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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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BBO Username
JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Were NS damaged because of misinformation?
In my experience, most play doubles of three-level artificial limit raises (or stronger raises) as lead-directional. Doubles of artificial raises weaker than limit are usually played as takeout. At the two-level, more play takeout, but it's by no means uniform; agreements about doubles of Drury are by no means ...
Were NS damaged because of misinformation?
It's not so much a self-serving statement as an irrelevant one, because we consider what would have happened if some of the player's peers were given the correct information. Would they, not the player with the MI, be more likely to take more successful action with the correct ...
Massimo Lanzarotti readmitted to the ACBL?
Thanks.
2C Response with 2/ 1 Hand (maybe GF)
It has to be intended to apply only to natural 2/1s, not artificial ones, or Drury wouldn't be alertable. We know it is, so therefore the alert chart writers were sloppy and left out "natural" in that item. It's reasonably forgivable, since when that was written, very ...
2C Response with 2/ 1 Hand (maybe GF)
It's alertable by the "highly unusual and unexpected" rule. Also, according to the alert doc, "canapé bids must also be Alerted during the auction." If 2 can often have a longer suit than clubs, it has to be alerted.
Massimo Lanzarotti readmitted to the ACBL?
Is there evidence of premeditated collusive cheating by these guys? The fingers incident is not an example of that.
A Little Help
...unless the key card ask was a psych.
New ACBL Convention Charts But Old Alert Chart
Right. It is likely to happen next year. For now, the exact wording of the current charts is in effect. And since one of the major categories of pre-alerts is mid-chart conventions, and there is no mid-chart now, all those pre-alerts have gone away. The other categories haven't changed.
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
"Calling the director then feels confrontational." Right. So make it clear you are not being confrontational, just getting a difficult situation fixed.
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
I don't believe postulate #2 is correct. It is easy to call the director without causing newcomers to become nervous or confused. It's even possible to do so in a way that they become interested in the process.
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