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Mike Becker
Mike Becker
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 24, 2010
Last Seen
13 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Listening to Star Spangled Banner on podium after Bermuda Bowl win in 1983
Bridge Accomplishments
ACBL Hall of Fame and all that goes with it
Regular Bridge Partners
Aubrey Strul, Warren Spector
Favorite Tournaments
Vanderbilt and Spingold
Favorite Conventions
X of STR NT shows S+another; 2C=C+H, 2D=D+H
BBO Username
Ultimike
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
I apologize to the entire TAC for going off topic and going my version of ballistic. I chaired 30 USBF Board meetings in the 21 months I was its president and ran the ITTC when it was a far more active and powerful committee for 16 years. I am happy ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
Now I am going to turn a little red. Excuse me. I'm just someone who thinks good procedures yield good results and bad procedures yield bad results in general. 1. Just for the record, would the BoD please answer Peter's question above "Mike Becker has reminded us of ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
As I recall, the theory of this set-up (ITTC writes the CoCs) was that Board members come and go and are a small group, but the ITTC is a more stable and a larger group. The USBF BoD consists of seven elected, well respected people. The Active Membership (those who ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
Brad: In 1991 Devine was proposed to be augmented to a team. In 1993 an attempt was made for a team to replace Bergen with Meckstroth for money. Bergen was on the winning trials team). The ACBL did not allow either. The ITTC began running the USBCs in about 1996 ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
I agree with Howie. As Jan has pointed out, changes will have to be made to the Conditions of Contest. CoCs are drawn up by the ITTCs (Open, Women's, Senior, Junior) [The TAC advises the (open) ITTC on technical matters. The appendices to the CoCs are their specialty.] The ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
I am disappointed that the USBF BoD is changing the rules on this matter. The USBC CoCs are designed so that the team that plays the best has the best chance of winning in the amount of time allocated to running the event. Then, the USBF should have rules designed ...
Bermuda Bowl-1959 Segment 1
Trivia: 1. The Statler Hilton, where the event was played, was located between 32nd and 33rd streets on 7th Avenue, just across from Penn Station. The phone number was PE6-5000. That's Pennsylvania 6-5000, the title of the Glenn Miller hit song. The hotel was originally called the Pennsylvania Hotel ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
1968 Spring National in Cleveland. I am playing with my dad in the Vandy quarterfinal against Stayman-Mitchell, and blow a 35 IMP lead at the half. About 2:00 a.m., Vic, B. Jay and I walk half a mile in the bitter cold to a diner and go over ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Bob Hamman-Bobby Wolff, Peter Weichsel-Alan Sontag, and Ron Rubin and I played in the 1983 Bermuda Bowl final against Italy. Ron and I played two segments against Belladonna and Garozzo. There were screens, but no trays. The bids were made using bidding cards. A monitor, Dennis Howard I think, called ...
In The Well: David Berkowitz
About 30 years ago, David and I played together in a NY regional pair game. I was, and still am known as a master of the 55% game. I make few errors but don't step out enough; my opponents play well against me. We played my way the first ...
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