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Jeff Goldsmith
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April 22, 2015
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about me

The most information about me is at my website, http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/  (The ".org" is misleading.  I'm not very organized.)  The bridge stuff is pretty extensive; it's been going on for 20 years or so.

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In real life, I'm a software engineer.  I used to be a computer animator.  I did a lot of stuff which sometimes plays on Nova, including Voyager's encounter with Neptune.  A curious happenstance: I was sitting at a table at a nationals and realized that three of the four players were trained as differential geometers.  Not a common occupation.  Nowadays, I work at making the internet faster.

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In bridge, I'm a team lead on the National Appeals Committee and a casebook commenter.  I've done more than thirty of them.  I'm a minor member of the Conventions and Competition Committee (C&CC), minor because my appointment came at a point in life where I am unable to attend many nationals.  I made this clear before accepting the nomination.  With some luck, that will change; I hope to get to two of them a year for the next few years.  As a working stiff, I tend to play on weekends.  Most of my vacations are national bridge tournaments.  Some of my previous partners have been some of bridge's more colorful figures.

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I'm also into strategy board and card games.  I can often be seen at nationals after the game playing/teaching/toting them.

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JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Legal Aid Requested
Three-card diamond suits are "natural" in the ACBL. Even so, when I play weak NT, I alert 1-1, because it can be three more often than when playing strong NTs. Once in a blue moon, it can be two with 3-3-2-5 and the wrong hand for raising clubs.
Another ruling case
This is a ruling on disputed facts, whether North adequately alerted his opening bid. (See Law 85.) The director judged that he didn't. Why would anyone who wasn't there think he can make this judgment better than the director did?
Never lost IMPs this way before
In a national pair event, my LHO was the dealer and pulled her cards out of the board, and a jack accidentally flipped face up where her partner could see it. She was allowed to make any call she wanted, but her partner was barred. Partner wasn't happy to ...
Michael Seamon Junior USBC (Part 2)
That works well when you win the first trick for the defense. It works less well when partner wins it.
Ethics of Taking Advantage of Hitches
"I don't think deciding which card to play for deceptive purposes is a legitimate reason to break tempo." Case history supports this claim.
Never lost IMPs this way before
The first hand of duplicate I ever played, I got to a grand slam which went down because trumps were 4-0 offside. Zero. I'm used to it.
Alert Question
The answer is surprisingly simple. If you might take action based on the possibility that partner has psyched (unless, of course, the later auction or the opponents have revealed it), then you must alert the opponents. "Action" includes catering to the possibility, for example, responding 2 just because he ...
Forgive this not being a bidding poll
Other. Depends on partnership agreement. Without one, assume it's forcing.
Never lost IMPs this way before
I'm pretty sure it was in Reno. We stopped short after a 10-12 NT and a relay auction that made it pretty clear that slam was going to be bad. I don't remember why the other table stopped.
Your wish is my command
The correct ruling is, "noted. Continue play. At the conclusion of play, if you feel that you have been damaged, call me back."
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