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Ira Hessel
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Member Since
July 24, 2012
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Former president D16

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Board Member D16

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Coeditor D16 Newletter

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PH. D organic chemistry

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Retired UTSA

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Research director in Melanin SYnthesis

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Consultant toxicology labs

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4 Daughters-Love em

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BTW the blue color in walter White's product is copper ion, a heavy metal neurotoxin.

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"My dear Kepler, I wish that we might laugh at the remarkable stupidity of the common herd. What do you have to say about the principal philosophers of this academy who are filled with the stubbornness of an asp and do not want to look at either the planets, the moon or the telescope, even though I have freely and deliberately offered them the opportunity a thousand times? Truly, just as the asp stops its ears, so do these philosophers shut their eyes to the light of truth."

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
31 top 10s at nationals-16 top 5s-Four Seconds -zero wins :(
Regular Bridge Partners
Dan Morse Ellen Hessel Joe Quinn Steve Shirey Boris from Canada
Favorite Tournaments
All NABC and Houston, Dallas Hot Springs Regionals
Favorite Conventions
Raptor, Penalty doubles
BBO Username
LeSInge
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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How the average 'grass-roots' club players feel about psychs
The Hideous Hog said, , "to beat good players is a test of skill. To beat bad players is a test of character."
Flannery Disclosure
Trouble with laws here. It should be obvious to a player who has agreed to bid 1NT with 6S to alert it. That is part of the social contract. As far as the director? It should be obvious to the regular readers what I think. Come to think of it ...
Food for Thought
Too bad there was no stop card-you could put it out and bid 4D to get the spades in.
But is bridge Fun?
I still play but mostly GNT, NAP, NABC but much less in regionals and sectionals than I used to. I think the best answer to "why do you play bridge" came from Géza Ottlik he quoted Dylan Thomas who answered to why he wrote poetry "for some measure of light ...
Financial fraudsters are targeting ACBL entities
Great job as usual Matt. Curiously, when my dues went up $10 last year and previously they asked for an extra 10 spot a session for screens and then they wanted entries for GNT superflight but not others I thought it was a scammer doing it.
But is bridge Fun?
Not at all. Problem is they have short breaks for sessions 1 and 2 that often creates havoc to get lunch. One of the major fun I have at a tournament is to go over the hands with my partners and friends over a leisurely lunch. Revisiting the hands to ...
But is bridge Fun?
This is a subject we talk about a lot. Serious bridge is stressful but rewarding, challenging, creative and good for the brain. Some hands are quite exciting Playing 2 sessions a day we had plenty of time to go over the hands with better players . When I started, the fun ...
Kickback Konfusion
Ha ha I opened 2NT with N and after partber settled in 6D young Emma Kolesnik thoughtedfully led a S against my wife's 6D , got in with the DA and gave her father a ruff. Our teamates also went plus 100 and I told then nice lead I told ...
Follow-up to "What's the Correct Ruling?"
First I am impressed that so many spelt "egregious" correctly. At least I think it is correct. Then the most egregious thing is the ACBL allows players to become LM without understanding the basis of why the 7H bid should not be allowed-or even become a director. Maybe a written ...
Leave ACBL?
yes Jeff, of course retirement communities do better. It is not only smaller clubs but units as well that suffer. District 16 has large units, 2500+, and small units, maybe 100. Careful data mining will show that over the last 10 years membership and tournamnets in the larger units still ...
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