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Allan Stauber
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Aug. 10, 2010
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May 6
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#1 PERSONAL BEST! Preempting on 9 of the first 11 deals in a duplicate event. Inexplicably, all the other players sitting in my direction forgot to bid anything on many of those hands. #2 PERSONAL BEST! Being written up by Alan Truscott, “The New York Times” bridge columnist, for discarding a low spade from a worthless 3 card holding. I can’t be certain, but perhaps that is unique. In any case, it is weird regardless of the perpetrating weirdo. As Truscott noted, only a 1000% complete idiot would do such a thing in the given circumstances if that were his actual holding. Unfortunately, for the virtuous declarer, a multiple National Champion, the ACBL did not require a pre-Alert that he actually was playing against such a mega-moron. He went down 2 instead of making his contract. To further compound the stomach-wrenching travesty, that dumped enough matchpoints to the bilious offensive defensive mega-idiot and his partner for them to ignominiously purloin that National event back when men were men --- instead of the open, endplayed toys that they are today, even if they only want to pass. #3 PERSONAL BEST! 5 Straight (not to mention, consecutive) 70% games at the dreaded Poughkeepsie, NY club level with 5 different partners! PLUS --- by club or even much higher tournament standards, the games were actually pretty decent. Among other players, there were a bunch of bridge geeks who were IBM managers, engineers, programmers, other 2 hour lunch game addicts, etc. [Economics Note: Many academics, journalists, etc. have “credited” bridge (especially at Bear Stearns) for many aspects of the Housing Market Fiasco and other financial lunacies. However, to my knowledge, those “experts” have rarely “attributed” various IBM debacles over the years to bridge. I have no idea why.] MISCELLANEOUS DISHONORABLE MENTION LUCK OUTS Spring Nationals Top Performance Spingold KO Teams Reisinger BAM Teams Blue Ribbon Pairs Various other National shootouts --- then got excommunicated from the ACBL due to egregious overbidding and play. After just an occasional National bout of whacked out bidding and play every few eons, I discovered that the ACBL now allows certain types of semi-egregious bridge (especially bidding) --- at least for some semi-maniacs. Naturally, I had to raise the egregious overbidding “standard” again to compensate for this revolting development. Therefore, in recent years, I started playing again in some more scattered National events. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the ACBL to stop an event if we were first with one session to go, or find some mutually agreed price to disqualify the winners! Despite that, I may plod on to some other events anyway.

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A Call for Unity
Once again, a supposedly non-political topic, page, website, etc. has become political! I will add some general comments and another one that is related to this discussion. It’s probably not a big surprise that numerous reports over the years have shown waste, fraud, and abuse in many areas of ...
Extreme Bridge #11
Yes! This topic had come up before, but I intentionally omitted it here to see if anyone would mention it. I didn't want to influence anyone's opinion. I've had a comment that it is OK, but I said that seems wrong to me. Also, for probably 20 ...
Extreme Bridge #10: Bridge Bidding Puzzle
I said I didn't add all the usual info about the situation. I don't think anyone should assume anything about the form(s) of scoring in effect. Anyway, I mainly posted it because it looks so bizarre to a big percentage of players, and a lot of them ...
Extreme Bridge #10: Bridge Bidding Puzzle
Yes Michael, they were playing a form of Roman. As I added toward the end, I think that the combo of the wide point range for 1NT and also that the HCP range was so high made it more likely that the opener might bid 2NT on this auction after ...
Bridge vanity license plates
I've seen many apparently non-vanity FL plates in the Palm Beach Co., FL area that begin with AKQ. Some form a legitimate bridge, poker, etc. holding. Of course, some of those combinations might have been bought as vanity plates instead.
Calling all Mathematicians: Specious Reasoning in Probability?
Paul D East offered a mathematical proof that: Prob( lead trump from Qxx ) > Prob( lead trump from void ). BTW, in some situations, leading a trump from Qxx may be the best chance to beat a grand slam. Not being as magnanimous as Paul is, I will leave the proof to ...
Regulation of Strong 2C opening bid
Restricted to 13 cards? That is much too strict. For example, in the RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) annual bridge tournament years ago, I know that hands often had more than 13 cards. I saw one with 17! Since these hands routinely produced several tricks after the other hands were out ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
BTW, psychic runouts have many purposes besides getting to play un-X’ed, mucking up the auction in some other way, etc. When willing to have it go float or in some other circumstances, they can be used to help describe 3-suiters, some 2-suiters & exact lengths of each, some 1-suiters, etc ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
It's tough to have the best of all worlds when in 2 level competitive situations. X's often are for takeout or at least tend to be. However, in such situations when there's a good chance that the opponents are scrambling, in trouble, etc., I think it may ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
There was mention of N not X’ing 2 on the last board, but now that I see the actual deal, it appears that 2 was DONT or some kind of scramble. Whatever it was, S also has a reasonable X: 4 trumps, a singleton, etc. And even ...

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