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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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The drug testing regulations are maybe a reason that bridge will never be an Olympic “sport.”
Aug. 25, 2015
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I've always found that good contracts are easier to play than bad ones. If you don't bid well, you better have some card playing chops. ;)
Aug. 14, 2015
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Geese – Thanks from me, too. Your post is very honest and forthright. I think many sponsors are like you – they want to advance quickly and it is a truism that one can only do that by playing with and against the best. So good for you – I wish I could do the same. Sharpen your skills and enjoy the triumphs when them com.
Aug. 7, 2015
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It's a truism in marketing that you don't sell to everyone in the world – you sell to people who need/want your product/service. The ACBL seems to have divided those people into two segments – “Boomers” who have time on their hands, and “Youths” who may also have some free time. The cliche for selecting the Boomers is that they are “low hanging fruit” and easy to harvest. Yes, their playing years are limited but they still have at least 20 years of bridge ahead of them. The Youths have a lifetime of bridge ahead of them and are the long-term play. OK so that “gives up” on the 30-50 cohort, but 1) they have other things that are important to them to do with free time and 2) you can't market to everyone – you have to select who you are trying to reach. So the ACBL strategy seems to make sense…get some Boomers to play NOW and introduce the game to Youths who will adopt the game over the long haul.
July 10, 2015
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I hope this adds to the discussion rather than distracts.

I think Ken Monzingo statement that there is (paraphrase) “zero cheating at clubs” and his insinuation that cheating, even if not common, does occur in pro bridge, says this: “Intentional cheating with prearranged signals is almost never seen in local clubs – the stakes are too low. However, intentional cheating has been seen over the decades in professional bridge and, given the significant financial incentives these days, it might be more common than in the past. That is not to say that hesitations, grunts, frowns and groans don't communicate illegal information at clubs. They do so every day and insofar as club managers and directors allow and seemingly condone that behavior, there is ”cheating“ at the club level – it just doesn't rise to the level of concealed methods to communicate between partners.”
June 28, 2015
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I'm down with“shows Hearts”, i.e. Ellwell, but voted for “unknown major” as that seems to be standard.
June 22, 2015
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Congratulations to Greg and Grant Vance along with Jessica Lai for promoting a lively Thursday night game at the Oakland Bridge Center (Oakland, CA). The competition is good as is the vibe. I wouldn't want to be a novice walking in to that game but if I were a 25 year old looking to improve, I'd be there every week.
June 20, 2015
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FWIW I think the most interesting aspect is that such an esteemed player had a “mental blackout.” That puts me on a something of a par with him – I have at least one per session.
June 12, 2015
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Very impressive! Kudos to Paul.
May 27, 2015
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This may be a stare-off of death. My guess is that both will fade away with bridge hanging in a bit longer in its current form. However, I'm certain that the NYT will have a longer life, but in a different form factor.
April 27, 2015
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