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i played rubber at St John's Wood against Malcom, back in the day. He was a good player and, it seemed to me, a nice man.
March 20
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I used to play rubber against Multon fourty years ago in Paris. he was a very agressive and talented player but one with question marks even then. He could be quite charming and that got him out of a hole on one or two sticky occasions. He has now struck lucky with Zimmerman - a player whose ethics, and I have nothing to lose or gain by saying this, I hold in the highest regard, and I found him, on the occasions that we met, to be friendly and approachable. Multon on the other hand, has cultivated an agressive and unfriendly personna, so when he pulls stunts like this, and it is not the first or even the second time, he garners little sympathy or support.
March 15
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many thanks for an excellent article. i am a 66 year old, smoking, regular bridge player. My wife is also a very frequent player, she suffers from Lupus so anything that happens to her gets magnified. After a number of pretty fallow years we find ourselves still in the later stages of all of our domestic competitions as well as qualifying for the oncoming European Championships and being in with a great shot for selection for the oncoming Olympiad. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to , Self Isolate", for as long as it takes. It may not be the best soloution and our time may not come again, but if we get this wrong, and continue, and somebody dies, what price bridge, or anything else then?
March 15
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Frances, I thought that only our Colonial Cousins did not understand irony.
March 13
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Of course not, he is obviously the victim here.
March 13
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Yes, let's talk about bridge and not this nasty virus. If you turn on the TV or radio you will find copious amounts of advice given by bridge players on how to play bridge in clubs and tournaments safely - or maybe not! Maybe all of the advice is directed at schools, people at work, the young, the old, the disabled etc. - not, I am afraid bridge players. So how do we know the best and safest proceedures for playing in clubs and tournaments? If only there were bridge websites, you know, the sort of ones that allow actual bridge players to post advice as well as bridge hands, polls etc. You never know, might happen one day.
March 13
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I think that closing schools is counter productive. Kids won't die from it but if they have to be cared for by older relatives, then the carers, especially if they are not fighting fit, might be in considerable difficulties. Rightly or wrongly, I think that it is just plain daft.
March 12
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Well said Eugene, I do try to make my posts controversial but in a spirit of mischief and fun. Now is not the time for that and I agree that we should batten down the hatches and try to support the game. Good luck everybody!
March 12
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I dispute strongly what you said and did not misrepresent anything that occured. I allowed you to speak but you did not afford me the courtesy of listening to my point of view. Very well, we shall just have to differ, unless of course, you can produce anybody to support your version of events. Good luck with that!
Feb. 19
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I agree David,
Feb. 18
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I certainly feel no loss whatsoever. I am though, surprised that you managed two whole lines. a record for you I am guessing.
Feb. 18
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Thank you for this, but I have already stated that I did not feel feel comfortable with your suggestions. If the opposition, knowing full well that they have not been damaged in any way still wish to make an issue of it then I feel that the fault lies
with them. There are too many sea lawyers in bridge and the player concerned is known to be one of them. Also, a player
who is stating his case, in a level tone, in a situation that
is imparting no hand information to the rest of the room, does not always feel kindly to a director who, instead of looking at the issues, is telling him to be quiet. You probably would not agree, but I am allowed to differ. I have been around a bit, I have seen many good directors in my 50 years of playing. Perhaps you should aspire to them. No disrespect intended.
Feb. 18
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Not what I did!
Feb. 18
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For the people who keep asking for the hand diagram thingy. If I could, I would. The problem is well presented and easily understood. Get over it!
Feb. 17
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I agree that pass is best and 2C is a far second best and that 2S was poor on my part. No excuses but don't you love it when you do the wrong thing, and you know that you have done the wrong thing and defenders know that they are on to a good thing and then lecture you about your ethics?
Feb. 17
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I seem to remember that three years ago in the Premier British KO event, the Gold Cup, one pair were very slow and received a penalty of a few IMPs. This same pair, then played slowly in a further stanza and the fine was doubled. This, (and Gordon R. can probably correct my recollection), led to the team losing by a small amount in this semi final match. They were not happy but the director stuck to his guns. Another possible reason that they lost the match might have been when both pairs of their opposition came back to score in the penultimate set announcing minus 40 (at least) scorecards. They then found that they had both played in the same direction so the set was invalid. A double whammy but they would still have won without the SP penalties.
Feb. 17
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A nice but not overtalented player once went three off in a cold contract and asked, “How should I have played it partner?”, the reply was, “Under an assumed name”.
Feb. 5
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Me too! He was on his second liver when he went, he could have lasted longer, but he lived his life his way. Tenacious player and a good friend.
Feb. 4
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When I started playing we would rebid the six card suit on a poor hand and bid the second suit on a non minimum. A sequence of 1S - 2C - 2S - 2NT - 3H would be the weak 6-4 and - 2C - 2H with better hands. That was 50 years ago at rubber, has it changed?
Feb. 4
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The best one liner that I ever heard came from the late Bob Brinig, not unknown for his love of Scotch whisky. I was playing with him at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in the late 70's. As the evening, and my partner's consumption, progressed, his side table became a pyramid of shot glasses, and not a small one! Approaching the last round an ernest looking young man came to play us, and taking a look at the glass mountain said, with compassion in his soul, “Bobby, Bobby, I didn't think you were drinking any more”, quick as a flash, and most impressively given his condition, bob retorted, "Well, I'm certainly not drinking any F…..ing less!
Feb. 3
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