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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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How would you bid this hand?
Marshall Miles didn't mind two of them.
San Diego NABC Appeals Casebook with commentary available online
Kit, I agree that there's no chance that the contract will be 3NT from South if East doubles. But it might be some number of clubs, and a heart lead is not clearly indicated without a double. Also, at the other table, hearts might be bid at a low ...
San Diego NABC Appeals Casebook with commentary available online
"The hesitation ... showed doubt." He claimed that the BIT suggested bidding over passing without doing a poll, but it is so obvious that a poll wasn't needed.
San Diego NABC Appeals Casebook with commentary available online
Kit, it was a BAM event. You can't believe that 3xx will make more often than doubling will save a trick against some other contract.
Which game is least bad?
I get to see our cards and propose an auction? OK. 1-2; 2NT-3NT!
San Diego NABC Appeals Casebook with commentary available online
I've been thinking about this one. We were all discussing what would happen in 3NT from the South if East doubled. If he had, what's the chance that N/S would play 3NT from South? I think zero. What would happen? There's some chance that North would ...
1S 2S 2NT
"Where's your stuff?"
Legal Agreement or not?
4 isn't an illegal call. It's natural and non-forcing, not a convention. It's not a psychic control; it's a psychic *reveal*, based on pure bridge logic. If 4 is illegal, then 1NT-2; pass is illegal. They are the same sort of action.
Legal Agreement or not?
Unintentional psychs are just errors, not psychs.
Legal Agreement or not?
You can't assume that responder wouldn't bid 2. He did, in fact. After he got raised, he retreated to 4. It is now obvious that his spade suit is specious, so opener will pass, agreement or not. If some auction occurred that would cause 2 ...
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