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It would be very interesting to see the long term results from taking a group of 55 to 65 year olds, with no exposure to bridge, then randomly dividing them into a bridge learning/playing group and a control group. Then comparing groups every 10 years after that. Or if you really had a huge group into 4 cohorts-no game, bridge, chess and poker-then do periodic comparisons.
Also I recommend Scotland as a great country to anyone thinking of studying there. In fact, we are planning on skipping the Atlanta NABC (not great summer place & hate 1pm start format) to go Europe including Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
May 15, 2018
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Chess has done an excellent job of ‘proving’ that chess education in schools is extremely beneficial to the mental & psychological development of children. Perhaps bridge should do likewise. It would make bridge eduction much more acceptable.
April 4, 2018
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Who said that?
March 16, 2018
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If I decide the Platinum Pairs is too tough, I can find events with restrictions on masterpoints. I personally prefer the tougher events, but it would be relatively easy to avoid playing in fields that someone finds too tough. If events were classed as cheating allowed, mild cheating allowed, and no cheating allowed, then I could chose a no cheating event in the same way a beginner might pick an under 100 masterpoints.
March 15, 2018
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I think bridge organizations have to be put on notice. They must understand that if collusive cheating is not severely punished, players will leave existing organizations to join or form other organizations.
March 15, 2018
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Unfortunately system is 2C then 2N = invite This means opponents will know a lot about declarers hand making defense to 2 or 3N easier.
Jan. 6, 2018
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With or without a stop card or skip bid warning, the rule should be aimed at getting players to maintain an even tempo and demeanor in all situations. More ethical players do try harder than others to do so. But telling people to pretend anything is misguided. (In the stop card days, I guess I am guilty of forgetting to use it in some situations, like 1N 3N or 1H 4N, but my intention wasn't to convey the information that I had a good hand-hopefully pard could figure that out.) It seems common in matchpoint events that when the second board is started with 2 or 3 minutes left on the clock, hesitations become shorter.
Dec. 20, 2017
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They should have said wait 10 seconds without revealing anything, not pretend to have a problem. I'm sure most regular partnerships know when pard has a problem and when he is taking a mandatory 10 count. Instead they chose language that literally tells you to pretend to have a problem when you don't.
Dec. 18, 2017
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Sometime in the 70s or 80's Peter Pender & Hugh were in NYC playing a high stakes money bridge game against two stalwart rubber bridge players Harold Bogart & Ralph Chafetz. The New Yorkers crushed & afterward Bogie commented to me that Hugh was pretty tough but Peter Rabbit was clueless. (I should add that for a really strong card player, Bogie resisted weak two bids and negative doubles for as long as I knew him.)
Nov. 28, 2017
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This is an example of 4 levels of ethical behavior:
1. LHO is giving you a glimpse of his hand as he sorts his cards, and you say nothing, & sit up straighter.
2. LHO is giving you a glimpse of his hand as he sorts his cards, and you say nothing, but don't go out of your way to peak or sit up straighter.
3. LHO is giving you a glimpse of his hand as he sorts his cards, and you tell him to hold his cards back.
4. LHO is giving you a glimpse of his hand as he sorts his cards, you tell him to hold his cards back & take a two-way finesse that loses because this is what you would have done without a glimpse of his hand.

To me the big problem with bridge is that there are players in all groups, and nothing really creates the incentive to be in any specific group - except perhaps group 1 are considered unethical & group 4 get worse results.
Nov. 28, 2017
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Pizza, aka flatbread, at Hyatt bar after session is terrible.
Nov. 25, 2017
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This hand comes from p 29 of Lawrence Judgment at Bridge 2, where he says “2H. A near Maximum.” If this is only near a maximum, I'd hate to see a real max!
Nov. 23, 2017
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1 comment & one true story: First if you play chess (or pool or foosball or darts) in a bar, you should be drinking. Second, a famous backgammon player had his coke (the beverage) drugged by Gabby Horowitz, a notorious cheat, who was later ‘accidentally’ shot and killed by his best friend. Gabby's girlfriend was Marsha Clark, who studied law books while watching him play. (Perhaps that's why she blew in the OJ Simpson trial.)
Oct. 31, 2017
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Robots are extremely predictable, unfortunately we poor humans are not always able to correctly figure out what they are doing, especially when we expect them bid or play like humans.
Sept. 18, 2017
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I can see where having a lot of sex might make one prefer a later session the next day:)
Sept. 5, 2017
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I think early starts are necessary in cities with bars and restaurants that close early.
Sept. 1, 2017
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If the ACBL wants to insure a shrinking membership, handing new members a copy of all of these color coded charts would make an excellent start.
Sept. 1, 2017
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I mentioned this above, but one reason for signing ACBL is stuff is so those who want multi's in general use can vote for people who support that position and against those who don't.
Sept. 1, 2017
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Not to mention the question of penalties for using a convention that is allowed, but not in the current event. And can a pair be penalized for just listing such a convention on their card, even if it is never used?
Sept. 1, 2017
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One important reason for signing ACBL documents, is that when it comes time to decide for whom to vote (or promote or fire) or whatever, members could make more informed decisions. For example, I would tend to favor anyone who wants earlier starting times or oppose anyone who feels that a multi 2D should not be in general use, as it is in the rest of the world.
Sept. 1, 2017
Steve Zolotow edited this comment Sept. 1, 2017
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