions are apt and likely of more use!


Sept. 14, 2014
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Eric, Yu Hasin added great comments. I would publish the
recent photo of Cal-Berkeley's winning team from the
Collegiate Championships. Isha Thapa played in Istanbul, Turkey
for the USA Girls team as well. Highlighting success with teams
and mentioning Collegiate Championships in USA and World Team
competitions as well might induce students to organize interest.
In the U-21 Youngsters division, USA-1 was silver medalists in
2012 and 2014 so people in high school are excelling in Worlds.
Sept. 14, 2014
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