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my apologies for any disparaging comments about the NZ team. I really only meant weak in comparison to the powerhouse teams at the top of the standings
Sept. 23, 2013
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well, we now have 192 tied with Germany. I can't see 38 tomorrow doing it, which would give us 230 although things could work out. 43 would give us 235 and I think that will do it
Sept. 22, 2013
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Certainly the most exciting 16-board match I've ever played. An incredible number of huge and swingy hands. We lost by 32 but if a few cards had been in different hands we could easily have won by 50. I was thinking someone should write it up and it seems that Kit has done it already. Thanks as always kit!
Also, a particular pleasure to play against Helegmo-Helness, a pair I really like and think are terrific and super ethical
Sept. 21, 2013
Martin Fleisher edited this comment Sept. 21, 2013
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Thank you. Much appreciated.
Sept. 21, 2013
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Alan was never wrong about any mathematical thing when we were in high school together-let's hope he's right here!
Sept. 21, 2013
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Bali is definitely EDT+12. I can't speak to the rest
Sept. 18, 2013
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It was nice to wake up to all these comments! I haven't yet arrived at the playing site (I've been elsewhere in Bali for two day). Heading there in a few hours. No particular plans for who plays what percentage of the boards-we have three pairs who would like to play all of them!
Also, I'm not the captain of the team, Jan is (and has done a great job preparing us so far-lets see if her hard work is rewarded).
Sept. 15, 2013
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whew, that's a relief! Indeed, Barry is (and looks) much older than I, but nevertheless I turn 55 in October. So once a senior, always a senior . . .
Aug. 17, 2013
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yes indeed, that was scary!
Aug. 7, 2013
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Floyd can you elaborate on what it's like in terms of hotels and restaurants?
July 27, 2013
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note to alan Frank: that is something that cannot be said too often! thanks
March 19, 2013
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well i agree about card play but dont agree that the best players in the world are in their 30s. the recent poll of the best 10 americans had no players in their 30s and while the results of that are obviously not definitive it probably reflects something of a consensus. and for the best foreign players certainly helgemo-hellness lauria versachi the poles (B-C), none are in their 30s either. a few in their 30s maybe but the 40s and 50s dominate
July 1, 2012
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I think Steve Weinstein is basically right. Card play is largely a matter of computing power, which tends to decline by the time a player is 30. I think this is particularly true for a player who reads a lot, since so many positions are well set out in the literature. Of course, in some situations lots of experience helps a great deal (is that player likely to have led a spade from that sort of hand, or would declarer play this way with this sort of hand) Bidding and to some degree opening leads seem totally different. You can keep on getting better I believe as you learn more, see more situations, and discuss more with other players. So even as computing power declines you can learn more and more about bidding and leads.
By the way, one observation is that players who are not good partners tend to peak early even though they may have lots of success young.
June 30, 2012
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Not to give Joe a hard time, but I have two criticisms of the way this question is posed. First, in terms of teams with better chemistry doing better than teams with bad chemistry, everyone has a different idea. It seems to make sense, but let me point out that there is no data whatsoever on this. No one has ever measured chemistry and if they had they haven't then tested it against results. I, for one, have been on teams that have done well in which some of the players fought like cats and dogs and teams of great affection that couldn't win a match.
Second there is some suggestion that this “bad chemistry” inhabits those teams (among others) in which partnerships are breaking up or the team is playing its last event together. I can assure you that is not true of my team (which has both). We may do well or badly (and you can see how I voted), but if badly I don't believe it will be the result of negative chemistry.
April 22, 2012
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kyle-this is terrific news! very well deserved!
Feb. 27, 2012
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very nice article, Dana!
Feb. 26, 2012
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I couldn't imagine a better choice. As his partner for many years, I can say without question that no one is more deserving!
Jan. 18, 2012
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I think any of these variants of Brad's idea is absolutely terrific. Would really improve the Fall Nationals.
Jan. 6, 2012
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Exactly right. We are planning to play with Levin-Weinstein in the 2012 World Mind Sports Games and Rosenberg-Willenken in the 2013 Bermuda Bowl. There is, of course, the technicality of winning the trials in those years, but perhaps we'll get to go simply by acclimation.
July 15, 2011
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I presume these “inevitable battles” will occur when you are playing on Nickell. So far we've gotten along pretty well . . .
July 13, 2011
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