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Chris Willenken
Chris Willenken
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Member Since
Nov. 14, 2011
Last Seen
Sept. 18
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Professional bridge teacher and player living in NYC.

I play on BBO most weekdays as 'junior'.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Past: Ron Smith, Roy Welland, Michael Rosenberg, Jan Jansma Current: Eldad Ginossar, Alison Wilson
BBO Username
junior
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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ACBL Scheduling: Adjusting Spring NABC Schedule to avoid excluding certain genders/ages
Moving the events around might help a bit, but the best solution IMO is to schedule nested events with drop-ins. For example, run a 2-day pair game opposite the second two days of a 3-day pair game, with losing semifinalists in the 3-day pair game dropping into the finals of ...
First unpleasant experience of changed 2017 Laws
"You have to take people at their word. If they choose to cheat, so be it." This principle is directly contradicted by Law 85(a)1, which states: "In determining the facts the Director shall base his view on the balance of probabilities, which is to say in accordance with ...
The rest of the story...
Ray, My interpretation is perfectly in line with that Laws Commission quote. 1 in 100 would constitute more than one of a player's peers (unless perhaps you feel that the world top 100 should be treated as its own peer group for this purpose)-- most players have hundreds if ...
Flipping for Winning
Rui, 100% agree that phones off, visible, and face-down is by far the best rule. In addition to avoiding players cheating by using a vibrating phone, such a policy makes it virtually impossible that a phone will accidentally turn on. So, "Rui's Rule" is more effective at accomplishing each ...
The rest of the story...
Jenny, Even if no polled players passed, pass could still be a LA under the Laws. Quoting 16(B)1(b): "A logical alternative action is one that, [b]among the class of players in question[/b]... would be given serious consideration by a significant proportion of such players, of ...
Matt Smith Promotion
I also consider this a fantastic decision by the WBF. To me, Matt's greatest attribute as a director is his tireless commitment to doing the right thing. Occasionally, Matt and I have debated the merits of a ruling, but in each of those cases Matt has presented a calm ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
OK, you convinced me to count the 'countless'. I count 13 amateur winners in the 43 years of the event's existence. I didn't count amateur teams which were Bermuda Bowl contenders (such as Ross/Pender, Martel/Stansby). However, I did count teams which have members who have played ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
The GNT format allows the district-winning team from each part of the country to play in the late stages of a major event. The conditions are 'fair' in the same way that the US Senate is fair-- every geographical area gets to participate equally. It seems bizarre to view this ...
Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
Ned, As someone who has spent thousands of hours teaching bridge, I feel like your approach might not be realistic for many students. As you observe, bidding systems are essentially languages. It is difficult enough for beginning players to learn one new language ("standard") and to start answering logic puzzles ...
In the Well: Jeff Meckstroth
Congrats again on your umpteenth Vanderbilt win! I have noticed that bidding theory frequently evolves in the following manner: a young pair achieves great results with highly aggressive methods, but at some point the field develops effective countermeasures, the aggression stops paying off, and top level bridge looks different. What ...
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