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Open Pairs is first choice. BAM is second.
June 6, 2018
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Ray – that is a YUGE point!
May 5, 2018
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Should the mission of the ACBL be to “repopularize bridge?” My first reaction is that bridge was popular in a different moment of popular culture. Its time in the spotlight has likely passed. But at one time I thought the same about coffee. It was for old people and terribly unhip. Boy was I wrong about changing that tide. Anyone remember this ad campaign? When I saw it on TV I thought “David Bowie and coffee? That's ridiculous.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7YfmWFLbAc&frags=wn Who knows, it is possible that good promotion could make bridge relevant. But, possibly like coffee, it will have to adapt. In the case of coffee it went upscale. Is there an analogue for bridge?
May 4, 2018
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Yu, the ACBL and the WBF seem to be intent on making the creation of an alternative a reality. Let us hope they succeed. There have been other bridge leagues here in the USA prior to the ACBL.
May 2, 2018
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Michael Kopera – is that the Goldman Slam Try that Mike Lawrence often advocates?
April 16, 2018
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William Safire wrote about this on many occasions. “Thomas Hobson ran a rent-a-horse agency for the hard-riding scholars of Cambridge, England. His system was not customer-friendly: renters could take only the next available horse, thereby saving wear and tear on the more popular models. This led the poet Thomas Ward to coin a phrase in 1630: ”Where to elect there is but one/ ‘Tis Hobson’s choice, – take that or none.“”
Oct. 29, 2017
Tom McGuire edited this comment Oct. 29, 2017
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I will tune in.
April 27, 2017
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I double like Lynn's response. It is the declarer's responsibility to check the cc or ask “leads and carding?”
April 7, 2017
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My beef is with seasoned players who list their playing level on BBO as “novice.” Please. Way too twee. Just admit to “expert,” “world-class” or whatever. Zia may be the worst offender with his self assessment as “beginner.” Yeah, we all are improving and we all make mistakes, but come on.
April 2, 2017
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Joe Hertz remember the incompetent prosecution team that couldn't convict a man that the world saw as guilty. And we were watching in real time. There may be an analogy here to incompetence in bridge prosecutions.
Feb. 15, 2017
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Eddie has been an inspiration for me since I began playing circa 1974. Congratulations and thanks.
Jan. 23, 2017
Tom McGuire edited this comment Jan. 23, 2017
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Fred, your point #2 is excellent. Teammates of the cheaters benefit, but not anyone else. That does seem unfair.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Congrats!
Dec. 4, 2016
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Ha!
Nov. 21, 2016
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Michael Rosenberg – I'm interested in what your “other” is. You say you can construct hands that are a disaster in 1CX and 1NT. I'm sure that is true. Where do you plan to play this hand? How do you get there?
Nov. 5, 2016
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Very amusing and relatable.
Aug. 20, 2016
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Gary, never, nevah give up. Push for transparency.
July 11, 2016
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My favorite response from the fast passers is “We're not good enough to take advantage of any information like that.” Ha! One doesn't need to be good to get the message that the fast passer is passing to pard.
May 29, 2016
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I mentioned this discussion to an attorney friend. Her answer was that the organization is the client regardless who the inside counsel reports to. If the inside counsel is asked to do something that is not in the best interests of the organization s/he can always resign.

She wrote, “The responsibility of in-house counsel is to the corporation/organization. They may take direction from a particular management individual, or from someone on the Board, but ethically their responsibility is to the organization itself. The individual they report to will give direction, but if that direction were unethical or illegal, the counsel would have the responsibility to bring the matter to the attention of the Board. If the Board decided to take the action anyway, the in-house counsel could (in an extreme situation) have an ethical legal responsibility to resign from their position rather than provide ongoing support for the unethical direction the company was taking. But those extreme types of situations don't arise often.”

My friend also sent me this link on the subject from a Harvard online publication: https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2016/03/29/the-inside-counsel-revolution/

It seems to be a trend in the legal business.
May 2, 2016
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A good marketer, and from reputation Robert is one, can sell any product because he or she analyses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the product/service. He also identifies with the consumer and sees the product from that vantage point. I have faith that Mr. Hartman is capable of all of that. However a good CEO is also adept at operations, finance and all the other issues facing the company. There may be some weakness in this management team as far as Operations and HR. If the team is up to it they will see this letter as an opportunity to correct defects in the way the ACBL is currently managed and to gain the trust of all shareholders – members and employees.
March 19, 2016
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