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I second that. The Zekester is not only a great player and a great person, but the quintessential babe magnet. I once witnessed a wife give her a husband her camera so that he could take a picture of Zeke giving her a kiss.
March 11, 2017
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“Perfect” in this case means 100 out of 100. On occasion The Bridge World has awarded 11's and 12's for particularly difficult to reach contracts. March problems all had top scores of 10. Their accomplishment was more impressive because it did not depend upon souped up relay methods, it was good judgment coupled with some good guessing. “A record that will not be broken.”
March 9, 2017
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Annie and I played the NOT in Canberra one year. It was on a lake resort and I remember windsurfing between sessions. And the locals never let me buy the first round. (Subsequent rounds is a different matter.) I have wanted to go back ever since.
March 7, 2017
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The Intercollegiate Championships have a long and colorful history and they need to be restored to their place of respect. I confess I don't feel the same way about the GNT flight C. I would like to see the ACBL do more to make the Intercollegiate's a real championship and to publicize it accordingly. I went looking last month to find out how the first rounds had gone and could not even find results.

But you make good points regarding scheduling, and the ACBL could be more accommodating (however, I acknowledge that you can't always make everyone happy.)
March 5, 2017
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With KQJT9 of hearts and out, advancer has an easy pass. With anything more, he would not have passed 1S…Unless he is playing against juniors who will never sell to 1S and he wants to play poker.
March 4, 2017
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I sure hope you stay alive at least until next Monday when you are scheduled to do commentary on BBO Vugraph for Bob Hamman playing with the USBF juniors.
March 4, 2017
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In 1978-79, I ran the Wednesday night game at Ida Noyes. Steve Cheung ran the Saturday game at I House. Did Chester play in our game? I am pretty sure he did. Hyde Park in the ‘70’s was the best.
March 3, 2017
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You might have told us what 2N was. At the top level, it is now clubs or good two suiter, with 3C as both minors.
Feb. 24, 2017
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It leaves out the single most important rule for match points, “Plusses are good, minuses are bad.”
Feb. 23, 2017
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I wonder whether the poll results would be different if the auction had been (1S)-DBL-1N-2S? In this auction, 1S may be bid on no values at all.
Feb. 21, 2017
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From the title posting, I thought this was a question about trump management, not about judging hand size.
Feb. 20, 2017
David Caprera edited this comment Feb. 20, 2017
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She is the sweetest person on the planet and is married to some big, scruffy looking guy. I think he plays bridge.
Feb. 19, 2017
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So 40 years ago, Jack Oest put you two together. I remember playing a Chicago area tournament against you in 78-79. And I also remember that you and Eric drove from tournament to tournament in a car with free weights in the trunk so that you could stay in shape (or was it so you could drive a golf ball 325?)

Congratulations on the hall. I concur with comments above regarding your election as being unanimous.
Feb. 17, 2017
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This would be a good question for the Freakonomics crowd. I can see it now, “Does cheating at bridge pay?” A LONG time ago, I was a scholar in residence at the U of Chicago grad school. Adam Smith had not yet been invented. Bridge must have been, because I remember running the campus bridge club on Wednesday nights at Ida Noyes.

The answer appears to speak for itself. Given the recent spate of cheating convictions by rational actors, it must be the case that the expected value of cheating is positive. In order to change that result, the expected value must be altered.
Feb. 16, 2017
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I was mentoring my juniors one night on BBO, and in an end position one of them took an unnecessary finesse when he had the rest of the tricks. He was good enough to know he had the rest. I asked, “ Why did you do that?” to which he responded, “Because it was fun.”

We, in the US, have lost that. Annie and I did the Australia bridge trip and they have not. And in New Zealand I could never buy the first round.

To preserve the game we need to recapture that.
Feb. 10, 2017
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1D-1H-1S-2C-3C min, 2S-2N-3C max. 4135
1D-1S-2C-2H!-2S!-2N!-3C!-3D!-3S! 1435

Yes, those are our partnership agreements. This is difficult stuff. Takes a lot of study and practice, and still we screw it up. If you were asking the simple question of 1435, 1D-1S-?, I am very much in the 2C school. If partner corrects to 2D, bid 2H. We are not 1N rebidders.
Feb. 7, 2017
David Caprera edited this comment Feb. 8, 2017
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Seems totally appropriate assuming that is their agreement. Even if it is two novices reminding each other of their agreements, playing against C.C. Wei and Ron Andersen, I find nothing that is less than exemplary in their explanation. Opt1 did not have to ask. If it turns out that their agreement is to tumble their suits, this showed hearts, and the awakened partner acts on the unauthorized information, now we got a problem.
Feb. 4, 2017
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Let's say half the field gets there. You are still betting about 3 to 1 against. I don't like your risk reward ratio for a line that is very pretty, but by no means a lock.
Feb. 4, 2017
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In this 18 table one session sectional open pairs, ZERO pairs got to 6H. Jeopardizing your 6H contract for an overtrick had no upside and a full board downside. In 6H, the correct play has to be to get the children off the street, perhaps, SA, HA HK, DA, DK.
Feb. 4, 2017
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Yes. Having set up a force by doubling 2H, our partnership was on firm ground in this regard, pass seems pretty automatic.
Feb. 4, 2017
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