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Barry - am sure you would have known Stuart Staveley. He worked in Navel Section 3, Japanese at Bletchely. Part 2 of my article has the story.

SJ Simon's wife, Carmel Withers, worked in one of the London decoding stations (not B P). In her file at the national archives it describes various incidents. She was very good at her role (linguistic side of decoding). Carmel died one year after Skid.
23 hours ago
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“Claiming” honours on that day? Perhaps not, for one loud person.
(this might need some explaining)
Sept. 10
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I have had the suggestion that it might be Michael Wolach (see this interesting link about him, with grainy photo)
https://www.ebu.co.uk/biographies/michael-wolach
Aug. 22
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I think that that brand of bubbly would have been something exceptional for the UK in the 60s. So either a highly sponsored event, or at posh venue, or in another country.
Aug. 22
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Louis Alt got married in 1945
https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?r=189869702:4388&d=bmd_1564415191

This record and the photo COULD (not saying DO) mean we might be able to trace a photo of him via anyone with an account of Ancestry.com or FindMyPast
Aug. 21
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MCC curator says only MCC can wear MCC tie. He says he's doubtful about the tie - the stripes are ok, but the colour of tie in B&W doesn't look like that. He is going to check the database of members and report back.
Aug. 21
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Thanks for H.F. identification. Gordon said that the trophy is not in the catalogue right now …
Aug. 21
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Hmmm Gary, not sure what your yardstick is :)
As we speak Zach is the no 1 rated player in the world. He has played 173 games this year.

It is a handicapped system and his handicap is 102.(hard to explain the handicap system in brief, but it is probably more “thought out/sophisticated” than any other bridge rating system.

The contest ends at the end of December 2019
Aug. 19
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It must be pointed out that both are excellent Barbu players too. I wonder if their misspent youth playing online Barbu had anything to do with their recent bridge accomplishments.
Aug. 18
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Having people shuffling and dealing is more interesting to the non-player than removing cards from the board. Also in many USA teams events the cards are dealt at the table. Even for the recent GNT teams the only pre-made boards were for viewgraph reasons (and other tables head their own sets, exclusive to their own match).
Agree seasons 1 and 2 better (2 best, I think). Yet - with True Detective, season 3 best (no bridge :) )
Aug. 12
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Kiat, the bridge comes and goes, later on in the eps fewer reference … shame really (agree great series)
Aug. 11
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when anyone revokes, the reasons are (amongst others)
A. poor sorting
B. not fanning (hidden)
C. lack of attention (getting clubs and spades muddled being one, amongst many reasons in this category)

Did the TD determine which of the above took place?
July 31
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1NT was described as 14.5 to 17, may have singleton. Could be less than 14 if there is a long minor.

At the table, it seemed to me (and clearly the TD) that hesitate and bid indicated modest values.
July 29
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There is another point that could be made. If people regularly record, and THEN a person finds themselves in a “difficult situation”, they can make the point that “if you look into your regular and well maintained system and see that … there are few or no other instances”.
ie it can help to exonerate (if that is the right word to use).
July 29
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Tom, did you see my post a little higher? page 3, bulletin no 2 actually asks readers to submit….
July 28
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Both Snoopy and Woodstock are Honorary Life Masters.
http://csbnews.org/bridge-humor-snoopy-and-woodstock/?lang=en
So, seems that the coverage of that event is justified for that reason alone. :)
July 28
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page 3, Bulletin no 2:
Email us Got a hand you’d like to share or a nice story? We’d love to see it: NABCDailyBulletin@acbl. org. You’ll also find our email address on the front page of the paper under the “Daily Bulletin” between the date and the editors’ names. This email address won’t be checked with any regularity when the NABC is not in session, so please continue to use our office email addresses for non-tournament–related correspondence.

A google search for that email address and site:acbl.org/nabc shows 296 results.
July 28
Shireen Mohandes edited this comment July 28
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At the Memphis NABC we played a strong team who overcalled on morsels (after a small hesitation). When their partner did not bid (with 13 or 14hcp, I can't remember) we called the TD and got a ruling in our favour.

1NT - (P) - P - (2H)*
Original Table result:2 Hearts made

Director ruled to 3H-1 (same result at the other table).
July 28
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Andy Bowles, Paul Barden and I wrote up 14 deals over five articles. All of us were in the England the entire time. We were able to contact the players via BW, email and FB to check auctions, get quotes and ask them about why they made the plays that the did.

At the second weekend there is a supplementary section for the youth events. I think it is great that the ACBL run these events, and report on them.

The World and European championship bulletins have larger teams of journalists.

One last point: many of the world and European coverage is about “this is what took place” (nothing wrong with that - just pointing it out). Andy, Paul and I read through the play and hand records of most of the VG matches, and we seek out interesting or exciting deals. This is actually much harder work.
July 28
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