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Once upon a time there was a graphics based online service called Quantum Link. It only ran on the Commodore 64 computer. There was a games module which included (rubber) bridge. I played on that system. There were several reasonable players and we had an off-line get together in Chicago around 1987. It took 15-20 minutes to play a hand (300 bps) but we were pioneers. Unfortunately the owner of the system saw the writing on the wall and discontinued the service so he could use his equipment for PC's. His name was Steve Case and the new system was called America-On-Line.
Jan. 22, 2015
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It looks to me as if you have gotten off to a good start! I hope the subcommittees will report back quickly.
Jan. 15, 2015
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I strongly believe the title should be stripped and I agree with stripping the Germans of the WBF title. However I do NOT agree with moving teams up. In my opinion it is impossible to fairly reconstruct the results. There is actually more merit to the WBF title than this. The Germans could always be considered to have forfeited in the final. But the Sion-Cokin team cheated everybody they played. It is likely that they played some opponents twice. I would love to agree to promote the teams since I have friends on both the Lynch team and the Hann team but I really don't think it is just. Sorry.
Jan. 11, 2015
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I am very sad to see this. Jeff was one of the good guys.
Dec. 30, 2014
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When Edgar Kaplan won in 1957 he wrote a great “over-the-shoulder” article in the Bridge World. It might have been reprinted in Bridge Master: The Best Of Edgar Kaplan.
Dec. 24, 2014
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I am mystified by this exchange. What “race” are Mr. Lee and Ms. Fitzgerald accusing Mr. Sher of being “racist” against? Aren't they all Caucasian?

In this day and age, it is a good thing that we are sensitive to race, ethnicity, sexuality and appearance and try to avoid any language or jokes that are offensive.

Unfortunately people my age learned behavior in a different time, and without being racist, sexist, etc. we can be accidentally offensive.

I see none of this in Mr. Shers posting. I think it is well within the boundaries of good taste.

Dec. 15, 2014
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In terms of pure competition, a STAC is obviously a flawed event. There are many different “fields” and they range from near-beginner to club expert. Worst of all is a widely varied field which gives a good playerThere is no way to get around that. You aren't going to send a pair from Flagstaff to Palm Springs to balance the field.

One thing they can do is to make sure playing conditions are comparable. In general, the larger the comparison field, the lower the volatility. In other words, playing in a 7 table section is more likely to produce a big game than playing in a 28 table section (combined sections).

So the organizers are being fair when they discourage scoring across the field.

Scoring across the total field would be truly unfair given the disparity in field quality.
Dec. 11, 2014
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There are actually a number of reasonably priced hotels in that part of Chicago. I think SF was $169 although I wouldn't swear to it. As to attendance I didn't go to Providence because it was December and it was… Providence. I probably would have put up with the weather for Boston but Providence didn't attract me.
Dec. 9, 2014
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In non-game-forcing auctions this should generally show a better hand than 1S/2S/3H but after a 2/1 showing both suits as early as possible at the 2 level is better IMO.
Dec. 7, 2014
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He surely did!
Nov. 13, 2014
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Funny that you post. There was a time when the “establishment” was trying to change the rules in the middle of a GNT qualifying stage in my Unit in Michigan to benefit some of their favored people. I objected and got creamed for it. A bigwig in Memphis named Ralph Cohen (you might remember him) stepped in and put those folks right. It was the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship.
Nov. 13, 2014
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Just think how the good young players of today are denied the pleasure of being talked down to, ruled against and generally ostracized by the older generation.

It was character-building.

Great post, thanks.
Nov. 13, 2014
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Not only is a pass a logical alternative, but I question whether bidding (sans tempo break) is a logical alternative. You don't describe skill levels of these players which could be useful. It would seem that NORTH has an automatic 4H bid. Clearly in this case he was weighing that. There are auctions that don't suggest anything, this isn't one of them. A hesitation here (in my experience as a player and a director and an AC committee member) almost always shows extras. Whether you believe that or not, clearly SOUTH thought it showed extras!
Nov. 12, 2014
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The solution to all of this is a modest playing/success requirement to maintain one's status. Let the riots begin…
Nov. 5, 2014
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To paraphrase Arthur Miller, attention must be paid to Ping Hu. As I read this post I realized how accurate it was. Virtually the only thing we are doing right is the “Youth NABC” (thanks Patty Tucker).

As I made clear, I certainly support Jan's post and promoting our international youth and junior competitions (thanks Michael Rosenberg).

But to get momentum we have to get more kids playing at the grass-roots level. The way to do this is to have them playing with other kids.

Think back to when you were 12 or whatever. Would you be more inspired to participate in something your friends did or something your grandmother's friends did?

In places where the population allows we have to get kids involved in a group. I don't know how to go about this. The obvious answer is that it starts in schools. But I think chess groups themselves might be good recruiting grounds.
Nov. 2, 2014
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When many of us started ('60s and '70s) there was no such thing as a “junior” - we were just wiseass kids who many of the “adults” wished would go away. Unfortunately many of us took that advice.

I would like to think that the US bridge community is more enlightened and more motivated to keep this wonderful game alive.
Oct. 31, 2014
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If the issue is a matter of Laws normally it is referred to the ACBL Laws Commission, as specified in Election 8a on page 137 of the Laws of Dupllicate Bridge.
Oct. 27, 2014
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Good points Peg. I know several of the members of the sub-committee. I don't agree (at this point) with them hearing this, but they are hard-working dedicated BOD members. I don't think any of them can be enthusiastic about putting themselves in this virtually “no-win” position.
Oct. 27, 2014
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Thanks. I agree with Michael Rosenberg that IF this is a matter of bias, the bridge ability of the committee (and I do not think that equals limited or little credibility - as far as I know they are good and credible people) isn't particularly relevant. In that event the committee should meet. If they determine that there was bias, then they should draft another appeals committee to rehear the case. I think bias is unlikely, but that is just an uninformed opinion. If this is a matter of Law (also unlikely) then the appeal needs to be heard by the ACBL Laws Commission.
Oct. 23, 2014
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I am a bidder but I don't like this convention in po seat - I wish I could just bid my major suit.
Oct. 23, 2014
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