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Alfred Sheinwold’s ex-wife, Patricia, told me the same story. I don’t remember her mentioning any columnists across the pond, but definitely singled out Becker, Karin, and “Goren.” Bridge hands are not copyright protected, but the copy accompanying them certainly are. As someone who has had everything from sentences to entire books’ contents reprinted verbatim without permission or attribution, I consider plagiarism an act of So should Mark Horton.
Aug. 5, 2018
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You won’t find a more popular player in the Mid-Atlantic area. Alex is such a great partner that when declaring, he thanks his robot partner for the dummy..
July 28, 2018
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I watched you a lot, Max, and you acquitted yourself very well. Yes, you had a few bad mistakes, but you were competitive against fine players, and you were never pushed around. The blunders will lessen as you gain experience. It is much harder, and rarer, for a player of your experience to have such a great spirit and enjoy the process so much while you continue to improve. Congratulations!
May 15, 2018
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I wouldn't be interested in playing rubber bridge at the Nationals, but totally support trying it out as an experiment.
April 7, 2018
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Thank you so much, Craig, for bringing this up. I did compliment Kyle (and some of the other caddies) at the time but forgot to contact anyone at the ACBL. And thanks, Don, for suggesting we contact the ACBL. I wrote to Gary and he did cc our CEO and a couple of other people I didn't recognize in his warm response. The caddies in the Swiss games I played were like sharks, constantly moving and looking to fill any dead time by forwarding partials of boards in the middle of matches. Jackie would be proud.

I know that in the past, there have been “Caddy Appreciation” days at the tournament. Perhaps it would be a good idea to bring it back and perhaps have a party for them to show our appreciation.
March 19, 2018
Dave Feldman edited this comment March 19, 2018
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Kyle did the same thing more than once in another Swiss event I participated in. The caddies were outstanding at this tournament. Not just efficient and fast, but courteous and warm.
March 19, 2018
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Mike, a friend asked for a beginning book and I recommended 5 Weeks, which, along with Goren Bridge Complete, were my first Standard American books when I was learning the game.
March 1, 2018
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Patrick, could you tell us a little bit about Labbe's work?
Feb. 28, 2018
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What you call “snide, I’d characterize as comic. As far as I know, all of his novels were comic, as well. To my mind, he has affection for the characters he lampoons but of course, both of our opinions are subjective. He won the Camrose six years in a row (admittedly in an era when England dominated the event, and the Gold Cup twice. Who knows what he would have accomplished at the table if he hadn’t died so young.

I have not read Simon’s books about ACOL. I’d be curious to know if his wit carries over to them.
Feb. 27, 2018
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Clearly this was a comic conceit. He certainly had a formidable record in European tournaments at the highest level.
Feb. 27, 2018
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True, but so are the Menagerie stories. Edited to add that one of the pleasures of Michael Rosenberg’s book was his discussion of how his grounding in rubber influenced. and improved his tournament game.
Feb. 27, 2018
Dave Feldman edited this comment Feb. 27, 2018
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He doesn’t have the biggest body of work, but I don’t think there’s a better written book in the canon than “Why You Lose at Bridge.”
Feb. 26, 2018
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I think your distinction is important, Ed. I consider Edgar Kaplan’s decades of BW editorials and tournament reports as perhaps the best bridge writing I’ve encountered.
Feb. 23, 2018
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If only you could get three great players like this on the same team!
Feb. 20, 2018
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John, I wouldn't trot this out with AK of hearts. My thoughts are the same as Henry's.
Oct. 29, 2017
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I don't see what's silly about it. Wouldn't you like to have a 3S raise without a spade lead if they buy the contract? Perhaps with xxx AKxxx in the majors?
Oct. 28, 2017
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I would bid 4D over 4C with South hand, but with the hope my partner can take control. If the bidding proceeds 4D/4H 4S/5C, will I know what to do over 5S? Presumably partner is denying more than one control in each of the reds, and I can pass. I wish I could vote for no blame to north and 50% for south.
Sept. 24, 2017
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So far, we are alone. I bid 2H on the first round so that I won't have to bid 3C on the next round.
Aug. 20, 2017
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I'm pulling for you!
Aug. 18, 2017
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Here's hoping tomorrow isn't Thrombosis Thursday! Enjoying your posts immensely.
Aug. 16, 2017
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