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This quote is from Terence Reese's book, Story of An Accusation, page #24. According to the book, when the initial charges against Reese and Schapiro were made in Buenos Aires, Reese was summoned to a meeting with the Executive Council of the WBF. At one point, committe memnber General Alfred Gruenther said to Reese “What striks me as a layman is that you don't seem to make any violent rebuttal of these charges.” Reese's reply was “Well, you tell me Gneral, How does one rebut this sort of accusation?”

Resse goes on in the book to recount his thoughts that “Writers in the American magazines later drew unfavorable conclusions from the fact that I treated the accusations cooly. What did they expect me to do-wave my about like a Spaniard?”

General Gruenther was also the referee in the 1931 Clubertson-Lenz match.
Sept. 8
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Jack, it's not just Atlanta. It happens to me quite often when trying to reserve rooms for Regionals…
July 25
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LV NABC Table Count through Tuesday????
July 24
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I bought the one that stated “I bid, therefore I am”
July 12
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Barry, many of the I/N players are simply reluctant to call the Director when they should in many instances like this. They afraid of how it will be handled, don't want to cause a fuss or are just too intimidated. At my local club, we've tried to educate people about how to best handle the situations but there is still a HIGH degree of reluctance to call when they should.
July 8
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Danny is spot on with a lot of his points. His fourth paragraph is a pretty good description of me and most of my regular partners and teammates. While I would like to think I can continue to improve, I'm also realistic enough to know that World Class is something I'm not going to achieve.

For my group, going to Regionals is as much about having a nice vacation as well as engaging in an activity we all enjoy. We've played with and against each other of a couple of decades. Staying in a nice hotel, having good places to eat and drink nearby, and other non-bridge activities are all part of the package.
July 7
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I appreciate the Captain Haddock reference….
April 13
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3 3 & 3 would all be Help Suit Game Tries. 3 would be a general strength ask.
April 11
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Good 7 to bad 10 points in support of . A good 10 count with 3-card support would be bid via 1NT(F) then 3 (or 4 depending on opener's rebid).
April 9
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If I recall the story correctly, when Reese was in his heyday he opposed a long-time club member who was unimpressed by Reese's reputation as an author. The exchange went something along the lines of:
LTCM “I'll have you know sir, I've never read a bridge book in my life.”
Reese “Yes, it shows.”
Feb. 19
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Poker has the additional attraction of being a gambling game where most players believe, truthfully or not, that they can win MONEY!!
Dec. 14, 2018
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Didn't Norma Desmond declare 3NT in Sunset Boulevard?
Nov. 8, 2018
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Great story , Ken!!! That gave me one of the better laughs I've ever had reading Bridge Winners.
Oct. 21, 2018
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Keith, Thanks for responding. In the example hand, wouldn't 5 by North have been a Queen-ask. I can see your point about 5 although I'm not sure how it would be understood by partner without prior discussion.

My question above, “ what if N-S have in their written system notes that after a signoff, Teller, holding 3 Keys, will always bid on? In that case, can Teller still bid after a tempo break and should they be allowed to keep their result?” intended as a more general inquiry in addition to being applied to the specific hand. I understand the concerns regarding Hesitation Blackwood and the expert commentary.
Oct. 18, 2018
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After reading through these, I have a question about hand #R3 from the Toronto casebook. The hand involves a Hesitation Blackwood auction. After getting the 0-3 Key response, Asker broke tempo before signing off in 5. The Teller, holding 3 keys, went on to 6 which made 7. The result was rolled back and the panel concurred.

My question is, what if N-S have in their written system notes that
after a signoff, Teller, holding 3 Keys, will always bid on? In that case, can Teller still bid after a tempo break and should they be allowed to keep their result.

Yes, I do have this in the notes for one of my partnerships. We even include the comment “No Hesitation Blackwood!!” We normally do have a copy of the notes with us at the table.
Oct. 17, 2018
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I seem to recall that during the final versus Italy in Rio, Brachman played with Passel for the first two segments and was -7 in the first 16 and +68 in the second for a net of 61 IMPS over 32 boards.
Oct. 9, 2018
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I believe that comment was attributed to John Crawford.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Thanks to all who voted. When this hand occurred in a local duplicate, there was a significant tempo break by South over the 1 call, in the 45 second to 1 minute range. The tempo break was agreed to by all at the table. After North bid 3, I called the director and described what had happened. We were directed to play the hand out and call the director back if we felt there had been any damage. After 3, my partner balanced with 3 which I made. The director later reviewed the situation with N-S to ensure they understood as South is, I believe, not very experienced.
Aug. 5, 2018
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A quote from Willie Nelson….”Par is
anything you want. I have a hole that is a
Par 23, I nearly birdied the darn thing.?
May 28, 2018
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I believe that was the late, great Ira Rubin.
April 30, 2018
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