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Jeff Goldsmith
Jeff Goldsmith
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Member Since
April 22, 2015
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April 21
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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
Website
http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/

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BBO Username
JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Ridiculous results, doubled or redoubled
I've managed the push (an actual push this time) at +2200 vs. -2210.
Ridiculous results, doubled or redoubled
I once had an interesting comparison. "Plus 630." "Push." "I doubt that. Didn't you make ten tricks in 3NT?" "Yes, push."
Is that alertable?
Note that each case can be quickly ascertained by a quick glance at an opponent's convention card.
Is that alertable?
I agree that ACBL regulations require the defenders to ask. I'm not convinced that is best, but it's not awful, and most experts know to ask when a Flannery context is relevant. It seems to me that this fits the intent of the alert procedure. Your side knows ...
Is that alertable?
I agree that "ever-changing" is an overbid, but this is one which did change. Years ago, it was alertable. Now, it's not. I suppose the powers that be assume that our opponents know we do or do not play Flannery, and if they care, they can ask, though it ...
Revoke followed by incorrect concession/claim--Result?
A defender can contest his partner's concession. I'm not so sure about dummy.
Revoke followed by incorrect concession/claim--Result?
Good point: this is the rare application of Law 72B; RHO cannot intentionally revoke after the claim, though if the hand were played out, he could and would gain a trick by doing so, because, of course, we cannot prove that the second revoke was intentional without his cards' being ...
Revoke followed by incorrect concession/claim--Result?
Yes. Failing to claim would be irrational.
Revoke followed by incorrect concession/claim--Result?
Law 70A says that in a contested claim (I guess declarer can contest his own claim, though the laws neither confirm nor deny that) the director is to adjudicate as equitably as possible. Certainly, equity is that the defenders take one trick (and then lose it to the revoke penalty ...
Opening with a short club
The club directors' guide looks to be a bit out-of-date; it doesn't mention the 4432 case. It also erroneously says that 1m is announced as "may be as short as one" or "...two" according to systemic agreement. The correct announcement is "may be short." "Not alertable, yet announceable," is ...
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