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Ellis-I am curious why you say there has been a lot of personal politics going into the Canadian team selection. Every year the winners of the CNTC represents Canada. I am not sure how having a trials where the winning team represents your country is political. Sounds very similar to what the US does to me.

I wonder what everyone's thoughts are about the US receiving two teams automatically for the World Junior Championships? The only country in the world to do so. For a long time all of Europe (which has lots of talented junior players) only got 4 teams, now I believe they are up to 6, while the US was guaranteed two teams every year. Having twice the players receiving international experience is certainly an advantage over every other country who may or may not have any participants receive high quality international experience. When the US was so dominant in the World Championships perhaps that earned them a second team, but I am curious what others think.
May 28, 2011
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Gavin, I am so glad you wrote this post. I too have been feeling nostalgic for Canada while watching the CNTC results. I was also pulled south of the border, not for bridge, but for love of a bridge player. I miss Canada very much, and am very proud to be Canadian. While I loved Canada when I lived there, now that I live in the US I have developed an ever greater appreciation for my country and pride for where I am from. Just on Wednesday night we went to a Barenaked Ladies concert and I wore my Canadian sweatshirt to show my pride.

I AM CANADIAN! I eat ice cream in the winter. I spell colour with a “u” I wear a bunny hug and not a hoodie. I know how to curl and I plug my car in during the winter. I am CANADIAN! :)
May 27, 2011
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My husband Jason and I were in Indonesia for 6 weeks in the fall of 2006. We spent about a week of that time in Bali. WE absolutely loved it. Indo is Jason's favorite place on Earth I think. He would go to the Bermuda Bowl there in a heartbeat, and probably with his surf boards along.
May 26, 2011
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USA 1 is Marty Fleisher, Michael Kamil, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Steve Weinstein and Bobby Levin. http://www.bridgewinners.com/finals/121-fleisher-team-wins
May 17, 2011
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Congratulations to the Bathurst team for an incredible tournament. I am also with Eugene and Peg, the Diamond team had to pull out all the stops and go for it, and they had some incredible results (the back to back grands for example). I for one was very entertained watching the whole match, the last set included.
May 17, 2011
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I guess we get to see our match between the “1st generation” and “2nd generation” juniors we were discussing a couple months back. Best of luck to everyone :)
May 16, 2011
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Jeff: Great addition to the bridge memory.

This Toronto regional was also my first. I played with my dad in the morning knockouts and sat down to play against a man and a woman. We were in a three way, so at the end of the 12 boards against the first team my dad asked me if I knew who we had just played against. I didn't. He had to tell me I had just played against one of the best players in the world, “Jeff Meckstroth”. We actually ended up beating Jeff's team, but losing to the other team in the three way and got in on imp quotient. I was so excited! I ended up playing Eric Rodwell's team in the finals. Now I knew who he was before we played and lost. What I also remember was that from that match on Jeff always said hi to me when he saw me at a tournament and knew my name. That really impressed. Plus the fact that Gavin played with him a midnight game later in the week didn't hurt either :)
May 4, 2011
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Gavin, I totally remember when you played in that midnight game with Jeff Meckstroth! So fun that you found that convention card :)This story really goes to show what effect a top player can have on a beginning player by taking a little time out of their night. So great that Jeff took the time to play with you.
May 4, 2011
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I remember being in that vugraph room too, Gavin! It was so exciting :) For me is was one of the most exciting vugraph experiences I have had. Watching the US tie it up and send the match into overtime was amazing. I also agree it helped to cement your generation's reputation. Also up there was watching the next World Junior Bridge Championships when the US team was again in the finals. It was exciting in one way watching them rack up a 96 imp lead, exciting in a different way watching it slip away to only 15. As long as you win! :)
April 16, 2011
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Sounds great! I am sure there are some fun ones :)
April 10, 2011
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I enjoyed your article a lot Joe! Keep them coming!
April 9, 2011
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Joe, you should definitely move to San Diego! It is such a great city :) Jason and I could help you get all set up. You could find lots of nice places here, by the beach. You can come over and I will cook dinner for you guys! Do it!
March 31, 2011
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Who will I drink hurricane's with now?
March 31, 2011
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Gavin- Love the video and can't wait to watch the rest of the series. I felt left out from missing the Louisville nationals, but with this series I can catch up on some of what I missed. I also have really enjoyed hearing how experts think through the hands, it helps me to see how I could work out problems I couldn't before.
March 30, 2011
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Kran can definitely not be giving out fashion advice. Especially when I caught him wearing my shirt at the Hawaii nationals. He even kept wearing my t-shirt, thinking it was his, even though it was skin tight and I could almost see his belly button.
March 23, 2011
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Barry: Thanks for adding in the history of junior bridge in the 1980's! I was a little young then… :)

Brad: I love the idea of having a challenge match. I might have some pull with the bridge winners team :) Hopefully we can make that happen. I also think it would be great to include other juniors who I didn't mention in the article, such as the name you mentioned.

Steve: I think if we could raise money for junior bridge that would very much fit the sentiment of the article :)

Thanks everyone!
March 23, 2011
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Way to go Gavin and Joel! Great win :)
March 19, 2011
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THat picture of Kranyak is priceless!
March 17, 2011
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I am logging on to BBO to watch right now! I believe they are showing Strul vs. Lall.
March 16, 2011
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