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Don't know when you lived here Dustin but lots of good restaurants now - problem is they are not downtown for the most part and tough rushing between sessions. You are 100% right about Mexican though.
Sept. 10, 2013
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I came to the Phoenix NABC in 2002 and as a result purchased a home in Sedona, where I now reside. To me Sedona is the most beautiful place on earth. Downtown Phoenix has changed a lot since 2002. It is livelier with many restaurants opening. There is music and theater. But it isn't New York or San Francisco. There are many wonderful things to see and do in metro Phoenix. A must is the Musical Instrument Museum which is about 10-15 miles from the playing site. They have instruments going back almost 1000 years and from every part of the world. It is actually too much to see in one visit. Old-town Scottsdale, about 8 miles from the site is lovely and has some excellent dining establishments. Fashion Square Mall has some of the most exclusive shops in the world.
Sept. 10, 2013
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Oh - positive honorable mentions to Philadelphia and Boston - both good venues.
Sept. 8, 2013
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Having attended many NABC's since my first one (Montreal, 1967, as a caddy) I would list these as the best and worst sites taking into account lodging, playing space convenience and quality, and availability of decent food nearby at the appropriate hours - 1. Toronto, 2. Washington, 3. Chicago, 4. Las Vegas (especially since the monorail), 5. San Francisco. I didn't rank Phoenix because I live in the area, but people who were here in 2002 will be pleasantly surprised. Worst places - 1. Birmingham (possibly the worst specific location ever), 2. Fresno, 3. Lancaster, 4. Niagara Falls 5. Norfolk VA
Sept. 8, 2013
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I believe years ago (1983?) there was a spring NABC in Hawaii that was pretty popular. Better, at least, than spring NABCs in Detroit (my hometown), Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, all great successes.
Sept. 8, 2013
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I remember playing this over 1NT rebids only around 1990. I think I learned it from Brian Glubok.
Sept. 7, 2013
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I am a fairly fast player but do not care for the idea of “fast pairs” since I do believe that bridge is a thinking game. However, I would never say it wasn't “bridge”. It is just different bridge like matchpoints is different from IMPs.
Sept. 2, 2013
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Hey Super-G I have you down for 2024.
Aug. 18, 2013
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I am with the folks who say it is fine (and expected) to “swing” when down a significant number of IMPS. I think the “alert” issue is pretty clearly behavior not consistent with ACBL regulation.

At the risk of going “off-topic” I would like to bring up a somewhat related issue. In a pairs event, particularly a multi-session event, most pairs have a pretty good idea that they are out of contention. All too often I see these pairs doing random things just because it doesn't matter (to them). I am not talking about throwing boards to friends, I am just talking about people who psyche or operate just for fun, affecting the outcome of the event. I think that the implicit obligation to “play bridge” ought to be come an explicit obligation, and be enforced. I am not talking about inferior play, I am talking about wild actions.
Aug. 17, 2013
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You kids are whippersnappers! I turn 57 next month. When I was your age…
Aug. 17, 2013
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The overwhelming liklihood is that LHO will bid 3NT. I think it is “good bridge” to get your lead director in. This is perfectly legal and moral. You don't need to have an agreement. Partner understands the situation and knows if you have a decent hand YOU will double 3NT when it comes back to you.
Aug. 16, 2013
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I think that the weaker the field, the less should be allowed. However, I also think that the complexity of permitted methods should also relate to the number of boards to be played against each opponent(s). So pairs and BAM with 2-3 board sets should be fairly basic, 64 board KOs should be almost anything goes.

This is not just about fairness (although it is a factor) but also time. Playing complex methods takes time to explain and time for the opps to develop a defense. Unless we want to go to 10 minutes per board, we should keep the pairs events simple.
Aug. 15, 2013
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Very sorry to read this. Linda & I will miss him.
Aug. 14, 2013
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I don't have anything against 10 and 3 - I am a “day person”. But when you have 10 and 3 on the east coast it is terribly disruptive to west-coasters. First of all 10 is 7AM. Secondly, if like me you have a business in the west, it is impossible to conduct business. I don't know if this is a “legitimate” reason not to have them, but it affects me - I simply won't go to a 10/3 tournament in the Eastern zone except for a WC. What I don't understand is the ONLY NABCs that have 10/3 are the ones in the east, which seems bass ackwards to me.
Aug. 13, 2013
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Recorder forms can be pretty useful when the offender later does something the causes a C&E to happen. But we do not use technology nearly enough. Directors should have these files (virtually) at their fingertips.
Aug. 11, 2013
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I think this thread is becoming absurd. I don't know whether she is slow, fast, or has polka dots. But I don't think any of those justifies abuse. There are other mechanisms for dealing with a persistently slow opponent.
Aug. 11, 2013
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I too have known Michael for many years. I have only met Gabrielle. I totally agree with Judy's assessment of Michael. First class gentleman. I have known him both from the trading floor and from bridge, two high-pressure environments and I never heard him raise his voice nor say an unkind word.

Playing less high-level bridge these days, I have been focusing on improving things other than my bridge game. I have made a very strong effort not to be unpleasant to anybody (I have a bit of a prickly nature). Sometimes when provoked I miss the mark, but I try.

I can certainly understand why an assault on the senses such as Gabby suffered over a period of time (these are LONG matches) would provoke her to lash out. I don't think what she said was nice, but I certainly understand what caused her to do so.

Frankly if the cause of her opponents' nastiness was being overweight and undersexed, the whole bridge world would be like a gang fight :)

But I think when we talk about this incident, we should focus on the actions which provoked Gabby's reaction more than we should critique the reaction.

I hope that some of the players involved, or not involved but recognizing their own behavior here will take it to heart and try to change.
Aug. 10, 2013
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My rule of thumb is if you have to ask you probably should not do it.
July 30, 2013
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The only unjust part of this is that the perpetrator is still an ACBL member. No that isn't quite true. It is also unjust that Kyle left us too soon.
July 28, 2013
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Jeff, I apologize. Obviously somewhere along the way I missed the fact that you were trying to make a point.
July 26, 2013
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