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Matthew Kidd
Matthew Kidd
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Member Since
March 10, 2013
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2 hours ago
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Bridge Player
about me

ACBLmerge, ACBLgamedump, Payoff Matrix, and Lead Solver developer

La Jolla unit (526) president and webmaster

Photographer / Photoshopper (over 2800 player thumbnails created)

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Winning a two session regional open pairs event partnering with a smart NLM (winning made him a LM)
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Combatting slow play
Most of our local directors ask the players not to start a board if there is less than two minutes left in the round (we have round timers). Many slow pairs want to start a board when there is less than two minutes left; seemingly the slower they play the ...
Combatting slow play
I have tried to combat this sort of time wasting with [url=https://lajollabridge.com/Articles/FastPlayer.htm]How to Be a Fast Player[/url]. The bottom line is that threats, badgering and cajoling never work. Punishment is the only cure. The standard penalties for slow play are fine; directors ...
Big Ideas
Kannan Dan, one of the San Diego players, told me that money bridge tournaments are popular in India. So it seems the idea can work. Money bridge tournaments will increase the incentive to cheat and will change the culture and but we can manage / deter the cheating (video helps a ...
Big Ideas
This is a good and inclusive effort on the part of the ACBL. It's taken a while to digest the proposals. Here are my thoughts on three of them. Forget about documenting the health benefits. Four reasons: wrong motivation, expense, dubious science, and contradictory message. People are seldom motivated ...
Big Ideas
To me "established" just means played as a partnership 10+ or 20+ times in the last twelve months. Pick your exact cutoff but nothing more complicated.
Asymmetry in Matchpoint Scoring
Old browser tabs persist... 64-bit browsers and too much memory is not helping the situation. Anyway here is a plot: [img]http://lajollabridge.com/images/plots/U526-Pair-Percentages-2007-2017.png[/img] This is based on 10 years of the La Jolla unit game, 242 events. The bins are 2% wide. We typically ...
Poor pair game movements
Running web movements is more appealing if you expect you are going to need two sets of boards regardless of the movement you run, particularly if you are paying someone else to make your sets. This is the case for our unit games where we have been running web movements ...
Top Bridge Pros' Tax Woes Continue
I think the ACBL aids tax evasion. The first time I ran a sectional, the cash box seemed light until I got to the bottom and found two checks for $500 each made out to ACBL. These had been written by two different clients of a well known pro with ...
Suggestions on books on probability calculation
If you are looking for book that can improve your game for a reasonable investment of time, I'll suggest [i]Bridge Odds for Practical Players[/i] as others have done. I finally read it about a year ago. Given the topic, I didn't find it dry at all ...
ACBL Membership
I'm late to this thread, the skiing has just been too good ([url=https://goo.gl/photos/rjVLb4eFs7uyWB4F8]pics[/url]). Membership numbers that are not declining are certainly better than numbers that are declining. But as I've argued previously in the article [url=http://bridgewinners.com/article/view ...
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