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Raghavan - thank you! You're the BEST!
5 hours ago
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I, Moron, have yet another question.

Is there a post somewhere of the bracket for tomorrow, so we can see who is playing whom? If there is, can someone let me know where it is hiding? (Thanks.)

And - IF there is NOT one - WHY not?

(BTW - BW wanted to know if I wished to continue with the “objectionable language” that I used. I figure if it's about ME - then it's OK! ;) )
6 hours ago
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“If I am an international student for Ghana, don't you think I have a need for a student group that I can identify with. Do you think there is a similar need for Americans to have an USA student group?”

Mike, I imagine I am quite ignorant about how the “official-ness” of clubs at Harvard are organized. If Harvard wants to have acknowledged groups for people from dozens of nations that attend their school, that is OK with me.

But honestly - if Harvard can give its imprimatur to this club:

PERIOD AT HARVARD COLLEGE

Our mission is to celebrate periods and provide menstrual hygiene products to those in need. We have three central goals: to serve communities with limited access to menstrual products, to advocate for legislation that will increase accessibility to menstrual products, and to educate the public about the reality of periods in the U.S. and around the world.

can they really not find room for a bridge club?

(And sorry if I offended anyone but geez ….)
6 hours ago
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Ed - it's back to the old “we can't please everyone” scenario. Some have lots of $$$$$$ and want elegance and luxury everywhere; some of us have to stay 4 in a room or they can't otherwise attend.

Some bring families along and would like activities and resources available for them; others are wholly focused on the bridge and all that the game and requirements for it entail.

Surely, though - bottom line is we want people to play and we want people to attend. If in today's world, that means making the game a bit more affordable and attractive to many more competitors, then perhaps we need to do more of that?

No one's family will be going to Disneyland concurrent with a bridge tourney if not enough people show up to HAVE the tournament…..
6 hours ago
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I have another Vu-Graph question. It seems that, reasonably enough, matches are for 2 sets, then a switch.

Yet, after 3 sets, there are some teams that are down so much it would be close to impossible to field a comeback. And there are other matches where it's still “pick'em”.

But the ones that are almost “unwinnable” are still being shown the last set, with some of the close ones not.

Is the reason for this simply that they want to give teams more of “their fair share” of Vu-Graph time? Or - something else?

(Personally I really would prefer to watch close matches the last set - but - maybe others don't agree or there are good reasons not to do this.)
11 hours ago
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David, I can understand this.

But - answer this for me. How difficult would it be for a list of all the teams with the team members that was fixed and had no bells and whistles to it, to be posted below the results?

For me, at least, it would be far easier to see who is on what team than have to scroll back and forth between various online pages.
11 hours ago
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Ed - frankly, IMHO - if you want to go for fun and sightseeing, go to a great city for it!

But - if you want to PLAY BRIDGE - can't we have the best venues for THAT activity?
13 hours ago
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Seriously, Mike - if you look at the list, there are gobs if “these and those” clubs. Really - I was only half joking about the bridge club.
13 hours ago
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LOL - not MY fault if they aren't able to come up with goodenuf monikers!
13 hours ago
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I was going to copy and paste some of the more entertaining clubs at Harvard …. But I don't have enough time!

I might add that Jonathan perhaps would have more success if he tried to set up bridge clubs by specific: nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, country of origin, etc. etc. Sigh.
13 hours ago
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Matthew - thank you so much for your offer and generosity!

BTW - Matt IS the above - and does an absolutely fine job of U of MN. I've photographed the (very large) classes that he runs. He is superb at teaching, organizing, encouraging - and all the rest. As are the other professor/bridge players that are teaching the NEXT generation!
14 hours ago
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Mike - TGBH assuredly is NOT shy!
14 hours ago
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I will preface this with the caveat that I know less than zilch about programming and data online. But - part of what is difficult about “who is on what team” is twofold. First, I, at least, can't remember all the time who is on the “Looney Toons” team without looking it up again.

And - even if it's available on another page, it's quite cumbersome to have to flip back and forth from one web page to another to find out who is playing whom.

Here's my question. Would it really be too tough/impossible to have a prehistoric printed list of everyone in the round of “x” AFTER the results so at least you could stay on the same page where results are - and more easily see who IS playing whom?

That alone would be a nice improvement. And one would hope that the poor computer wouldn't suffer too much from it - no?
14 hours ago
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Paul, I was fortunate enough to attend the Berkshire-Hathaway meeting in Omaha this spring. I heard they had well over 40,000 people there from all over the world.

Don't know lots of details beyond that - but - if they can handle 40K - would think they could handle the WBF!

And - there actually are lots of nice places to dine and visit in Omaha. No, it's not NYC or Chicago, etc., etc. But - I would think it would draw far more participants with much lower $$$ costs - and a decent venue.
14 hours ago
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Yes, I see that you can see the names in an individual score sheet. But - if you look at the list of all the matches, there you cannot.

It obviously can be done for the Swiss matches - so - why not the KO's, too? (Sure would be easier for ME to access!)
Sept. 24
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WOW.
Sept. 24
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Alvin, this may be something very teensy but it is an annoyance while following how teams are doing.

Do you know why, when teams are at the KO stage, one can see how they are doing throughout - BUT - if you hover on the name of the team, you cannot see who the members are. You are able to do this in the Swiss stage but not KO.

Given that so many of the names are not easy to determine whose team it is…. it would be great IF this feature were included with KO matches, too.
Sept. 24
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LOL!!!
Sept. 24
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Wow.
Sept. 24
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Jim, I'm not sure about #2. But I am virtually certain that #1 is verboten. You are not supposed to ask about a bid to inform your partner.
Sept. 24
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