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The reason I posted this hand was to see how voting looked compared to a director's ruling. I was North, and there was a long hesitation before the bid of 3N, which was then pulled with a jump to 5D. I called the director, reviewed the auction & hesitation. He told us to play. 5D just made and 3N would have been defeated. I called him back, expecting him to adjust the score. He said he had already ruled, the pull was allowed. I recommended he consult another director with more bridge experience, and got up to walk with him to explain. He told me to sit back down or he'd penalize me. After which, I lost it completely, something that seldom happens. While I can't take back my improper conduct, I do at least feel vindicated by the result of this poll. Passing 3N is the normal action, and other actions could easily have been suggested by the hesitation.
July 29
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Sorry I misread problem & thought my pard had bid 2N. Double seems clear.
July 28
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I find the problem arises with the word ‘promptly.’ I frequently need a little time to remember if something is conventional or natural, and if an alert is required. Many partners and opponents appear to have this same problem. The next hand has frequently passed by the time the alert arrives. Generally they would have passed in any case, but not always. There are also awkward situations in which they pass, then rescind the pass, think and pass again creating some set of inferences about what would cause this behavior.
July 27
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Hard for me to imagine that ‘sponsors’ paying tens of thousands for partners and teams, are reluctant to spend in stores and restaurants. The big reason there is less wining and dining is that the ACBL doesn't seem capable of adopting the time schedules that are common in the civilized world.
June 9
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This seems as much like an argument against Columbus as an argument for volunteers.
June 9
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Seeing as the ACBL is unwilling to change the starting time of National events, a top priority is finding venues where food and drink are easily available after the evening session. When we go to different locations, they aren't used to ACBL traffic hours. Coffee service closes when we need it most. Upon arrival at the hotel bar or restaurant at 11:15, we are often told they thought it was a slow evening and sent some staff home at 10pm
June 9
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A terrific win for an extremely nice group. Christal & Uday have quietly formed a great partnership while setting an example of good bridge behavior for us all.
May 27
Steve Zolotow edited this comment May 27
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My suggestion is that all who sit at their table start the hand and play so slowly that everyone is given an average. The cheats with a string averages or even average pluses will never win anything.
May 11
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On either side of Cosmo are Bellagio, best NLH games 24-7, and Aria, best for PLO, but also good NLH. There are online sites that offer discount tix to events & shows. There are some free attractions (Fountains & indoor thematic garden at Bellagio are close.)
May 11
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If I were the South player and had mistaken thought it didn't matter when I made comment, I'd insist he get one more trick. Similarly, if declarer has AKT left, and claims two tricks, but QJ are doubleton, the defender should tell him to take 3.
April 1
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Tell that to a 3 Star chef
March 28
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Yup. I frequently hear someone say, “I'm a big sports fan, I love to watch bridge and chess.” And someone else reply, “Isn't bridge a great spectator sport.” If one uses the extended or subsidiary definitions of sport, then sexual dalliance and practical joking are sports as well. They certainly would be interesting events to watch than archery or shooting, and might even rival gymnastics in popularity.
March 28
Steve Zolotow edited this comment March 28
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There is a great ap HappyCow, which lists vegetarian and veg friendly sites for every location. Since I have been dining with friends I haven't had a chance to test their recommendations in the Memphis area, but I have found interesting spots all over the world using the ap.
March 27
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When I just checked roster on ACBL I saw:
9891560 Massimo
Lanzarotti
10.46 10.46 0
Which suggests he is playing and has 10.46 seating points (or perhaps cheating points)
March 25
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Does anyone know and have they talked to his team members?
March 25
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Between evenly matched players, the luck becomes a factor in opening choice and preparation. Being well prepared, especially with a trap or novelty, in a variation your opponent chooses can lead to a winning position.
FYI in poker Doyle Brunson is in his 80's and still wins in the highest stake cash games. I once asked if he was worried about the younger players catching up. He said he knew they were, but that he had been so far ahead in the beginning, that they still had a way to go. He also quoted the old saying, "You don't stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing. He has, however, stopped playing tournaments where the 12+ hours days make stamina one of the most important skills.
March 25
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I suggest that no sponsors ever hire him, and anyone friendly with any of his teammates tell them they should be ashamed of playing on a team with him. Assuming, as has been suggested, that he is unrepentant, then those of us who happen to face him, should also insult him at every opportunity-try make his playing as uncomfortable as possible.
March 24
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A few personal thoughts:
Hawaii is an inappropriate venue NABC
A competent travel agency would be a profit center for ACBL
I don't know why there aren't packages including flights from major cities (LA, Vegas, Dallas, NYC, Miami) that include charter flight & 10 days of hotel.
I don't know the optimal number for board or ACBL officials, but I do know there are too many & too few are competent.
March 9
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The wonders of typos!! This article begins; “The last time I played bride ended badly.” I concur, that if I played bride it would definitely end badly. :)
March 6
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JC I am puzzled by “As I wrote it ou said it a lot of times, we may like or not the decision of CAS (and I don't think that you may find any word from me anywhere where I'd have said that I like it), but it's a decision that bridge bodies, except ACBL, have to accept (as they accept the antidoping rules of the IOC).”
Why do we have or organizations we've elected have to accept decisions that are rammed down our throats. If I consider something inappropriate and important, aren't I obligated to protest? I look back to my twenties and the War in Vietnam as a perfect example of enough people (eventually) protesting to have an effect on powerful government factions.
March 6
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