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Jeff Goldsmith
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.

Country
United States of America

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BBO Username
JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
1) They heard the big club alert. Ought Standard American bidders be alerted by 2/1 Game Forcing bidders after the auction starts 1-2? 2) As long as the opening range is within the expected range, the opponents are expected to ask about weak two bid ranges if ...
Congratulations Greg Lawler
Well done!
Is this AI or UI?
Good point. The UI that partner's not signaling for clubs is duplicated by AI, so I think West may do as he wishes. This argument convinced me to change my mind.
Is this AI or UI?
The intent of a minor penalty card is to reduce the penalty from that of a major penalty card for accidentally exposed cards that are not relevant to the play. The goal is to try to get a little closer to equity when an accident occurs. This time, the 2 ...
Is this AI or UI?
West knows that the 2 is not a suit preference signal. How does he know that? Because his partner was forced to play it. Why was East forced to play it? Because it was a minor penalty card. (Yeah, he could have played a different suit or an honor, but ...
Is this AI or UI?
L50E3 says that once the penalty card has been played, "information derived from the circumstances under which it was created is unauthorized for the partner of the player who had the card." That's all information, including the fact that he couldn't make his preferred suit preference signal. West ...
Do bridge paradoxes exist?
There are suit combinations where at matchpoints, your second example will happen.
Better line in slam?
Seems like North's having the K and diamond length or either North or South's having the K and diamond length is better than trying to ruff out the K or taking a diamond hook.
Hesitation Habits and Unauthorized Information--How to Enforce Law 16 in Practice?
No one plays USD Weasel. Nearly all players who play RSU Weasel don't even know they are doing it. Edit: whoops...should be in prior thread.
Hesitation Habits and Unauthorized Information--How to Enforce Law 16 in Practice?
In reality, this isn't much of a problem. The decisions on which you are focusing are typically close to 50/50 with most of the variation not being determined by the hand held by the player making the decision, but by factors he cannot see such as the mesh ...
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