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Chip Martel
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Dec. 31, 2010
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June 14
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WOLFSON is Senior USA2
Well done. Some excellent bridge from the winners. Jeff, David and Alan will be defending their world title from 2 years ago.
Great Players; Great Books
I was (and still somewhat am) an avid reader of bridge books. As others noted, I only read some of Watson's book on play, moving on to better books such as Card play technique by Mollo and Gardener.
Who Goes There?
Works for me too. Thanks!
What Methods should Require Advance Submission Forms & Written Defenses?
I agree with Howie's view completely. In my view if we didn't allow written defenses, we would have to cut back on what we allow to be played. Allowing them with written defenses is fairer to both sides.
What Methods should Require Advance Submission Forms & Written Defenses?
I think there should be a distinction between bids that show known 5 (+) card suit(s) and ones that don't. The reason that 2D weak with majors is challenging to defend against is that it really doesn't promise length in ANY known suit (that is, could have 4 ...
Congratulations Greg Lawler
Yes, great to see someone who has contributed such good service to bridge recognized with this prestigious award. Congrats Greg!
Senior USBC seeding from 2020 on
I'd suggest we just use VSR seeding points along with perhaps performance in prior senior trials, That should be reasonably accurate and not too much of a hassle to administer.
Down Under Coup
With regard to the earlier play and defense, North had to keep all his spades or declarer could set up the spades with one loser (4 total), but if he throws the good 9, coming down to 4 spades and KT of clubs I don't see any winning ...
The Time Has Come - PPs for the Soloway and changes to PPs required for byes
Good catch Peter. Given how the numbers work and and that it is harder to win PPs now, I'm also OK with keeping a 20% bump for all byes.
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
Since replacing a disqualified team can be a mess (see my earlier comment for some bad scenarios), I'd suggest we be conservative in disqualifying a team. Thus I'd be OK with using items 1-4 as proposed.
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