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Agreements not to litigate, between parties of differing advantage (“you can't belong unless you sign my terms”), rarely hold up in a court of law.
Dec. 12
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David - IMHO, this is a fantastic idea, and your humorous approach makes a strong point and case!
Dec. 12
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There will be another article published as a result of the recent unconscionable action.


As Chris notes, the SEC has set an effective framework.


However, we need to go beyond even that, the the principles under which many countries were founded and/or operate. There needs to be some form of “special prosecutor”, who can:
(1) indict upon reasonable cause;
(2) set bail and conditions;
(3) procure a speedy trial;
(4) with swift and sure justice assured;
(5) WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM KNOW-NOTHING APPELLATE BODIES.


There appear to be serious conflicts of interest in just who “guards the hen house”, and my research just today indicates that it may be a fox, or a fox in disguise. There are fiduciary obligations that are apparently not being met, and that is beyond the pale to this one of many who have been affected by known, sociopath cheaters.
Dec. 11
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Ah, the voice of reason :)
Dec. 11
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My partners love it, Dave!


I can't recall the last penalty from a weak-2, but do have memories of many, many pluses as a result.


(One partner had to be heavily persuaded to try my weak-2s, and finally agreed in the middle of a Swiss team. We crushed the next opponent by 60 IMPS, with 5 weak-2s contributing to the slaughter . . . after that, he was a convert!)
Dec. 10
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Hi Craig -


On the first hand, just how do I “pick up” that void? :)


In my partnerships, we open all weak 2's, defined as “bad hands”, and the first qualifies, with the potential added protection of being 6-5.


On the second, I could care less whether LHO is aggressive, or a wimp, I play my game, and it's been effective, against all comers!
Dec. 8
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Rena -


The professional community, as you're probably aware, would rise in concerted and vigorous opposition to a reduction in paydays.


This raises the question as to who, exactly, is the clientele we're promoting and assisting? Just asking, as I certainly don't have the definitive answer . . .
Dec. 8
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Mary Jane Farrell? :)


(Couldn't help it J/K)
Dec. 8
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Perhaps it became to expensive and time consuming to update the revolving door of responsible person's names? (J/K)
Dec. 8
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Many topics rolled into one Post, Rena!


One thought - starting all major team games on Day 1 will likely reduce entries, perhaps considerably. Although professional teams now win all these events, other teams form during the tournament. Also, entries are typically due the night before . . .


My strong opposition to drop-ins, and particularly to granting “free carryover” is well known.
Dec. 7
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I disagree completely Lior, while respecting your opinion and view.


It is my very strong belief that, if it's possible to conduct an entire NABC in the ACBL, and ultimately end with no titled champions, then something is rotten in Denmark.


What is the point of holding major events, if the participants may never have access to winning the event?
Dec. 7
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Hi Rick -


Thanks for chiming in on yet another unmitigated disaster.


My position on this, and other abject ACBL failures, is well known and widely disseminated.


The fact that nobody in Management seems to care is particularly troubling . . .
Dec. 7
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Unless, Mike, the lead a (which was stated, I believe), and the Jx is in RHO. If Declarer doesn't rise with an honor (rising is probably right), then the 9 sets up for a trick.
Dec. 6
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The train went off the rails almost immediately, when the 2 bid started the admitted comical sequence.


3NT/1X = 15-17 HCP, balanced. It's the perfect bid here.
Dec. 6
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Congratulations, Eric! A giant among peers, so very well deserved.
Dec. 6
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In all of this, it may be important to note that, these days, a 1-level overcall could also be on a 4-card suit.


I agree with Mreijn, in that none of my partnership's new suits are forcing (and not with Henry's treatment), hence my 2 call as a general force. This may flush out a real fit, or allow me to follow with 2NT (or 3NT if partner jumps).
Dec. 5
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James, wouldn't his current response probably be: “I've been playing bridge for 70 years . . . yadda yadda” :)
Dec. 4
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Jean-Charles: Thanks for explaining the EBL Index, your comments make complete sense, so the weaker teams pay much less, and that seems to be very good business! Good luck with the entire event, just wanted to understand it completely :)
Dec. 4
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Awesome, and hopefully instructive.


Thanks, Mike, for spotting and posting this.


The bridge - Olympic interconnection, however it's structured, makes Olympic actions relevant to bridge.
Dec. 4
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I can't like this strong comment enough! It is the only way a responsible organization operates,


If Linda Dunn was the only scribe and overseer of the employment contract for Mr. Jones, something is indeed rotten in Denmark . . .
Dec. 4
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