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Having done this, I concur. The perspective you obtain from handling a VuGraph session is valuable, and certainly helps you appreciate those that provide such a service even more. You're in a room with some of the best players in the world, which, in and of itself, is a great opportunity.

One thing I wish I had known beforehand is that Jan recommends using the keyboard interface to BBO, because it is quieter, and potentially faster. I am not a touch typist, and never use the keyboard for anything other than chat, so I was probably not the best volunteer. Fortunately, the table I handled was one of many, so those wanting a smoother show had other options. :) Regardless of my ability, or lack thereof, I still remember and appreciate the experience.
Nov. 8, 2017
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The Bulgarian auction on board 27 was like the description of Meckwell's auction on 26. The Vugraph operator said every bid was alerted, but he or she had no idea what anything meant…
Aug. 20, 2017
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I tried to read the bridge column in the newspaper when I was much younger. All I learned was that I did not want to be West, since it seemed like that seat never got any good cards. :) Fortunately, there were other ways to learn the game, and I had experiences with all the methods in the poll that did not involve money (which I use to mean the country club or rubber bridge; I was more than happy to buy books and pay for club bridge when I learned these things existed).
Aug. 3, 2017
Richard Wimberley edited this comment Aug. 3, 2017
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BBO typically does not make any changes when ACBL national tourneys are occurring, since a fair number of the staff are there instead.
Aug. 3, 2017
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If I recall correctly, Michael won; Bart Bramley was second, and Eric Rodwell third. I have no idea why I know this…
July 11, 2017
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I just found this thread, and one relevant question that I do not see answered: what if you and partner disagree on these sorts of questions? For example, I prefer high reverses to show extra values, and the 2 of a major rebid being allowable without those extra values (or situations such as the one mentioned in the original post, among others). One partner I play with occasionally does not agree with either idea. After a couple of disasters, and these types of queries from me (which did not go very well), we headed toward an understanding where partner would bid as partner does, and I would bid as I do. We play infrequently, which in some ways is fortunate, since this solution hardly seems ideal. I wonder how others handle these sorts of disagreements.
March 15, 2015
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The introduction says your favorite partner is your father. Did he do anything that you recall to get you interested in bridge? I have a 16 year old who loves games, but there has been nothing I can say or do to get her interested in bridge. Of course, your father is much better at bridge than me, which has to help.
Jan. 15, 2015
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Hi Eric,

You mentioned above the need to get “significant help” from the opponents to win pair games. Do you have any advice for less than expert, shall we say, players on anything they can do at the table to get that help?
Feb. 28, 2014
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The same boards were played in both semifinal matches, so board 64 would have been the same one as the one from the Monaco-Cayne match, available through the BridgeBase Vugraph archive. At one table in that match, Helgemo played 4S+1, while at the other Duboin played 5Hx making, after heavy interference from Fantoni-Nunes. So maybe something interesting would have happened had the board been played, but we will never know…
July 22, 2012
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How frequently, if at all, do you think about your many bridge successes? How do those compare to your memories of your family, or your business?
June 9, 2012
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I'm dreaming partner has xx Axxx Kxx AKQx, and we will never get to a club slam if I don't bid them…
March 2, 2012
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The ACBL bulletin said the appeal was denied.
July 31, 2011
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