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Ilan

Good luck in your endeavors. You may also consider reaching out to the many University of Chicago alums who have had very successful bridge careers. Some may have learned to play while on campus…
Jan. 4
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Couldn't agree more. Love Kit's writing style and his clear and straight forward analysis. A pleasure to read.
Oct. 2, 2018
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With six pairs, can't you make three teams and play a three-way match. Split it into let's assume two 12 board halves? And switch after 6 boards? And then repeat?
Aug. 20, 2018
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Bridge clubs located in the North Shore Chicago suburbs typically charge $12 per session. Game time is either 10:30 or 10:45 so a buffet lunch is provided. Some of the people who come for lunch actually play bridge! Special games often increase the fee from $12 to $14. Most games are in community centers, synagogues and churches. All in rented spaces. There is almost no evening bridge these days so the early game time straddling the lunch hour is pretty much the norm.
June 20, 2018
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Agree. Thanks Jay. 1NT was the winner at the table.
Sept. 18, 2017
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Richard's comment above is correct.

Similar to most of our tax treaties, the general rule under the tax treaty between the U.S. and Canada exempts from Canadian income taxes, income generated from the performance of services in Canada by U.S. citizens and residents, provided the amount is under $10,000 (Canadian) for the year. If the amount is greater than $10,000, the income will still be exempt as long as the U.S. citizen or resident does not spend 183 days in Canada during any 183 day period beginning or ending during the year. Exceptions to these general rules exist where individuals are paid by Canadian businesses that should be reviewed if applicable. Here's a link to IRS Publication 597 which provides further information on the U.S.-Canada treaty. https://www.irs.gov/uac/about-publication-597
July 9, 2017
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I just checked and it appears that the list as of now has just a small number of teams – and includes Open and Flight A, B and C teams. The only Districts included are 2, 4, 14 and 21.
May 10, 2017
Howard Engle edited this comment May 10, 2017
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Of course. That's duplicate for you. Actually, there were about 40 tables in play.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Same here for sure. If you play 200 sessions a year with say 25 hands a session, that's only 5,000 hands a year. We're looking at one of these every 2,000 years!
Sept. 22, 2016
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Everybody behaved. The spade K was onside – but not singleton.
Sept. 22, 2016
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6C making 6. Partner had the AK of diamonds and the KJ of hearts and the heart A was singleton. An average board. There were some in the grand going down and some making with a favorable lead.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Ha. The craps players in the crowd will see a different reference.
Sept. 21, 2016
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That was the winner. 90% of the vote is going to 5D which seems about right. That's why preempts work…
Aug. 9, 2016
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Yes. It did. Partner's hand was AQx, AQxxx, Ax, xxx. Hearts behaved and we made 7…

Howard
Aug. 6, 2016
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Karen is being modest. Not only did Illinois emerge as the winner in a field composed of students from some of the best institutions in America – their experience at her club helped make it all possible. Well done Illini!
July 29, 2016
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Wish I could make it but travel around Labor Day just doesn't work for me. As for the timing, I realize there are mixed views but 10/2:30 or so scheduling is a big plus for me and most of my friends. Evening bridge has just about disappeared in Chicago for the reasons mentioned. Hoping for another National in the near future on the mid-morning/mid-afternoon format.
July 8, 2016
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Agree. 3S would have been a limit raise in hearts or better. 4H was to play.
June 30, 2016
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Good suggestions. Thanks for the input.
Jan. 13, 2016
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Hello Gavin

Thanks for contributing your write-up on the four-way transfer enhancement. It seems very sensible with modest trade-offs. In your note, you mention “expert standard”. Is there a source to turn to or reference for a more comprehensive write-up of treatments commonly played in such circles?
Sept. 12, 2015
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