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Yo Christina-congrats on your first national win in the states, an open event no less.
I have had so many great moments in life, the only one I can think of right now is winning the Vanderbilt by 2 a few weeks ago.
My biggest fear is easy-watching Rufus get attacked by some vicious dog at the park and I can't save him.
I don't dream much when I sleeping or when I do I barely remember them but I'm living the dream with Jill Lev so I'll settle for that
Not likely to go to Copenhagen next year- your best shot is if I get really drunk 1 night and play high stakes poker with Weinstein and he beats me to death and then offers to cancel the debt if I go play in Copenhagen–your other shot is sending a private plane for me so I can bring Rufus
April 11, 2014
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Hi Adam-first let me say that I choose to go through life being politically as retarded as possible because I have no patience for it and if it wasn't for my wife Jill I would know as much about politics as Rufus. This has always been the case for me in the bridge world also. I'll give you my best shot on this controversy as long as we all understand that this is my last “politcal” related comments in this thread. Lets start with I tried to read the thread concerning Roy Welland and found it so sickening I couldn't get through it.Here is some guy I have never even seen at a tournament before in my life referring to Mr. Welland as a “decent” player. Then there are other people saying that hes a client who has hired teams and he pays Sabine and therefore he can't be a very good player and presuming all this crap about what he can, can't or should do when they know nothing about the real facts and although I respect freedom of speech its just not their place to get involved in a witch hunt because some cry baby lost to Roy in the finals and wants another shot at representing Germany. Although its not even relevant,do you really think because someone is a successful businessman and can afford to buy a great team that limits their ability as a great player? Do you think playing against Nickel, Fleisher, Diamond, Becker, Rubin, Struhl, Coren,Spector,Gromov, Jacobs and many others whose names I can't focus on right now is a walk in the park? OK OK I got carried away with Jacobs but he does have those awesome Sox seats behind home plate. Anyway, I certainly don't know anything about the actual requirements for Mr. Welland to play in Germany-so what I say here is assuming the requirement is he has to live in Germany part time. If my assumption is wrong then please disregard everything I have to say going forward. So here I am, the “head” of the German bridge organization (god forbid)-I would call Mr. Welland into my office and say “Mr. Welland I have a YES or NO question for you-did you pay taxes to the German government this year? Please no humphing or stammering-if your answer is YES then show me a copy of your tax return and if your answer is NO then try not to let the door hit you in the ass on your way out”. When his answer is yes and he shows me his tax payments I then publish a report and shut up all jealous idiots and sore headed losers.
April 11, 2014
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Levin seems right but I could live with Levstein I guess
April 11, 2014
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You correcting me?
April 11, 2014
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Hey Mom-What a great new way for us to communicate, this could be the start of something special Not even 1 repeat for you in the entire paragraph!!! I'm sure you have had many great memories of coming to tournaments with me-but the one that will always stand out in my mind was when you brought your husband Marty and were watching a big Spingold match with about 30 kibitzers. At some point Marty fell asleep and started to snore loudly. After we woke him up-I had some difficult decision to make and put my face in my hands to think for a few minutes. When I took my hands away and looked across the table, there you were, having pulled your pants down to your ankles, in your underwear for all to see. And, who could forget Sugar Ray Sheil, when that bitch smacked you and you hit her back so hard she was in the air flying through the curtain. And then we won the Cavendish!
Love you Mom
April 11, 2014
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Thanks Mike
April 11, 2014
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1-I'll let you know after I get your bill
2-If Liz has let you live this long you are probably safe, and I would consider myself very lucky if I were you
3-everybody likes you the best-you could move to Texas and become the next Jim Jones anytime you like
4-I don't care what you think because WE WON THE VANDERBILT!!!!!!!
April 11, 2014
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Hey Dude–first of all-when you coming to visit me already? Its been too long. As I told you since you were a baby, just do it, and don't tell dada. It was very important to meet better players when I was young. My mother used to give me $20 and I would take the train into the city and watch Sonty play all day and night and I learned a lot. He was always very nice to me as was Gene Neiger, Norman Kurlander, Bernie Chazen and many others. Weichsel was a momsa but I got even with him later in life by partnering him. So many of the good players were so nice to me when I was young. They would tell my mother they would always watch out for me and protect me from the crazys that were running rampant dieing to sink their teeth into an innocent little 13 year old like me. Moving to Florida was great for my bridge as all the players you mentioned were also very nice and helpful to me. I partnered Billy Seamon and then Russ Arnold and those were great growing years for me. I played some against Oswald Jacoby when he was very old, as well as Barbara Brier (who was lovely) and VonZedwitz. Of course Oswalds son Jim is the guy I had the infamous raquetball bet with where I spotted him 20 and the serve. Mom has a caricature of this on our wall at home. Barry Crane was truly a character. He was also a big Hollywood celebrity involved with Mission Impossible which was such a hot show at that time. One of my favorite hands of all time was against Barry, I was playing with Ron Smith. I had Akxxx,xx,kqjxxx,void–I opened 1d and Ron responded 1s and Barry overcalled 2h-I qbid 3h and Ron bid 4d-I bid 7s like a shot and Barry who was on lead X'ed-all pass–Barry was on lead with AK of hearts and AK of clubs so he snapped down the club K and Ron claimed. Of course Barry won the event by 3 boards. As you can see bidding grand slams off Aces was standard for me before Weinstein was born. At least when its not the trump Ace we make some of them.
April 11, 2014
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Hey Andrew-thanks-I finally get to ask someone else a question.I forget..what was the score of the last set we played tennis? And,did you buy the same raquet you crushed after that set or did you decide to go with something different?
April 11, 2014
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Hi Mike-hope you are well and am glad you are enjoying this. For me sleep seems to be less important as I get older. At home I'm up between 4 and 5am and really enjoy the quiet mornings and beautiful sunrises out West. Of course I rarely make it past 10pm. At tournaments I have to readjust and try hard to do so a few days before the tournament. I would say once or twice a year I'll take an ambien because I feel sleep deprived and need 8 hours or so which is more than the usual 5 or 6 hours I get. I find in big tournaments that it is more important to close you eyes for a while and rest than to be asleep. I find a couple of stiff drinks really helps me sleep at tournaments while I'm all wound up even though its probably just another excuse for a couple of stiff drinks. Honestly I try not to drink every night at the nationals because I fear I might get a little worn day the last few days. I
April 11, 2014
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Steve has a great dog named Luther.
Thanks Sue for the kind words, and more thanks for the great job that you do which enhances the joy of all the bridge players all over the world. Steve awesome? I X and lead a trump.
April 11, 2014
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Howdy Eleanor-I think if team Monaco had to play 500 boards a day for a month they would still be stronger with just Fantunes and the Helgamos playing every board. That is not really a reflection on Zimmerman-Multon as much it is a reflection on how strong those 2 pairs are. I don't think fatigue was a factor in the 4th quarter but I think we had a very solid first 8 boards beating all the contracts that were not all so easy and then +2210 broke their spirits a little. I don't think they played badly after that but Helgi definitely thought he was losing the match and bid and played a few hands after 7s looking for a swing and that is what cost him. Helgi did play the last hand in 4h and took a much inferior line of play than Rodwell, quite quickly, and won 12 imps for it.
Its not easy to find a cool nickname for 2 Jewish mommas boys, maybe you could help us out with that.
April 11, 2014
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Hi Glenn-Abe would be kvelling, no doubt. I'll never forget the first time I showed any promise as a bridge player to myself. I was playing with Abe, I was 12 years old, and he opened 1h in 4th seat and we ended up in 1nt down 2 for a complete top. I asked Abe later why we got a top. He said because he psyched 1h in 4th seat with xx hearts and 9 hcp. I said “well why didn't you just pass the hand out?” He said yeh, we would have had a top that way also.
April 11, 2014
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Hi Henry-You were playing some hand and claimed at trick 3 stating you had some Octogonal squeeze if the layout was such and such. Of course I never passed Geometry and had no idea what you were talking about but I knew we were squeezed and I put my cards away and took my zero. Thanks for the kind words and lets try not to talk about this hand for another 20 years.
April 11, 2014
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Hey Christal-sorry we missed you at the nationals, heard you were in the Middle East with the boys. Hope you guys didn't convert to anything crazy or shave your heads or anything. I think the only thing Sheila did was allow me to be myself and find my own way in life while being supportive and making sure I always knew she had my back. Stephen Colbert now taking over for David Letterman is so awesome. I'm gonna have to start waking up before midnight to watch the show since I know I can't possibly stay up that late anymore. Hope you and the boys coming to Vegas for the nationals-tell the boys I hear that Compton girl has her own suite at the hotel because her dad won the McKenney so they should definitely make the trip.
April 11, 2014
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Hi Ron-honestly I don't know China's future in bridge but I sure hope we keep kickin their asses at least till I'm so old I don't know the difference.
April 11, 2014
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Hey Dean-how did you sneak back in this line again? I thought only the Jews were allowed to come back and ask a second question. Ok we will let it slide this time, mainly because the partners are surely all still sleeping.
The most important, and most difficult because there are so many variations of it-is competitive bidding.
Yes that was quite a hand. I had x,kj10x,aq109xxx,x and I find out my partner has a black ace and honor 3rd in hearts and rho has opened a strong nt and still I get all this info! anyway i jump to 4d and we get to 5d and get X'ed and of course the K of diamonds is offside so we go down 1. I am steaming of course. Nick is in 3s at the other table +140. After the set I'm whining to Nick about our bad luck on this hand and how many imps where the K of diamonds swung and he responds-“yeh well if the K of diamonds was onside I would have gone down in 3s and I do like to make my contracts.” It was impossible for me not to crack up after that.
Dean our deal is we play it shows honor third and an ace–you want us to have specific agreements about what honor? maybe we should just play relay after they open a strong nt so we know every card in each others hands. Would you be ok with that, Dean?
April 11, 2014
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Hi Danny-hows the cruising going? I would be up about 30 lbs. by now if I were you. I hate committees because if a director just gives you a bad ruling its over quick but when it is dragged out in a committee and then you lose to me its much more aggravating. Directors today by average are so much sharper and more knowledgeable of the rules and some actually could take a trick if they played bridge whereas 30-40 years ago most of the directors had no clue. Todays directors are much more aware of people's bullshit and don't go for these bullshit stories like they did in the old days also.Also, I have had a few jerkoffs, I would love to mention their names but Jill always yells at me not to dignify these type of people so I won't–who have served on my committees that just want to get even with me for kicking their asses their entire life. So yes, I would be in favor of no more committees and leaving my fate up to Matt Smith and his posse.
April 11, 2014
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Hi Dave-I think pairs preparing is all that is necessary for us I can't really say what is necessary for others. Obviously the internet has changed our preparation dramatically-even having documents that are so easy to alter whereas in the old days we were rewriting our god damn handwritten notes all the time!
As far as simulations go Eric Rodwell showed me how to use this program to run simulation but I always forget how to use it so I send Eric an email about a situation and he runs the simulation and then lets me know. Often when Steve makes a stupid bid he will then say he is sure he made the right bid because he did a simulation when I know the only simulation he ever does is in his pants.
April 11, 2014
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Hey Joe Boo-you know the deal in table tennis-you have a fighting chance till I finish my first big cocktail…then your are done. How many games have you won after my first big cocktail? Yes, 0 is the correct number, easy to remember because you have the same number as Jlall so if you forget ask him. Was fun playing with your dad last week, he plays really well and I see why you beat us in the GNTs every year. Maybe this year will be different.
April 11, 2014
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