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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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1NT with a Worthless Singleton
The rules don't say what isn't a partnership understanding, but only some cases which are. Action taken based on an understanding is really the only way to prove an understanding exists, barring notes or convention cards, which are not going to include something like this, particularly if the ...
1NT with a Worthless Singleton
Of course someone may open 1NT with a small singleton if he thinks it's right. The ACBL cannot regulate against that. The moment, however, his partner takes action based on the possibility that opener has a small singleton, then the pair has a partnership agreement that opener can have ...
Part2: Results for the survey of time preferences for NABC events - comprehensive (kind of) poll
I suspect that most didn't treat the extra fees as a way to indicate the value of the change to them, but were practical: if we all offered to pay $2 extra to have the events at the time we want, the ACBL would just raise the price by ...
The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
Approximately 3/4 of the time, and exactly 76% of the time. Why is an interesting problem to give math-oriented beginners.
The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
I don't know if many read Charteris anymore ("Leslie," by the way), but a Saint movie was released in July of this year, so he's still in popular culture. I know some number :) still read that stuff; I do.
What would be your ruling?
I'd adjust the score. I have two arguments: 1) North has AI from the auction that South probably meant 5 as natural, and that South probably made a serious bidding error at some point. He has UI that 5 was definitely meant as natural, and that South ...
Feedback: ACBL Convention Charts
The flyer designer was not being paid. No one except me seemed to care that method restrictions were not being published, or at least the tournament committee only got complaints from me, so they left the flyers as they were. The flyers continue not to include method constraints. Of the ...
Feedback: ACBL Convention Charts
The juniors ought to have whipped out the letter they got which expressly gave them permission. Having express written permission denied is sufficient cause to scream. Or even insist on their rights. Showing up at a regional which has not posted any statement about what is allowed, however, without asking ...
Feedback: ACBL Convention Charts
Having default charts for events is sensible. Requiring tournaments to advertise changes from the defaults is sensible, though some will not follow those requirements. Players who show up and find out that there are unpublished more-restrictive rules than the defaults will be disappointed, but are going to be out of ...
Feedback: ACBL Convention Charts
Even the few rules the ACBL imposes on clubs are frequently violated in the interest of marketing, for example jackpot limits. Some clubs bar psyching. They do what they need to do to keep their customers coming back.
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