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Unfortunately, OKB'S credibility is lacking. Has OKB resumed ACBL sanctioned games? Queries remain unanswered whether OKB has a webmaster and why the homepage has not been refreshed. Why has OKB failed to post on the statue of its relationship with the ACBL? Failure to do so only gives further suspicions as to the viability of its continued existence. Frankly, I question whether OKB has 15,000 members.
March 1, 2016
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As Coco Chanel stated “If a woman dresses badly, you notice the clothes and if a woman dresses well, you notice the woman.” In the same vein, when Groucho Marx was invited to join a country club, he stated “Any country club that would have me as a member does not interest me.” Does the OKB ownership have any pride in ownership by not updating its archaic and not relevant homepage and failing to respond to e-mails? Is there a financial crisis and time for new ownership? These are queries that need answering? Moreover, does the ACBL need a competitor to Bridge Base to stoke interest in bridge? Truly, it will be a sad day if only Bridge Base survives.
Feb. 23, 2016
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Does OKB have a webmaster? If so, what does the webmaster do to make changes to keep the material relevant? Why does OKB make reference to features that are no longer maintained such as Goldway Pairs and Eddie Kantar columns from years ago, etc.? Why does OKB use an ancient version of Java? Is there a policy of replying to e-mails and if so state the policy.
Feb. 23, 2016
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In all fairness to you I had not read your article but will do so. Please note that Petterson had been using a 11-14 opening no trump in international competition for 20 years prior to publication of the article and it would not open 1 nt with a 5 card suit or 4-4 in the majors or with 14 points and a useful 10 spot.
Feb. 15, 2016
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Unless you have used the defenses in play, how can you make such a judgement? In my experience (of course, at a much lower level, the opponents bid as Mr. Petterson stated in the article. It might be more prudent for you to read the entire article before you comment. By the way, Kaplan-Sheinwold played the weak nt and it was the foundation of their system.
Feb. 15, 2016
Allan Bloom edited this comment Feb. 15, 2016
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In September 1973 in the Southern California Bridge News Kelsey Peterson who played a 11-14 weak no trump with Proctor Hawkins for 20 years published an article including after an opponent doubles “with 7 or more points we pass…with less we use the redouble and Jacoby transfer bids. The redouble says bid 2 clubs, while Jacoby says bid the next higher suit(clubs-diamonds, diamonds-hearts, hearts-spades). With 2 touching 5 card suits we redouble and bid the lower ranking suit over the 2 club rebid. With 2 5 card suits in diamonds and spades and if 2 clubs is doubled we redouble again. If 2 cubs is not doubled, we bid 2 diamonds if partner and if partner bids 2 hearts, we correct to 2 spades.” Great article and many tips on using the weak no trump.
Feb. 14, 2016
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Unfortunately, the part about 9 year old releases and stale announcements ring true, including outdated Eddie Kantar columns and references to Paul Soloway as if he were still alive. Is there a webmaster who could clean up the website? Every time there is a new java release pandemonium reigns and crashes occur. Who is in charge? That being said OK Bridge has a place in the bridge world and I implore the person in charge to make needed improvements. I have talked to the “guy” in the Philippines and he is not to blame for maintaining the website. Apparently, there is no person employed to bring the website current. What a shame the site is not maintained and kept current. With the death of bridge clubs online bridge is growing and OK Bridge deserves better. Is there any pride in ownership of OK Bridge? Mr. Houle aka Noodle can you respond and enlighten us to the posted criticisms? They must not be unanswered? What steps are being taken to address the perceived (and in my opinion) valid criticisms and steps being taken so there will be no more conflicts with the ACBL. Please advise as to what we are to “understand”. We await your reply.















Feb. 11, 2016
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There is room for both OK Bridge and BBO. Each has its own appeal. IF OK Bridge failed to exist, it would be a sad day for the bridge community. Obviously, OK Bridge needs to update its format to eliminate “categories” that fail to exist,i.e. Goldway pairs from years ago has no relevance. Upon the ACBL controversy and no more master points, I contacted OK Bridge and I was issued a refund. Thereafter, I began plaing on BBO. Now, I will rejoin OK Bridge and continue to play on BBO. I hold no gruge and want both to prosper.
Feb. 10, 2016
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Glad this is your last word. Your nonsense makes me laugh while I am typing. While they were playing bridge the ACBL and the bridge clubs derived revenue as well as the bridge pros. Moreover, I am unaware of any person who won the Mckenney and gave up bridge. I did my research. Did you? Obviously not. Glad you pity the rich people who gave up bridge. I suggest you would be comfortable visiting Disneyland.
Feb. 2, 2016
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Just read your posts. Am I fabricating that you just stated that “I do not respect players who spend a lot of money who spend a lot of money to get masterpoints, then quit because they never cared about the game in the first place.” Obviously, at some point they must have cared enough about the game to spend hours upon hours playing and traveling to play. Then without any factual basis you state they stopped playing because they never cared about the game. By the way, it is their money and not your money. Your making wild statements without any proof is an insult. Moreover, achieving a new master point rank is not praise but it is recognizing a level of achievement. Of course, this is true of all ranks whenever they were or are adopted. I have not twisted or fabricated any of your posts but now simply opine that you have demonstrated being irrational in reaching conclusions without supporting facts. Truly, you have a grudge against bridge players who have the funds to hire a bridge pro to play with them to achieve a higher rank.
Feb. 2, 2016
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You protest too much. Suggest you read your prior post and the inferences are clear and supported by my post. For example, “I would not disrespect anyone for reaching the next level. In fact, I will congratulate anyone who does it.”
This is disingenuous because in the same post you disdain and trash anyone who hires a pro for this purpose. You categorize attaining different levels as a marketing strategy foisted upon us by the ACBL rather than an achievement award earned in competition. Your “analogy: is not ”complicated“ just wrong and challenged to produce any facts you ”punt". In fact, there are many reasons for playing bridge and seeking a higher level is only one of them. It is gracious that now you state that you have nothing against pros or clients. How noble you are.
Feb. 2, 2016
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I understand much too well. You are a “purist” and long to return to the “good old days” light years ago when bridge pros could not earn a living playing bridge with “customers” at tournaments or even club games. Maybe, bridge pros should be sanctioned for aiding and abetting bridge partners from achieving a goal and be only allowed to teach or play with other pros. According to your post, Bronze Life Masters and Silver Life Masters categories should be abolished. Maybe you should form an organization which only plays for the sheer enjoyment of it and WINNING. I would like to read any response from the “others” in your group who begrudge any ACBL member from obtaining any status beyond Life Master on your terms and conditions. You make absurd statements such as "How many people do you think you could get in the Encyclopedia of Bridge by winning Gold Rush games? I know of no player who has been included in the Encyclopedia based on winning Gold Rush games. Do you?. Yes, I do think of becoming a Ruby Life Master or Sapphire Life Master is an accomplishment to be admired. This places you in the 90% echelon of master point holders. Bridge is not like the Boy Scouts. It is a partnership game and not based on individual achievement. Unfortunately, there are too many snobs who may believe as you do. So be it.
Feb. 1, 2016
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Truly a sanctimonious and narcissistic reply. Obviously, you are better than others because your attaining life master or whatever is not tainted by playing in gold rush games or playing in club games or hiring a pro. I must admit that I have played in club games. I plead not guilty to playing in Gold Rush events or hiring a pro. I have played in one National event and numerous regional events to obtain the requisite pigmented points to become a Ruby Life Master. Yet, you are making a judgement demeaning the entire class of ruby and sapphire life masters. You have the right to express your opinion but it is not the view of the ACBL Board of Directors to encourage more participation by ACBL members to attain a new classification. Does it make you feel superior that your classification is not “tainted” or maybe that an asterisk should be attached to any person who played with a “pro”? Is a bridge player who plays solely for the sake of the game and winning to be anointed with special recognition? From my point you sought to “explain” your post fell flat.
Feb. 1, 2016
Allan Bloom edited this comment Feb. 1, 2016
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Good luck to you and look forward to your inclusion in the Bridge Bulletin as a new Ruby Life Master. However, I do find the negative comments sarcastic. There is truth in jest. Moreover, having attainable goals is good for the ACBL and bridge in general. For myself, until retirement I had to abandon competitive bridge for many years. Now, I am enthusiastic to reach the next rung on the bridge ladder.
Feb. 1, 2016
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There is no disagreement from me. They are truly misnomers. However, most of the comments on this thread are sarcastic and aimed at the new categories of ruby life master and sapphire life master. Such comments are backward thinking and not cognizant of the need to differentiate between various levels of proficiency beyond life master.
Feb. 1, 2016
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On the pretext of being humorous (which it is not) sticks it to an achievement I have attained. While it not be in the same class as a Meckstroth level, poke fun at it but to me it gives me a measure of personal success.
Jan. 31, 2016
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IMO it was appropriate to have two new classifications. Of course, from the tenor of the comments the purists would go back to having only two classifications life master or non-life master. Maybe, they would have no classifications. For myself, I am proud to be recognized as a ruby life master. Those who find it inappropriate so be it. I am not in that camp. I do not find it humorous to denigrate persons like myself who sought to attain a higher ranking and take pleasure in obtaining it. Is there any harm in having the new classifications to any of the posters? Obviously, not. Congratulations to all the ruby and sapphire life masters and do not permit the so-called humorous posters demean your new status. Celebrate and do not be ashamed.
Jan. 30, 2016
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OK Bridge is a honorable organization. With no present ACBL master point games being offered, I contacted OK Bridge and stated my basis of being an OK Bridge member was no longer valuable to me and my membership renewal in December, 2015 was based on having ACBL master points being available. After learning of the suspension by the ACBL, I no longer played on OK Bridge. They canceled my account and refunded my membership. They requested if the suspension was lifted to consider joining again. This is I will do. I enjoyed my time on OK Bridge and look forward to a new relationship once the suspension if lifted. I have no clue as to the differences between OK Bridge and the ACBL. However, I repeat OK Bridge has acted appropriately.
Jan. 30, 2016
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Appears OK Bridge is in a time warp. Opening page makes reference to features no longer current or no longer exist. Moreover, imo with updating would be a better site than BBO. What is wrong with management, I do not know. Does anyone have a clue? It is sad.
Jan. 22, 2016
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Received e-mail from OK Bridge that it seeking to work out the “misunderstanding” with ACBL regarding issuance of master points. Not good publicity but imo better value than BBO so look forward to resolution. Does any Bridge Winner member have any further knowledge of the situation? Meanwhile, I am reading Mike Lawrence's new books. Good reading.
Jan. 21, 2016
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