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Fred Gitelman
Fred Gitelman
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Member Since
June 29, 2010
Last Seen
13 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I was a serious (and occasionally successful) bridge player between the early 1980s and 2013. Now I am more or less retired from high-level bridge.

I am one of the founders of Bridge Base. I have been working full time on the development of bridge-related software since 1990.

United States of America

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Sheri Winestock
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Orders of Protection - American Pool Players Association - ACBL
There is at least a little bit of "teaching" going on - I sometimes hire strong pool players to play on teams with me in tournaments (so far no APA tournaments but only because I normally play in BCA leagues - there is more than one ACBL in USA pool). For me ...
Adobe Flash: End-of-life and BBO
BBO has been working hard on an HTML5 client for the past 6 months or so. No promises but... 1) I am hopeful that the mobile version (Android and iOS) will be available within the next few weeks. We believe the new mobile client will be better than our existing ...
CAPLAN Upsets STRUL in Spingold Round of 128
Mark and David Caplan were my best friends in high school. They introduced me to bridge when I was 16 and we spent a big % of our of our waking hours in the early 1980s playing in club games and local tournaments. Mark (along with me, Geoff Hampson, Bronia Jenkins ...
Yeh Bros Cup 2017
What Barry said is true. We did spend quite a bit of time during the past couple of months putting together a good set of system notes. During the week before the tournament we spent a few hours each day doing bidding practice on BBO (as well as actually trying ...
Fred Gitelman Joins The Bridge World Magazine
Thanks everyone. As someone who has been a TBW addict for 35 years or so, this is a real honor for me, but it doesn't mean as much as some of you seem to think. Here is the story... I have been writing a monthly column in TBW (with ...
Time for a rethink
Richard said: "It probably takes years for any player to start to develop any kind of good new complex system on their own. That doesn't mean that players aren't going to want to try to do so earlier." Yes surely some will, but... - If you think "earlier" means ...
Time for a rethink
Those who think that allowing "anything goes" will result in an massive influx of new young bridge player are living in a fantasy land (IMO). The first problem we have is getting young players in the front door in the first place. System regulation is completely irrelevant as far as ...
Decisions of the Appeals & Charges Committee, November 2016
The decisions regarding the teammates/accomplices of FN and FS sounds really bad to me for several reasons: 1) It is completely unjust that these people should benefit in any way from playing on teams with convicted cheats. I believe that they should also have all of the seeding points ...
Measures against electronic cheating
Don - assuming that vugraph data continues to be recorded by human operators (an assumption that may well not be true before too long), spectators would be aware of the delay because it would no longer be possible to interact with the operator in real time. That would not be the ...
Measures against electronic cheating
Allan - presumably you noticed that many top players were surprised when the allegations against BZ came out, but that those against FN, FS, and PS were hardly a shock in the expert community. I believe the difference was that BZ were much better than the other pairs at knowing what ...

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