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Hi Yuan-I would say the noticeable differences is the Euros tend to smoke and drink a lot more which is probably why they are better card players because they are sitting in a bar going over all the hands all night. Now you want the serious answer? The level of card play in Europe is always much higher than it is here in the States. I don't really know why. I thought we had Watson but maybe he was a Brit after all.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Dean-this is certainly 1 of the 2 worst bridge experiences of my life and i'll be happy to share it with you. Steve and I were a new partnership. We were in the semifinals of the Spingold. Our teammates had the worst first half ever-against a very strong Polish team. We were down 35 at the half. The 3rd quarter we played on vugraph and we played so well our opponents asked for different hands because they thought we had the hand records. We picked up 79 imps and were now up close to 40 going into the 4th quarter. I will never forget telling Steve we got them just play tight and keep the ball in the middle of the court. We start out very well in the 4th quarter. Then Steve opens 3d and I have a piece of garbage with a stiff spade axxxx of diamonds, all vul. i bid 3s, he raises to 4s with a stiff J. I pass thinking even if they don't have a slam I will go down 8 and lose 4 or 5 imps, but if they have a slam I am rich! So slam is on 1/2 finesses-our teammates bid it and go down 1 so we lose 14 imps. We win the match by 1!!!! What a lucky ass I am!!!! We are celebrating in the bar-all excited about playing in the finals the next day. 20 minutes later Grant Baze comes into the bar to tell us that our teammates had misscored 2 boards in the 1st half and we in fact lost by 1….talk about a buzz kill. About a week later we were in France for a World championship and 1 of the writers informed me that the hand I blew this match playing the 1-1 fit was in 700 different newspapers that day. Life goes on, you hope.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Prahalad-I actually like to work out harder than usual a few weeks before the NABCs so that I'm feeling good at the tournament and although I start out the nationals working out daily as time goes on I do less and less for fear I need my energy for the game. We bring our dog Rufus to the tournament so I do a lot of walking and that gives me some good exercise and needed fresh air.What helped me not dwell on previous hands was I stopped keeping a private score many years ago. This way I don't waste energy looking at previous results or dwelling as much on my stupidities. Learning from your mistakes is the key in bridge. We have all screwed up hands because we were not in the present and at some point you just learn that because you just blew 12 imps you don't want to turn it into 30 imps like you have done before. Of course we still see this happening all the time-bridge can be like a boxing match where although you are closely matched you land one or two punches and the other guy is done thinking clearly for the rest of the match.
April 10, 2014
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Hi David-I think in team games where there is ample time to prepare to play against anything you should be able to play pretty much what you like-of course if you think your opponents need more than 5 minutes to discuss they're defenses then you can alert them the day before. Pair games are much different because you come to the new table and time is always an issue especially these days where if your opponents are slow the directors are now barking that YOU have 1 round to catch up or you both get penalties no matter whose fault it is type of nonsense. (of course I'm still looking forward to playing someone I hate while I'm having a bad game and take 25 minutes for no reason on some hand just to give them a good schtupp) So I think pairs games are a much different animal, but I mean cmon, its crazy-playing multi is so universal-I hate playing against it but in any top level pair game whether it be a national or a regional how can it not be allowed?
April 10, 2014
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Hi Noodle-we used to love coming to Montreal in the summer time for the tournament-I'm sorry to say we have no immediate plans to come visit this year but hopefully sooner than later. Of course you Canucks love me to come up there because you always kick my teeth in and send me home with 15 or 20 master points for the week.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Charley-from day 1 our common goal has been to think alike. in order to accomplish that we always have to learn from whatever mistakes have been made, because making the same mistake twice is criminal. in maintaining the partnership we always go over good and bad results that were achieved where we were not on the same wavelength, and we are always realizing that we have to change our methods for optimum results.
April 10, 2014
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I think forquet is more suspect than reese–anyone that passes 2nt and wins all those world titles….
April 4, 2014
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Of course in my opinion Mike and the entire Lynch team deserve the Gold Medal. My fingers are crossed, and if it happens it will be the coolest thing Ive ever seen. Then maybe there should be a revote to put Eddie Wold in the Hall of Fame where he belongs.
April 2, 2014
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I agree with Danny miles that the post should have been taken down by bridgewinners.
March 31, 2014
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Steve- great title- great movie but if somehow you added ennio morricones soundtrack then this woulda been an awesome article
March 20, 2014
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Congrats to chipper who we all know only got in because he's married to jan. I' am thrilled for Jill but it is such a joke she didn't get in her first time around that I still have a bad taste in my mouth. It is a shame that none of the other nominees got in as they are so deserving a group and if the hof allowed 8 people to get in this certainly coulda been the year that all got in..
March 6, 2014
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Everybody knows of Eric's musical genius but most don't realize what an incredible ear he has and how well he does imitations of other people not only with amazing sound resemblance but with gestures. For over 40 years I have come to him with people to work on and he has never disapointed me. Nobody else in my entire life has made me laugh longer and harder than Eric. I think its only fair that I share with everybody reading this fantastic interview in the Well my nickname for Eric. Its “Burndog.” The reasons are simple-when you play on a team with Eric and he comes to compare there is always at least 1 hand that he has made an impossible vul game or done some amazing thing to destroy the opponents, hence, the burn. To be around Eric he is always laughing, always wearing this fantastic smile–if he was a puppy his tail would always be wagging, and thats where the dog part comes in.
Feb. 27, 2014
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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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