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When millions of dollars are involved, I'm pretty sure anyone in their right mind would be dressed for the occasion. What I meant in my earlier comment is that for a 9-5 job in the computer industry, Gavin and crew are dressed more than acceptably.
July 29, 2014
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What does me being a young man (I still consider myself a kid, and so does everyone I know) have to do with anything I've said? I might be 20, but I still think I've made my share of good points in this thread so far. If my immaturity is showing, please enlighten me.
July 29, 2014
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I won't disagree with you there. Attire is certainly important when trying to get a job. Nonetheless, results are important too.

If my employees are making sales go through the roof, I would be more than pleased so long as they were clothed. In fact, Gavin and co. would be above par if they were going into the computer programming industry.
July 29, 2014
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Kevin Rosenberg is representing USA1 for the U-21 division in the Junior world championships in Istanbul in a few weeks. I competed against his team for that spot, and they thoroughly whipped my team and I. Although he still lives in his parent's shadows, Kevin is quite the accomplished player in his own right, and everyone is going to learn that firsthand come August.
July 29, 2014
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Nat - what's wrong with their attitude? This picture was snapped after they won a national event. Are they not allowed to be happy and enjoying each other's company? Maybe the picture in question isn't as formal as some of the other ones we've seen, but I still see nothing wrong with it.

I am highly in favor of your agenda to control Bridge player's clothing and poses. Because after all, the last man who tried to control what everyone looked like, clothing-wise and pose-wise, was a great Samaritan.
July 29, 2014
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Mark Twain is one of the greatest authors of all-time,but I disagree with him on this one. Naked people have quite the influence on our society nowadays, just look at the adult entertainment industry.
July 29, 2014
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Randy, you don't think they'll have uniforms if they get sponsored? They're not that expensive, and it's the best way to represent the U.S. I'm pretty sure they will have uniforms if they have the opportunity to go.

Nonetheless, I still think their Bridge game is a little more important than the clothes they wear, but it is a close call. I do spend an awful lot of time planning my outfit for the next day.
July 29, 2014
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As a student at one of the largest public schools in the country (which also manages to field one of the crappiest football teams), I can tell you that Gavin and co. look nothing like frat boys, which is great because the former is full of studs, while the latter is full of self-entitled (you fill in the blank). Frat boys exclusively wear Ralph Lauren polos and khaki-style shorts (unfortunately, John Hurd is fitting my description in this photo so far), and they are armed with a Bud Light or Natty Lite in their hand. If that's not a fair analysis, feel free to ask any of my Junior friends attending college in the U.S., and I can almost guarantee they will agree with me.

As for dressing more formally, why? Obviously, they are going to dress nicer when they are wearing their uniforms, so I don't think they are offending anyone by dressing quite normally for a national event when it is over 100 degrees outside. But still, half these guys aren't in their mid-30's yet. By Bridge standards, they're young adults for another 20 years, so there's no need to be so harsh on such a trivial matter.

Clothes mean nothing. Let the results that these guys produce (which, if you haven't noticed, are pretty damn good) speak for themselves. I'm sorry for this rant, but as a lurker on this site, some of the bilge water that you've spewed over the past few weeks, whether it be about blacking out a Vugraph match that seemed to be out of reach at halftime or the Buffett Cup cancellation, have infuriated me because it's not just wrong, but also quite rude to everyone who puts a tireless amount of effort into the game we love.
July 29, 2014
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Zach Grossack was a member of the U21 USA2 team that won silvers in China two summers ago, and has won and placed in various national events. He is very impressive for someone of his age.

Julie Arbit won NAPs with Jordan Kaye in Flight C last year, right? I remember there was a scoring issue but I forgot who came out on top.

Sam Amer is my partner in the USBF training program right now, and I wish him nothing but the best of luck as he tries to conquer Flight B with his father.
July 15, 2014
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Hi Ben,

As a fellow Junior, here's what I can say about my experience at NABCs:

1. There's games almost around the clock: Us Juniors like to play. There's sessions starting from early morning going until the end of the night. And after that, you can usually find some people playing just for fun. You will not be lacking Bridge while in Vegas.

2. Don't be afraid to talk to anyone: You are going to run into almost every famous Bridge player at one time or another during the tournament. Don't be shy. Introduce yourself and have a conversation. They are, for the most part, very kind, and especially appreciative of Juniors.

3. Enjoy the scenery: Don't stay locked in the hotel all day and night playing cards. Go out and enjoy the city with your new friends. It's Vegas, so that truly makes it once in a lifetime.

Enjoy!
July 15, 2014
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District 6's B team has Hakan Berk in place of David Soukup, I think. They're almost interchangeable, as the two will be playing together next month when they represent the U21 USA 2 squad in Istanbul for the Junior world championships.

Burke Snowden, who is on the District 17 B team, will also be on that team. He has multiple titles in the Youth NABC, and was a member of the U21 USA2 squad that played in China two years ago, just like Hakan and David.

Nolan Chang will be on the U21 USA1 team, and won the GNTs for Flight C last year. He'll be a favorite to repeat, although the District 21 team provides some sharp opposition in Kendrick Chow and Samuel Kuang, two strong Juniors.
July 15, 2014
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They don't show ranks ahead of you during the game. You see your running percentage on that board and then your rank at the end of the session once your boards are in.
July 18, 2013
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100% agreed. No point in wasting 10 minutes when it carried out in better analysis later.
July 18, 2013
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I completely agree. All the clubs where I play regularly use Bridgewebs to post the results, so I always look at the boards there to see what went right, what went wrong, and if there any wrong scores that we didn't originally catch. Tempers are cooled after time too.
July 18, 2013
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Valid point. My club is a member of The Common Game and we get complaints whenever a score does not seem right from the Bridgemate. The main technical error with the Bridgemate is making the right side the declarers. This would be less likely to happen with the pick-up slips, even though that would be more work than using Bridgemates. It's a technology vs. old-fashioned argument that can go either way.
July 17, 2013
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That is all true. I was so used to the 2 response that I didn't think about 5. Thanks Mr. Martin!
Aug. 12, 2012
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Would the best auction be 2-2-2-3-4-4-4NT-5-6?
Aug. 12, 2012
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Well, I'm not unlimited, being a passed hand, but there is still plenty of bidding room to explore for the slam. If I had splintered, I hope he would have started looking further than the shutout 4 bid. I agree with the part where my partner should have done something to make sure slam was reached. Thanks Mr. Allan!
Aug. 12, 2012
Matthew Weingarten edited this comment Aug. 12, 2012
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I do play Kickback in with some partners, but not with the one where this hand occurred. Nonetheless, that is very helpful. Thanks Mr. Moese!
Aug. 12, 2012
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I almost did that, but I wasn't sure how my partner would take it. Thanks for the advice Mr. Diamond!
Aug. 12, 2012
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