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And congrats also to a fine group of young players who led for much of the final session and finished a close third: Di Franco and Manno (in their 20s); Palma, Poon, and Loo (30s); and Goldberg (who looks young herself but is probably a bit older). I'm sure they were disappointed with the finish but hope they recognize their significant, impressive accomplishment.
Dec. 5, 2016
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Does Sabine have any Ron Andersen stories? I'm sure she has hundreds. How many she can tell here is a different question :-).
Oct. 4, 2016
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where is the “dislike” button when you need it?
Sept. 1, 2016
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I was wondering whether there was any history of suspensions or bans. They have been around a while, having won the World Mixed in 1998; he played at a high level on open teams in the 1970s as well.
Sept. 1, 2016
Joe Stokes edited this comment Sept. 1, 2016
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I stand corrected A more careful reader than I found that in 2010 in Philadephia, when the Youth World Championships were held alongside the Rosenblum, in at least one place the WBF referred to the Rona Cup as the “young ladies” teams. (I still think that was an anomaly.)
Aug. 10, 2016
Joe Stokes edited this comment Aug. 10, 2016
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I dont think they were called “young ladies” by the WBF, who has always used “girls,” as far as I know. When the USBF mentioned the teams, we may have called them by the unofficial “young women.”
Aug. 10, 2016
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The championships in the even-numbered years (like this one going now) are the premiere events in the youth calendar: World Youth Team Championships. The Youth events in odd-numbered years typically do not draw as many teams. Budgets are limited.
Aug. 10, 2016
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I thought as you did, Peg, until a WC player helped me understand the ambiguity. How do you bid a hand where you want to play 4 in your self-suffcient suit? If 4 over 2 is pass or correct, you can't bid that way. Maybe 2 (pass or correct) then 4 is to play. In short, as often, clear agreements are needed.
Aug. 1, 2016
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Just how do you know there were “no problems with security”? You're sure no one overhead something relevant from another table or otherwise recieved information to which they were not entitled?
July 30, 2016
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Thanks to the committee who spent many hours on this. And, of course, thanks to the many people who devoted hundreds of hours in the past year.
July 26, 2016
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What a thrill!! Way to go, Mitch!!
July 3, 2016
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Yep. Covers an important hand type and helps define the direct raise to 3M. Seems much more frequent than minisplinter.
June 16, 2016
Joe Stokes edited this comment June 16, 2016
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I"m really impressed with the young (under 40) great US players. They seem genuinely to like and respect each other. In addition to their extraordinary talent, they play ethically, disclose fully, and keep in perspecitve the importance of a particular match. They are good for bridge.
May 15, 2016
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SiVY is an inspiration! Thanks, Debbie and many others, for the countless hours you have devoted to building this program.

Thanks, Steve, for publicizing this and for your and Bobby's generous contributions. BTW, I'd like to know more about the Art Weinstein Trophy – did SiVY create this award or has it been around for a while.
May 2, 2016
Joe Stokes edited this comment May 2, 2016
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either what you heard was incorrect or you heard it very long ago.
April 12, 2016
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so cute! Congrats!!!
March 3, 2016
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and a very nice gentleman as well
Feb. 3, 2016
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(Obviously not Jan, but…). We don't have pair games on VuGraph unless the deals are played at the same time at all tables (barometer style). The security issues are too great when a deal shown on VuGraph will be played at other tables throughout the session.
Dec. 3, 2015
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Well done, guys. Good luck today.
Dec. 3, 2015
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Fine reporting. I wanted to compliment the reporter, John Walters. I did not find an email for him or his editor, but at tweeter he is @jdubs88.

I think on balance it is good for bridge: let's people know bridge exists, seems interesting and challenging, attracts Gates and Buffett.
Sept. 23, 2015
Joe Stokes edited this comment Sept. 25, 2015
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