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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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This letter needs a response from management. And an investigation – not by management – that will lead to substantial changes in a matter of a few months – not years.
March 16, 2016
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Well written. I won't attempt to top it but had a similar experience playing against Barry and Kerry in an LA regional. I also had the thrill of winning +600 against Swanson and Soloway (when John played 3NXX minus 2) that won our sectional swiss match. I guess we won some monster points but that was not an issue. The fact of sitting opposite World Champions and beating them – even though it was a short 7 bd match – is a memory I hold dear. I wish more youngsters had the opportunity to play against the best from time to time and have that kind of experience. Bracketed everything makes it difficult these days.
Feb. 3, 2016
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A bit off topic but…the Wild Whist was certainly the best bridge club environment in which I have played. Maybe there should be a thread with memories of what a great club it was.
Nov. 10, 2015
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When rubber bridge (for money) was an important part of our game the way that players policed the game was to refuse to play against cheaters. The community is now doing something similar via the Internet. Cheaters are being exposed and the community refuses to allow them to continue to violate the laws and integrity of the game. We should be happy that the process is so much more transparent. Rather than whispers at the bar, we now name names and show videos. Sounds like an improvement to me.
Nov. 10, 2015
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Go Bears!
Nov. 1, 2015
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These tactical bids will be outlawed when the NBA outlaws head fakes.
Oct. 13, 2015
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