#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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