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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.

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JeffG
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Platinum Life Master
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Auto-splinter, but as you play two-way NMF, you can define it to be exactly a singleton and use 1-1; 1NT-2; 2-3 to be a void self-splinter.
Invitational Minor Suit Hands Opposite Notrump Opener
A major benefit to minor suit invites is that when opener rejects, there's a good chance of going plus in responder's long suit.
Invitational Minor Suit Hands Opposite Notrump Opener
Plus the invitation is pretty preemptive.
"You got it wrong."
In Barbu Chinese Poker, QJ1098 K6542 777 is strongest. If playing straight Chinese Poker with royalties, a SF in the center is huge.
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
There are a bunch of reasons why four teams isn't good. The masterpoint formula puts a huge premium on events with nine or more teams. Schedules say two days for a KO---doing full-day matches with no intermediate awards seems like there is low immediate gratification. And only one team ...
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
9 or more are pretty much all the same. The masterpoint rules are linear after 9. 9 and 12 create symmetric brackets, but I wouldn't refuse a team if they were any of the 10th through 16th teams. Letting someone play has to trump one fewer three-way. The 17th ...
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
That'll only happen if the upper bracket is full, which is not normally the case (OK, it is in Gatlinburg). And then one team at the borderline will be moved down. If it happens that there are 16 teams that make a perfect first bracket, and then there is ...
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
In practice, no. It's rare that even one team makes such a request, and it's only fair that they arrive a little early to do so.
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
Oren, What you are saying is that you prefer that small tournament organizers ought to decide in advance whom they are going to screw. Either commit to forcing lesser teams into a top bracket where they don't want to be or advertise a 0-5000 KO along with an open ...
How to top players feel about bracket-1 KO's being small vs. populated with those playing up?
"If your KOs are only drawing four top-bracket teams and you are unwilling to add lower-ranking teams, stop holding knockouts." How's that going to work? Let's say you've put together a KO team for a regional, paid for tickets and hotels, and you show up Monday night ...
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