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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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Futile Willie?
How could West forget to double 4?
Duplicate Poker
Almost true. They are down to three WSOP events that are limit hold 'em. There's some pot limit Omaha, too.
Duplicate Poker
For what it's worth, I've played a fair bit of duplicate card games other than bridge. - Hearts. Worked OK. Shooting the moon skewed things a little, but in strong hearts games, nearly every deal is about shooting the moon. Skill definitely showed. - Barbu. That worked less well. As ...
Duplicate Poker
The second issue is easily worked around. Just deal to all seats. The first is more problematical, as tables need to be broken down with some regularity. But they don't have to. Schedule a set number of hands/rounds/whatever per stanza. Then advance all the leaders in each ...
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
I suspect there are a lot more players with 10,000 points and no wins than ones with 3+ wins and fewer than 10,000 points. The latter folks probably don't stay under 10,000 for long. So that doesn't really seem like much of a problem.
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
Good point. I don't think that's ever happened, at least not recently. I chose 30, because the ACBL rules say that if an event drops under 30 tables for a while, it becomes eligible to go away. If three teams showed up for the Reisinger, I'd send ...
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
In those days, there'd be what, 4-5 teams in the junior events? That seems like a pretty small field for an event to award GLM status. Super seniors do not count, either. There may be an express table minimum, or maybe used to be, too. There certainly ought to ...
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
The team trials count. So does any open world championship.
Reevaluating GLM-Eligible Events
The point of higher "foobar Life Master" levels is to encourage players to chase masterpoints after they become LM. Many players really enjoy goal-related efforts, and quite a few complained that the next goal was very very far away, possibly not reachable in their lifetimes. Hence, the ACBL judged to ...
NABC Appeals Casebooks for Providence, Orlando & Kansas City with commentary are now available
That's almost exactly the current ACBL approach, except we expect a panel of reviewers. That penal is sometimes officially a single person, but I assume he consults with other directors. I think it'd be better in general to require at least three panelists. Diversity of thought will sometimes ...
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