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“would you have acted differently” IS an appropriate question because somewhere, in some dimension, there is a non-offender who will honestly reply “it made no difference to my action”.
Jan. 31, 2014
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I agree Mike. But this is also a logistics issue, not a space defect. The word is that the hotel was not happy with the bridge players, so I am not sure if we will be able to return.
Dec. 10, 2013
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I wasn't at the Hyatt this time. I thought overall the Sheraton was a spectacular venue. It was spacious and had good flow. I was never uncomfortable and I though the hotel staff was exceptional. Yes, there were negatives - some dark spots. But this and the tables in the hallway that were mentioned were logistical problems, not site problems. The tournament was a victim of its own success. The dining situation could have been better but there were many restaurants across the street in Arizona center. The elevators were a pain the first few days but that problem settled down. I wish all tournament venues were as good as this!
Dec. 10, 2013
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Make it 3 Henry. Linda & I won an appeal and were moved up to 8th.
Dec. 6, 2013
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I have to warn people coming to the NABC about something. When we came to the tournament in 2002 many of our (non-playing) friends told us we HAD to go see Sedona. We lived in NYC and had never heard of Sedona. Well we went for a weekend and bought a house. It is that special. So whatever you do, DON'T visit Sedona unless you are prepared to fall in love.
Nov. 27, 2013
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According to OpenTable Province at the Westin (2 short blocks away) is available after 7. We are going to Tomaso's which is about 15 minutes away. Let me know if you can't get anything close and we will add you to our rez.
Nov. 27, 2013
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It is going to be tough downtown. More choices if you are willing to travel a few miles. Are you looking for Thanksgiving dinner (turkey etc) or dinner on thanksgiving (regular stuff)?
Nov. 27, 2013
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Mr. Shen - I don't know who you are or where you come from, but wherever it is must have a different definition of the word chauvinism.

The WBF is holding an event. I WANT to attend the event. I am primarily frustrated at the lack of information disseminated by the tournament organizers and/or the WBF.

I am SECONDARILY annoyed that the tournament location is not conveniently located. This is my opinion and you are certainly welcome to disagree.

But I would suggest that you think before you cast aspersions on people you do not even know.

Please feel free to NOT respond to this. I do appreciate the constructive part of your input. I do not appreciate the comment above and I am quite offended.
Nov. 19, 2013
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The good news is the route map shows a direct flight from Sanya to Irkutsk. Always wanted to visit Irkutsk…
Nov. 19, 2013
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There are lots of direct flights from JFK, SFO, LAX, YVR to Chinese airports. All I want is a North American Gateway. But all of this would be tolerable if we just knew the darn tournament venue!
Nov. 19, 2013
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Only the WBF has an world event less than a year off with NO information about location, hotels, etc. Mr. Rona, it's nice that you decided to have an event that no Non-Chinese resident can fly directly to, a place that many of us never even heard of (although it sounds nice) and in keeping the high WBF standard, make the plans for the tournament and venue a total black box.
Nov. 19, 2013
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The first time I met Mike he came to a regional in Ohio. He had recently started his relationship with Susan and her ex-boyfriend was my bridge partner. He came up to me and introduced himself very eloquently. I finally realized after he had gone on for some time, that he thought he was speaking to the ex (which was incredibly brave in retrospect) and I had to tell him after all this that I thought he wanted to speak with my partner.
Nov. 16, 2013
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Typo. I meant 5D
Sept. 27, 2013
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I think you will find that 3NT is cold with a heart lead on any defense. In the VC, Marion Michielsen found the winning line single dummy. She won the opening h lead, played a D to the A getting the bad news and 3 top clubs. What 8 cards should west hold? Assuming 5 hearts and 3 diamonds what to discard after a spade to the ace? Play with it, you will see that west is fixed. She discarded a heart. Marion played a diamond from hand, forcing west to split, and then threw west in with her hearts.

By the way, 5D is cold but complicated. Sorry about the 6d typo.
Sept. 27, 2013
Robb Gordon edited this comment Sept. 27, 2013
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Normally I like to double with this shape because of flexibility. But I think the suit quality here is such that game on even a 5-2 fit might be reasonable and we are unlikely to find the 5-3 fit if I double.
Sept. 27, 2013
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3H initially means “I have a heart stopper”. Partner should bid 3NT with a club stopper, 3S with a spade (but no club) stopper, and generally 4D later.
Sept. 20, 2013
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Wonderful tournament.
Sept. 18, 2013
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I could accept that Henry, at least it would be consistent.
Sept. 17, 2013
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Yes, sadly this is true. For visitors from many countries, the process to visit the US is nearly torture. One can understand our security paranoia, but when people are here for cultural exchange or competitions I wish we would be more welcoming.
Sept. 17, 2013
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I sympathize with Roland. I certainly sympathize with the Israeli women who got a raw deal. I sympathize with Migry who had to jump through extra hoops just to play in Bali. As a Jew and a proud Zionist, I sympathize with what Israel has to put up with that no other nation is subjected to. I agree that the WBF dropped the ball here and in the future will (I hope) hold their events in places where all bona fide contestants are welcomed and made to feel safe.

Having said all of that, I am in total agreement that BBO (and bridge venues in general) should be about bridge, not politics. I agree with Uday.
Sept. 17, 2013
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