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Good luck to Steve and Thomas!
Dec. 1, 2011
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I am not sure, but I wonder if the teams did use more than their allocated time? I believe the seniors event started after all the other events and would have received quite a bit more time due to playing more boards and having screens. I could be wrong, but they may not have run over. Also it is understandable that the players were playing carefully even on what some call the “simple plays”. This was a very close match where an overtrick really could have decided the outcome, so it was important that every trick was carefully thought out. Congrats to all the winners!
Nov. 30, 2011
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Good luck to my wonderful father in law Mark Feldman!
Nov. 29, 2011
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Having these videos of the vugraph is so great. Thank you for posting them. I showed part of this video to the bridge club at the school I teach at today to give them an idea of what high level bridge looks like. They seemed to really enjoy it!
Oct. 27, 2011
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Curtis thanks for taking the time to join the video chat from the Netherlands. It was so interesting to hear your thoughts and hear how the team is feeling. Good luck in the finals!
Oct. 26, 2011
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Congrats to everyone who advanced to the finals. I think we are all going to watch some great bridge and see some close matches!
Oct. 26, 2011
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Another great video Steve!
Oct. 23, 2011
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Great interviews Steve! I have really been enjoying watching them. Adds a much more personal element to the championships when you get to know the players :)
Oct. 20, 2011
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Thinking of John, Ken and their family.
Oct. 20, 2011
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only 26, but I wasn't alive for a lot of those Championships, in my defense :)
Oct. 14, 2011
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I for one loved the voice commentary and thought everyone did a great job. I loved having “color commentary” to add to the analysis of the play, especially when there was a tough hand and someone went into the tank. It was nice to have some conversation to fill the time. I especially liked having Gavin interview the top players as well as hear their friendly banter, besides just discussing the hand at play. Keep up the great work!
Sept. 19, 2011
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Gavin, thank you for posting these videos! I had to miss part of the second and third segments, so being able to watch them here on the site meant I didn't end up missing a thing. Great idea! Maybe more big events can be posted here for people who miss it or are playing bridge themselves at the same time.
Sept. 19, 2011
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Love the profiles of all the members of USA 1. It is great to find out more about the players and their accomplishments before we all watch them on action this coming Sunday during the challenge match. Can't wait to learn more about USA 2!
Sept. 15, 2011
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Great conversation here about junior bridge.

My thoughts lie somewhere in the middle of the two sides to this discussion I guess. I agree with all the positive aspects of teenagers learning bridge that Justin discussed in his article. I think bridge is a great game and has a lot of benefits for young people. I know I could go on for hours about all the amazing memories, experiences and friends I made from my bridge experiences. I also think as a high school teacher that Justin did a really good job of focusing his article on reasons why teenagers would want to play bridge. I also think that we all need to do what we can to encourage more young people to play bridge, especially young people who do not come from bridge playing families, since they are less likely to pick up the game without our efforts. I think with more school bridge programs and the youth NABC's this is becoming easier all the time.

I also agree however, with what Brad is saying. Yes, we all know lots of young bridge players who still went on to college and didn't cross over into the dark side of the bridge world, but we also know a lot who did. I don't have children yet, but I know how I plan to address bridge when I do (although I recognize this could change completely when I do have them). I will teach my children bridge (or rather my husband who is far better than I can teach them :)). I will let them play in bridge tournaments, including the NABC's. However, because I know about the dark side of the bridge world and especially NABC's I will be very cautious in doing so. I will not give free reign to my kids to hang out all night and do as they please at tournaments. We will have strict rules for them (probably stricter than at home) and I will make sure to get to know the young people they are hanging out with( hopefully it will at least in part consist of other people participating in this discussions' kids who I will know and I am sure trust) and to be aware of what they are getting into. Because my husband and I know so many bridge players, I will be sure to make it clear that if any of them see or hear of my child getting into things I don't want them into to tell me. I will not be afraid to be the embarrassing parent who storms into a hotel room at the nationals and gets my kid out of there. I will also make sure my kids see the world of pro bridge in the real light. I will make sure they know about the hard parts of that lifestyle and the struggles it takes to get there, and not just the upsides of the successful players who are living the dream. I will encourage my kids to wait until after university until they get too involved in the game.

I played bridge at Nationals from the time I was 13-14 years old. I still went to University and have a job outside of the game, but still play bridge as well and love it. I also managed to for the most part not get into any trouble at tournaments, and I certainly stayed out of the dark side of the bridge world (drugs etc). For this I can only credit my parents. They instilled in me the values to stay out of trouble. They also knew about what went on in the bridge world and took steps to keep me out of trouble. For example, I never had a curfew at home, but I did at the nationals. They knew my friends and enough bridge players that they always were in the loop as to what I was doing. As a teenager I may not have always appreciated this at the time, but now as an adult I certainly do.

So I think teenagers can benefit greatly from bridge, but parents need to be mindful and careful to help keep their kids on track in this adult and unique environment.
Aug. 28, 2011
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So great to see the results of the Youth Bridge Congress. Thanks for posting this for everyone!
Aug. 23, 2011
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Great article Josh! I really enjoy your writing style. I was sure sweating it out while I was watching you play 7NT. So glad you made it :)
Aug. 3, 2011
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Henry,
My point is that perhaps the open and junior events should not be treated the same way. There doesn't need to be a rule that zone 2 gets the same number of teams in open play as in junior play. In open play I completely agree that the US's huge number of bridge players justifies two teams, but I am not convinced that the same can be said in junior bridge. Does the US really have such a large junior field of bridge players to warrant two teams?

I was also never suggesting that Zone two have one play off for 3 spots, I was simply raising the question as to whether in junior bridge any country should ever automatically receive two teams. I also notice when this question is raised the common response seems to be to suggest that Canadians should be thankful for the one team they have, and no one ever suggests the Americans should be thankful for the best situation out of any country in Junior bridge. Two teams with no other country to take them.

Also for the record, the one time there was a team up for grabs between a Canadian and American junior team….Canada won!

May 28, 2011
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