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I don't think I'd be able to finish the set in which that hand was played because I'd be thrown out for punching the 5S bidder. That's just ridiculous. What a joke.
Aug. 30, 2015
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If Roger Goodell was involved in this, he'd be suspended for three years but someone who kills an opponent would be out for two tournaments.
Aug. 18, 2015
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Every major tournament is 1-64, 2-63, etc. You see it in sports all the time. Even though that theoretically makes the path for higher seed teams easier, upsets happen often, which is what makes it so enjoyable. The thrill of a big upset like a 60 over a 5 is something you wouldn't have in the Chess format. And in the end, it evens out. If you're a low seed team who does well, you'll be a higher seed next time around, whereas high seeds who don't do well will be lower seeds next time around. The way it is now is the standard and I think the best way.
Aug. 11, 2015
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Partner actually showed up with AJ9xx - Jxx - xx - Qxx, so we bid and made 4S after a 1NT overcall. She wouldn't have passed if it got passed to her.
May 20, 2015
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I actually went with 1NT at the table. I want a better 4 card Major if I'm overcalling it, personally. Pass was my second choice.
May 20, 2015
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If you double, what do you do if partner does not have a 4 card Major and therefore bids 2C?
May 20, 2015
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As a former dealing machine operator, I've heard this and have ignored it every single time. The dealing machine runs too fast for anyone to gain an unfair advantage. It takes about 8 seconds for a board to deal itself. I'm usually preparing the next deck of cards in that time. Additionally, I deal a set a few days before the game in which that set is used. I can't remember anything from what I dealt by doing that, and I'm 21. No one for anyone to get a leg up on the competition.
April 12, 2015
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I'm lucky to get to play against Andrew and Richard almost every weekend as a part of the wonderful program provided by the USBF. Not only are they great players, but they're also great guys. They never let a bad result get to them and they're as nice as can be. I have always admired seeing what they can accomplish and cannot wait to see their names more often as the national titles start to pile up. Congrats guys, you deserve it.
March 17, 2015
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I have always criticized Romo for fading when it matters most, but I have to give him props for how he played this year. Dude's a warrior and deserves to win more often.
Jan. 15, 2015
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Kevin, Ben, Michael, and Edmund all have a bright future in Bridge. It's been an honor to play against them for the past few years. Good luck this weekend guys!
Dec. 15, 2014
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I attempted to start a Bridge club when I started college two years ago. First off, making a student organization is no walk in the park. You must fill out a bunch of forms and attend a good number of informational meetings.

Nonetheless, I was committed, because some friends and I had been discussing the creation of a Bridge club since we graduated high school. After doing all of the organizational work, it was time to advertise. I agree with Christian in that posters get you nowhere with the current generation of students. People are so immersed in their cellphones that they don't look up and read the multitude of posters that are around campus. We made posters, but I also made a Facebook group and posted about it in almost every college Facebook group that I was a member of. That was definitely more successful.

Agreeing with Christian again, make sure that one of the points of emphasis is the scholarships won from the collegiate bowl. Nothing attracts students more than the thought of lowering their ridiculous tuition costs.

Finally, it was time to start meeting. We met once a week on Tuesdays, and I had willing volunteers from a local Bridge club join us and teach the lesson for the week. While they were doing that, I would create a review document to send out to everyone once the meeting was over. After the lesson, we'd play some hands, and they'd usually relate to the lesson in some way. It probably lasted around two hours a week.

I also made sure that the Bridge club was ACBL-approved. That way, we could hold games for Masterpoints. Whenever we decided to hold a game, I made sure to tell everyone well in advance, since it would run longer. I also reached out to the local Bridge club and invited their players to join us so that we could have more tables.

While all of this sounded like it'd work (or at least it did to me at the time), the Bridge club was not successful. On a non-game week, we never had more than 2.5 tables, and two or three of those people were from the local Bridge club and were giving the lesson. I didn't even bother renewing the club for the following year, since some of the students were graduating and almost all of the students who regularly came were friends of mine from high school, and not people who heard of us through Facebook.

I don't know what it is about the current generation of students. Maybe it's because they're so busy with classes and whatnot that they don't have the time to take up something that takes a good amount of time to learn. Maybe it's a result of the stigma that Bridge is a game for old people. All in all, I don't get it (I learned how to play Bridge when I was 13), so it was hard to make any progress.
Sept. 11, 2014
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Congrats to you as well, Josh. You had some big news of your own today.
Aug. 2, 2014
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As a competitor in the trials in Atlanta, I just want to say how proud I am of being a part of a program this dedicated to teaching Juniors Bridge on the highest level. Not many are fortunate to have what we have access to. The Rosenbergs, Barry Goren, and all the mentors have been nothing but fabulous in their support. Unfortunately, I won't be a part of the teams going to Istanbul in a few weeks, but the experience I had competing was still wonderful. Best of luck to our teams:

U26 USA1: Zach Grossack - Adam Grossack, Adam Kaplan - Zach Brescoll, Marius Agica - Owen Lien

U26 USA2: Will Zhu - Edmund Wu, Erli Zhou - Jimmy Wang, Alex Hudson - Greg Herman

U21 USA1: Kevin Rosenberg - Ben Kristensen, Chris Huber - Oren Kriegel, Cole Spencer - Nolan Chang

U21 USA2: Arjun Dhir - Christian Jolly, Allison Hunt - Burke Snowden, David Soukup - Hakan Berk

Rona Cup: Isha Thapa - Julie Arbit, Becca Wernis - Marianna Linz, Asya Ladyzhensky - Anam Tebha
Aug. 2, 2014
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When I made that comment earlier in the day, it was just to get a point across, and not to stereotype fraternities (although, to be fair, I'm not that far off if you look at some of their photos). The main point of the comment was to shoot down some rude and idiotic things said by he who shall not be named. There are some great fraternities out there that provide a great network in the transition between college and the workforce, and I'm not denying that.
July 29, 2014
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They'd have my support in a heartbeat.
July 29, 2014
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Disingenuous - pretending that one knows less about something than one really does

I'm pretty sure Josh knows more about what it takes to play on the highest level than anyone who has commented in this thread so far, minus Gavin, who he'd tie with in that regard. Any accusations to the contrary are ludicrous and warrant a mental health examination.
July 29, 2014
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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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