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Hi Jeff - if you and Eric were playing in a team-game, and the stakes were your lives, which pair would you choose as team-mates?
March 29, 2017
Nick Krnjevic edited this comment March 29, 2017
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Michael - ELO ratings force players to quickly face up to their limitations. I suspect that the majority of players would prefer to compete in an environment in which the illusion of progress is provided by the accumulation of master points.
March 22, 2017
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You could initially have both but an ELO rating will soon expose the masterpoint for what it is: a measure that favors quantity over quality.

Once shown to be of dubious value it will disappear. As will the ACBL.
March 22, 2017
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Only if you want to see the ACBL - which is in the business of selling allegedly meaningful masterpoints - fold its tent.
March 22, 2017
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That title needs to start with “North” - Vince is a Montrealer.
Feb. 17, 2017
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Feb. 15, 2017
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Gary - where did you come up with the “longstanding, venerable precepts of the American judicial system” on which you hang your hat?

The President's ability to issue pardons and sentence commutations should give you reason to re-consider your belief that “political bodies are prohibited from reviewing or changing the results of a judge's or court's decision.”

And while you assert that “proceedings are recorded and published in full”, certain state constitutions, including that of California,contain an enforceable privacy right. California appeals courts have held that where the public’s right to know conflicts with the right of privacy, the justification supporting the request for disclosure of court records must be balanced against the risk of harm posed by disclosure.
Feb. 14, 2017
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Dave Cliff's Ultimate Club.

This particularly cumbersome relay system (it's the bridge equivalent of playing golf with 50 clubs in your bag: you have a club for every shot imaginable, but carrying that load around is debilitating) has been supplanted by more efficient (and more user-friendly) relay methods, but at the time (mid-1970's) it was fascinating to see Rubin-Granovetter put this system to devastating effect in the Bridge World's Challenge of the Champs.

The Ultimate Clubbers won 10 consecutive contests (July 1975 through April 1976) against world-class opposition whom they frequently crushed (Rubin-Granovetter routinely scored 90+).

They were even great when they lost: the Shumans finally beat them 86-85.
Feb. 9, 2017
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Mats - were you the other half of Bjorn F.'s celebrated -2800?
Jan. 27, 2017
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Gary - I think you have that backwards - the hearsay exception applies when the statement does *not* go to the truth of the matter asserted.

For example, witness X can testify that Y told him “I killed Z” in order to explain why he (witness X) panicked when he saw Y.

The evidence isn't being used to establish the truth of Y's statement; instead, it is being proffered to explain X's state of mind.
Jan. 27, 2017
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Karen - the general prohibition against hearsay evidence reflects the value that the legal system places on cross-examination as a fact-finding tool.

Assume you are the adjudicator who has to decide if A in fact attempted to persuade B to engage in collusive cheating.

Gary is not a first-hand witness to any of the relevant facts he was told by B, and cannot be profitably examined or cross-examined for the purpose of determining the truth of B's statement.

So while Gary's testimony can serve to establish that B uttered certain words to him, his evidence is worthless as regards the relevant issue, namely did A in fact attempt to persuade B to cheat.
Jan. 25, 2017
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Irving Rose.
Dec. 27, 2016
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Omar Sharif
Dec. 25, 2016
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Jim -until you work out detailed methods you might amuse yourself in the interim by changing your default mode from Goren to SBB (“Surviving the BBO Bot”) for a session.

BBO Robots play jump-shifts as natural, so you adjust (preserve your sanity?) by opening 2NT (or its stronger equivalent) more often than does Brad Moss. This generally works out reasonably well when you have awkward hands with a short minor.

With your given hand you open 2C and re-bid 2NT. While the Bot won't give you grief when you lose the first 5 tricks playing in 3NT facing Qx-Kxx-Qxxxx-xxx, I'm not sure about Yu :-)
Dec. 20, 2016
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Nat - while the ACBL has great discretion in the way it handles disciplinary matters, it is of fundamental importance that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done.
Dec. 14, 2016
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Dec. 14, 2016
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Ok - I'll bite- why was 3.13 not part of the charge?
Dec. 14, 2016
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Ed Reppert: “I would take anything Keynes said with about a pound of salt.”

Bertrand Russell: “Keynes's intellect was the sharpest and clearest that I have ever known.”
Dec. 4, 2016
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Ed - given the age of the average ACBL member, I think your quoting the wrong economist. Keynes seems a much better choice:

“But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.”
Dec. 4, 2016
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Mike - I think you have that backwards.

A decent club pair is generally going to get crushed by Meckwell if it gives them a free run in the auction, so there is much more reason to be hyper-active (although 3H strikes me as normal).

But very weak pairs reliably misbid and misdeclare, so a decent club pair can generally get a good score by simply doing what the field does.
Dec. 1, 2016
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