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Well done Eddie. Notwithstanding the well earned and overdue award, I still have a bone to pick with you for the time you narrowly edged me out in Table Tennis while you were sitting in a chair using a book for a paddle.
Jan. 18, 2017
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I belong to The Leo Durocher school. “Winning is not the most important thing, It is the only thing.” Or as Bobby Wolff said following a particularly ignominius defeat, “Losing is a lot like dying, but losing is worse because the chances are you are going to have to do it again”.
July 26, 2015
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Unfortunately, I must abandon ship. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to hold court. Bye
June 9, 2012
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Drawing inferences from the opponents play is much easier against skilled opponents, such as yourself. Unfortunately, if they play well, they will often beat you. But in the final analysis getting too high because I managed to beat weak opposition has never been high on my priorities list.

Lance was too tough an opponent.
June 9, 2012
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If I play a forcing club I strongly prefer 4 card majors because the 1 diamond opener is trashed by the precision approach. It is hard to throw 2 suits away. With a standard system I am neutral on the subject.
June 9, 2012
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In 2004 we had 500K at stake if the runner who was then in 3rd place late in the race. A spectator tackled the first place runner which effectively removed him from contention. So we were then in the position of needing a seemingly overweight italian to hang onto the lead.
June 9, 2012
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I always think about past good memories. I do try to focus on the future. I once received a great birthday card. It said “Forget about the past, you can't change it. Forget about the present, I didn't get you one”. I guess that leaves the future.
June 9, 2012
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Aging has less detrimental effects on bridge players because experience is a relatively important component of bridge.

The economics of professional bridge create a situation where the seniors tour will continue because it simply creates additional events. If we had a prize money based situation the natural break would be age 65.
June 9, 2012
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Good tale.
June 9, 2012
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The talent is better and the state of the art has progressed. In my opinion Garozzo and Belladonna were among the very best. Forquet was a couple of steps back and the rest were very ordinary
June 9, 2012
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I have never played any poker of any significance. The emotional control at the table was pretty good to start with and I have worked on it.
June 9, 2012
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Thanks Geeske,
June 9, 2012
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Probably the 1963 International Team Trials with Don Krauss.
The bitterest defeat was 1975 vs the foot soldiers.
June 9, 2012
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Andy,
This is a really tough question. The problem is that many “brilliant plays” have a guessing component. Players who make extraordinary guesses can be brilliant, but not of they have a high failure incidence. This is somewhat similar to attempting kill shots in tennis, shooting at the flagstick in golf or long 3 pointers in basketball. Unfortunately, in bridge, if you know the layout of the cards the analysis is seldom very complex.

Once I became aware of Jack Hancock's duck

North x, jxx, AJxx, Axxxx

South Qxx, KQxx, KQxx, Kx

Bidding 1NT P 3NT huddle then pass
Hancock to west “make you normal lead” in this case normal was S9 RHO placed 10 on it and Jack ducked. East had some troublem figuring out the situation and shifted to a heart. When W won and returned a spade E still did not want to set up. the Q so hye failed to cash. 3NT making. After that no play is brilliant.



June 9, 2012
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My tendency is to minimize signalling. Against a strong declarer there are many inferences available from the line of play. Finally, there is no guarantee that declarer will believe you.
June 9, 2012
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This is a very difficult evaluation problem.
It is probably best if there is a reasonbly close match in ability, energy and the willingness to work on the partnership. The existence of online bridge has dramatically reduced geographical issues but more than a 2 time zone difference can be a problem.

If all that is in order the chances of success aree pretty good.


June 9, 2012
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It is similar to weak NT in that 4 card majors puts more pressure on the opponents, improves minor suit bidding and hurts scientific bidding. It is somewhat analygous to the bump and run defense by corner backs. I think that 4 card majors with a forcing club is significantly superior to precision because the 1D opening bid gets polluted and you have to give up on flannery. With standard bidding, I can go either way.

On the 12-14 range with strong NT I calculate that 67.9% of openers are opened with 1D. That is a high percentage of the hands where you are peeing in the drinking water.
June 9, 2012
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Bobby Goldman wrote a bulletin artical in the late 80's where he demonstrated that all signaling ordering is simply a mapping method. The upside down players argue that you cannot afford to wast high spots. In most discarding situations you simply discard waht you don't want rather than what you do. The problem of wasting spots also applies to negative signals. I think that the game would be much improved if signalling was standardized by rules so that the declarer would not be in the awkward position of questioning the opponents during a hand.
June 9, 2012
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We always have some regrets. I think they only screwed up one hand. I probably did worse at that event.
June 9, 2012
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Keep your agreements simple. Review sessions after they are over. Review them dispassionately. Try to avoid emotional evaluations of the outcomes.
June 9, 2012
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