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THank you very much to all.. This is really a team award so I wanted to give a big THNAK YOU to all my teammates on the Fleisher team.. Marty Fleisher, Joe Grue, Brad Moss, Chip Martel, and of course my bridge partner Geoff Hampson who deserves this award more than I do. Thank you all and also to Mike Passel who carried me into third place in the LM pairs this summer
Dec. 13, 2018
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Russ was a very good friend of mine. He truly had a heart of gold for those of us who knew him well. I owe him a lot including introducing me to my wife through a friend of his. He will be missed.
Dec. 13, 2018
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Micheal, I very respectfully disagree with what percentage of wires come from overseeing people's scorecards. I would guess at least 75 percent come from the scorecards. Of course I may be wrong. People are just so bad about keeping there scorecards private, especially the more inexperienced and foreign players. I am sure some percentage of wires comes from overhearing other tables, and a very small percentage from the bridgemates, as at this level most the huge majority of people are good with keeping the bridgemates correctly. I definitely agree that more table spacing would eliminate more of the “overhearing” issue, and I am always for that, but understand there is only so much available space, though it would be nice to see a better effort by the ACBL in pairs finals to help with this.
I also wanted to emphasize in my orginal post that it was not meant to accuse anyone of doing anything wrong. My only hope is to help prevent this from happening. As in most of these cases you never really know if the opponent had a wire or just did something stupid. I spoke to Sol Weinstein briefly last night. I strongly suggested that in the first day of the the coming up Resinger that score keeping be disallowed. He said he did not have the authority to do this.
I believe that score keeping be disallowed in the major pair event finals, but that is a very drastic solution and I completely understand that it can take away from people's enjoyment of the game(including mine). I would also propose barometer finals, but of course that is way to large and possibly expensive and undertaking to produce so many boards.
The simple solution of redoing the inside of the convention card with MUCH smaller boxes and/or random board orders would in my opinion eliminate 75 percent of these clipping score wires. I was told last night that they are indeed redoing the convention card anyways, although that is mainly about the front and back of the card and not the inside.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Overtime is a very exciting element of bridge for the players(in that match and other matches) and for the many watching on bridge base. For the life of me I can't see why we would get rid of it for the rare occasion that the matches end in the middle of the day and might push back the start time a bit. Usually the matches in the trials end by 8:30 at night anyway so even if they play til ten it is not any huge deal.
Oct. 10, 2017
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I think we should break the tie through arm-wrestling.. I find it strange not to have a play-off. I never even knew this is an issue. Virtually every sport has overtime(s) in playoff scenario matches and they are very fun even though they can be late into the night..
Oct. 10, 2017
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Absolutely devastating news. My deepest condolences to all of his loved ones, especially Janice who has had to go through so much in her life. I knew Micheal as one of the greatest guys and players in bridge. I vividly remember teaming with Micheal in many regionals when I was much younger. He was such a great guy and never had a bad word to say about anyone and always made me feel at ease playing with him and his team of stars.
Feb. 2, 2017
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I agree with everyone's comments on both sides of the discussion. I feel two simple steps would help a lot with this issue

1. Directors making announcements before and during the national pair games to make sure people keep their scorecards private and having a blurb in the daily bulletins as well about this.

2. The ACBL creating a third type of convention card. This one would have the same outside as the regular card but the inside would have smaller spaces to write the scores. This would also leave some blank space to write any notes you wish to discuss later with your partner. This could happen at a very minimal cost to the ACBL which is important. Solutions that some have suggested that would cost a lot are very unlikely to be approved. For those who have trouble with their eyesite seeing such small writing, or just don't want to change, they can still use the regular convention cards, but people would at least be encouraged to use the newer ones for certain events.
Dec. 17, 2016
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One player gave a me another very good and simple idea of making different score cards for these events where you would write much smaller so it would be harder for others to see.
Dec. 15, 2016
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I have no strong feelings on this one way or the other, but wouldn't it be interesting to have your spingold match scores entered into the bridgebase and give you your running score. This would certainly make for some interesting bridge towards the end of many matches. This of course is similar to every other sport where you know your score and can do things like pulling your goalie in hockey.
Dec. 15, 2016
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Thanks for all your comments. Clearly this is not the perfect solution but I strongly believe the benefits of not keeping score outweigh any issues it might cause. After all, is it not unreasonable for a pair to be responsible to see that their scores are correct. Again this is only in the semi-finals/finals of the few major national matchpoint type events that are not Barometer, which mostly consists of serious players. Has anyone had 7nt bid against them toward the end of a session and got a zero and wondered could this have been a wire. This would eliminate 95 percent of wires in my opinion.
Dec. 14, 2016
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That would be a great idea Ralph
Dec. 14, 2016
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Yes it was so it would not apply to any event that is Barometer style. In the past the second day has not always been Barometer. It would be fun if more event finals were barometer but it would be tough and probably costly for the ACBL to have that many boards and the tables far enough apart.
Dec. 14, 2016
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Hopefully one thing it would do is cause people to be more careful about checking the scores entered in the machine so there will be less score correction.
Dec. 14, 2016
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I agree with that but it is worth it for the good of the game and it would only apply in the finals of the open board a match and second day of the Reisinger if not played in Barometer style.
Dec. 14, 2016
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In the national events all scores are immediately entered into the scoring machines provided so as long as you check your scores at the time and preferably afterwards as well you will be fine.
Dec. 14, 2016
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Thanks so much to everyone for their nice comments. A special thanks to my partner Geoff Hampson who deserves this award as much as I do. Thanks to all my teammates on the Diamond team this year, and all my teammates and partners throughout the years. Also, a special thanks to Jeff Meckstroth who put Geoff and I together many years ago.
Dec. 14, 2016
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