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Thanks Mike - it had been pointed out to me before
March 22
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Thank you to Jan, Dale and Dave :)
It is good to get the right story.
March 20
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As an aside, Dr Stuart Staveley (1926-2009) was an academic and author; he studied ancient history at Oxford, and was recruited by Ian Fleming, into a naval intelligence role.

He was at Bletchley Park.

He wasn't a “Hut 6” person, he worked on the Japanese code. Or so we are told.

The Steveley Wriggle uses 2 and 2.

I happen to be writing an article on bridge playing code breakers, and am mentioning this in passing.
March 20
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Thank you John. I noted that there are some libraries the claim to have copies. It would be good if we coordinated efforts to find a few more - it might be that people just have to ask their local / national libraries, in their own country?
Feb. 28
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Timo: if all of the players were of approximately the same skill set then the auction would be almost nonsense. Most likely the auction prices is are a fair indication of range of ability.
Feb. 19
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Goren said:

http://www.si.com/vault/1967/10/30/609476/a-masterful-show-of-the-wizardry-of-ozzie

What he did during the war he has never described exactly, but one of the reasons his name does not appear in the recent book The Codebreakers is that the Director of Naval Intelligence asked Jacoby not to talk if approached.
Feb. 16
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Here is an interesting link about him, and his work
http://userpages.umbc.edu/~burke/whatossblack.pdf
Feb. 16
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Kevin, that is the title that I write for! For almost 3 years I have been writing about the past …
Feb. 16
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Nicholas - thank you for all of that. Between Peter H and I, we have probably taken photos of 80-90% of living and recently deceased players.Since we took the photos ourselves, the copyright issues should be easy to sort out.

Composition:
Personally, I think mugshots are least interesting. Far better is “at the table”, and in the inclusion of a human hand, badge, playing cards, etc make it look good. So - with that in mind - is a “template approach” the right one? (I am specifically referring to photos, not to text).

I think I can help by getting my pictures, and Peter's, to the right size, then handing over to an editor.

Would that be OK?
Feb. 3
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Peter: I know you have an extensive collection, including those which you have taken yourself (so permission etc easiest).
Alan: will do, thanks

Might it be an idea that we work with what we have, and then after the first round, we then go looking for more images by asking BW people?

Or is it better to start at A, work thru the alphabet, and try best to locate photos?

Say we have 30 images that can be uploaded … do we ask just one person, or are there Wiki editors with special interests … that we contact?

Maybe the Wiki editors can advise …

BTW

Some of you know that I have started some albums here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/contractbridgephotos/photos/?tab=albums

Please do feel free to tag. In fact, it would help if you did.
Feb. 3
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What is the policy on photos? I mean, if we know that the owner of the image has granted permission to use their photo on Wiki, is it policy to have maybe 2 or 3 photos per person (for profile pages)
I have read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Image_use_policy#Adding_images_to_articles

My thinking is that a page such as this has no images
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Truscott

nor does this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hamman

Via the BW community, we can find good photos and help the editors.

Suggestion would be:
- photo as young person starting out
- recent good quality
- one photo of a significant win, book signing, or at the table

Perhaps BW members are able to help Wiki editors? by supplying photos and updating facts?
Feb. 3
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Mike Bell: you may like this story from the ACBL website, about Johnny Crawford:

Never at a loss for words, Crawford brimmed with confidence and
hubris. He was once approached at a tournament by a player who
wanted his opinion on a hand.
‘Before you give me the hand, who’s my partner supposed to be?’
Crawford asked.
‘It’s unimportant,’ answered the player.
‘I have to know,’ said Crawford. ‘It might make a difference.’
‘Okay then – another good player.Make it yourself or your twin
brother.’
‘Who are my opponents?’
‘If you insist on that, too, make it two more Johnny Crawfords.’
Crawford said, ‘I’m sorry, I wouldn’t play in that game, it’s too
tough.
Jan. 28
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Thanks Richard, I should have written that better, I meant I would ask the TD to take into account my request, and the circumstances.
Jan. 28
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I changed my vote. These are reasons (keeping in mind OP stated “approx as good as me”). a) person with vision impairment; b) a person who clearly finds it hard to separate and play cards; c) somebody who was trying to follow suit to dummy's discard, and in some way (eg dummy played a card before other defender) my action or dummy's action contributed to the misunderstanding. I think if I knew the player I would not call the TD, but if I did not know them, I would call and waive the penalty. If I thought the player is hostile, abusive, or anything like that, I might enforce the penalty.
Jan. 28
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David Thompson: it doesn't really lend itself for summarising. Each file presents the current and proposed changes, with changes highlighted. When there are new rules, they are cross-referenced (so you would need to look at the impacted/referenced rules). Why not just create a Yahoo account, with a password you would not use for anything else, and take a look?
Jan. 27
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I joined, granted access, got an email (check which email account you configured your account to) got an email with the link and the password.

I think using a Yahoo group is a very good idea because the bulletin board format, formatting, threading is more appropriate to this project.

Thank you for asking people to comment, and for setting it up.
Jan. 26
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Saucepan is a very friendly player.

Story from 25 years ago:
I am reminded of another player who opened a strong 2 Spades at rubber bridge, got doubled for penalties, and then bid all the way to 4 spades, by himself. Which was, of course, doubled. The final result was down 2. I don't believe anything was said at the end of the deal, because each player knew that they get to be his opponent twice as often as being his partner.
Jan. 17
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2NT to 3S are transfers. So this is a transfer to 3NT without a stop. Bidding 3NT directly shows a stop. Infer 3 or fewer s.
Jan. 11
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Tom Townsend: recently I wanted to know if my oppo play defined 2-suited overcalls, and if they play any range or split range. I did not want either player to know that that was what I was looking up on the card. In the suggestion that you have made, how would I be able to find out? Asking either/both of them would have been very revealing.
Another time, an oppo was busy signalling using trump pips. I could see that his partner wasn't paying much attention. I wanted to know what the signal meant, without alerting the daydreamer. I was pleased that they had a detailed card and I could find out for myself.
Jan. 11
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The point I was trying to make is this: if you teach people how to count tricks in published teaching material using one method, and yet use an entirely different method in the Blue Book, and meanwhile publish a convention card with “Acol 2”, with inadequate detail … then how to all these reconcile?
Jan. 10
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