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Michael Hargreaves
Michael Hargreaves
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Member Since
Sept. 5, 2013
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about me

Canadian player living in Victoria, B.C. Back playing after 4+ years not playing. 3 time Canadian Open Team champion.

 

As declarer, have gone down 12 undoubled tricks in a slam, and 10 undoubled at the 4-level: clearly i could have either bid or played the hands differently.

Country
Canada

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
The first time we won the Canadian team trials...as a 4 player team....profoundly tired....and then the feeling that spread thru my body after we finished comparing scores on the last segment.
Bridge Accomplishments
3 canadian team championship titles
Regular Bridge Partners
michael roche
Member of Bridge Club(s)
none
Favorite Tournaments
used to be the CNTC event.
Favorite Conventions
2/1 with relay, but nobody plays it:)
BBO Username
mikeh
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
I have to laugh. You read a book by someone you know to be biased and you uncritically accept its findings. Then you criticize someone who points out that maybe one should exercise a degree of caution when reading the views of such an individual.
The History of History (Part 1)
Hi Steve I agree with your suggestion that those who earn their living playing in major ACBL events ought to pay extra entry fees: presumably borne by their sponsors, to whom even what seem like large fees would be a drop in the bucket. The reality is that the major ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Note the weird (to our way of thinking) 2H opening bid on that board, on AKQJxxx and a side J. Weak twos were very much in their infancy. Even the US players who used them had no coherent approach. So the Italian South, probably even less familiar with defending these ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Damo I think you misunderstand my posts (and I think some of those critical of my posts do as well). I think that Avon has presented a number of hands from which the most ready inference is that the players had somehow transmitted illegal information: aka cheating. I think that ...
negative X
In a very serious partnership we used to mark our CC, for negative doubles, 'through 7S' Perhaps fortunately nobody ever made a 7-level overcall against us. The real purpose of doing this was to remind us that our doubles were never 'penalty'. Through 3S, we'd always have hearts, assuming ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Don't disturb the believers with evidence contrary to their beliefs. Avon has become their prophet. He tells them what they want to hear, so any criticism of his methodology will be rejected automatically. Since his conclusions seem 'right' to them, his methods must surely be beyond reproach, lol. As ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
no...but I can judge a writer by what he writes...and to how he responds to those who raise concerns. By that measure, Avon comes across as a zealot. I have never met him and I may be being unfair....all I have to go on is the attitude ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
'Nobody has put it all together until now' What has Avon put together? Maybe he has done an exemplary job, but the impression I am getting is that he has set out with a clear conclusion already formed and has assembled and presented the evidence to support that prejudgment. Consider ...
...but Boy were they dreadful!
Also, bear in mind one of Avon's main arguments: that some members of the BT were so bad that the only way they could possibly win would be by way of cheating. As is quite clear, and hardly based on these hands alone, the standard of bidding and play ...
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
I support the recommendations but am neither surprised nor particularly disturbed that the ACBL did not implement them, especially the one about stripping titles 'won' in an event for which there is no direct evidence that cheating was taking place. I understand the 'common sense' attitude that 'if we know ...
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