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The reality that Jill Meyers was not a first time hall of famer is absurd. Chip Martel is obviously a layup. Third choice is tougher but having competed against these people all my life I will easily vote for Eddie wold. Fourth choice is really tough…I'm not tellin.
Feb. 5, 2014
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its possible you shouldn't drink and drive the keyboard
Jan. 12, 2014
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First, let. Me say this was a very happy win for me also. In the midst of a slump I can tell y that Steve has been so deserving of various wins over the last few years and has come up short. Secondly, the video was great but I would like to add two things. 1- I always advise my partners to open a 1 bid with akq10xx of a suit whereas without the 10 and nothing else I don't care what they open. The reason is partner with a stiff and a 12-13 count will not get me to games opposite a weak 2 bid when it is a good proposition. Now my most important point. My old partner Russ Arnold always told me there's nothing more complimentary than giving someone a good nickname. Madala was easy for me because his first name was too difficult to pronounce and I don't like calling people by their second name. And he looks like the old cartoon character auggy doggy. So for me he's been auggy doggy for a while.
Dec. 30, 2013
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He beat my as in the semis of the gnts in Salt Lake City …couldn't believe I could lose to such a youngster..
Dec. 16, 2013
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Those of us fortunate enough to have played on teams with Marty know that although he sponsors teams and is a very soften spoken fellow who is never full of himself and always understanding of our bad results he is a fearless competitor and the guy you want in when there's a hand that requires guts along with skill. I am disappointed that my most deserving partner Steve Weinstein didn't win player of the year but if he had to lose it there's no one else I'd rather see win it than Marty. Congrats on a great year.
Dec. 11, 2013
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Now now David , that is chilly.
Oct. 17, 2013
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The interesting gain of running the j the first time is you pick up q10 doubleton onside whereas if you play the ace first and a competent rho plays the q you are probably going down.. Of course that doesn't make it the right play but very annoying to go down in an awful grand with such a lucky layout.
Oct. 17, 2013
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It is truly an honor and a privilege to have been asked to play on a Bermuda Bowl team with these young superstars. My new found teammates are not just great young players. They are really nice people-with ethical standards that are beyond reproach. I am so excited.Some of my teammates were not even born when I won the Bermuda Bowl back in ‘81! Hey–I’m still just a kid whats going on here??????
June 13, 2013
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mike kamil actually did open the bidding against me in st. louis–he had opened the bidding against me last in 1985 but he wasn't playing with marty fleisher-he was playing with mike becker and they had already been warned that if they pass out 1 more board charges would be filed against them– so i have to agree with the committee in taking away their platinum win.
April 1, 2013
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great article so far. (adam) I hate to be a nitpicker but for the sake of the article in the example hand of 6 diamonds and a 5 card major –when you bid 2nt over the double and partner bids 3c and you bid 3d –wouldnt he routinely bid 3h if he had 3 hearts and 3 spades (or not) to get to the major fit so therefore 3h would not deny a diamond fit?
Feb. 7, 2013
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Hi Fred-Its great to see you in the well. For those of us that have known you forever you are so special. Your running accomplishments to those of us who have already gone through our middle aged crisis and could never come close to doing in a lifetime what you do many times a week is simply amazing. Your sense of humor, especially the sadistic side, is legendary. Your incredible wins in bridge-whether its the ability to get your opponents to land in their 3-1 fit on the last board or your ability to preempt on jxxxx vulnerable at the right time are uncanny.Add that with a very high level of skill and knowledge of the game and you have a Hall of Fame bridge career. But since you are in the Well there is only one issue I would like to inquire about…While you were man of the house, living with Steve and married to his mother, while you guys were regular bridge partners, was there ever a time after you played with him where you felt like enough is enough–its time to bring out the wood and teach this boy a real lesson? Even if the answer is no–please say yes, and if so–all details would be greatly appeciated.
Jan. 17, 2013
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xx,akqxx,xx,aqxx– sounds like my hand-if I just wanted to know about hearts I could have bid rkc-if I was afraid about a 5s response I would have just qbid 4s and hoped partner could rkc-I already denied a spade control when I bid 4c and now didnt follow with 4s-was assuming 2nt was jacoby–if not-bidding makes no sense
Jan. 8, 2013
Bobby Levin edited this comment Jan. 8, 2013
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John-I dont really have any questions for you but since I have had the pleasure of getting to know you better over the years I can tell the readers that you are a first classed fellow who is not only a world class bridge player but very ethical and a pleasure to compete against whether you win or lose. Of course I will never forget when we first met–you were a fearless kid playing blackjack at the Reno Hilton and had a $750 bet on 1 hand and got dealt a 20 and immediately split…..I knew at that moment that you were gonna be a tough guy to deal with at the card table in the future.
Dec. 13, 2012
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hey big slick– take it easy……
Nov. 22, 2012
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I bid 4d-id prefer to respond to rkc than to bid it-so ill follow a 4h signoff with 4s
Nov. 21, 2012
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rosi-its possible debbie has let you spend too much time with wilenki this year-we will have dinner at the nationals and address this issue
Nov. 14, 2012
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q98xxx of course
Nov. 13, 2012
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good question Yuan-I do believe 4d should be forcing-my deal with Steve is we have a section in our notes that discusses when 4 of a minor is NOT forcing-therefore when an auction is not in this section 4 of a minor becomes forcing. Debbie–at the table I held this hand and thought with my hand if I X'ed chances were huge Steve would bid 4h or 4s leading to an almost sure minus score, so after 5 minutes of thinking I went with pass. Steve's hand was akx,xxx,qxxxxx,A-he would have bid 4h and we would have played it there. rho had xxx,kq9x,a10xx,xx so with the spade q onside, the 9 of hearts on my right, diamonds 4-0 so theres no ruff, 4h was a likely make with careful play. lho had qxxx,jx,void,qjxxxxx and made the VERY good bid of 4c not vul vs. vul (Mark Gordon) and was duly rewarded when at the other table they bid 3c and now my hand had a very easy 3nt bid for +630.
Nov. 13, 2012
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you know rho has a stiff spade and probaby a heart trick and was very likely in a tough spot. the hand is all about the meaning of your partner's X of 4s–was it penalty or was it protecting equity but not sure what to do. I would be thinking partner is protecting equity with his X since he jumped to 4h red/white and will have to X on any good hand with no clear direction after his previous action-which is a hand he is so much more likely to have than a spade stack, and therefore I have to bid 4nt, correcting 5c to 5d to get hearts back into the game. if we missed 6h i wont be surprised but i suspect their save will be cheap at any level. I predict nice stripe tail by meck.
Nov. 3, 2012
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with my points in my short suits and partner very likely 4+ in both majors (since lho didnt open a weak 2s bid and rho didnt jump to 3s and they unlikely to have a heart fit) the upside is pushing them to 3s and beating them a trick and the downside is going for a number even if they fail to x. the tempo of the auction is hateful also since lho with anything has an easy x of 2nt to show cards giving rho the green light to x 3 of a minor. so how does my graph look to bid? feels like only a desparado would bid here.
Oct. 11, 2012
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