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The G.O.A.T.
Aug. 12, 2018
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And not enough Marks…..
Aug. 2, 2018
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Congrats to you both!
July 30, 2018
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Even better news is that the Piglet and JC, who have been high on the leader-board for the last 2 days, have moved up to 2nd.

Hope the trend continues.
July 29, 2018
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Andy - the key word is “always”. I've lost count of the number of times players who consistently act quickly when the defense is obvious will stubbornly insist that their slow tempo in the problem scenario the director has been called to resolve is how they “always defend”.
July 27, 2018
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Thanks Jonathan - a most enjoyable read.
July 27, 2018
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Eugene - thank you for providing substantial additional information clarifying why BW published Michael Clark's accusation of plagiarism.

In retrospect I think it would have been useful to include this clearly relevant material with the original article. I suspect that a more coherent, better-informed discussion would have ensued.
July 26, 2018
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Linda - I hope that was +
July 26, 2018
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JoAnn - seems to me you need a recorder for that recorder.
July 26, 2018
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Michal - I'm not sure your analogy holds given the apparent scope of MH's plagiarism.

And while certain jurisdictions (the US in particular) engage in over-reach as regards IP rights, my sense is that treating such rights as ‘generally excessive’ is a bit of an overbid.

I would go a bit further than you, and believe MH deserves significant criticism for his actions.

Having said that, I share your view that some of the views expressed by the pitchfork and torch brigade lack perspective.

I agree with your view (which has been expressed at greater length by Hanan) that there is a distinction between lazily plagiarizing introductory “filler” and stealing original ideas.

I'm also a bit surprised that the human element has largely been ignored.

MH is a 68 year-old man who appears to have struggled to make a living off the meagerly sums paid by bridge organizations for his columns.

While MH deserves to be roundly criticized for having engaged in systematic plagiarism of ‘filler’, I suspect the driving force behind his wrongful conduct was an attempt to more easily meet the many deadlines he had to satisfy in order to scrape by.

So while MH was the author of his own misfortune, I feel sorry for him. He was a talented bridge writer, who, approaching 70, has likely lost all source of revenues at the very time he had been hoping to launch a new publication.
July 25, 2018
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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, 2018
Nick Krnjevic edited this comment July 9, 2018
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Martin - one has the option of playing “Just Declare”, which is not subject to the “Best Hand” constraint.
July 9, 2018
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Thanks Gerben - much appreciated.
July 9, 2018
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I have *never* seen a bot do this in this position in the 55% game.
July 5, 2018
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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, 2018
Nick Krnjevic edited this comment May 31, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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Sitting 3rd seat in a robot game, 1NT is “robot standard” when you hold Jxx-Jxx-AKQxxxx-void.
May 20, 2018
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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, 2018
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