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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
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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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Ray I love discussions of cocaine at the table that state there should be a line. Even though it is not our drug of choice, having it readily available would certainly increase the popularity or bridge. Although I guess extasy & oxy should also be available. LOL
March 3
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I can speak to Larry Flynt and producers of PokerGo - Let's start BLB - Barely Legal Bridge.
March 3
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I'm not sure if I should add this to this thread or the one called answer to Sabine's question or if it is even relevant. Bridge (like chess, puzzles, learning music or foreign languages) are all considered to be performance enhancers. They enable better brain function & stave off dementia. Perhaps we need to start marketing bridge as a performance enhancer, not as a game or as a sport:)
March 3
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Each time I hear of what IMHO is another idiocy by the ACBL, WBF or similar bridge organization, I feel we only have ourselves to blame. We created these groups. We voted for their personnel. Then when they produce decisions we don't like (re-admitting known cheats and excluding relatively innocent players,) we blame them instead of ourselves. (Obviously bridge players, especially older players, frequently take a variety of medications-including hormones, steroids, anti-depressants, sleep aids, mobility aids, etc. with no particular view toward enhancing bridge performance. Some may also try caffein, adderol, provigil or whatever in hopes of enhancing performance or maintaining alertness.) If we can't create organizations with standards their members agree to, shame on us. I personally would prefer to play against a pair loaded to the gills on any chemical cocktail they chose, then against a pair using covert signals. Praying for someone to start the NBA - New Bridge Association.
March 3
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A key game skill is the ability to crush bad (or in this case, relatively weaker) players and teams. The importance of this skill is lost in KO formats, which emphasize the ability to grind out a small victory against a strong team and devalue the ability to destroy a weak one.
Dec. 11, 2018
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My favorite Vic Mitchell story is from a money bridge game in which his partner lead the ace of diamonds. He wanted his pard to switch suits, but his spots were T98 ( playing standard signals.) He followed with the 8, but missed the table & dropped the 8 to the floor. His pard asked what he had played & he responded, “Small diamond.”
Sept. 24, 2018
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There is a game theoretic solution to players not reporting cheats. (It is used in the honor code at West Point and some other universities.) Not only is cheating a cause for expulsion, but also observation of cheating without reporting it is as well. In law, there are penalties for those who do not report a crime, accessories after the fact. The above is based on page 220 of The Art of Strategy by Dixit and Nalebuff, which I would recommend as a fun introduction to Game Theory.
Sept. 24, 2018
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Someone should test the idea that playing is a bridge tournament is a privilege, not a right. (Entry into Nevada Casinos follows this policy, and thus blackjack counters can be barred from entry into a casino.) Another possibility is to charge convicted cheaters a substantially higher entry fee. (Men can enter the Ladies Championship at the WSOP, but must pay a 10K entry fee while women pay only 1K.) A third possibility is for directors to continually penalize during any session they play, thus insuring they never break average.
Sept. 23, 2018
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