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So happy to see the Kranyaks at the top! Congrats to Johnny and Joel!
March 13, 2011
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Way to go guys! Congratulations to all four of you! If Joe wasn't impossible to live with before, he might be now :)
March 11, 2011
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Gavin I really enjoyed your article. Being a math teacher I love to read and think about how the brain works and how people learn. From my experience as a math teacher I agree with your theory of temporary and permanent folders. When I teach a math concept (similar to teaching a bridge concept) it is only going to be going to stay with them for a temporary amount of time unless they practice the skill. This is why I assign homework. Eventually with enough practice concepts go into the permanent folder. I think that sometimes my high school students forget that. Their multiplication tables and how to solve an equation are automatic for them because that is in their permanent folder. What I am teaching them can also go into their permanent folder with enough practice and time even though it is harder. I agree with your new concept of teaching. I try to not teach too many new concepts in a day (in an ideal world maybe even just add one concept from the previous lesson) and have us practice it in class together and have them practice it at home. If I teach too many concepts at once, they get lost in all the information and may not understand any of it. By teaching fewer concepts more slowly they have time to truly learn those concepts and it becomes automatically accessible to them as we add in new concepts. I would love to teach bridge as a course at my school and apply your ideas about teaching bridge. The skills the students would learn from bridge: deductive reasoning and foresight would certainly go a long way to helping learn math and other subject areas as well. Maybe some day…
March 9, 2011
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Thanks for posting the clip. Great job Brad, I really enjoyed watching your interview.
Feb. 2, 2011
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Love the video Gavin! You did a great job of breaking down your thinking process and explaining it to others. I am really looking forward to watching more videos :)
Jan. 28, 2011
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Brad, I am so glad you wrote about this topic. Slow play penalties is something that has driven me crazy for years, not because they affect me, but because they affect my thought to be slow husband (“Flash Junior :)”) . One of the biggest issues I see about the penalties is how inconsistently they are given out. I kibitz a great deal of national events. As a kibitzer I often people and table watch around the room. I have witnessed many tables near the table I am kibitzing that are significantly behind for many rounds and have not be warned or bothered. Then I will see a pair get penalized the first or second time they fall behind. These penalties are often game changing and if they are going to be given out it must be consistent. It has sometimes seemed to me that certain players the directors don't want to penalize and others they are very quick to penalize. The directors do not always seem to be objective.
My second issue is another one you mentioned Brad. Apparently a pair doesn't even need to be told they are being penalized. One year in the Reseigner my husband after the session discovered he had received a slow play penalty and hadn't even been told. It seems you could at least be given the respect of being told you are getting a penalty so you know the true state of the match.
My third complaint is that there is currently no real way of determining who is slow. If a director happens to be by the table at the end of the hand when you are thinking they think you are the slow player. but maybe earlier in the hand or round it was an opponent. Hoping your opponent will be honest about his/her previous slow play is not clear. Also if you start the round late because the previous table finished late often no consideration for this is given. Players can try to protect themselves by telling a director they are waiting when the next round has started, but that doesn't meant the same director will come when you are finishing late.
Obviously there must be time limits in bridge, but there needs to clear rules and consistent applications of these rules. In all the other sports mentioned there is some form of clock to determine when a time violation has occurred. There is no wondering if one occurred or whose fault it is. In bridge a person gets to decide if a time penalty occurred and whose fault it was without watching the entire round/game. Doesn't seem to make any sense to me. I hope some better policy can be formed and implemented.

P.S. No ill will to the directors. You are put in a very difficult situation by having to make these decisions without all the information. The system is what needs changed.
Jan. 25, 2011
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A couple of other fun regionals that no one has mentioned are some of the other Canadian regionals. Both the Calgary regionals and Regina regionals have home dinners where the out of town players can choose to sign up to be invited to a local person's house for dinner for one night of the tournament. The local hosts have varying sized groups of out of town players, but it is always a great meal and a fun chance to meet some new bridge players. My parents generally have 20-40 out of town players to their house. The out of town players seem to really love this part of the tournament. Talk about local hospitality!
Jan. 19, 2011
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I noticed nobody has mentioned Gatlinburg as a favorite. I have never been to this tournament but have always wanted to go since everyone talks about how great that regional is. What does everyone think?
Jan. 18, 2011
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Gavin,
I am so happy that the San Diego regional made it on your favorites list. What makes that tournament even better is visiting your good friends Erin and Jason ( who live quite close to the playing site and have a guest room waiting for you). Should we pencil you and Jenny in for a stay at Hotel Feldman that week, since it is a favorite tournament? No pressure of course :)
Jan. 18, 2011
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Great article and interview. Really enjoyed it!
Dec. 21, 2010
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Re the criticism of the USBF trials. I might remind everyone that these events are run by volunteers for the most part and these volunteers give up their time for the love of the game. I notice many individuals seem to always think they have all the solutions, and tend to be very critical of the way things are currently done, but these individuals also seldom volunteer their own time.
Dec. 20, 2010
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Who would you put your money on?
Dec. 3, 2010
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Congratulations to all the winners! What an accomplishment :)
Nov. 29, 2010
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What a great article! I feel very proud to be a fellow Canadian :) Thanks for posting this article so we can all read it.
Oct. 21, 2010
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I am so glad someone else brought up the fact that 5 World Champions were crowed simultaneously,and perhaps that this is too many. I had been thinking the same thing and wondered if I was the only one. I believe that to be a World Champion you should have to beat the best in the world (or at least the best eligible for that event). I believe by having 5 world events going on at the same time there were many events that were not made of the best field in the world. I believe the premier events should be the ones that award a world title and the others could be events that are a part of an International Bridge Festival. That way everyone can have the enjoyment of competing against an international field in the event of their choice, but it makes earning the elusive world title more meaningful and prestigious. I don't believe we want to take anything away from world titles.
Oct. 19, 2010
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Congratulations to Steve Weinstein and Bobby Levin for winning the Open Pairs! Have a hurricane for me Steve :)
Oct. 16, 2010
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Congratulations to the Diamond team on a great finish and for putting on such a great show for all the spectators!
Oct. 13, 2010
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I finally made the leader board!
Oct. 13, 2010
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