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Len- the surest way to rid yourself of doubt as to how much fun bridge is, is for you to take up golf. I look forward to your comparative report in a year's time.
July 9
Nick Krnjevic edited this comment July 9
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Martin - one has the option of playing “Just Declare”, which is not subject to the “Best Hand” constraint.
July 9
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Thanks Gerben - much appreciated.
July 9
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I have *never* seen a bot do this in this position in the 55% game.
July 5
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Michael Roche (MR)told an amusing ERM story at last night's Montreal CBF Hall of Fame event.

By way of context it is important to keep in mind that Murray was *very* sparing with praise, and had often said that there were perhaps only half-a-dozen bridge-players in the world whom he greatly respected.

Back to MR's anecdote.

After having played against ERM on a number of occasions at different events, MR found himself sitting across the aisle from Murray on a train.

Murray, who had never previously spoken to MR, looked him over, said “you play bridge don't you?”.

When MR admitted he did, ERM gave him a hand, followed by a bidding sequence, and demanded to know what call MR would have made.

MR (who is a multiple Canadian team champion) confessed that he would have passed.

“PASS??????” roared Murray.

Before MR could say anything else ERM turned his back, stared out the window, and never spoke to MR again.
May 31
Nick Krnjevic edited this comment May 31
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“It is mostly a couple area women. I can never expect fairness from them.”

Purnima - do you think that your perception of the directors with whom you appear to having difficulties with might play some role in the negative interactions you are having?
May 29
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ERM was a force of nature.

Hamman, who was a famously tough competitor, was particularly impressed by Murray's indomitable fighting spirit, and the strength of his partnership with Sami Kehela.

In the foreword he wrote for Roy Hughes' excellent book on Murray and Kehela (Canada's Bridge Warriors), Hamman noted “you never really beat Murray and Kehela; you were just temporarily ahead of them”.
May 21
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Kit - as Dave Caprera points out in a comment on another thread, at crunch time declarer will know not to play Meck to have Qxxx of clubs because Rodwell would not have passed in first seat had he held xxx-AKTxx-QJ97-x.
May 21
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Sitting 3rd seat in a robot game, 1NT is “robot standard” when you hold Jxx-Jxx-AKQxxxx-void.
May 20
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Bob Rowlands has an interesting anecdote about an unintended consequence of Martin's legendary speed:

“In 1969 I played with Tony Philpott and we teamed up with Martin Hoffman and Joe Moskel. On one hand it was Hoffman’s lead to 3NT but because no card had been led after about three seconds Moskel led out of turn.

The resulting penalty meant the opponents won the trials and our team was second, whereas Hoffman’s normal lead would have resulted in our team winning the trials and representing Great Britain in the European Championships.”
May 16
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Lynn - consider sending CHO a copy of Betty Kaplan's excellent BW article “R*A*T*S*” (which may have been ghost-written by Edgar).
May 15
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I expect GIB would not have been competitive with the leading software (Wbridge5 and Jack).
May 15
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Except the name.
May 14
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It's quite clear Henry.

And it's much clearer than the literally millions of pencil-scribbled hands that BW members have easily managed to analyse which have been thrust under their noses, at innumerable tournaments, by friends seeking their input.
May 10
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Rick - your comment should be required reading for those currently debating how ACBL should allocate promotional and educational resources.
May 9
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Eugene must be on break :-)
May 4
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Tom - I think there is substantial merit in what you have written. I was given “Chess for Children” as an Xmas gift when I was 7. I learned the moves that afternoon and suffered my first drubbing that evening. I was hooked. I was able to learn a great deal from reading and became quite good very quickly.

I learned the rudiments of bridge 10 years later and was only able to make substantial progress when I found a partner who was both able and willing to invest considerable time on both bidding and defense.
May 3
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Steve - don't hold your breath.

This is the same organization that recently admitted in legal proceedings that it filled the position of Director of Field Operations “by hiring an individual with no previous knowledge of bridge directing or bridge tournaments”.
May 2
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Yep - the Meyers were a formidable brother/sister combo. Probably second only to Reggie and Cheryl Miller.
May 1
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Ummm… Bill W. wasn't part of the 1975 team since he had already graduated.

The center on the 1975 squad was Richard Washington.
May 1
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