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Greg-I think Jason Alexander is a great choice, and hes a card player also! My choice for Steve would be Bette Midler. she can carry a tune and would raise me and lead my damn suit once in a while.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Dana-I do a lot of cooking-limited to the barbeque so I can't mess things up too bad. My ribs are getting better, but my best game is getting out the stone crabs and taking them out of the shell without drawing too much blood.
Damon is like a brother -I met him while trading on Wall Street. He is a man's man, to say the least.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Mark-I thought we won because when I finished playing I saw the score on BBO and it said we were up 14 with 1 board left. We couldn't lose more than 12 on the last board as I saw the final contract. Of course had there been some scoring errors by BBO then who knows but usually they get those things right when they have Jan Martel driving the boat. Of course when we actually compared with Rodwell then we were sure.
I have a month off to savor and perhaps be a little bad before my next regional which I'm very happy about.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Sathya-the format is what it is–that is why there are different formats so people can choose to play what they want and when you do its the save for everybody
There are now many events going on called National Events that are called Nationals even though they are going on during main events. Should it be considered a “real” National event? I don't know, I don't really care. Life is short and can be really crappy for people-so I guess the more master point awards and National events they gonna award the happier people will be. so it diminishes guys achievements who won their nationals when there were less of them? Who really cares?
April 10, 2014
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Hi Randy-I never get involved in my teams seating right and almost never get involved in the who plays who game. Steve and I almost always try to play the role of accomodating our teammates and making them happy.
We have about 200 pages of notes at this point, which we update every few months and alter things and constantly find errors to fix driving us more insane than we already are.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Jan-We got Rufus in San Diego-Jill took 2 hours to pick him out of a litter. We had a golden before Rufus named Luke, unrelated. Rufus is very smart, very quirky. Hes a lot like my old bridge partner and great friend Russ Arnold. Got some ornery going on also. Hes always very happy as long as we are together. When I leave the house for something he just starts ripping clothes off hangers in my closet and collecting all my shoes and making a big pile at the front door where he waits.There is nobody on the planet I'd rather drink and listen to loud music with more than
Rufus. Let me take this opportunity to thank you Jan for everything you do for bridge and for the great friend you have been to me. I love you.
April 10, 2014
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Hey Scott-I've now read your comments and questions 3 times, and seriously buddy, maybe you should try cutting down on the mayo. Thx for the kind words about my mother, and yes, she is better than a great person. I am and always will be a hothead to some degree, its in my DNA, so watch out.
April 10, 2014
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Bridge has been very good to all of us and it just gets better as time goes on. Thats why recruiting young players is so crucial.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Nick-I would definitely choose Meckwell if I was playing for my life without hesitation.
The Verona incident was simple-We came 2nd-the Chinese pair that won played 8 boards against their countrymen in the final session which is an absurdity. They averaged over 98% on those boards and the things that happened on those boards were without concience. They beat us by 1/2 a board. The organizers and leaders that be from all over the world wanted no part of this controversy, although they were aware of everything. Thats the reason I am rooting so extra hard(aside from a sense of fairness) that the Lynch team gets awarded the Gold medals they deserve. I will feel like I have seen some justice and progress in what can be such an unfair world.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Ewan-I think its a great idea and whether it turns out to be productive with great results or not I'm sure you would enjoy the process. I know very little about the subject of eligible coaches, but I think if you wrote something on the bridgewinners site you would get terrific responses that would send you in the right direction. Or I could ask my wife, she usually has all the answers.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Phil-one thing we have always been good at is helping the other with a situation where one of us has problems memorizing something. Since we are both basically retarded we are both asking each other the same questions for years. The one thing we tend to lean on is after all these years we think about whats logical and that we are probably playing this method correctly and then can figure out what the bids mean by what they should mean. We have gone through these exercises many time in complicated sequences so that in the heat of batter we get things correct.
April 10, 2014
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Hey D-I would say its so much better to win by 2 than to lose by 2 which Steve and I have done so many times. There were 3 hands in this match I screwed up, and was so lucky to have cost me only a total of 13 imps. But still, losing by 2 would have sucked because any of the 3 errors would have cost the match. There were a few hands I almost got wrong that I got right, those feel awesome now. Sorry I don't really agree, when you win difficult or easy-all is forgiven in my book-whether you win easy or difficult its always a rush if the event means something to you.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Anant-
1-yes
2-I'm sorry if that sounded shallow and I agree with you that it did sound shallow because it was shallow. What I should have said was take the fat, old farts off the front cover and put some new, young, happy refreshing faces on there to attract younger people.
3-It has waned. I don't really have the time, the patience or the interest in coaching. I would shoot myself if I had to be a teacher. I am stimulated by the more difficult aspects and challenges of bridge, and there are so many more qualified people out there that would do a better job with you guys than I would.
4-going on the Nickell team was a very tough decision because we were very happy on the Fleisher team. But theres only 1 Nickell team and you only live once so if you can do it, you gotta do it.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Deb-I do not think there could be possibly be an accurate rating system in bridge-its a partnership game and no individual player is worth a damn if he can't get good results with his partner. So should we give Steve and I higher rating points because we won a World Pairs or should we give Rodwell a higher rating because he came in 3rd overall with Pollyanna May? Its not like baseball where I come to bat and Steve is on 3rd base or I can throw a strike over the middle to Steve for a 30 yard gain. So you can only rate pairs. To do that all the pairs would have to play a lot against each other, and as we all know there would still be a huge randomness factor. Besides, I have always hated the people that go around saying this guy is better than this guy, blah blah blah. I don't like gloating or trash talking either. So sorry, this is not a good subject for me. Of course I rate my wife and dog every day.
This next question about me stating who I think is the most underrated Americans in terms of reputation reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live when Dan Akroyd says “Jane you ignorant slut.” Seriously, anybody I would name as an underrated player would be so insulted that I thought as little of them as I did before they improved or that I even thought they were underrated that I just don't see the constructive nature of answering this question. We all know bridge players are very egotistical and often overrate their own abilities more than the average bear.
April 10, 2014
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Hey Jeff-you know I woulda given you $20 not to ask me some goofy question. Anyway, we always try to do what we think is right, just like everybody else. Sometimes we go too far and trick each other when we are trying to trick declarer. Sometimes we are very good about being tricky. Usually when one of us knows the other is bullshitting about a signal the other one does the same thing. We have never really discussed this, so I'll assume its human nature or some male macho thing.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Dennis-we love reverse flannery. it prevents you from missing hearts on hands were opener has extras but not enough to reverse and responder has approximately 8 hcp. You often get to play your major suit fit from the stronger hand, and when you open a minor and your partner responds 1s he rarely has 4h. Also, it allows for other bids because you don't respond 1s and bid 2h over 1nt rebids with hearts and weak hands anymore. We play xfer advances and sometimes they work out and you will often have a better auction but the flaw is sometimes you wrong side hands when the opening bidder is not on lead.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Yuan-we have extensive agreements, experience together at the table, and countless hours of discussion after hands over 15 years. We used to practice online a few times a week and we played against a couple of good players that used 2 or 3 computers at a time so they are looking into our hands and we were still practicing falsecarding eachother until we just couldn't stand the beatings anymore.
April 10, 2014
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see that proves no Jill help, I misguessed and used the wrong word. There was no real repremend after this hand. But its close enough, snippy biotch.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Harald-thx for the update–Helgi is a very important and busy guy-I understand only 10 seconds pause…looking forward to seeing your beautiful country next year.
April 10, 2014
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Hi Sriram-I think I never waste time thinking about whats going on at the other table or whos playing and whos gonna do what because in the last few years I have gone from the Fleisher team with all top levels experts to the Nickell team where again the caliber is tip top. There are certainly regionals Steve and I go to where our teammates are weaker and if the opponents are playing well against us we know we are in trouble and we know we have to loosen up the ship to get back into the game but in those situations we do the best we can and take whatever results there are with a grain of salt.
April 10, 2014
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