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Don Caplin
Don Caplin
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 22, 2010
Last Seen
Oct. 5
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

 

writer, teacher

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Meeting my future wife at the Franks' Contract Bridge Studio
Bridge Accomplishments
Won Flight A GNT for New England 4 times; Bruce Pairs, Phila NABC 2012
Regular Bridge Partners
My wife (Sondra), Daniel Albert-Rosenberg, Harrison Luba, Greg Gouillart, Alexander Frieden, Anita Taylor, Rick Howard, Jack Donaghue
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridge Spot, Woburn
Favorite Tournaments
Newton MA Individual, Springfield MA Regional
Favorite Conventions
Fishbein
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
Why does Harvard hate bridge?
Jon: Thanks for all your efforts to keep this going. It's frustrating that alums have no say in the matter.
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
Our agreement is "Randy Ray Cuebid": for unbid suits with a stronger holding in the unbid minor.
Is this system bad or illegal? (EDIT)
Try DoBoPoCo, invented on Cape Cod originally for mentally handicapped to play bridge. You'd have to play a bunch of hands with it to see if it works.
For your consideration: Are Bridge and Baseball facing similar problems appealing to youth?
In the late 60s, the Boston Red Sox had a regular bridge game, maybe Yaz, Bill Lee, Jim Willoughby, Bernie Carbo? Now they're into multiple-player computer games (and one of them allegedly developed Repetitive Stress Injury from them).
Has bidding to the 8+ level ever been considered in bridge?
Playing bridge at work, opponents sacrificed at 8 level (permitted in house rules). My boss REALLY wanted to play the hand, so he bid 8 over their 8.
Gatlinburg 2018 Bridgescore+ Technology Details
We played bracketed swiss on Sun, which were mostly 3-ways. Asked a director for help entering, and she didn't know how, had to ask another director. Ideally you'd have pre-dealt hands and Bridgemate at each table, but perhaps not realistic for such a large tourney.
Gatlinburg 2018 Bridgescore+ Technology Details
"The biggest roadblock is the number of MP corrections from teams." When we played bracketed swiss, I saw "estimated MPs" in itals on the screen, and "actual MPs" in bold, so I thought an estimate was close enough.
Who's the most promising new bridge writer?
Ditto. Both fiction (I read them all) and straightforward bridge advice.
The Best Bridge Writer
Bridge novels: 1. "YARBOROUGH" by B.H. Friedman (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/bh-friedman/yarborough/) 2. "The Cardturner" Louis Sachar
Bridge Players on TV Game Shows
I would have voted for her.
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