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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,  (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.


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 fou

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Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
I believe the "=" notation is Jeff Rubens'; at least it was first published in The Bridge World as far as I know. The idea is that for decades, distributions were printed with hyphens, e.g. "4-3-3-3" or "3-4-3-3". The latter is unambiguous, but the former is used for either any ...
Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
How about any game forcing opening bid? Any game forcing response is allowed, so why not opening?
Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
Seems that any responses to very strong artificial and forcing bids ought to be OK. Or at least any starting at the 2-level. In particular, it looks as if control responses to 2 are not allowed, which seems a little odd. Ace-showing responses are not allowed, either. "...which inquires ...
Improving the Seeding Process
The variance is easy. Sigma is about 5-1/2 IMPs/board. Some studies find it's a little lower, some a little higher. Vanderbilt matches are 60 boards. Actually determining the difference in true talent (the mean), however, is quite difficult. It'd be easier if teams would stay together ...
Should I be looking to report this behavior? (Part 2)
I think Hitch-Without when it's ridiculous to think about your play is standard, so it doesn't need an alert. If anyone played Hitch-With, that'd need an alert, but it's very uncommon. I'm not sure I've ever seen it, at least not as a routine ...
Should I be looking to report this behavior? (Part 2)
You have no recourse in this case, because no one would have thought about playing the queen. We don't know the whole hand; if that isn't true, then this doesn't apply, but it's probably true. It is a violation to try to mislead declarer by your ...
Bridge vs Magic
I took about 10 minutes to learn 20 years ago. Get two starter decks, read the simplified rules, and you are playing.
Bridge vs Magic
Magic was released in 1993, over 23 years ago. That seems a little long for a "fad." Looks like it has about 20 million players across the world.
About Polling Players (II)
Right, most of the time, BITs provide UI. This one didn't, so what's unusual about that example is not that it doesn't involve a BIT, but that it doesn't involve UI. That case is not about a potential intention to mislead. We only consider that in ...
About Polling Players (II)
Good article. Some nits to pick: The guidelines on Page 5 are very important. I liked that they were numbered in the original article; I think that emphasizes them better than a block of text does. This quote seems odd. “What other bids do you seriously consider? Might you choose ...
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