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“The ACBL recorder system is not adequate ” This could be the understatement of the year.
April 5, 2014
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I AM saying they should be banned for life. I do make a distinction between somebody deliberately taking advantage of unauthorized information, even if intentionally received and actually planning with a partner to cheat. Doesn't mean I am right and it doesn't mean you need to agree. But I would give that particular cheat a second chance (after a lengthy vacation). But if it is all or nothing then throw them all out for life and good riddance.
April 4, 2014
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Respectfully disagree. There are various ways of cheating - copping wires is one example. My personal opinion is that when one enters into a conspiracy with a partner, whether across the table or (for example)by some form of wireless communication with a confederate - this is the equivalent of capital murder and deserves (in the bridge sense) the death penalty. We don't need them.
April 4, 2014
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On this general subject it just warms the cockles of my heart to see Andrea Buratti playing in the Italian Senior Team trials.
April 4, 2014
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Not only do people like this harm the integrity of the game, but they also harm the public image of the game. Never mind that most people starting in bridge would never play against these people, but it gives a “Wild West” aura to the game which will keep people away. I got a call from BBC Radio (I don't know why) and I was taken aback when the interviewer asked “so bridge isn't a game for gentlemen then?” I responded that bridge is VERY MUCH a game for ladies and gentlemen and that is why we rid our game of these animals as fast as we can. I too congratulate the Lynch team, especially Eddie Wold for his great work here. Every tournament player owes him.
April 2, 2014
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It is apples and oranges as I understand. The rule about cellphones specifies that they must not be visible in the playing area. There is no such specificity about E-cigs in the rule that I read. Having said that, when a tournament official gives you an instruction, you must comply. If you think the instruction was unfair or inappropriate there are avenues to deal with that later.
April 1, 2014
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Mazel Tov!
March 7, 2014
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They only need 3 and 4 more years respectively Henry. I remember meeting Jeff when we were both about 18 (OMG that was a long time ago!).
March 7, 2014
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There actually is an award for that. From ACBL.ORG “ The Blackwood Award is given to a player who has made major contributions to bridge outside expertise at the table.”

I think that human beings being human will allow certain biases to infiltrate their voting.

There is another (small) elephant in the room. As a baseball fan I have long been irritated that Pete Rose is not eligible. That irritation grows worse when I think of some of the unsavory characters who ARE in the HOF.

There was an incident in Shanghai (I am sure most reading this know what I mean) a few years ago. I promise you that there are people voting who will NEVER vote for anybody who was part of that incident.

I don't know the answer to this problem. Even though I did not care for that incident (to put it mildly) I don't feel that it should disqualify anybody.

I do agree that there should be a separate womens' ballot. I don't like the fact that womens' events exist but since they do let's honor those who were successful.

FWIW I personally believe one can make a good case for any of these 6.
Feb. 9, 2014
Robb Gordon edited this comment Feb. 9, 2014
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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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