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Screens make for the fairest and most enjoyable form of bridge.
Aug. 7
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When I resumed playing bridge after a 30+ year absence, Matt quickly figured out I was a good player, introduced himself, asked me about my past and filled me in about some of my old partners. This was at a tiny sectional in a tiny corner of BC. When my 11 year old son and I won a one session pair game, he announced it with a flourish which made my son very proud. He is the best director I have experienced and as human a being as anyone is likely to encounter. Enjoy retirement, Matt
July 28
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I took 35 years off playing bridge and met Matt when he was directing a tiny sectional in Rossland BC. He quickly figured out I knew how to play the game, helped me find good partners and generally made my return to bridge pleasant. I have never seen him make a bad ruling or fail to run a tournament well. Congratulations Matt.
Aug. 6, 2017
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Glad to see that someone with more clout than me was concerned back then. It's tragically late, but why not do such a study now?
Dec. 9, 2016
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Michael, I began playing serious duplicate in the late 50s and quit in 1967. I played on several teams with Jimmy Cayne. I received offers to play professionally, which I declined. The going rate at that time was $35 a session, but that was basically for teaching someone by playing with her/him. At the top level there was no big money involved (at least not that I know of).
March 6, 2016
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Why not worry less about punishment and more about prevention? The main cause of the crime is the money that can be made from it. Are there ways we can get the big money out of bridge and turn our game back into the amateur (but just as exciting) contest it was when I began playing? In those days even Jimmy Cayne did not pay his teammates.
March 6, 2016
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As we used to say when I was young, right on Boye. An eloquent description of our world as well as the bridge world.
Nov. 20, 2015
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As a novelist I object to this smear on my profession. A writer of fiction must have an excellent grasp of reality.
Nov. 8, 2015
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No. Les is right. Power to the people. The ordinary people. I gave up bridge almost fifty years ago to try to make a world governed by ordinary people, not big money. So long as big money rules, the world will be a rotten one and the bridge world will have cheaters chasing the big money in our little world. Sorry to bring my politics into this, but it is a political problem. In the world and in the bridge world. Let's build from the bottom up, not the top down.
Oct. 18, 2015
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There is a big difference between the individual cheating of the past (wires, peeking etc.)and on the internet and the collusive cheating being uncovered now.
Oct. 15, 2015
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until we get the big money out of top level bridge there are going to be cheaters.
Oct. 14, 2015
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Ross has hit it. I was out of bridge for 35 years and was astonished when I returned that the game I love has become a professional sport. Of course there's going to be cheating when people can make so much money playing. Maybe we need a discussion thread about sponsors and sponsorship. (I am talking about the big time, not the teacher who charges a beginning student a few bucks for a learning session.)





Sept. 3, 2015
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I would like to hear from all four players. Did Berkowitz and Cohler have a misunderstanding, and if so where and why? Or did Cohler think he was down and take a swing? Why the double of 4s and did it influence the lead? Only the players can tell us what was going through their minds?
July 16, 2012
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If they had asked before the match, it would have been legitimate. Asking when they did must have been done to upset the opponents.
March 24, 2012
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