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It seems the lesson here is, do not volunteer for USBF committees.
June 26, 2014
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Being recognized for achievement at bridge is something I think all competitive players seek. But the labels that the league applies are surely arbitrary. The term “attendance points” is often used with some justification. It seems to me that Leo is a very accomplished bridge player and should not feel at all lessened by not being a Grand Life Master. He should, and it seems he does, feel lessened by the incident that caused his suspension. As others have pointed out, there is a path to gaining the GLM title. If getting the official recognition is important enough for him, I encourage him to follow that path.
June 17, 2014
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I *really* dislike the slideshow. It changes too fast and is a distraction. Can it be user-disabled? Also the Your Masterpoints features is more extensive than the old site, but doesn't give some useful information on pending points (those are in two different places now and mine don't agree with each other). The various stats on ranking are interesting, but overall the charts don't give me the easy snapshot of my ranking that I used to have.
June 9, 2014
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The Wild Whist was my favorite club of all time.
April 24, 2014
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“So I think I've learned that if people ask me about how many masterpoints I have, it's probably not going to be a good match! ”

So true. The only reason to ask is when it comes to buying the entry so that the team can be assigned to a bracket. Now, let's discuss how wrong-minded bracketing is. ;-)
April 17, 2014
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Hurrah and huzzah to both.
March 6, 2014
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Language used in marketing/advertising/mass communications doesn't always conform to standard English rules. “Got Milk?” is an ugly sounding phrase that has sold millions of quarts of milk. (Yes, I know the national board just ditched the campaign.) “Tastes good like a cigarette should” is a classic regardless of how one feels about smoking. “Play nice” is an exhortation that is easily understood. Any regular tournament bridge player knows that it means “behave yourself and don't be an ass.” Whoever defaced those lobby boards should pay the league to replace them.
March 3, 2014
Tom McGuire edited this comment March 3, 2014
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As Bob Dylan sang: “You gotta serve somebody. It may be the devil. It may be the Lord. But you gotta serve somebody.”
Feb. 28, 2014
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Hi Eric
Will you publish your bidding methods? And why not?
Thanks for the play book…lots of mind-boggling insights.
Feb. 26, 2014
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Very funny!
Dec. 10, 2013
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It was wonderful when the ACBL banned smoking from the playing area. Any non-smoker who had to deal with that knows how “wonderful” is was. I see no reason to re-instate the imposition on non-smokers with “vapor” instead of smoke. There are hospitality breaks…use them if you need a nicotine fix.

This whole discussion reminds me of Steve Martin's routine. “Mind if I smoke,” someone asks him. “Not at all. Mind if I fart,” he replied.
Dec. 10, 2013
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It doesn't matter to me whether e-cigarettes emit carcinogens or not. I don't want opponents blowing smoke or vapor or whatever at the table. Is it that hard to be considerate of other people that you can't wait for a hospitality break to use your nicotine delivery system?
Dec. 9, 2013
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20 feet outside the building? I saw players lighting up before they got out the second door of the lobby. The area directly around the exit was filled with smokers. I had to hold my breath while I walked through the cloud of smoke.
Dec. 8, 2013
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You're lucky to have Mormor to take over. It's wonderful that she can step in. Hope the luck continues.
Sept. 15, 2013
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Definitely see Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio outside Scottsdale. It's called Taliesin West and is beautiful and educational. Old Town Scottsdale is charming with lots of art dealers and several above average restaurants – Amy's Baking Company, site of the famous Gordon Ramsey dust up, may or may not be among them.
Sept. 10, 2013
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I've seen pros who have lots of little quirks that say “I own this table,” with the subtext “I own you.” Then there are the physical/psychological strategies. Those go back to P. Hal Sims eating fried chicken at the table and getting the cards oily to irk Ely Culbertson. (think I got the players right) Moving the boards, playing very fast/very slowly, etc. are forms of gamesmanship. It's hard to regulate that kind of behavior, but let's be honest, a very accomplished card player can manipulate the pace of the game to his/her advantage. But maybe it's all fair – getting inside your opponents head is a part of the game. Like “getting caught” early in a match opening a lousy 2 bid vul. Another ploy is making a trial bid when you know you are going to game. Ask Noberto about that one ;) and be prepared for a rant.
Sept. 6, 2013
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I want more Open events, not fewer. When I started playing I was lucky to be able to play against Crane, Soloway, Swanson, Lawrence, and other luminaries. That was fun. Playing against Joe and Jack in the Geezer Pairs or in the Mini-Whatevers isn't as much fun.
Aug. 17, 2013
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Cheating is the most dangerous and odious word in bridge and I certainly wouldn't accuse anyone in this drama of cheating. Cheating takes intent. Although I think E would have loved to have S say “You're right, 2C is artificial. We play Drury,” so that he could double for the lead, I don't think his intent was to say “Pard, they forgot about Drury, please lead a club.” However, I see many, many people at the club level (some at higher levels) who get the message to lead a club (or whatever is implied by the question) and manage to have enough justification that there is no adjustment. The problem is truly Catch 22. If you ask you're transmitting UI/if you don't ask you're being taken advantage of (although unwittingly). Is it really too much to ask that if a pair agrees to play a convention that they make every effort to understand and remember it? Sure we all forget, but once a pair has the conversation and both agree to play convention X I think they owe it to the opponents and the field to remember. If they don't I think a penalty is reasonable. I'll bet they remember their agreement next time.
May 24, 2013
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Excellent observation. I hope that happens most of the time.
May 17, 2013
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I'm surprised that Mr. 3000 Monsterpoints' partner didn't get the hint that E held nice clubs.
May 17, 2013
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