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The WBF clearly did the right thing vacating the Bali Sr. title. It is far from clear that moving other teams up was the right thing to do although I am personally happy for them. I am not going to rehash the arguments about this (Bali) but I do think they have merit.
Oct. 23, 2014
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In fact, it is little known because it isn't true (at this time at least). A party to an appeal my object to a member (and is generally informed of that right) but the committee is the final arbiter of its composition.
Oct. 22, 2014
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See also Law 93C3. Then go to the “Elections by The ACBL Board of Directors” section - and see the notes on page 137. You will see in Note 8b and Note 9 that the BOD specifically excluded themselves from this kind of action unless there is an allegation of bias.
Oct. 22, 2014
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To have a committee of the Board review (evidently with the potential to overturn) a bridge ruling by an Appeals committee 4 months after the fact isn't the worst idea I have ever heard but it is pretty darn close. For years we have had to put up with complaints about events being decided by committee after they end. Now we are going to have that potential months after they end! I am not taking a position on the original committee ruling, great, good, bad or terrible, but at some point it needs to be over.
Oct. 22, 2014
Robb Gordon edited this comment Oct. 22, 2014
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I would ask Gus Hansen (only if it is off-suit)
Oct. 20, 2014
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Well done!
Oct. 17, 2014
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A little coffee-house repartee - “you doubled me in 3 hearts - that's game!”
Response - “Only if you make it, Sport!”
Oct. 8, 2014
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Oops - never mind. I mis-read the problem. Sorry.
Oct. 8, 2014
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I do not agree with 3. To me that shows 3 trump, a good offensive hand, and an alternative strain. In other words it shows a suit.
Oct. 8, 2014
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When dummy hit declarer asked “where is the hand you had during the bidding?”
Oct. 7, 2014
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Your point is valid Felix, but you would lose the bet. US Airways and Southwest hub here and British Airways has nonstops to London. For the Pacific Rim, LA and SF are easy connections.
Oct. 6, 2014
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I don't think it is just the China/Asia aspect. When I looked into going it seemed to me that just getting there (from Phoenix) would be a wearying trek and the location was one that was of no particular interest in terms of culture and museums (it seems like a beach resort - nice but not worth the trip).

Perhaps they should stick to places that are more accessible. I agree that there will likely be lots of Chinese playing.
Oct. 5, 2014
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With Amazon, BN.com, and others the publishing industry includes a disintermediated world where one can self-publish including “on-demand” and e-books.

It seems like you would be your own best (and most profitable) publisher. I am sure there are many who patronize BW who would be happy to proofread on a volunteer basis.
Oct. 5, 2014
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If I want to see what comments were posted by a particular member and I do a search, the results link to the top of a thread and not to that particular comment. I would like to see this improved.
Oct. 2, 2014
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Probably the biggest compliment you could give Adam is to call this a “Kaplan story”. Those of us who have been around awhile think of a different Kaplan when they read those words.
Oct. 1, 2014
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NOBODY is as old as you Stevie. Well, maybe me…
Oct. 1, 2014
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Well said Rabbi! As one who is fortunate enough to partner Richard on occasion I can attest to both facts - he has strong opinions and he is unfailingly polite to both partner and opponents.
Sept. 29, 2014
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Not sure. If you double and then convert clubs to diamonds clearly you have hearts. Do you have to then bid them to show 5? Probably. But I would still contend that this gives more equity than just reopening with 4 or 4 (yuck) hearts
Sept. 23, 2014
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That is true.
Sept. 23, 2014
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It isn't clear. West might have balanced with 3NT. East might have jumped to 5C. Once he doesn't I don't think it is so clear to rebid the clubs. West could be 1-5-6-1 and trying to maximize chances to reach the right strain.
Sept. 23, 2014
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