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Thanks Dave. Just needed one more day and we could have taken a crack at the whole enchilada.
Aug. 3, 2018
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Arjun's track record speaks for itself and he is also a very patient and thorough teacher. I highly recommend him.
July 23, 2018
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Arjun is a great and is in the mix for most events. I highly recommend him.
July 16, 2018
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What if BBO were to be improved upon to be like Fortnite or any of those other big computer games where we'll either play or watch for hours? If it basically became a giant video game, the social aspect could be had online instead of in-person.

And for the record, I am a Junior who has tried to raise local interest in Bridge, and have really not gotten anywhere. That's why I took my position, because the classic ones have not worked well for me in the past.
May 7, 2018
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None of the above. You can't make Bridge attractive to young people unless you speak their language, which these days, is centered around technology. Just using cards won't be enough.
May 6, 2018
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That's a good point, Chip. I'd venture to say I've learned almost as much in the past 21 months of working as I did in school. Knowing how to learn and where to go when stuck is worth its weight in gold sometimes.
April 5, 2018
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Hi Chip, congrats on your latest victories and thanks for being in the Well. As a recent CS grad from one of the bigger public universities in the U.S., I'm curious what you think about the CS curriculum in schools today and whether it's appropriate enough for young professionals entering the IT world. As we all know, technology changes at the speed of light and it's sometimes difficult for materials to keep up. Additionally, grad school is no longer being viewed as necessary by employers for entry-level positions because they have such a need to get stuff out ASAP to stay competitive in the market. I think this logically breaks down into two questions:

1. What are schools doing well and what they can improve upon with regards to the undergrad CS curriculum?

2. What should students be doing in addition to their coursework, internships, etc. to stay knowledgeable and ready for when they enter the professional world?
April 4, 2018
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His goal from 40 yards out yesterday was insane.
April 1, 2018
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In a similar vein, Yordan, I remember a hand from the Junior championships in 2012 where Kevin Dwyer psyched a 1S overcall (he did have 5, in his defense) and played it there doubled, going down 6 after managing to score a trick. 6NT is cold, so his -1400 won an IMP.
Feb. 1, 2018
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John, one of my favorite Bridge stories comes from kibbing the U21 Final not last trials but the one before that (2015). Both sides get to 5C, which can go down 1 on good defense. It slips through the cracks and makes. At one table, they get doubled for +750. Looks good, right? Lose 6 (5CXX =).
Jan. 29, 2018
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Most of the people who do that at my local club don't play the cards well enough to justify their overbidding. The double card comes into use a lot.
Jan. 29, 2018
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Another point to consider, Michael: defending doesn't seem “cool” to kids. It's like cars. Do you want a reliable Prius or that hot Mustang that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds? Pretty sure adults and kids have different opinions about that, much like we do when we're given the chance to either defend or bid on.
Jan. 29, 2018
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Michael, you have a lot of work to do to catch up to some of the overbidding we do in U26. I won't mention names but you should be able to sift out who I'm referring to in general.
Jan. 29, 2018
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As the leader in most conservative actions by a Junior, these are valid points. Once I started to learn how not only to defend, but defend well, I switched to a more defensive strategy when it seems right. I've seen way too many numbers in my life to keep sticking my neck out for them.
Jan. 29, 2018
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Backing off of Jim's comment, the idea of breaking into all these separate forums is the death of many content-based websites. If you make things more difficult to find for the average user (AKA, the one who isn't sure which forum to go to when they want to find a specific post), then you're not doing a good job from a programmer's perspective.

Websites like Facebook and most-notably Reddit have been able to survive off of this partitioning of content through their front page/News Feed. People figured out how to navigate that and know where to get to. But, if something's not broken, why fix it?
Jan. 25, 2018
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I bet I could move to Antarctica and still be the underdog in an Antarctic trials.
Jan. 2, 2018
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As the VuGraph operator for this segment, let me just say this was one of the wildest matches I have ever seen. Truly great to get a birds-eye view of the insanity. Congrats to both teams for a great match and the Dhir team, many of whom I have known for a long time, for a well-deserved win after falling into the loser's bracket after the first day.
Dec. 31, 2017
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As the person on the losing end of that 104 IMP blowout yesterday, you're not wrong.
Dec. 29, 2017
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As a participant in this event, thanks to the donors and the USBF training program, led by the Rosenbergs and dozens of other great mentors, for putting this on yet again. Always fun to participate, regardless of result.
Dec. 27, 2017
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Yeah, and why do you think the ACBL created STAC and Instant Matchpoint games? So people who only go to club games can get pigmented points. Not everyone goes to tournaments like the dedicated players do.

You can do plenty just at the club level. Making it all silver is ridiculous. And I think the top comment says it all with regards to where people stand on this “issue.”
Dec. 19, 2017
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