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“The Law”
Sept. 26, 2018
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I think the age profile of US players is probably the most significant factor for domestic attendance.

As for international attendance there are many things that combine. I would venture that Tourism to the US has declined the last 2 years or so, the ETTD-effect.

It is not an advantage for attendance that international bridge bodies have been found incompetent in cleansing the game from cheats.

The international bodies have introduced an endless number of championships at expensive locations, this is a big factor.
Sept. 23, 2018
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I don't think talking italian bridge is racist towards italians. If I made a case against english cooking, that would be true but would not diminish english people like David Burn.
Sept. 22, 2018
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Jannersten was a very outspoken supporter of the Italian team which was evident from all his writings about them in the swedish magazine “Bridgetidningen” from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Sept. 18, 2018
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I have ordered one from a friend who is going there. I will make her ask Avon for an autographed copy. That would make Avon join the illustrious company of Edgar Kaplan and Eddie Kantar who have signed books for me!
Sept. 18, 2018
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Good choice!
Aug. 30, 2018
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It is great for the game to have a team from a smaller nation do well! Very well done Singapore! Hope you kick some more “favourite team” butt before the tournament is over! In a Singapore-Sweden final I might think otherwise though!
Aug. 15, 2018
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Excellent point. I would return as a subscriber with some e-format.
Aug. 15, 2018
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I am happy for you Amir! Very well done
June 18, 2018
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Some scoring that high are gone, some are scoring a lot less. This has nothing to do with the field getting better but a lot to do with video cameras and opponents being aware of how things were done.
June 17, 2018
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No shortage of septuagenarian and sexagenarian males apparently. The world is such a great place with those in command …
May 25, 2018
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I think you should google “Magic Diamond bridge”
May 2, 2018
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Hi Chip. We only played one bermuda bowl match and I will not tell you who won. Anyway, a serious question!

Being the best (IMHO) bridge amateur in modern times, could you expand your views on elite bridge players maintaning relatively demanding jobs? Are the days of great amateur players over? If not, how would an amateur (with partner) be able to reach world class level?
April 5, 2018
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Leong-Zagorin of course. Totally unbiased opinion. Lall works too.
March 14, 2018
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David Burn. I reviewed the last 3 matches by the Senior team in the BBO archives. You apparently must have watched some other tables if your item (a) above included analysis of the play by the competitors. For the musically oriented I would now like to quote Billy Ocean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n3sUWR4FV4
March 10, 2018
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Ian, it seems the name of your system was very well chosen. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/grumpy
March 2, 2018
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The problem with these percentage award rulings is that the “bad guys” can always act on the edge knowing the TD will restore a great percentage of their score. I don't know if this is how we desire the game to be played. IMHO the players should, like in golf, be actively ethical and not try to take advantage of everything the referee (TD) does not notice. YMMV.

It should also be noted that players from some countries are regularily getting the benefit of a doubt from the directors.
March 2, 2018
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Easy to see how Fantoni-Nunes fit in with Zimmerman-Multon. Both pairs makes me want to puke.
Feb. 23, 2018
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I say like so many others Kelsey and Reese. There are other great books but for consistency and quality they stand out. My copy of “Test your communications” is very worn but I always come back to it when preparing.

Eric Jannersten was a great writer with the help of Jan Wohlin, rarely mentioned but a huge contributor.

I cherish my autographed copy of Edgar Kaplan: “Competitive Bidding in Modern Bridge”. It actually says “To Lars, who doesn't need to read it!” A good man.
Feb. 22, 2018
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What makes you think the EBL cares about cheating?
Jan. 17, 2018
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