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Jackie had that admirable ability to bring brightness and cheer to every room she entered. Her thoughtfulness and cheer were not faked or forced, but a part of her wonderful personality, and freely given to all that came in contact with her. If one were to line up those that considered her a “best” friend, the line would go coast to coast.
I have known Jackie for about 40 years.
Oct. 18, 2016
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For Bridge they are both relatively quite young; Claudio is 48, and Fulvio 52.
July 19, 2016
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I think it should be automatic that all suspensions be honored by all NBO’s and the WBF as long as the NBO’s Zonal Organization confirms the suspension, or the suspension is brought and made by the Zonal Organization.
July 19, 2016
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My only problem is when some of the replies go off on a tangent, leaving the original subject. I think this happens too many times, especially when replying to a comment.
May 25, 2016
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Instead of 25 districts striving to increase membership and participants, you would go to only 9. This would greatly diminish the number of groups that are fighting to expand the game and provide ideas.

Two national events that rely on district qualifying would be greatly diminished by such a reduction in districts, the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. Travel and lodging for many would become a deciding factor in whether to just participate or not, especially in the west.

I do agree that re-drawing the lines of some districts is necessary or should be considered to geographically align some units within a common area, but I would not like to sit in on a district meeting where 60 or more different unit representatives sat down to discuss issues. Introductions in itself would take an hour or two. That would lead to the same being applied to the units, combining many of them. That again would lead to the same result, fewer people trying to advance the game.
May 10, 2016
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A favorite place of mine is the Bavarian World, 595 Valley Rd. It's 5 blocks west down E. 6th Street from the Circus Circus. They have the premier German bakery that supplies northern California along with a great deli/gift shop and German restaurant.
March 9, 2016
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Although I am right-handed, I play bridge left-handed and ALWAYS hold my cards in my right hand and tender cards with my left without exception. I learned to deal Solitaire as a child on a boat to Japan in 1953 and it was easier to hold the cards in the right hand and tender with the left as the cards were placed left to right. This also made it easier when dealing clockwise. I would think this would become an ingrained habit developed over many years of playing and would be suspicious of one who varied.
Feb. 22, 2016
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Years ago in Modesto CA, I was given a pick-up partner at a club game and we did place somewhere. In one hand she opened 1♣; I bid 1♥, and she then bid 6♣; which made. She bid what she thought would make cutting out all of the confusing middle stuff. Later I was told that I was playing with Myrtle Evans who was then 101 years old; Myrtle lived to 104.
Dec. 17, 2015
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I saw one card for overcalls 0-10; occasionally light was marked
Dec. 11, 2015
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For many years I played 1♣ forcing 1 round, showing Std Am 1♣ opener or 19-20NT or 19-21 value suited. We still kept the 2♣ forcing opener for bigger hands.
Dec. 11, 2015
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A happening written in the Palo Alto Unitscope article:
In a 99er club game, the director was called. The dispute was this: a player used the stop card and then placed the double card on the table. When asked why the stop card along with the double, the player replied, “Well, the last time I doubled, my partner didn't notice, so this time I wanted to make sure he saw it.”
Nov. 7, 2015
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I think one thing missed is that sometimes a person comes or calls needing a partner to play. When I first moved to the Sacramento area, I called the club to arrange a partner for an evening game. The player? they matched me with, “she” will go unnamed,(now deceased)was verbally abusive and very difficult to play with. I almost never returned to that club. It is important for the club to have one on-hand for this type of situation; a person that is friendly to play with, regardless of their ability. Today when I go to a Sectional or club game without a partner, I call ahead and ask to play with a beginner that has an interest in advancing in Bridge.
Oct. 23, 2015
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In a drawer I have a Masterpoint slip that was given to me for placing in a club game; you used to save them and when having too many, you would count them, bundle them up, and send them to the ACBL. I kept one because the points awarded were “.02” for finishing in a two-table individual game, where you changed partners every round. I had also played in a two-table Swiss Teams at the Stonestown Bridge Center(long gone)in San Francisco, where after each round the teams were changed.
Oct. 22, 2015
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I went to a Sectional in Livermore to Kibitz and while there the Director offered me a free play to play with a lady. She had been partnered with a man that refused to play with her when he found out that she only played a few conventions.
I agreed and sat down and we played a “very simple” card.
Needless to say, we came in 1st Overall.
I wonder how the man felt when he saw the woman he dumped winning the event. She was quite ecstatic.
Oct. 22, 2015
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My first partner and I went to our first Sectional in Modesto on a Friday night. We were both Novices and found that the event was the “Master Pairs” and they were not going to allow us to play. A few influential players from the area who knew us talked them into allowing us.
Prior to the start, they had us stand up and announced that there were two Novices playing, and please be nice to us. We bid and made 6 Spades on the very first “two” hands we played. They were all very nice as we finished 3rd in our section.
Oct. 22, 2015
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Maybe not that funny, but odd and interesting.
In playing the Midnight Speedball at our Regional, a pair of gentlemen came to our table, sat down, picked up our convention cards, and studied them intently. I asked to see their CC and they said that they didn't have one, but played the opponent's card at each table; they won the event.
Oct. 21, 2015
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Sorry, partner had the 98xx
Oct. 20, 2015
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The WBF supports the inclusion of Bridge as an Olympic sport.
The Olympics are a “physical” athletic competition, while Bridge is a “mental” athletic competition and as such should always be separated.
The only way that our game and others such as Chess, or any other mental endeavor should be included under the Olympic banner is if there is a separate Olympic category devoted to the mental games. Today, the only way Bridge could be judged in the Olympics is having a panel score 0-10 on the artistic flare of tabling a card.
Any monies vested for inclusion under the current situation is a waste.
I also think the only reason for wanting inclusion in the Olympics is to raise the visibility of Bridge to encourage more people to join and learn.
Oct. 16, 2015
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A study by Hauck and Thomas studied 3 variables, creativity, intelligence, and sense of humor, and concluded that creativity and intelligence were independent, however sense of humor correlated highly with both creativity and intelligence.
Oct. 15, 2015
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I think this is a perfect hand to illustrate how different approaches can have great effects on the outcome. A 2NT standard opening would allow 6H to be played from the safe direction.
Sept. 26, 2015
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