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Enjoyed the camaraderie and comments about Hamman's play, Steve's take on what it feels like to play in clean tournaments now where winning is all about playing well in a fair fight like the incredible battle between Harris and Rosenthal yesterday. Wow! Good stuff. Thank you both.
May 4, 2017
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And to give credit where much credit is due, well done Aaron and Sylvia!
March 16, 2015
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Good morning Justin. I followed your team during the 2011 US trials and the Bermuda Bowl finals in Veldhoven. That was the most fun I've ever had kibbing high-level bridge online. You mentioned in your reply to Felix that being a good bridge player is being honest, unbiased and introspective. That seems so simple and easy but obviously it is not easy for most mortals, esp. under pressure. Based on what I've read on your blog and some of your other online posts, it seems to me you value honesty more than anything, including winning. Is that true? Where did you learn this? Does this get you in trouble when you are talking to women?
Jan. 15, 2015
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Enjoyed your article Kit. Do you also use solid suit RKC after 2/1 sequences such as 1S 2H 3S?
Oct. 4, 2014
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So good to hear this beautiful description of our game from such a wise, young bridge player. Thank you.
Aug. 18, 2014
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Congratulations to the Fireman team and to the Breed team and my bridge hero, Jeff Roman, for finishing second in a tough field.
July 28, 2014
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Well done Polly! Enjoyed the writeups.
July 22, 2014
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Good morning Bobby. In a 1998 interview in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, you talked about a guy at a regional in Daytona who failed to take the setting trick in a hand he defended against you which cost him the win. You said he looked like he wanted to kill himself so you took him to the bar, bought him a drink and told him about some of the things you’ve been through. A lot of players might have empathized with your opponent in that situation. But you did something he’ll remember a lot longer than a regional win imo. I love that story. Sorry if bringing it up embarrasses you (not really).

Two and a half years ago, in a Bridge Topics interview, you talked about how hard you work on your game, esp. competitive situations. What are you working on these days? How do you choose specific problem areas to work on?
April 10, 2014
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Thanks for your thoughtful reply John.
April 7, 2014
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Hi John. Can Bridge Solver do this: load a previously played hand from, say, the BBO Vugraph Archives or Hand records repository; kib one player (hide hands for other 3 players); step through the auction one call at a time; and step through the play one card at a time?
April 6, 2014
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Good stuff. Pellucid write-up. Thanks.
March 16, 2014
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Well done. Enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you Eric.
March 1, 2014
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Highly entertaining and educational. Thank you both.
Jan. 9, 2014
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Beautiful.
Dec. 7, 2013
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Nice playing! Enjoyed your write up.
Dec. 2, 2013
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Congratulations to Migry and her teammates for their impressive victory in Bali and to the author for another intimate interview that keeps it real. Nice photo!
Sept. 30, 2013
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Beautiful guy. Great story. Go USA1!
Sept. 25, 2013
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You're right. I didn't put that very well. If you're allocating your time to defense, play and bidding in proportion to your need to improve in each of these areas then you're probably allocating your time wisely. In golf, it's pretty common for many players to spend way too much time on the driving range and not nearly enough time working on putting and short game skills. Ditto for the tendency of many bridge players, including yours truly, to spend way too much time on the finer points of bidding at the expense of defense and play. But I should not have imputed this tendency to you. It sounds like you have the sense and the discipline to avoid this problem.

p.s. 69% against decent opps is awesome.
Aug. 31, 2013
Mark McEnearney edited this comment Aug. 31, 2013
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Enjoyed this. Did not know there was anyone writing stuff at this level on BW until now. Will have to get out and around the site more. It's interesting and fun for me because your thought process is closer to mine* than most writers of bridge stuff I read.

Serious question: Why spend any time on bidding until you're closer to where you want to be on defense and play?

* erstwhile advancing intermediate
Aug. 29, 2013
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The spirit of bridge is alive and well here. It must have been hard to decide which milestones to mention, there have been so many. Thank you Gavin, Bridge Winner people and bridge players everywhere for many fun, thoughtful contributions to this site. Keep 'em coming.
Aug. 28, 2013
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