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I applaud the generous donors who contributed to make this trip a rewarding and enjoyable experience for Ben Kristensen. Thank you, Kevin, for making so many of the arrangements and for your fine play.
Sept. 11
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Sept. 8
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In the U21 teams, Team The Canadiens face team Meister's Disciple in the Bronze Medal match at 10:00 am local time, 4:00 am EST for 3 sets of 14 boards on Tuesday.
In the U26 teams, Team SIVY B face The Netherlands in the Gold Medal match at 10:00 am local time, 4:00 am EST for 4 sets of 14 boards. This should be on VuGraph on BBO for all 4 sets.
Play continues on Wednesday for the Individual event in Croatia.
Aug. 26
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I want to share my experience with Director action/inaction from 2019 Summer NABC in Las Vegas from Tuesday through Thursday. I played in 0-3000 bracketed Swiss on three consecutive days with different results. On day 1, we played in a 9 team bracket #1 and played 4 RR sessions and it was enjoyable. The directors were great, in control, and it was much fun. On day two, there were 12 teams in the bracket, directors were not in control, and teams in bracket #1 were not notified until round 2 that there were > 9 teams in the bracket. Bracket #1 players started each session 2-6 minutes late because the pairings were not finalized until after the previous round finished. Instead of moving bracket #1 to a different room or placing it on a different timer clock, directors missed chances to restore control for the bracket. It was noisy, chaotic, unpleasant. This snow-balled and got worse throughout the event. Awards for bracket #1 went to four places of gold points.
On day 3, there were 13 teams in bracket #1, and the chaos worsened with delays of 3-7 minutes for every session. While the awards gave gold to five positions and not 4, it was not enjoyable. The directors mostly ignored complaints from multiple players in bracket #1 on days 2 and 3 which created more tension. Players share responsibility with finishing on time, but the directors dismissed player complaints and failed to fix things. I would suggest people think TWICE about 0-3000 bracketed Swiss if they are expecting to play near bracket #1 or prepare for stress. And all of this for 0.23 RED MPs for each victory if you are outside the top 4/5 finishers.

I love the format of 8 or 9 team brackets which gives every team equal opportunity to play ALL other teams in the bracket. When they adjust to extra number of teams for bracket #1, some type of accommodation needs to be given with respect to time for the sessions of the event. Even an announcement to players stating the time limits or having a separate timer clock for bracket #1 would IMPROVE the situation such that I would like to play in bracket #1 again. We players have shared responsibility.
July 31
Curt Kristensen edited this comment July 31
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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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