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All comments by Kerri Sanborn
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Ron,
I miss the old days when Bridge Week in LA was at its heyday! I think it began to wane when it moved from the crowded Ambassador Hotel to the spacious but sterile Pasadena convention center. From what I hear this Granddaddy of Regionals is now almost nonexistent. Is it possible that the venues are somewhat to blame for the decrease in attendance?
I do recall late nights at the pub going over each hand. Whenever does that happen nowadays? I also miss the 1:00/1:30 and 8:00 starting times, with a proper dinner hour.
Perhaps it doesn't matter that I almost never attend a Regional anymore, but where are the Masters Pairs, the four session qualifying Open Pairs, the Mixed Pairs? These were events I cut my teeth on. A Knockout was normally a morning event lasting four or five days. One didn't have to choose between pairs and teams. We could play them all!
July 7
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Georgiana, I hear your question. The format was far from perfect. Two mixed teams won the right to go then each lost one of their key members, without whom they might possibly not have won. Probably the fairer order of play would have been to have the mixed qualifier at the end of the trials instead of before the seniors. Perhaps next time they will reconsider.
Personally, I object to someone being able to play in a trials after winning an earlier one. One of your teams is going to be compromised. I realize that it is not easy to plan without this contingency, and that the USBF needs to run the competitions back to back for economic and other reasons, but playing in a second trial after winning previously leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
June 10
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Congrats, Wolfson team!
June 10
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Richard, you turn my head:)
May 11
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He studies children's books in the library, because he can get more information quickly. Makes sense. He also starts at the bottom of the Jeopardy board and answers the high value questions before the newer players can settle in. So he has a lot of money early.
May 10
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Bernard, I remember those days fondly. When Barry and I won the Mixed World Championship, pundits made us somewhere between 3-1 and even money against the field!
I believe that there are too many events now. What happened to the idea of wanting to play against the best so that you could learn?
I'm sure having so many options on any given day is good for the league, but I miss the “good old days”.
May 10
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In fact he is, and he has intuited how to take the most advantage of his abilities. Kudos to someone who has studied the game and improved his chances immeasurably!! To those who pooh-pooh Jeopardy, it has been on the air in the USA for 50 years. Nothing to sneeze at or denigrate.
May 9
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Thanking all of you for the kind words! It is special to win with your life partner as well as your bridge partner!
March 29
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Always with a smile and a kind word, and so generous with an opinion when asked. Very well deserved!
Jan. 31
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I think you have clarified and made the best of a poor situation. The Venice Cup trials are early, but I could not even anticipate playing in a later trials unless my team failed to qualify in that event. That in turn would be unfair to a team that was hoping to add my pair in, say, the Mixed Team trials.
The players all appreciate your work and dedication, Jan. You make our lives easier and better.
Jan. 31
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Jack, I can always count on you to represent my fan club:)
Nov. 22, 2017
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former wife of Michael Seamon, and a joy to have with us!
Nov. 22, 2017
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And thanks to Daniel for the support and help. You were a champ as well, and we loved having you there!
Oct. 26, 2017
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Nobody seems to know anything except what was printed in daily bulletin, but they have come to conclusions. You deserve time to explain
Aug. 17, 2015
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The bridge world has lost one of its finest, kindest,gentlest, most generous people. Seymon was one of my very favorite friends, always there if you needed a hand, always good for a laugh, self effacing, an all around good guy. I will miss his smiling face.
I remember one time when I was speaking to him on the phone and he got a call on another line from Malcolm Forbes and Elizabeth Taylor, in Africa, who needed his help for one thing or another. Seymon was there for them.
My condolences to Linda, Mark and the family.
June 13, 2013
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First let me say that being honored as a HOF member is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career and life. I anxiously awaited the results of “the vote” and was thrilled to learn that I had been voted in.
I am not sure whether the voting now is “broken” or the fields are just too close to differentiate. Aside from a person's talent, there are other criteria which also weigh on selection. I would mention conduct, ethics, deportment, extra volunteer activities. The final voting is an election, and there are potential incidents which influence those who mark their ballots, both positively and not.
There will be a year soon when some “automatics” come up for election. Can anyone imagine Meck or Rodwell NOT being voted in on first ballot?
April 22, 2013
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Dana, how refreshing to hear about bridge from someone who is still star struck with the game. You take me back so many years. Can't wait for part 2.
March 4, 2012
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In general, the host city and playing facilities were great. Plenty of restaurants of all price ranges and cuisines made it a user friendly venue. The weather was good for the most part - couldn't hope for much better. There seemed to be abundant playing spece (perhaps because the attendance was low).
I did have a problem with the lighting. There were a lot of dark spaces in the playing areas. The breaks were quite crowded in the common areas. The starting times were a whirl of confusion. The staff should pick a time and stay with it. The entry fees seemed too high. Possibly this was necessary, but with hotel prices, parking rates, etc, made the tournament really pricey.
I didn't stay for the ceremony. It was too long after my event ended, and I really was glad to go home. I Agree with Gavin - it was too many days.
Oct. 20, 2010
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