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The Article is copyrighted by Eddie Kantar. Mr. Kantar muat be contacted with respect any publication. He can contacted at his web site with regard to any publication.
Aug. 26, 2015
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I agree that a general agreement is critical and only established partnerships can profit from the nuances.
Aug. 25, 2015
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To my knowledge it is only available as an online purchase. As far as I know unlike other topics of bidding, it is the only tome dedicated to the forcing pass. It has not been given any publicity and it is a gem in its simplicity. Glad I stumbled on it.
Aug. 24, 2015
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Suggest you contact Eddie Kantar through his web site. It was fairly priced and he can e-mail it to you as it comprised several articles.
Aug. 22, 2015
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In 1983 Eddie Kantar published a 68 page electronic version “The Forcing Pass in Contract Bridge.” I purchased it and like all of Kantar's publications, it is well worth reading. It originally appeared as a series of articles in the ACBL Bulletin.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Cut out all the silliness. There is nothing wrong with having a new category between silver and gold. It does not demean the gold category or higher status.
Aug. 5, 2015
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I take umbrage at any fanciful assertion of platinum points ever being awarded at a club game and it has no place in this discussion.
Aug. 4, 2015
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Times change. I have no quarrel with classifications of black, silver, gold or platinum points. Each represents a different competitive level of award. It is easy to mock but I would dare to ask if any of the posters have platinum points. I am unaware of any holder of platinum points to say that it is not a legitimate category of points. Posts sound like jealousy or sour grapes.
Aug. 4, 2015
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I am not requesting the opportunity to receive “extra” master points. I am only seeking to be acknowledged in my lifetime by a new category as to my accomplishments. If the goal of the acbl is to encourage participation, there is no better, or less expensive method of having member participation than a new category between silver and gold. Yes, to each his own, but I believe there are many acbl members who agree with this proposal. It does not diminish the value of acbl membership in any way or any other member's values.
Aug. 2, 2015
Allan Bloom edited this comment Aug. 2, 2015
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Journey? Too esoteric for me. Need mileposts reachable during my lifetime. As you reach 80 plus makes it virtually impossible based upon age to progress to do a much higher status in ranking if you have just obtained silver. I wanted to be rewarded in my lifetime.
What is wrong with this reasoning?
Aug. 1, 2015
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I am goal oriented. However, the goal must be realistic. While I was working I wanted to make enough money to retire comfortably. I knew if I worked hard this goal was attainable. Now, that I am retired I am realistic to know that going from silver to gold is not realistic in my remaining life span. If there was an intermediate step, I may be able to do it and renew my interest in tournament bridge and the necessary commitment to reaching a new level. What is the harm in having a new classification between silver and gold? Why not?
July 31, 2015
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Need a new master point category between silver and gold. During my major working years only played a limited time in local tournaments. I was able to become silver LM during early years of retirement. However, upon reflection based upon my life expectancy it is unrealistic I will be able to progress to gold LM. Therefore, I have stopped playing except online. If a new category was established between silver and gold, I would have a realistic reason and goal to continue tournament play. Am I alone, or are there others who have like thinking?
July 31, 2015
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Besides on line bridge such as BBO and OKBRIDGE evening club games have other competition such as on line poker and casinos. Unlike a poster who prefers to drive 80 miles to participate in an evening bridge club session, everyone else will stay home and play online or do something else. Moreover, at a local bridge club which has a nightly once a week session we had a turnout of 2 tables. How much fun is that! As a senior citizen, I prefer not to drive at night. I am not alone. Where is the demand for nightly club games or where will any such demand come from?
In my opinion, other than an occasional success morning and day games sustainable but evening games are not. In my opinion any other scenario is only wishful thinking.
June 27, 2015
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Kevin and Ed-It is just a pipe dream evening bridge games will have any renaissance. Great Seattle has a bridge club Tuesday night turnout for a single section tournament. However, the club is dark on other nights. Online bridge has decimated the evening club games. Many elderly people will not participate in night games at clubs and prefer online bridge as an alternative. Prior to online bridge there was no alternative to club games. Club games were the only games in town. Now, there is no demand for evening bridgeclub games and all the suggestions posted will not change the situation in my opinion.
June 26, 2015
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Dead and cannot be resurrected. Face facts. Years ago in Los Angeles at Paul's Bridge Club in Culver City each night there was a game. In fact, there were A, B and C sections. It was an honor to be placed in the A section. Now, night games are virtually non-existent. Times have changed and night games are mostly a thing of the past and only memories. There is no coming back. Period.
June 26, 2015
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Suggest you donate your collection to a local bridge club and provide you with a written appraisal. Up to a certain limit this will give a tax deduction.
June 22, 2015
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I understand that the eligibility rules for the World Cup are exactly the same as for any eligibility sanctioned international match. My beef is there no uniform definition of “residence” to be applied.
June 2, 2015
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The competition is between countries. It is not based on a sponsor hiring whoever he or she wants from anywhere in the world. Frankly, it would be more “honest” to make this the rule rather than the charade of purported residence. If hiring the best persons for the team be the rule, it would be transparent and resolve the issue. I have no clue how this can be proposed but at a minimum the powers that be can bring it up for discussion. Gary, using the World Cup in soccer as a relevant example every four years this is the rule whereby players play for their country of citizenship and at other times there is no restriction regarding citizenship. The World Cup is the most widely viewed tournament. Will this ever come about, I do not know.
May 31, 2015
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Tom, although I too want to watch the best teams in action, I do care about honesty and integrity for residence requirements. In Kiplingers's July issue a question was raised that a person considered retiring and spending part of the year in a lower-tax state. The answer given was …“You must be able to prove that you spent the majority of the year in the lower-tax state. Keep a diary that shows where you were ever day…It also helps to get driver's license, register your car in the lower tax-state. List that state on all legal documents and submit a ”Declaration of Domicile“ form. Your new state may not require all of these actions, but they may help to prove to your old state that you made an effort to prove to your old state you've made an effort to become a resident of the new one.” Please substitute Monaco as the new state for Norway and Italy. I equate this with the FIFA football (soccer) scandal although on a smaller scale. Until the standard is changed that the Team Competition has no qualification relating to country and residence of players based upon the simple statement “I am a resident of Monaco and continue to be a resident of Monaco”, I cannot keep a blind eye to the obvious. Good luck to the Fireman team and may you meet USA I in the semi-finals and may either USA team win it all.
May 30, 2015
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Based on honesty and integrity, simply stated the competition is between countries and each country has the right to select its own team or teams with the only caveat that the playing team members be residents of that country. Whether the sponsor is a player or non-playerlike Ira Corn of the Dallas Aces is immaterial. Within the rules the Fireman team has fairly won the right to represent the USA. Good luck to them!
May 29, 2015
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