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Congrats!–especially to Joe.
Aug. 26
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playing with a student I was stuck on lead with KJ8 of hearts with Qxx on my right. So i shrugged and led the 8. Partner won the ace and to my great disapoinment played back a black card and declarer claimed. I showed partner my cards saying“I was hoping you'd return a heart.” In replay SHE ragged on me saying: “How could I know to return a H–your 8 was such a high spot card.” “good point” I replied but eh continued: “If you were on the top of your game there was a subtle clue that would tell you to return a H.” “what was that ” she annoyingly asked. “Well” I replied, “When i led a H, declarer played a spade!!”
June 3
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At the St. Louis Nationals in 1997, my ex-wife Janet was on lead with AKQ10985 in diamonds vs 4H. She had a side void and went for the underlead and led the 5. Unfortunately, the first trick went 5,3,2,4! She couldn't get off lead! Declarer Alan Suskind(Tussi) failed to play second hand high from from J763.
June 3
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Didn't know him well but always a gentleman and no doubt a good guy.
March 4
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10 of C THE THE worst play. If declarer had the J of clubs, even a flight C player would be leading clubs and not diamonds after drawing trump. It's really not such a cool hand.
Oct. 5, 2016
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An aspiring “intermediate” player has to be defined. It' like saying in the income strata of the country you are “middle class.” Middle class to one is not MC to another. I have been in the teaching trenches for 30 years and I would say for 95% of “intermediate” players, there is no such thing as “advanced suit preference signals.” It's an oximoron.

But I will share this: Explain to your students that “a card is a signal only when it cannot affect the outcome of the current trick.” Unless you explain that to students they will play the 10(to show encouragement) or low(to show encouragement) when (on opening lead) partner leads the 2, the dummy has the 345 and they are third hand.
Dec. 24, 2015
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Let me state clearly and loudly that I meant no disrespect to Germans as a group. All I meant was to speak of the two German players who admitted “ethical violations.” Apparently I did it in a clumsy manner and for that i apologize. As for admitting my mild transgression of my bridge youth, I only meant to share it with the bridge public because it was very wrong and stupid to even be a part of. For some comments about that to speak in a silly manner of 7-6-0-0 hands, et all is more than silly and a little disrespectful.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Way to go JoAnn.I agree wholeheartedly!
Sept. 19, 2015
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Thanks
Sept. 14, 2015
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Please be very careful about the use of the phrase (especially in caps) FINAL SOLUTION. Some of us have long memories about how Germany implemented the FINAL SOLUTION during WW II.
Sept. 14, 2015
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I personally have filled out at least 3 recorder forms against Fantunes(running back about 10 years). Never heard nothin' bout nothin' from the acbl. I also felt that Fantunes would tempo their competitive doubles and my conclusion was that a slow double was penalty and a fast one take out–based on the hands and the doubler's partner action–that is, they passed the double with shortness in the opponent's suit one time and bid with shortness in the opponents on others. I'm well aware that the exact situation for the doubles is important, but that's what I “felt” at the time. Also, “weird” opening leads abounded. On one, I asked about 10 top players and none found the lead that they did. Of course the Fantunes lead was the winning choice.

Obviously we need no more “Songs” but a lot more “Camels.”
Sept. 14, 2015
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the two guys were asked(told) not to play together–and they didn't, for many years.
Sept. 4, 2015
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“we have so many hands” comment came many many years ago. Alas, today is today.
Sept. 3, 2015
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I guess I'm biased by what happened long ago when “known Chts” of Nationsl and World class caliber got away with it were dealt with a behind closed doors way.(“OK, we know you're guilty as sin, just don't play together any more and we won't tell anybody”) But those of us who were there sort of know who they are but no one else does or seems to care. Some of them are still active players and the light of public opinion has never been shown on them and that annoys me–big time

I believe in second chances, but maybe only after there is a “public Allocution” as is done in the legal system. Prior to the judge passing sentence on a guilty person the guilty one gets a chance to say “yes, I done it(and recite the crime), but I'm real sorry and go easy on me.”

These guys never admitted to anything in public. Until they do, they are on my shit list any maybe not off it even if they do.

One of the more famous hands was:

AKxxxxx, Kxx, void, xxx. Righty opens 1C you overcall 1S. Lefty bids 1NT and Partner bids 2D, your void. What now? Well this person found a creative answer–pass! Just take a wild guess as to how many spades partner has. You guessed zero? You're right!

The opponents went screaming to the then recorder, a woman named Estee Griffin who heard the opponent's outrage and said: “I don't want to hear it.” The outraged opponents went crazy but Estee quickly calmed them down when she said with a smile: “We have so many hands on these guys that we don't need it.”

Then there was the case of the World Famous Hall of Famer who was accused by me and my partner of obstruction of justice when her partner and she conspired to refuse to change a wrong score in a swiss team match when Mel and partner showed them that we scored the board incorrectly as -500 for us when it should have been -200. They refused to agree to the score change with all kinds of obstruction(details provided on request).

We took them to committee and when she testified upon asking if she had done what we said they did, she said, “Do you really think I would do that in a silly 2-day Sectional Swiss team like this!? Now if this were a Regional or a National, well that's a different story!” The Committee's collective jaw dropped, found them guilty but gave them only a slap on the wrist. (I have much of the Committee's transcript somewhere in the basement.)

So I guess you could say I'm BIG on getting all this stuff to light.
Sept. 3, 2015
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Apart from saying “Chris, this is a good, serious attempt to insure justice for both the accused and the game,” I do have a couple of points that troubled me. I'm still thinking about them, but I thought I'd put them out there and get feedback:

1) The three person arbitration “panel,” one chosen from one side (the accused), one chosen from the other side(the bridge organization) and the third chosen by the first two(the “neutral” one) will in practice effectively reduce to a one person panel–the neutral one. If that's what you want–fine. But maybe that's not what you want.

2) I'm a little uncomfortable with the provision that if the arbitration panel finds the accused not guilty that all the evidence is sealed. This is not a very transparent way to do things. In life, if someone is put on trial, doesn't the public have a right to see the trial transcript? isn't that normal? So why not here?

Also, If you want a provision that if the “Larry Cohen” panel looks at the “evidence” and finds “no probable cause” to believe there is cheating, then the fact that there was a “bridge Grand Jury”(The Larry Cohen Committee) should be hidden from the bridge public. In life, the fact that there will be a grand jury indictments is made public, even if it turns out that the Grand Jury decides there is no reason for the case to continue ( but true that often the specific facts presented are sealed.)

I would hate to think that if a pair was accused, found innocent by the arbitration panel, and have it turn out to be a bridge version of OJ Simpson? Shouldn't we–the bridge public– have the right to know that someone who could be a “bridge OJ” is going(or went) to the Grand Jury or trial?

In advance, if I have misunderstood your point–my apologies and…..

…..I'm not a lawyer, just thinking out loud.
Sept. 3, 2015
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All I am arguing for is the removal of stop cards from the process. ……One small step for mankind…….
Sept. 2, 2015
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To all who agree with me–bring this up with your District representatives and contact Tom Charmichael, Chairman i still believe of the ACBL Competition Committee and tell them of my article and your support of it. thanks
Sept. 1, 2015
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Hi Tom–I am complaining that the stop card helps wake up PARTNER. I could care less about the opponents
Sept. 1, 2015
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Hi Alan–thanks for the support and BTW I DID speak of the stop cards's opponent's machine gunning a pass with no values. but your point is well taken that machine gun kelly's partner NEVER gets admonished for passing on marginal values. see ya this weekend?
Sept. 1, 2015
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Manuela–Much thanks for the kind words
Sept. 1, 2015
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