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Jeff Goldsmith
Jeff Goldsmith
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Member Since
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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United States of America

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BBO Username
JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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To BBO: Please eliminate UI from insta-actions
I'll buy that it helps at T2, too.
Convention Cards and online tournaments (mostly ACBL)
It's still a National Bridge Organization, despite having four countries as part of it. The NABF/USBF is the zonal authority.
Convention Cards and online tournaments (mostly ACBL)
Law 80A1c.
Convention Cards and online tournaments (mostly ACBL)
AFAIK, the ACBL is still paying lip service to the regulation and has no desire to change it.
Convention Cards and online tournaments (mostly ACBL)
May players look at their own convention cards? System notes? Good questions. There is diversity of opinion on this among regulating authorities (RAs). The current suggestion made to the ACBL BoD is to allow convention cards, because there's a button on BBO, but to disallow notes. If a platform ...
Convention Cards and online tournaments (mostly ACBL)
As I understand it, once upon a time, someone at the ACBL decided that ACBL games on BBO should follow ACBL regulations, in particular that if a pair does not have convention cards, they are required to play SAYC. BBO implemented this at the ACBL's request. That's why ...
A field day for the heat
That seems pretty unlikely. Partner has 12 minor suit cards and was silent?
To BBO: Please eliminate UI from insta-actions
In my opinion, the biggest issue is opening leads. During the bidding, often a player is delayed by answering questions or writing an explanation. Not so for opening leads, and they are very tempo-sensitive. Randomly delaying opening leads would, I think, provide the most bang for the buck. Better still ...
Potential cheating in the coming ACBL Endless Summer Tournament
Hi, Mike. Me, too. I wonder if one experience differs. Do the directors reprimand you every time you turn hands into them without creating a scene at the table?
Self-Alerting Issue
Michael, I happen to agree with you. This position is, however, not just not universal, but not a majority position among those with whom I have discussed it and who are very thoroughly versed in the laws. Nowhere in the laws does it say that the opponents are entitled to ...
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