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All comments by Robb Gordon
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“Ortiz, the biggest icon in boston history.”
Really? Ted Williams? Carl Yastrzemski? Bobby Orr? Bill Russell? Larry Bird?

As a Yankee fan I am trained to hate all things Boston.

However I congratulate you both for your amazing success and more importantly your wonderful demeanor at the table. You guys are Boston Icons despite your obviously limited knowledge of local sports history :D

I know I am going to pay for this at the table…
Oct. 3, 2017
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Hard to understand why folks distort their hand with such an easy rebid. OK 1S bidders it now goes 4H p p to you…
Sept. 28, 2017
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Facing - playing “face up” (as opposed to face down opening lead).

Law 45C specifies when a card is deemed to be “played”.
Sept. 21, 2017
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Pass here seems clear. I assume dbl is responsive but even if it is penalty what am I hoping for? Most likely partner is void so they start with seven tricks. If partner has the goods I will get a second chance. THEN I have a decision.
Sept. 17, 2017
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Understandable to try to avoid the disadvantage you mention. However using a method that is unrelated to the event occurring seems pretty unfair. Carried to its logical conclusion one could award the spot to the team with the most PPs without even bothering to hold an event.
Sept. 17, 2017
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How I Abolished the Principle of Restricted Choice by Frank Vine
Sept. 10, 2017
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The entire answer should be “it depends”. For ringing a small penalty followed by bigger penalties if it happens again during a tournament. For using/texting (assuming no suspicion of cheating) the full board. For noticing that your phone is on and turning it off - ZERO penalty.
Aug. 7, 2017
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How times have changed. The only time I was ever disciplined by the ACBL is when I put a fake name (with the correct #) on my entry. I got 90 days (!!!) probation. I wasn't expecting to fool anyone with “Arctic Penguin” but…

(this was in the 1970s)
Aug. 3, 2017
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I heartily agree. I have been around a LOT of directors over about 50 years and he is right at the top. A nice guy to boot!
Aug. 1, 2017
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Very sad to hear. I caddied for Henry in the 60's when he was a TD from New England. He was a friend for many years.
Aug. 1, 2017
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I like my diamonds but not my hand. Partner hasn't made a slam try yet so the question is what is the best game. I have no reason to think 3NT is wrong and 9 tricks are usually easier than 11. But if partner makes a move then I will cuebid.
July 28, 2017
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I too was at the game. I manage to get to one every Toronto NABC because it is so darn convenient! It was a beautiful night, actually a little chilly. I sat downstairs just on the 3rd base side of home plate. It seems that the Jays have a (on paper) powerful team, but their bats have gone on strike this year. But the game featured some sparkling defense and enough action to keep one interested while moving along at a reasonable pace. It started slowly since Liriano had control problems. I was impressed by the size of the crowd for two non-contending teams.
July 25, 2017
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Seems to me that the distance from the non-Intercontinental hotels is a bit far for some of our 70-90 year old members. Is there a shuttle bus?
July 20, 2017
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Canada is included in my Verizon plan.
July 19, 2017
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Is it clear to play transfers here? I'm not sure.
July 17, 2017
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I don't understand why they can't go for balance. It is likely that Gold Rush players would choose bracketed Swiss/KO if no Gold Rush was available so why not split the table credits?

Off the topic a bit but speaking of Gold Rush - what does everyone think of the Letter to the Editor in this month's Bulletin about Gold RUsh?

The writer is unhappy that Life Masters are able to and choose to play in the Gold Rush making it harder for him to earn the Gold Points that obviously are his due for living and breathing. The master point thing becomes a bigger joke by the day.

I understand that the ACBL is in the business of “selling” master points but some day they might find that they have debased the currency so much that even the Gold Rush people won't want them.
July 13, 2017
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Betty, thanks for your comment. We disagree. I think that when it is possible to make a good living from playing bridge, and when bridge has problems with demographics and is largely run by volunteers pros DO owe something. Do I think they should be “drafted” or forced to work for bridge? No. I just think it is the right thing to do.
July 6, 2017
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It has always been my feeling that successful pros should contribute. They shouldn't have to contribute money. They should contribute their TIME. They should give back to the game that has given them much.

Many already do. Just a couple of examples - Chris Compton who serves on both the ACBL Laws Commission and the Competition and Conventions committee as well as other activities and David Berkowitz who for years has overseen the seeding at NABC's.

But many don't. You know who you are. You owe us.
July 5, 2017
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Paul, this has to do with a fundamental change in the attitudes of tournament participants in ACBL. When I started playing (early '70s) the great joy of the game, other than the game itself is being able to play against the best in the world. Imagine doing this in tennis or golf! If you got lucky and beat them you had a wonderful story. If not you were likely to pick up a tidbit or two to help you improve your game.

In modern times almost everybody wants to play in an event that they have a reasonable chance to win. So they pile on events. So at a regional instead of a 150 table open pair you will have 25 tables of O.P., 50 tables of "Gold Rush) and 75 tables in a bracketed KO or Swiss.

Everybody gets a trophy!
July 5, 2017
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I think an event such as this is a tremendous boon to bridge and hopefully will attract younger players (a cash prize wouldn't hurt). I have a few concerns -

1. Best hand violates the Laws of Duplicate Bridge. This can be easily fixed.
2. I would prefer there were more than 18 comparisons per board.
3. I strongly believe that the elected ACBL Board of Directors should have final say in scheduling NABC events of any kind. I don't think that should be ceded to an employee.

As an aside, this is controversial and there are many well reasoned but opposing points of view on these and other issues. I would prefer if my BBO/BW employee friends keep their comments about this to a minimum (correcting factual errors) and their derogatory commentary to ZERO. It is unbecoming and unprofessional.
June 18, 2017
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