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I have been an interested, but silent, observer for the past two weeks as these online discussions evolve. As a bridge professional who relies on Natonals for a sizable percentage of my income, it was a difficult decision to make.
The presence of the Corona Virus in our lives has had an effect on two fronts for me. For the past six months I have been training diligently for the Boston Marathon, due to be run on April 20th. It was to be my third marathon in four years, and at the age of 72 likely to be my last one. The training, especially during the winter months, has been tough. Now my training has only a few weeks to go, and it appears very likely that the event will be cancelled for the first time in well over 100 years. My marathon runs have raised a lot of money for my daughters non profit, The Samfund, and I was looking forward to this one.If they hold it, I will run but it's becoming increasingly likely that it will be canceled.
And then there is the Columbus NABC. I was, until a few weeks ago, definitely going. I was prepared to take all the precautions I could take, and “take my chances.” But that has changed.
Despite what some of those on this forum feel (in my opinion) it isn't a decision one makes with only one's own health to consider. My better half, Abbie, has some significant health issues that must be considered. What right do I have to expose myself to a situation (for a week or more) that endangers not only myself but to a much larger degree, her safety and health? If I were driving a car on the highway am I responsible only for my own safety or for the safety of others, both in my own car and in other vehicles?
When I took the time to consider that aspect of the situation, it became quite an easy decision for me to make. There will be other tournaments, other chances to see old friends, other chances to compete.
It would be, I believe, extremely selfish for me to travel to Columbus, play cards for a week with the usual cast of characters from all over the world,and then return to my life in New York City in normal order. I'm not advising the ACBL to cancel, I'm not telling others what they should do. Everyone can make their own decision. For me, when I laid it all out, it was an easy decision.
Not going.
March 10
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There are few if any directors more capable than Matt smith At handling difficult situations. He is surely going to be missed and I hope I get a chance to say goodbye in Columbus or San Francisco. A great guy
July 27, 2019
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Ricky, don't lose that number….
July 24, 2019
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In the absence of Edgar Kaplan, it's good to be able to hear your thoughts, Bobby. No discussion of this kind would ever be complete without your views. Punctuation, commas etc be damned. So grateful for your wisdom.
April 5, 2019
Glenn Eisenstein edited this comment April 5, 2019
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Rena, and Melanie….just returned from a visit to the CR Museum and it's all you said and more. I was thrilled to see so many young boys and girls there with their parents….maybe there's hope for us after all. A must see….
March 25, 2019
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“one of my three ex-husbands” reminds me of a funny story told by John Morris, from Atlanta, who at dinner one night said he had three ex-wives, and they all had the same name. Plaintiff……
Jan. 1, 2019
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The bridge of sighs?
Jan. 1, 2019
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Typical afternoon at the bridge club…against me they got to six no trump after north did not open, when partner responded blackwood to a quantitative four no trump. At my table the play was simple,….declarer played a club to the jack at trick two and cashed the club ace king. What's the problem?
Dec. 13, 2018
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Chris….thanks for getting this started. I agree with you 100%. There is no room in our game for cheaters of any kind, and collusive cheating, perhaps the lowest form of all, needs to earn a lifetime ban. I've felt this way for a long time, and we need only look at some of those convicted in the past who were re-admitted to the ACBL, only to be caught and thrown out a second time.

Well said from beginning to end.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Rena. It will be good to see You. We loved the previous nationals there and eagerly await this one. Great city
Nov. 24, 2018
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Good luck to Aaron/Andrew and their teammates. BRING IT HOME!
Aug. 5, 2018
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Nicolas…..All things considered, I thought it went very well. We had an issue one match where there was nobody at our assigned table nearly 15 minutes after the match started. It took longer than expected for the issue to be resolved, apparently that was one of your stationary issues. But thanks for this explanation, and look forward to next time.
Aug. 2, 2018
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New York lost one of its good guys. Mark will be missed
June 18, 2018
Glenn Eisenstein edited this comment June 18, 2018
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Since we were partners at the bridge table, and away from it, for a number of years, it's hard to come up with one…or two, favorite memories. Margie was, as others have noted, a fiercely loyal friend who might tell you off at times, but defend you if others who didn't know you as well tried to.

Margie's partners knew that she had “rules.” I wasn't one to listen to rules too often at the bridge table, but for years she would repeat something along the lines of “clubs against slams, diamonds against club slams and hearts against no trump.” Years passed, i don't think I ever followed it….

Until….one day I was on lead against Ethan Stein and Joel Friedberg with an auction of one no/six no. I had xxxx, xxx, xxx, xxx. I was tired, and decided I would finally listen, and at least avoid the second guessing that would ensue. If I was wrong, I could blame Margie's rules.

So I followed the rule, or at least the way I vaguely remembered it. I led a diamond (instead of the called for heart) and before dummy even came down the Countess tossed the AceKing of diamonds on the table and claimed down one.

And then immediately yelled at me…“Boo-boo, hearts, against no trump.”

RIP Margie, it was never dull. I'll miss you
May 23, 2018
Glenn Eisenstein edited this comment May 23, 2018
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Clyde and Melanie were the two Russian blues, and sorry Karen, but by NY standards that was not a tiny apartment……lol
May 23, 2018
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Margie passed away Saturday night after a few months battle against Lung cancer. She was, for sure, a “personality.” She will be missed for sure
May 21, 2018
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Sad news. John Sutherlin, Martin Hoffman, Margie Gwozdzinsky and now Eric Murray. Not a wonderful week…..
May 21, 2018
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That's the wonderful part of the stories that live on about wonderful bridge personalities…..sometimes you just need to believe them
May 20, 2018
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Whenever Martin would show up in New York (always during the ACBL Nationals in recent years, in order to play with Arthur Loeb at the club), he always made sure to come over and regale me with several of the worst jokes I'd ever heard. And heard….more than once.

My favorite Martin Hoffmann story was told to me years ago by my British friend Neil Scott. Martin was partnering Rixi Markus in the finals of some European tournament, and had he returned a diamond when in they would have won the tournament. When the hand was over Rixi looked at him nd said (something to the effect of) “You stupid …….. You wouldn't lead a diamond?” “Marin, you …., you didn't play a diamond?” And so on…

As Martin walked away from the table, Neil Scott said to him “Martin, why didn't you tell her you had no diamonds?”

Martin looked at Neil and said, “It wouldn't make a difference.”

RIP Martin. Your jokes were nearly as legendary as your card play.
May 16, 2018
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Top notch group. Great selection
Feb. 19, 2018
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