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David B.,

Your first statement is a fine sentiment, but I would fear its practical implications.

You would try to find some other word than “usually”. I would propose that someone that doesn't understand the meaning of that word is unlikely to be able to understand one of its synonyms as well. What would you suggest as an alternative for “usually”? For that matter, how many different versions of “usually” is one to provide in order to fulfill the obligation you place upon the explainer?

What about if my opponent doesn't seem to understand the meaning of “non-forcing” or “relay”? What level of English comprehension is the minimum standard?
July 29, 2014
Mark Leonard edited this comment July 29, 2014
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@Nat Silver - I think we all agree to the stipulation that Vugraph is great and that if there were sufficient resources - human, technology and financial - we would all like to see more matches covered. Since you are willing to pay and the Vugraph operation is largely a volunteer operation, I suggest you start to organize more people like yourself that would be willing to financially support it (lest you think this is merely a jab on my part, I would gladly pledge to such a fund).

But in the bridge world we live in now, there are limited resources available. And Jan, Joe and their band of Merry Men and Women must deal with reality. So, it is here that I part ways with your sentiments about the “small crime” committed. You state that the fault was discovered “WHEN (the match) turned out to be so pivotal” (emphasis added). So, if the 42 IMP difference had ballooned in favor of Nickell, while the 5 IMP match had been an exciting back and forth with the outcome unknown until the last card of the last deal, then would the “crime” have been not covering that “pivotal” match?

In addition, I'm not sure of the meaning of “Not all the matches were the equal of the one already being covered”. Would you expand on your criteria to judge the quality of the Spingold matches?

July 26, 2014
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The online registration is a great improvement. I'm really happy that you can now pay once online for an entire event. Now, if you can get your assignment for subsequent days of an event without having to stand in the registration line again, it would be another big plus.

Thanks BW and the ACBL for collaborating to bring technology to the bridge scene!
July 25, 2014
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I'd like to see the ability to purchase the second (or third) day of the event (assuming qualification) and get your seating assignment through this process. It worked great for me. Keep up the good work!
April 3, 2014
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Great food at “Cane Rosso”. They make their own mozzarella and the they cook a pizza for 60 seconds.
March 23, 2014
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Go Illini!
Feb. 14, 2014
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Playing low at T1 was not fatal. As was noted in the commentary, ducking the Q gets the fourth diamond trick without allowing Bakshi in for the heart switch. But even after that, if Rosenberg had led a club up before releasing the A, he would have had an exit from dummy to endplay Gold with a club to force him into leading away from the A. Of course, that would mean giving up on 3-3 spades as the ninth trick.

As for what actually happened, I'm quite sure that Gold did not see (or forgot about) the 10 discard from Bakshi and placed that card with Rosenberg.
Sept. 23, 2013
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With all the discussions about using a chess-like clock, I have been wondering if some engineering mind out there would create a prototype of that. If someone did that then a demonstration match could be staged (say 8-12 boards at the Fall Nationals) to see just how practical it would be to have such clocks in the game an whether they would be a complement or an intrusion.
July 26, 2012
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The directors must be very careful with this. Although it wasn't the case here, pulling boards because of slow play without any penalties for the offenders (and yes, I know how difficult it can be to identify those responsible) opens the possibility of “stall” offense for a team entering the fourth quarter with a lead - just play very slowly and thus reduce the number of opportunities the trailing team has to catch up by getting boards pulled.
July 22, 2012
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According to the ACBL website, Michael Seamon had the most Platinum points on the Cayne team before the Seattle NABC with 238.97. The Daily Bulletin says that Seamon won 375 platinum points in Seattle for a total of around 614 platinum points for the year. So, if the analysis about the Cayne team members being the only potential other winners, it appears that Joel is indeed the Player of the Year.
Dec. 5, 2011
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Great stuff, Steve. Thank you for taking your time during the tournament to do these interviews. These “behind the scenes” glimpses allow us fans to see behind the scores and the hands. BridgeWinners is to be commended for all that you are doing.
Oct. 18, 2011
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Joanie was amazing. My most common interaction with her was to come to her table during a pairs game and ask her how she was doing. Inevitably, she would have some tale of woe about how her opponents were playing so well and fixing her and her partner left and right. Of course, she and her partner would always end up in the mid-60's despite this.
Jan. 25, 2011
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