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I got hand one right, but the correct play on board 2 was my 13th choice.
April 21, 2017
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When playing Vinje leads, we usually say something to the effect of: “You may want to ask us about all opening leads between nines and aces.” In an informal context, like a club game, where at least in NYC, few pairs have filled-out convention cards, a pre-alert for Rusinow would be in order. With a convention card, not sure any alert is required, but I think it would be a sporting gesture.
April 7, 2017
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I voted 100% North, but South might have helped a little by jump-shifting over 1N.
April 3, 2017
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I've never felt that “novice” was disparaging, including when I was a beginner. I liken it to a novitiate in the Catholic Church. In a bridge context, it is an acknowledgment that it takes some time and dedication to reach a higher level.
April 2, 2017
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If an abstention is voted in a forum, does it make a sound?
April 1, 2017
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7 vs. 10

3 vs. 14
March 15, 2017
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1 is automatic for ME, but I understand and appreciate the arguments of those, even if I disagree. Are the “automatic voters” really arguing that any other style is weird?
March 2, 2017
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If all the members of a team want to concede, and their withdrawal does not inconvenience the directors or ruin the movement, I don't see who the victims are or why a concession is bad sportsmanship.
Feb. 19, 2017
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I don't understand this argument, Phil. Opening leader knows how many clubs SHE has. She doesn't know how many clubs partner has. How can third hand “know” how many clubs opener has in order to encourage/discourage confidently?
Feb. 11, 2017
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You are lucky to have Debbie as a teacher, but she's lucky to have you, too. How often do you see someone as serious as you who also has a sense of humor and perspective about the game, and a willingness to stretch his abilities.

It's also great that you have a team of friends. What if that double of 3C had not worked out? I'm guessing you wouldn't have feared going back to your teammates to compare. That's the way it should be but too seldom is.
Jan. 4, 2017
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The 2D bid was not weak, and presumably is right in the middle of the indicated range, despite the high-card count. Or am I misinterpreting the “enterprising” above?
Dec. 28, 2016
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Arrgh, looking at the white “EAST-WEST” rather than the red on the boards.
Sept. 14, 2016
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The opponents weren't tough enough to bid 6C and make it.
Sept. 14, 2016
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I voted for “terrible” because I know I don't want to be in slam, but if you are grading on a curve, this wouldn't make my top ten terrible for the year. So I'm sort between the two choices: “Bad slam, but I've been in much, much worse.”
Sept. 14, 2016
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Boxing? Gymnastics? Figure Skating? These are just a few sports that rely on one set of judges to determine the finish when either contestant/pair/team might disagree?
Aug. 30, 2016
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By this definition, wouldn't debate or acting be a sport?
Aug. 28, 2016
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Sarah, the whole tenor of your post indicates you care about ethics, so please understand I am not accusing you of wrongdoing, but something is desperately wrong if your opponents aren't informed that you never lead from unsupported aces or from kings in suit contracts. This information strikes me as more crucial than whether you lead third and low or fourth best against suits, let alone whether the play of the queen asks for an unblock.

I'm not familiar with the EBU convention card, but is there really no place to make important notes about important “other” agreements?
Aug. 21, 2016
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Let's put it this way. The first time I went to Arthur Bryant's (when Charlie Bryant was still alive, RIP), you lined up to order with stanchions and belts to control traffic flow
. Almost half of the people in line could not move by facing front – they sidled along sideways.
Aug. 18, 2016
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Eating is the official pastime of Kansas City. In my experience, only the denizens of New Orleans are as obsessed. If you don't eat well in Kansas City, you just aren't trying. And Kansas City is the hometown of America's greatest writer about food, Calvin Trillin: https://www.amazon.com/Tummy-Trilogy-American-Fried-Helpings/dp/0374524173/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471486343&sr=1-1&keywords=tummy+trilogy
Aug. 17, 2016
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I'll bet Debbie is as proud of you for this as she would have been if you executed a backwash squeeze.
Aug. 7, 2016
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