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Jeff Goldsmith
Jeff Goldsmith
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April 22, 2015
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Oct. 19
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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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The disappearing evening club game
25 years ago, our Wednesday night game sometimes had two sections. Sometimes pros would drive up from San Diego to play with clients in it. A couple years ago, it dropped below 3 tables and now is gone.
NABCs
The one change I'd make is to hold one in Las Vegas more often than every five years. I know that puts a huge amount of pressure on the local organizations, but that's a problem that can be solved. Also, a quick perusal of attendance data shows these ...
Changing a card played after a revoke
"Any questions" has value. Third hand might not notice the opening lead, so alerting him to it might avoid a delay. Even if the lead were placed face down silently, third hand has to say something (or perform an equivalent gesture or the like) to indicate that play may begin ...
City of Refuge
It's "I've got a secret," about 11 balanced.
A question on the laws
Gene, if the opponents leave, the director can give you permission to look. Greg, if permission isn't granted, and if you have a good reason (for example, suspecting a revoke), then you call the director, explain, and he'll give you permission to inspect the hands. If you don ...
A question on the laws
Anyone can see the cards after the hand is over. Dummy is a normal player after the hand, so there's no prohibition against his doing the same. Law 7C says that hands may be removed from the board if a member of each side or the director is present ...
Team League, Round Robin Format
With the AWL movement, things go pretty fast. There are only two comparisons instead of four, and each team should know where its E/W pairs will go in advance, so time between matches is only waiting for players, not the director. As a result, it plays more like two ...
Team League, Round Robin Format
It is impossible to get from Pasadena to Beverly Hills reliably on time on a weeknight. I've tried. It's not worth the aggravation.
Team League, Round Robin Format
Simplest seems to be 4 7-board matches each evening using the American Whist League movement. Use the same movement all four nights so the players know what's coming. A nice benefit is a team with 5+ players just has to make sure each player plays two or more of ...
ACBL's Flawed Masterpoint Formulas
Scrapping the masterpoint system will only happen when the fourth to last bridge player on the planet dies. Maybe the second to last...the other three will talk about the inequities of the system until two more die. Was she worried that she might have got 3.22 or 2 ...
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