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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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Howie Weinstein, Kent Mignocchi, Joel Wooldridge, Karen McCallum, Chip Martel, Joshua Donn, Tom Carmichael, Barnet Shenkin, Migry Zur Campanelle, Jan Martel, Jill Levin
are names that come to mind to recognize after the five
people you mentioned.
Aug. 25, 2014
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Yes, of course, as they were formidable teams in Juniors and Youngsters, favorites to make top 8 and maybe win a Medal in both competitions.
Aug. 25, 2014
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I am most proud of Kevin and my son Ben for the general kind demeanor exhibited by them at the table and how they both look to help or encourage others at bridge events. They both enjoy a great hobby in bridge; they both are students first who have time to pursue academic and career interests now. I am glad my son asked Kevin to play with our Swiss Team on the last Sunday in Philadelphia in August, 2012 and that a partnership and friendship developed from that event. Kevin is very fortunate to have parents with a healthy perspective!
Aug. 23, 2014
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My son, Ben, has benefited much so many persons provided on Michael's list that I give them a standing ovation. At the Regional in St. Charles, IL, last July, I saw something very special that I wanted to share with others. After winning the bracket #1 KO in the final over a Team captained by Kevin Rosenberg, several players joined the Juniors for a recap
and review of their final and 3-way RR quarterfinal match.
Kevin Bathurst, Dan Zagorin, et al. stayed until 1:30 am after the match to teach, encourage, and hang out with their team. Stan and Suzi Subeck were terrific in support as well.
The Junior team consisted of Kevin Rosenberg, Ben Kristensen,
Oren Kriegel and Greg Herman. Greg is playing on USA-2 U-26
and the others are on USA-1 for U-21 for Junior Worlds. Of course, Joe Stokes, Barry Goren, Debbie and Michael were leading a terrific training experience for the Juniors!
Aug. 3, 2014
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Kevin's team has received so much guidance and instruction
from Chip and Michael and Debbie that it seems trite to not
root for Team Fleisher. Of course, I am rooting for my son
to seize the opportunity to play and learn from great people
at his table. Steve Weinstein's post is GREAT!!
July 22, 2014
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Gavin Wolpert of USA-1 disclosed before the RR began that he would be sitting out in round 21 vs. Canada to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Good for Gavin!
Curt Kristensen, USA
Sept. 23, 2013
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It will be very interesting to see where Japan, Canada, Germany, England, Poland and USA-2 fare with 3 rounds left.
Japan has matches remaining with USA-1, Monaco and Poland, so I would not pencil them in the top 8 just yet.
England has USA-2, Australia and Germany.
Canada has S. Africa, Brazil and USA-1.
USA-2 has England, Bahrain and India.
Germany has Italy, Australia, England.
Poland has Guad., India and Japan.

Japan and England have much control of their own fate, but
have challenging matches remaining. Good Luck to USA-2!!
Sept. 22, 2013
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It would be quite a surprise if Monaco, Italy, Poland, USA-1
and Germany did not qualify for the KO's given how well they
have played against the strong teams. Certainly, Netherlands, USA-2, Japan, England, Brazil will be contending
closely to qualify within the top 8. Germany and Japan
have started out quite strong up to this point. GL USA-2.
Sept. 19, 2013
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To complete 2NT - 3S - 3NT - ? bidding we use
4C and 4D as minorwood 1430 with 4m as trump suit inviting
slam so if off 2 keycards may bid game in 5 of minor.
This addresses the concerns of Scott Needham and others.
June 18, 2013
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South holds K8532 not K8552.
North opened 1S not 1NT on this hand.
Sorry for the typos.
June 17, 2013
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We play 3S over 2NT opener to show 5-5+ in minors of slam
inviting hand for 6+ minor, 3NT reply is forced. (E/W silent)
2NT - 3S* - 3NT - 4S (shortness and C/D 5-5+). 5C sets C as trump by S then 5D by N. then 5H then 5S then 6D then 7C!
ruff out D after trump pulls to set up H pitch

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June 17, 2013
Curt Kristensen edited this comment June 17, 2013
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I like 3S here first to tell partner you have source of
tricks and length in S, but not denying C support…tough
June 17, 2013
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I opened 1S North hand.
I would bid 2NT South hand. I would have difficulty
passing 3S by North after 2NT, but I would pass 3S if
it was left there and/or pass 4H if E/W bid 4H.
1S - (X) - 2NT - P - 3S - ? East - I would pass after.
June 17, 2013
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I find it useful to practice bidding around 20 random deals so partner and I may look at the auction, and confer on the point ranges of certain bids during these deals. Especially
with 5-5 or 6-5 hands in 1st or 2nd seat, it helps to show partner what your bidding “style” is with different hands.
There is no substitute for play, especially live play. I find the risks that I take with online bidding is usually
more and that table presence tends to give better results.
May 14, 2013
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Neg. X in H shows 4 and 3NT shows S stopper no length in S.
April 21, 2013
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If I had knowingly revoked and it produced the margin of victory in a KO match, I would carry that guilt and awareness with me for some time after the end of the match.
Again, I would acknowledge the revoke plain and simple. Laws of bridge are in part there to protect all 4 players at the table. I revoked in Sectional pairs and it gave opps 10 tricks in 4S where only 9 were available. My partner and I
both remember that painful result. It was a fair result!
April 21, 2013
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