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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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Should a Committee, Overturn or Uphold This Ruling? (And how would you, as a director, have ruled?)
In misinformation cases, the first thing the director needs to do is ascertain the actual agreement. What was it?
One player has the correct hand. Ruling...
"Any contestant remaining at a table THROUGHOUT A SESSION [emphasis mine] is primarily responsible for maintaining proper conditions of play at the table." That's why N/S (usually) is responsible for the boards, at least in most Mitchells. I'm not particularly impressed by that rule; I think everyone ...
Active Ethics; System Pre-Alerts
I'd prealert the 1 response. It's a very unusual weak bid which may need special defenses. Something like, "we play a big club with 1 as the negative response," seems adequate and worthwhile to me. I wouldn't argue with no prealerts at all, but of ...
Both teams win a Swiss match - the ACBL response
Then I'd assume that the lack of alert is correct, and that they know what they are doing. If RHO had to ask, then they probably play something different over a "naturalish" 2 than over an artificial 2. In that case, it seems likely that 2 ...
Both teams win a Swiss match - the ACBL response
Did RHO ask about the meaning of 2?
The Many Ways To Bid Spades
I figure 4m should be forcing, as it goes past 3NT. And it probably ought to be a slam try, because 5m is available. I'm not big on fast arrival, but that seems reasonable here. Playing 2NT...4m as 5-4 with spades and the minor might wrongside NT (probably ...
A curious question about a choice of lead
I wonder. Law 50E2 says that "other information [other than the knowledge that the penalty card must be played] derived from the sight of a penalty card is unauthorized for the partner of the player who has the penalty card." Is declarer's choice of options derived from the sight ...
The Many Ways To Bid Spades
I do something slightly different, and I'm sure neither approach is standard: Direct 3 = some game force, but not four spades unless very strong Direct 3 = same, invite with 5+ spades Direct 3NT = to play 2NT then 3 = GF with four spades, not real interested in ...
TD case- Am I wrong?
One of the advantages of written defenses (which the ACBL requires for 2 either strong or weak with diamonds) is that the alert comes with the handing over of the defenses. That somewhat reduces the ability to play Chameleon over artificial opening bids. If the pair pre-alerts and asks ...
The worst card ever played(?) and two other smiles
The simplest "worst" play I've ever seen was in a two-card ending. And it didn't cost a trick. Dummy J10 Def1 Def2 KQ A2 Declarer xx Declarer led little, and I flew king. Partner swiftly overtook with the ace to fire back the two. And broke even.
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