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Hi Ralph,
I noticed in a recent photo that you have a rather famous coach on your bridge team. What is his role, and how do you think he has helped your team?
July 12, 2018
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fun story!
Dec. 13, 2016
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Interesting; consider a partnership where the first partner (me) thinks transfers are off but responder thinks they are on:

If I psyched 1nt with a void instead of singleton, and my partner (with say a heart void) transfers me into spades, and I pass, we could end up in a zero-zero fit.

Nah, couldn't ever happen…
Aug. 19, 2016
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Now I'm becoming curious as to what types of drugs the WBF tests for (or plans to). Just academically curious, of course.
Aug. 19, 2016
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Great article; I remember a rock band years ago had some musical instruments broken by an airline; after months of being jacked around by the airline they wrote a song called, as I recall, United Breaks Guitars, and placed it on UTube.
I believe they heard from United soon after that. I thought the song was actually kind of catchy.
Aug. 19, 2016
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That is a great story, Ed!

I plan to use it myself (unless you quickly copyright).
Aug. 19, 2016
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this is helpful! thanks.
Aug. 18, 2016
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When playing strong club, do you prefer to use transfer responses? I like the idea of 1C then 1D and 1H being transfers and 1S being weak, but have also played 1C-1D weak and 1H for spades etc; any comments? Fantunes (which a pard and I tried) use (sorry ‘used’) unlimited major openings with a kind of strong club, and although I liked naming the strong major suit early, I also like them being limited… I guess I'd like to know what you like about strong club systems and what you don't like.

Also, do variable NT openings make sense to you generally?

Thanks!
July 1, 2016
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“…sometimes common sense and fairness should override the regulations.” …not a bad motto, imo.
June 21, 2016
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i'd ruff the last club, then start playing on diamonds, if east ruffs in he is endplayed; if he doesnt ruff in or has protected diamonds, maybe can put him in with a trump and he will be out of clubs?
June 9, 2016
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Great point John, in fact I wouldn't mind hearing a bit more about the atmosphere, stories, and interactions at some of the other tournaments, especially England and the Continent.
I'm hoping this globablization of bridge tournaments will educate us all in new systems, approaches, etc. even if we can't attend in person.
I played against two canape systems in Reno at the final Sunday Swiss yesterday. One evidently Dutch inspired, one Australian. Great fun.
March 21, 2016
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This is tricky stuff; sometimes a whistle blower is on the money, and should be respected, and sometimes a disgruntled employee is just a trouble-maker, in my experience. I've seen both.
March 17, 2016
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Well said Ian.
Nov. 16, 2015
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Finding a partner to work with is really important, and tricky I think. Currently i am lucky enough to have a good one; thoughtful, forgiving, systems oriented as am I etc.

That said, I try to keep studying card play; i think there are always new things to learn there. I was proud of the way partner and I defended against a pro at a springtime tournament (Fred Pollack) but he set up a trump coup with his 7 5 over my 6 4 to make it. That was very cool, and instructive. He was happy to discuss it afterward too.

Most recently I am trying to learn more card combinations, to more quickly recognize typical patterns and problems and to know how generally to handle them. Some are simple, some not so simple. I think this is an area where strong players with lots of experience have an advantage; i have to think about a combination, they can play in tempo almost without thought.

Good luck to both of us, Brian.
Nov. 12, 2015
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i always hate the idea of paying lawyers, but the regulatory/investigatory entity (whether existing or new) probably would need to consider a defense fund of some sort.
Nov. 12, 2015
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Like Harald said.
Nov. 6, 2015
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Perry i just read this article; very well done, and helpful.Cheers
Nov. 3, 2015
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12-14 NV, 15-17 Vul
Nov. 2, 2015
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I think you are on the right track here Oleg. Dibs on Pollux.
Oct. 30, 2015
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Good thoughts Michael, I agree completely.
Oct. 30, 2015
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