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If I have guaranteed length in the suit then my card is suit preference,if not then its mostly attitude.(231)Mostly I am supposed to play card most helpful to partner.
Jan. 28, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 28, 2017
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Considering what Meckwellians open these days,people are too hung up on pointcount which is only ONE measure of hand evaluation so I say points shmoints this hand has 3 controls, and is alot better that many so called players think represents an opening bid. WHAT it is , is a light 3rd seat opening.
Jan. 27, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 27, 2017
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A truly wonderful player, and a great competitor.Personally I will miss him.My sympathies to all his family especially his sister Janice.
Jan. 27, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 27, 2017
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I am for more than one of the above ,but believes it all starts with clever and witty.For the most part what I hear,and see at world championships vue graph (besides empty seats) is boring ,and insipid.Of course I grew up on Edgar Kaplin so maybe my standards are too high, and I should settle for mediocre.
Jan. 25, 2017
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I am proud to say that I became a junior master in 1959. A highlight in my bridge career.
Jan. 24, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 24, 2017
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the partner with shortness acts by doubling so with a penalty double one passes and hopes partner protects him by a reopening double,(with shortness one should always be aware of this fact and base his action on this possibility)
Jan. 23, 2017
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I went to law school because I needed a profession,but all I ever wanted to do was play bridge.Stop playing , give up the game NEVER it has always been the great love of my life.everything else was secondary(except sex)
Jan. 22, 2017
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Like many others I first started playing bridge at camp it was 1958 and I was a jr counselor, and a group of us played every nite after the kids were put to bed we didnt even keep score(probably because no one knew how).the last nite we had a 4 table duplicate , and I am prowd to announce my partner and I came 2nd.( it was then that I said to myself this is for me) When I came home I knew no one who played so I spent the next few months playing Autobridge every spare moment I was awake. I joined the McGill bridge club where I learned that there were private bridge clubs and started going to the Vanderbilt bridge Club run by Johnny Weiser. (he later became a top ACBL director until his death about 10 years ago)Among the players I met there to name a few were Hugh and Jim Ross along with Peter Pender. I won my first duplicate at the Linton Bridge Club run by the great Sam Gold winning enabled me to reach one master point so I sent in all my fractional master point slips to ACBL headquarters , and they sent me back a certificate certifying I was a junior master (I was so proud)
Jan. 22, 2017
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I remember Phyllis I met her on her honeymoon at the Elysee Bridge Club in Paris it was 1967. Unfortunately I cannot remember who she was with.(old age memory loss, on further reflection I think it was a guy named Eddie ) Talking about Edwin one only has to read the above 52 comments to understand how well deserved this reward is. To repeat what I have already written what took them so long?
Jan. 22, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 22, 2017
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I met my present wife Murielle in 1963(I was in first year law and so very very young) we dated for about a year, then her best friend was getting married and Murielle was the maid of honor of course she expected me to go with her to the wedding, but the wedding conflicted with a regional tournament in NYC, and needing only 20 points to become a LM it was a no brainer for me so off I went to New York. When I returned she rightly dumped me, but to me it was all worthwhile (I became a LM ) Forty years later in 2003 we got back together again, but at least she now knows that what I am is first and last a bridgeplayer/ cardplayer. (Has an officer of the court I believe in truth in advertising so I must admit the above is only the R rated version of our courtship)
Jan. 22, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 22, 2017
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This poll only underlines the importance no the necessity of attracting young players to our wonderful game.I would guesstimate that over 90% of all great bridge players(ie world champions or hall of fame members) started learning before 21(and I think I am being conservative)
Jan. 22, 2017
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I voted for a search committee because the only faith I have in the ACBL Board of Directors is in their incompetency.
Jan. 21, 2017
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What is the mission of the ACBL? is it too much to ask for it to be to popularize the wonderful fascinating game of bridge? Tournament bridge is only a byproduct, of that. The powers that be should realize that they must get the customers in the door first. Expose them(too much to ask that it be the younger generation?) to this great product, then let nature take it course be it tournaments or just messing around with the game.In my opinion the ACBL Board of Directors are out of touch, and have not a clue of what is important for anyone else, but themselves.
Jan. 21, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 21, 2017
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The 25 Board members remind me of the Tower of Babel, and we all know what happened to that.
Jan. 21, 2017
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An emphasis as pointed out by Debbie, and Dustin MUST be in promoting our game to the younger generation (Debbie is the expert in this field) but I fear our Board is too selfserving to look to the future. Their attitude is “apres nous le deluge”(after us the flood)I am becoming more and more conviced that the ACBL has no future(I mean what sort of future can an organization have when the average age is over 70?)This problem has been long in the making <but little or nothing has been done over the past 30 years“The fault lies dear Brutus not in the stars, but in ourselves”
Jan. 21, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 21, 2017
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If history is any judge I have little confidence in the ACBL Board of Directors being competent enough to find a capable CEO.
Jan. 20, 2017
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The Canadian team was in that position in a tricountry playoff between Canada Mexico, and Bermuda in 1995 it was in our interest to dump to Bermuda in order to make sure Mexico didnt Q since they had a substantial lead on us however we agreed among ourselves to play hard(it really was not a difficult decision on our part ) and racked up a big score against Bermuda to assure us playing Mexico in the final with a substantial deficit to them.(luckily we recovered and did end up beating Mexico to qualify for the Bermuda Bowl in Beijing)The fault lay in the conditions of contest that put our team in that position. (In other words Idont believe its unethical to insure your team wins by dumping because the conditions of contest dictates this behavior< but rather distasteful and this sort of dumping is really an anathema to me personally)
Jan. 19, 2017
Joseph Silver edited this comment Jan. 19, 2017
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the only question i have is what took them so long? Well done Eddie, and congratulations for this well deserved honor.
Jan. 16, 2017
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playing the seniors in Wroclaw I held AKQXXX in spades and KQJxxxx in diamonds when it went 4clubs on my right Iwas thinking to myself now what? when my screen mate said ALERT strong preempt in hearts so i thanked him and bid a forcing 4 diamonds(forcing on them ) it went 4hearts on my left so when the bidding came back to me I now could complete description of my hand with a jump to 5 spades partner got the message and bid 6spades with Jxxx (along with useless club A) and we (meaning all 4 of us) got to 12spades. Contract bid and made.
Jan. 9, 2017
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Both are at fault (in my view) NS clearly not on same wave length South should have done more over 2clubs may I suggest 3diamonds surely the 4 level was not a bridge too far ,and as for north what was pass? over 3 clubs 3 hearts seems clear. so I give the NOVICES 50% each of the blame. Has usual in bidding disasters both partners share the blame.(forget about conventions this hand was all about a little common sense)
Jan. 8, 2017
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