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Adam Wildavsky
Adam Wildavsky
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Member Since
June 18, 2010
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
about me

I'm a freelance capitalist, semi-retired software engineer, and sometime professional bridge player. I spend summers in Florida and winters on the Colorado ski slopes. My other interests include the laws of bridge, economics, swing dancing, global warming (I'm a skeptic), and Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. Edgar Kaplan is my all time bridge hero.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
3HX-1, Blue Ribbon Pairs, Lancaster, 1989
Bridge Accomplishments
3rd in Bermuda Bowl in 2003 for the USA, 12th in 2009, two USBC wins, many NABC wins. Represented Switzerland in the European and World Team Championships in 2012.
Regular Bridge Partners
Doug Doub, Michael Polowan, Philippe Cronier, Carlos Pellegrini
Favorite Tournaments
NABCs, USBC, Cavendish, any BAM event
Favorite Conventions
Keller
BBO Username
adamw
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
Jan Jansma - Adam Wildavsky
Eastern Scientific
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Philippe Cronier & Adam Wildavsky
Franco-American Accord
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Fernando and Adam
Transatlantic Standard
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Victor Chubukov & Adam Wildavsky
American Standard
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Adam Wildavsky - Modern Standard
Modern Standard -- see http://bit.ly/adamw-notes
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Nik Demirev - Adam Wildavsky
2+ 1!c, 4+ 1!d
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Migry and Adam 15-17
Eastern Scientific
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Peter Gill & Adam Wildavsky
Eastern Scientific
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Giuseppe and Adam
Eastern Scientific
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Andy Hung & Adam Wildavsky
Eastern Scientific
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Iulian and Adam
Eastern Scientific
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Migry and Adam 12-14
Weak NT, 5 card majors
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Maurizio Di Sacco - Adam Wildavsky
Modern Standard -- see http://bit.ly/adamw-notes
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Herman & Adam
Transatlantic Standard
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Peter Boyd & Adam Wildavsky
Modern Standard -- see http://bit.ly/aw-pb-notes
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Standard American, 1NT opening can have 5!H
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Gary & Adam
Standard American
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Alex and Adam
Standard American with Switch -> 3!d -- see http://bit.ly/adamw-notes
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Top Bridge Pros' Tax Woes Continue
It seems that Norway is a monarchy, and the King retains the power to pardon: http://www.nysun.com/editorials/hats-off-to-harald/90095/
VOTE on eliminating sequestering in final 2 or 3 Round Robin matches
Copied from the other thread. I urge you to vote "No". ============================== One of our chief responsibilities as administrators is to make sure that every competitor has an incentive to do as well as he can in every match. Providing an advantage to a team that loses a match abrogates our ...
Eliminate sequestering in last 2 or 3 Round Robin matches?
One of our chief responsibilities as administrators is to make sure that every competitor has an incentive to do as well as he can in every match. Providing an advantage to a team that loses a match abrogates our responsibility. Any such policy is an evil one, and would be ...
VOTE on How to Break Ties in Knockout Stage Matches
I agree with Michael. A tie in the final should be decided by a playoff. This does not pose the logistical and fairness problems (the winner will be less rested than their next opponent) that it would in an earlier round.
VOTE on How to Break Ties in Knockout Stage Matches
Because total points would take precedence there would be no incentive to use BAM strategy. I predict that a BAM tiebreaker would happen less often than once per century. It's simply there as a last-ditch effort to avoid a coin toss. I'd be happy for total-point tiebreaks to ...
VOTE on How to Break Ties in Knockout Stage Matches
When two teams tie a KO match it would be reasonable for either to go forward. I view it as essentially arbitrary, so long as it is objective and known beforehand. Any of the proposed methods work for me. For teams that did not play the RR I'd be ...
Big Ideas
Bob, the Colorado Springs system is a labor of love. Had it even a smidgeon of funding or support from the ACBL it could easily be extended to team games. The English have done this already. They produce a combined rating using a conversion factor they have determined empirically at ...
Big Ideas
Thanks for posting, Barbara! I agree that these are important issues, but like you I don't know where the solution lies. I find it difficult to remember how I learned this stuff. I asked my friends Amy and Steve Nellissen about it, since they run a club that caters ...
Big Ideas
Board by board results would allow us to dive deeper into analysis, but it's not clear to me which of the ACBL's goals would that serve. If something simpler lets us bootstrap a Strength-Based Rating system them I'm all for starting simple. If you'd like a ...
Big Ideas
Richard, I like your suggestion of basing ratings on board by board performance but it might prove unnecessary. Many algorithms would transform linearly so that the sum of a pair's board-by-board ratings for a session, taking into account each opponent's rating, would be equal to the rating based ...
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