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Randy - it is both preferable and fairer to have a competitor represent the country whose citizenship he has chosen as opposed to that foisted upon him by birth.

And the Olympics do not have appear to have ever had a rule which stipulated that an athlete could only represent his country of birth. For example, in the very first ‘modern“ Olympics, held in 1896, Bulgaria was represented by a Swiss national, Charles Champaud. In the 1900 Olympics, Myer Prinstein (born in Poland) competed for the US and won the silver medal in the long jump.

And had the Olympic rules been as you have suggested, Canada would probably never have heard of Fanny (”Bobbie") Rosenfeld.

Bobbie, who was a bit before your time, was named Canada’s Female Athlete of the First Half-Century (1900–1950), and earned a gold medal for the 400 metre relay and a silver medal for the 100 metre at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

However, under your vision of how the rules should operate, Bobbie, who was born in Dneipropetrovsk, Russia, would have had the unenviable task of persuading Stalin that the USSR should not only compete in the 1928 Olympics (it didn't) but should also be represented by a Jewish athlete.

In sum, with respect, it seems to me that Gavin has much the better of the argument.


May 29, 2011
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On board 29 declarer might well decide that East was unlikely to lead away from QT98 of hearts against 6NT.

So instead of playing the J of hearts at trick 1 he would play low and cash 7 rounds of diamonds. If he reads the position declarer will squeeze/end-play West.

Dummy's last 5 cards will be the AJ of hearts and the KJT of clubs opposite declarer's Kx of spades, stiff heart and Ax of clubs.

West must throw all of his spades in order to guard Qx of hearts and Qxx of clubs.

Declarer can now make by cashing the A of clubs followed by a heart to the A. He then exits with the J of hearts to end-play West who will be forced to lead away from Qx of clubs to dummy's KJ.

May 29, 2011
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Gavin - interesting that West, who failed to alert his partner's 2 club call (DONT?), decided that a routine “1NT with a stiff minor suit K” somehow warranted summoning the gendarmerie.

Seems pretty clear that these two are part of that dismal club whose members are firmly convinced that rules are (a) subject to their personal interpretation, and (b) only apply to other people.
April 21, 2011
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Excellent article - look forward to follow up piece featuring memorable Boo-Moss psychological battles.
April 12, 2011
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Henry: good to read a comment that includes an adage expressed in “la langue de Molière”, but I'm afraid that there ain't no “the” - or in this case “le” - in “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose”.

Cheers.
April 5, 2011
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Gavin-great learning tool. Also likely cathartic from your perspective :-)

As general principle, should Joel's choice of spades from known holding (at second and third rounds of the suit) carry suit-preference implications?
March 30, 2011
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Steven-as a Montreal resident and long-time Montreal Canadiens hockey fan, I can well imagine the excitement that would have been generated had our diminutive, but intrepid, left-winger, Mats Naslund (a.k.a. “le petit Viking”), won the 1993 Vanderbilt :-)

Would have been almost as impressive as Mats Nilsland being on the Habs squad that won the 1993 Stanley Cup!

Cheers.
March 22, 2011
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Excellent idea providing up to date scores for early rounds of Vandy!

The ACBL could learn a thing or two from Bridge Winners about generating/maintaining interest in the League's premier events.

Cheers.
March 16, 2011
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Frequency of occurence suggests that 3D is more profitably used to imply doubt as to the best strain rather than as a slam-try.

But one doesn't preclude the other: e.g. if opener was to bid 3NT in response to 3D, responder's 4 level bids indicate that 3D was intended as a club slam try.

Feb. 14, 2011
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The auction at the other table could be the next hand in this thread: notwithstanding Meckwell's unfortunate result, Nickell would have won imps on this board had Hamway doubled Lauria/Versace in 5H instead of bidding 6 clubs.
Jan. 31, 2011
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Some biased thoughts from the frozen north:

1)The fact that Kokish is not in the HOF suggests that something is amiss with the categories;

2)Unless they are international-class players in their own right, clients who build successful teams are builders, and do not belong in the players section of an HOF;

3)Admission to an “Open” HOF means outstanding achievement in the Open division. Outstanding achievement in a closed division (Womens/Seniors etc.) warrants recognition in a separate HOF.








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