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Aw, so very sorry to hear this. Margie was such a warm person - I had some of my best hugs from her.
May 22
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RIP Eric! He was a character and a legend in his own time - what a personality! I didn't know him too well, but played with him as a teammate once and it was lots of fun. He played with Franco Bandoni and I played with Tom Donnelly and Tom and I had a certain amazing (e.g., lucky) result, whereupon Eric said, “Hey, you kids are good!” - in short, he was a great player but also generous. I knew him in the olden days, when he and Sami Kehela sat there at the table puffing on their Havana cigars and playing magnificently….
May 22
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Congrat's to YOU Jeff! Vanderbilt/Hall of Fame and married to Sally! :-)))
March 26, 2017
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Matthew and I are so very sorry to hear this sad news. I LOVED playing with Michael - he was the greatest. Condolences to Janice and Rita.
Jan. 28, 2017
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I often read “The Psalms of David” when waiting around at a tournament. Juanita saw me doing that last year and showed me her “Psalms of David” cell phone ap. I'm so glad she found peace at the end of her life. She was a lovely person.
July 31, 2016
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Mazel Tov! :-))
March 2, 2016
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I agree with the (obvious) negative double over 2C. This wasn't my partnership's hand, and I didn't ask…. Still, if North cuebids 2S anyway, I can't see East now introducing his diamonds. I use opener's/overcaller's double of the cuebid to show extra playing strength as per Rick Zucker's comment above - perhaps I should discuss the anti-lead-double with my partners - that seems to allow one to have one's cake and eat it too (open bad suits when necessary without worrying about partner leading it).
Nov. 26, 2015
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Hi Tim, Just saw this; the low heart lead you cite doesn't surprise me. I played with Dick Katz for a couple of years and he made AMAZING opening leads - I promise I didn't signal anything! He has a great deal of imagination, and, in my opinion, he was punished for it. Perhaps it's dangerous to base conviction on one's “smell” test. Someone said in another discussion that he would *know* if he had been cheated; I guess that's the “smell” test but I doubt any of us knows for sure. You can shrug off a particular illogical action (we have all taken flyers or had moments of inspiration - so you can't call someone a cheat every time they don't do what the politically-correct have decreed), but if it becomes a pattern you could conclude that there's something suspicious going on. The trouble with Dick Katz is that he figured out many, many hands (at least while I was playing with him) so people obviously did wonder (and do more than that). Since I knew I wasn't doing anything when I partnered Dick, instead of wondering, I applauded him, and wished I had a fraction of his imagination. Here's a bidding example: in a knockout, he balanced with a 4C bid. I had six clubs (!) so he made it (he had bid on a 4-card suit - he figured out that the club suit was missing from the auction). Our teammates were +140 and we were +130 and we won the match on that. Really and truly, I didn't signal that I had six clubs. :-))) Finally, before playing with Dick, I read Danny Kleinman's book and was convinced that Danny was right. So you read and I read it and we had opposite conclusions, but I'm the one who played with Dick myself, and am very happy I had that lovely experience. I'm so sorry Dick has to have his name dragged through the mud (again!) all these years later. - Pamela
Sept. 27, 2015
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Well, those who patronizingly inform you the top players don't care are misguided; the top players certainly do care. At the regionals, the top players go and check out their masterpoints on the bracket sheets. Some people even go through the tournaments results on the acbl website and check out not only what THEY won but what others won! Trust me on me this…. I will share this with you: before I took 20 years off to raise my children, I didn't care about masterpoints. Then, when I came back almost 10 years ago, one of my partners did. I learned from him that caring about masterpoints helps you try harder, so it's a good thing for everyone.
March 24, 2015
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Do you think Meckstroth doesn't care about masterpoints? Guess what - he does! Mind you, I don't *really* care but it does seem weird that I win more for a random two-day knockout than for a tough national event.
March 24, 2015
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Great idea, Danny. Maybe ALL NABC's should get MP's awarded in that way. I personally think 250 is too little for the Vanderbilt….
March 24, 2015
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What David Yates said is exactly so. Most of the time we played against teams that included world-champions and multi-world-champions (sometimes teams with FIVE of them). So it was the most difficult women's Swiss I've ever played in and it WAS ironic that the master point award was less than I (usually) get for winning an ordinary regional knockout.
March 24, 2015
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Thanks again, Kay!
March 24, 2015
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Thank you, Bill!
March 24, 2015
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Thank you, Robin!
March 24, 2015
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Todah Rabbah, Steve. :-)))
March 24, 2015
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Thank you, Molly!
March 24, 2015
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Thanks A.J. - looking forward to the celebration - you throw good ones! :-)))
March 24, 2015
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Thank you, Kay!
March 24, 2015
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Thank you Alan!
March 24, 2015
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