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Yeah the Bessis record in that event is insane, he is a top 5 player in the world IMO, super good and consistent.
March 15, 2017
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thanks guys that's very kind… hard to believe some of us have posted on BBF for 13+ years now!
March 15, 2017
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Thanks everyone, after losing to Dennis in 3 close matches was nice to join him and win :)
March 13, 2017
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What could possibly go wrong with a partnership game that is trivial to cheat in that had a mid 7 figures first prize for one event?
March 7, 2017
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If a team withdraws they are saying they feel that they have no chance to win. I don't see how it could be appropriate for a person who plays only the second half to be punished for this, they should get credit for playing the second half and winning if the other team feels they had no chance to win and wanted to withdraw.

In practice when I've seen this happen I have never seen the person not get the masterpoints and think it would be totally unfair if that happened.
Feb. 20, 2017
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I think it should be some kind of automatic punishment if you ask your opponents to withdraw in any event.

On a side note I really hate stories of top seeds in the spingold/vanderbilt even expecting or wanting their 1st round opponents to withdraw, those teams generally entered expecting to not beat the very top seed in a 64 board match, they wanted the experience of playing against a top seed and not only paid for the pleasure but often forgoed the chance to play some other event at the nationals to do so, the top seeds should be cognizant of that and go out of their way to give those teams a good experience that they can remember.
Feb. 20, 2017
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What are these “countless number of MP events?” they play together Timo? They don't play national pair games together anymore and havent for a long time*. You seem to be arguing that they are each others best partner, I think we will all agree to that. If Bobby and Steve played countless MP events together they would win many MP events. The times they have played they were first and second** in the world open pairs.

Also, the cavendish used to be*** a longer event than national pair games and obviously the more boards played, the more likely the best pairs are to win.

Obviously people bringing up that the event is more random than MP is flawed, I think we all agree that to win a bridge event you have to be good, otherwise you won't win. That doesn't make IMP pairs less random than MP pairs and people always bring up this dicussion of imp pairs vs MP pairs. MP pairs is pretty “random” too compared to long knockouts.

*Yes I think they have played a few together in recent times, and I'm sure they played more earlier in their parntership.

**The time they were second was pretty controversial, just sayin.

***The cavendish now has a long qualifier to cut to 22 pairs that play 42 boards. This is more random than having no cut since less boards matter, but is a way to combat pairs that have no chance still being in the event and possibly influencing the score due to being less motivated or something more nefarious. When it was held in Vegas they combated this by having session prizes, including 10k for first in the last session.
Feb. 19, 2017
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It just makes them really good. Imp pairs is more random than MP pairs, that doesn't mean there is no skill in imp pairs lol. Check out Bobby and Steve's record when they play matchpoints, they just win every world open pairs lol.

We are lucky that they (almost?) never play national pair games together, they would win a lot of them.
Feb. 19, 2017
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60 national wins in 60 years of life is just incredible lol. I doubt anyone will ever win more national titles than Meckwell. Congrats Jeff!
Feb. 17, 2017
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Being able to show your second suit is very important imo, partner needs to know what minor honors/doubletons are working, and you may belong in the second suit.
Feb. 2, 2017
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Your expected imp value difference in how you play the spades is so small that it's not even worth thinking about. Do whatever and gain or lose .01 imps at most in this spot and spend your time thinking about other stuff. It sucks that it is so high leverage and basically a coin flip but such is life.
Jan. 14, 2017
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I think it is obvious that if enough resources were put into making a program that could beat humans, it could be done. I don't even know why people worry about this. Chess, Go, and Backgammon are still beautiful games even though computers are better. I am still impressed with the knowledge of human makers of goods that are easily surpassed in efficiency and maybe quality by machines.

We are not as good at machines at calculating quickly, at not having fatigue, and eventually we won't be as good as them at thinking. Who cares? It's great that we had the ingenuity to program machines that are better than us. It doesn't really spoil games to me that machines would be better. What about sports? I bet a robot could hit a homerun off of any major league pitcher… does that make great baseball players any less great? In the pretty near future I'm sure self driving cars will crush human drivers at races, does that make the top human drivers any less impressive?

At this point it's been a long time that the best chess programs are much better than humans. It is also still cool that human+program is better than either human or program. We still have some advantages. But 100 years from now I think there is very little chance that that will be the case. Who cares?

TL;DR: I for one welcome our robot overlords.
Jan. 14, 2017
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Great guy and a very good player. Very sad.
Dec. 24, 2016
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Yeah I would definitely X 3n
Dec. 20, 2016
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Congrats Eric, it has been awesome teaming with can you and Geoff, great teammmates and the best players I have ever compared with!
Dec. 10, 2016
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There is generally a huge backlog of people who I think are qualified to be in the hall of fame because of the divide in voters view of achievement in women's bridge. Who is a better candidate, someone who has dominated women's bridge or someone who has done very well in open bridge (but not dominant?). Voters view this differently which causes almost no one to be voted in every year, which in turn causes a backlog.

The same thing is happening in baseball with voters split on whether to put people who were suspected or were confirmed of doing steroids in (eg bonds).

Voters only get to vote for a few people on the list even if they think more are qualified (this was recently upped IIRC to try to solve this problem).
Oct. 7, 2016
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I believe it's something like Grand Life Masters and people who have won x # of national championships (not sure what X is).
Oct. 7, 2016
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Apparently some simulations make double a winner, some make it a loser. Apparently some simulations prefer a diamond and some prefer a heart. A lot of top experts seem to disagree with each other about both the lack of Xing 1N and the lead.

I think all that shows that it was a close decision and I chose one close action over another.
Sept. 27, 2016
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Roy, I sympathize with your situation. I think you handled it in a really classy way. You and Sabine are great except as opponents; then I hate you :)
Sept. 23, 2016
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What methods were we employing that were illegal? Opening all hands third seat NV? We were not, as has been shown. That was the initial accusation.

I am not up to date on the current accusation as it is ever changing. Can you please summarize since you state so definitively we were using illegal methods, what those were, and what your evidence is to prove this? I would love to know.
Sept. 22, 2016
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