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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 do you rule?
No matter what 3 meant, it (probably, depending on jurisdiction) required an alert. So the failure to alert (probably) didn't produce any useful UI. If there really was a break in tempo before 3NT, then it's arguable that West needs to pass. I don't think that ...
Can he or can't he?
I'd probably allow it. Declarer isn't supposed to play to the next trick until the current one is quitted. Whether RHO's behavior indicates he intended to have the previous trick quitted or not is a judgment call, but that he asked to see the cards suggests that ...
Claim Rules
It's pretty unlikely that one such event will cause someone to give up the game, but if it did, some event sufficient to do so was bound to happen. That said, the opponents were quite out of line, and I believe the director erred, even 40 years ago, though ...
Claim Rules
"Play" normally means "follow suit low." L46B1c covers a call of "'low' or words of like meaning" which I think covers "play," and describes it to mean the lowest card in the suit led. But Stan's friend said, "play the spades," which clearly means play them from the top ...
Claim Rules
L46B2. When a suit is called ("spades") but no rank is mentioned, the card is deemed to be the lowest. Except when declarer's different intention is incontrovertible (L46B header). This is in concert with normal practice; when someone wants a low trump, he'll often say "ruff" or "trump ...
Claim Rules
This is covered by a different law, 46B. It does include "except when declarer’s different intention is incontrovertible," so the ruling was probably incorrect.
The Return of the Hand Pirate
It's very useful to count losers as well as winners. Many elementary texts say to count winners in notrump contracts and losers in trump contracts. Personally, I found that it's much easier to teach basic card play by focusing on winners. Losers are critical for timing and control ...
The Return of the Hand Pirate
Cool. Good luck! I'm surprised: it's been a day and no one has said, "you forgot types (5) and (6) and...!" For example, revokes and opponents' blunders aren't included.
The Return of the Hand Pirate
First step is to count your winners. You have five hearts, two diamonds by force of high cards, one diamond ruff in the short hand, and one club, for nine. You need one more. Some ways to get another: a successful diamond finesse, 3-3 diamonds and non-awful trumps so that ...
Claim Rules
For this purpose, the two cases are pretty much the same. A line of play is not stated.
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