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Perfect.
Sept. 16, 2015
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Thank you for the link, Kenneth. Using Google Translate, Helgemo is quite clear that he sees no way that the Monaco team will play in the Bermuda Bowl (“maybe the Transnationals). He refers to the evidence against F-N as ”unequivocal."
Sept. 14, 2015
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Smith on steroids.
Sept. 13, 2015
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Thanks so much for this, Carl.
Sept. 6, 2015
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This post may not be as “juicy” as some of the other threads, so it may not garner as many likes or replies as them, but this is valuable stuff. I urge you to send this to your BOD representative or perhaps the whole board.

Question: Do you think that this “Elite 25” should populate all arbitrations involving cheating accusations, or only cases involving experts and world-class players?
Aug. 31, 2015
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I understand why West passed, but passing with the short spades and a 7-card suit, is just as dangerous, in its own way, as risking a number by bidding 5H. I'd certainly pass with the East hand. I voted “mostly west” but the minority blame goes to “bad luck” rather than to East.
Aug. 24, 2015
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I'm not playing today and was walking in Salon D trying to track down my brother. I saw David playing in a random regional pairs event with his son, Michael, and was pleased to see both of them displaying big, wide smiles. I hope this is some compensation for your unlucky fate, David.
Aug. 15, 2015
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This would have been a good hand for the old Bridge World feature, You Be the Judge, in which experts were asked to apportion the blame for a disastrous auction, and indicate which was the single worst action. Although I'd vote for 6H as the worst bid, East's X and 4D makes him or her at least as responsible as West for the calamity. The only actions of either player I agree with are the two passes.
July 28, 2015
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Ripstra lives!
July 6, 2015
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That does sound interesting, as well as Ivatury. Not often do we get to see BBO poobahs other than Gitelman on VuGraph.
May 9, 2015
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Now I got you – thanks Oren and Debbie.
May 9, 2015
Dave Feldman edited this comment May 9, 2015
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Debbie, I only see one shutout (10 vs. 8). I was just remarking to a friend how few shutouts there were. Am I reading it wrong?
May 9, 2015
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Yes, what a pleasure it was to check in to the USBF website once an hour or so and see it updated so consistently. Jan, or whoever else is helping, thank you!
May 8, 2015
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My main problem with adjustments to standard leads from AK is that, as leader, I don't always know whether I want count or attitude. Against NT, at the risk of giving more information to declarer as well as partner, I much prefer Vinje leads. Partner will always know whether to encourage or not.

A = AK without the jack (or, rarely from A-empty). Partner encourages only with K or Q.
K = KQ without the jack or AK with the jack. Partner encourages with the ace or queen
Q = standard lead or AKQ – partner encourages with A, K, or jack
J = standard or KQJ – partner encourages with any honor
10-9 = 0 or 2 higher

There have only been a few times in 20+ years of playing them that I've felt constricted (usually when holding specifically AQx and feel that the queen of hearts is the right lead. I lead the queen anyway. Partner will make the right play (encouraging with either the jack or king) but occasionally will be fooled about the location of the ace, although the same problem would occur in standard.
May 7, 2015
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Karen, Every word in the New York Times that emanates from an outside source is copy edited by the NYT. I emailed one of my two friends who copy-edited Truscott and she replied, in part:

“When I was on Metro, the challenge was finding a copy editor who played bridge well enough to play the game, see what might be off (there were frequently problems, surprisingly) and suggest what might be right. In older systems, just setting up the board took an hour. I would give the copy editor up to two hours to edit and format the column, and that was not overly generous. That's not the case now, and I don't know who edits the column or how long it takes, but when they are dealing with so much copy, and so many other duties, I can see how the extra labor required could be a straw on the camel's back.”

She mentioned that one of the copy editors who handled the Truscott column taught himself to play bridge in order to better edit the copy. It was her impression that Truscott was always a contractor, not an employee, but she is not sure.

Cathy Hales might know better than I how often newspapers alter copy, but I know some newspapers cut the length of Truscott's and Alder's columns. My friend wrote:

Wire, syndicated and freelance copy can all be edited locally. I don't know of any news pub that agrees to run something as it gets it. There might be a different space requirement, or locally different style. The NYT News Service allows editing of NYT copy as long as it does not distort or alter the original intent…"
May 1, 2015
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I'm sorry, Karen, but you are incorrect. I've had TWO friends who have copy edited the bridge column (during Truscott's tenure). I ate dinner with one of them tonight. One of them did not have the expertise to likely catch an error in analysis, but the other had a fighting chance. The one with lesser expertise spotted egregious errors, such as duplication of the same card in more than one hand. But she was sometimes able to represent the beginning player in making the column more understandable for novices. She made no claims in being able to find errors in analysis.
April 29, 2015
Dave Feldman edited this comment April 29, 2015
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Mike, I have no idea if letters/emails from the bridge community will do any good at this point, but it is simply not true that they are not read. Ask anyone who ever worked at the Times (or any media outlet for that matter) and they will give you the same answer.
April 29, 2015
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A New York Times person I contacted suggested that along with “letters@nytimes.com” it might be a good idea to cc the Public Editor at “public@nytimes.com”
April 28, 2015
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Just a personal opinion, but I like the way this ad has been handled. From the headline and the clear attribution of “Bridge Big” in the list of topics, and the green color, even without knowing in advance, it was clear that this was a paid advertisement. I'm not particularly interested in Bridge Big, and have to admit that the only reason I clicked on the link is because I figured some of the comments would be negative.

I understand that BW needs to generate revenue, and I'd far rather have a clearly marked ad than flashing banners on the right side of the home page.
April 26, 2015
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The way I play, 2N sets up a forcing auction, for better or worse. So a reopening double is FORCED. Responder will convert the double with a diamond stack and most flattish hands.I abstained in the poll because it isn't a classic takeout double (contrast this with an auction like: 1N (2H) P (P)
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This double is dangerous because partner has shown no values, so I like to reopen with a doubleton faceless suit, preferably with a max in HCPs. Over the 2N bid, you lose the ability to pass with length in overcaller's suit.
April 21, 2015
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