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Indeed! Donna made it possible for our family and so many others to attend Nationals and feel comfortable that our children were also having an enjoyable time. We were grateful then, and are grateful still, for all of her hard work and dedication.
Nov. 13, 2018
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Congratulations on your many successes, especially the win in Orlando!

If you were to have children and were to teach them our game, how would you go about it? Would you first teach basics of play of the hand? Bidding?

What aspect of how you (and your siblings) were taught the game do you think best helped you appreciate its beauty most quickly?
Nov. 3, 2018
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A lovely bit of bridge history and good sleuthing!
Nov. 3, 2018
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Thank you, Peggy!
Oct. 9, 2018
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Kudos to all the medalists, with special congrats to Sally Brock and Beth Palmer on their second medals of the World Championships! A well-played and exciting Final!
Oct. 7, 2018
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Congratulations to all the medalists, with special kudos to Willard/Multon on a commanding win!
Oct. 7, 2018
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One improvement on the current entry fee situation would be for players to have three options: (1) pay $xxx per person to play the entire week, dropping into the pairs at no additional charge when one is eliminated from the teams; (2) pay a lesser amount per person to play only the team event; (3) pay a lesser amount to play only the pair event.

The eventual, total fees paid per person under option (1) might be about the same as under the current system, but it seems more palatable somehow to pay a single flat rate for a full week of play, rather than a large flat rate for what might be only 2 days of play, followed by the opportunity to pay another large flat rate to play the pairs.
Oct. 2, 2018
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Thank you for the kind words, Nick.

Just to add to your impressive listing: This was, I think, Irina's 7th world title and Fiona's second.

As for Kerri: Her ten world titles have been won across five consecutive decades ('78, ‘89, ’90, ‘93, ’02, ‘06, ’11, ‘14, ’16, '18), a record of longevity at the top unlikely to be equaled in any other competitive endeavor.
Oct. 1, 2018
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Indeed! Brock/Brown were wonderful teammates, and Smith/Wiseman were top-notch and gracious opponents (as were their teammates). The very young Yvonne Wiseman displayed great talent and poise and has a terrific future in the game.
Oct. 1, 2018
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Thank you for the kind words, Jack.
Oct. 1, 2018
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Congratulations to all the medalists, with special congratulations to Bessis/Huberschwiller for following up their Bronze in the teams with Gold in the pairs!
Oct. 1, 2018
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Congratulations on the well deserved induction into the HOF, Ralph!

Every time I have played against you over the years, you have been a model of equanimity at the table, no matter the results or any decision/error your partner might have made. Was this something you had to work at or is this just your nature?

Who is your favorite Pirate of all time?
July 12, 2018
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Congratulations!
March 17, 2018
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Congratulations!
March 17, 2018
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I am staying at the host Marriott hotel, and was awakened at 9:00 this morning with the sound of jackhammers that are causing my room to vibrate. When I spoke with the Manager of the hotel, I was informed that they are “resheeting” the hotel pool and this project will go on for two days.

The Manager told me that the Marriott hotels do not permit organizations to contract around construction work at their hotels, so long as the work begins once “quiet hours” are over (and those begin at 10:00 pm so arguably could end at, say, 6:00 am??).

After I said that all this was unacceptable, he put me on hold and returned to report that the noise would continue today but would have a delayed start tomorrow (Friday) of 11:00 am.

I don't know if the noise will be audible in the playing areas but, if so, it will not make for a very enjoyable two days of play.

Others staying at the host hotel might want to voice their own complaints (and request compensation).
March 15, 2018
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A terrific match! Kudos to both teams!
Special congratulations to Marty who, I believe, became a World Grand Master with this well deserved win.
Aug. 26, 2017
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Congratulations! Well done!
May 10, 2017
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Congratulations on a fine performance!
May 9, 2017
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April Fools?
April 1, 2017
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In addition to all of the above observations, the ability to catch inadvertent scoring errors in WBF pair events is often further complicated by the use of a Howell movement. As a result, one's plus scores sometimes appear as minus scores on one's personal printout, and vice versa, depending on whether one is EW or NS on a given round; the results on the printout at the end of the session are all from the perspective of the NS pair.
Sept. 18, 2016
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