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I have a coffee cup from Wall Drug. Do I get free refills?

For those driving from the east coast, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD, has to be seen to be believed. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_Palace
April 1
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“ACBL Board of Rustees”. Nice.
April 1
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I think 3 is fine…..with no additional commentary.
I would prefer 2 to keep things at a lower level.
March 28
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Richard,
We had shaken on it before the current pandemic kicked in. BTW, I appreciate greatly your comments on this and my other recent poll.

hms
March 18
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Vanderbilt Bridge Club, Nashville, Tennessee, https://www.bridgewebs.com/vanderbilt/ Will be closed for the rest of this month (March, 2020).
March 15
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Bernie,
Might there be some system overload because your local universities have shifted to online classes?
Hms
March 13
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Level 3
All US Level 3 Travel warnings should be read and considered very carefully. The 3/4 tier warnings don’t specifically say not to travel at all, but that you need to be abundantly careful, and potentially reconsider plans. And furthermore, that there may be areas within the country which should entirely be avoided.

For example, the warning may be specific to a certain region and not the entire country. By reading the Level 3 U.S. Travel Advisory you’re able to read between the lines and make your own personal risk assessment. These warnings may also apply to countries where the U.S. government has limited diplomatic resources to help if you get in a pinch, which is an important consideration.
Feb. 29
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If local bridge clubs do close for a while (which could easily be the case), many of them might not reopen. Financial reasons, organizational issues (replacing directors), a break in the pipeline of new retirees learning the game, etc.
Feb. 25
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David,
I just did a quick count of some of the local club games and it seems like something like 30-40% are people I knew from the 70s. I am sure that differs by location. My quick count is hardly scientific, but it is more than mere salience.
“Most” is an overbid. I suspect “most” from the 70s are no longer with us.

Hms
Feb. 13
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8 meant a penalty double of 4.
Crossing your arms in front of you to make an X meant penalty double.
Unauthorized information was considered “part of the game”.
That “old black magic” was everywhere.
And those are just the beginning of the list.
Feb. 13
Howard Sandler edited this comment Feb. 14
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David,
Back in the 70’s, people (me, for example) joined when they were in their 20’s (or, in Mark’s case, 18 or so). Add 50 to 18 or 20 and you will see that the number is less than 100. Having quit for 35 years, when I started back I found that I knew lots and lots of people from back in the day.
Hms
Feb. 13
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Follow the link in the OP and look at the results for Board 2. Only about 20% bid any slam at all.
Feb. 8
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Sriram,
They appear in my “alerts” when someone I am following posts in the blocked forum.
Hms

https://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/usbf-junior-training-program-forum/age-is-a-state-of-mind/
Feb. 8
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I agree.
Feb. 8
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Dave’s article is on page 8.
Feb. 5
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The other day we bid to a very good and safer 6NT when 6 was an option. I got an extremely favorable lead that gave me an extra trick. I decided to play the spades for one loser rather than relying on another suit (Ax opposite KQxxx) to break 3-3. Once I had my 4 spade tricks (after having lost 1), I claimed the remaining tricks (only counting the AKQ of the other suit in my count).

After the hand was over, I wondered about the split in the other suit (in fact, it was 3-3). I suppose I could have played a few rounds of the other suit to “find out at the table”, but that seems to run up against the notion of not prolonging play unnecessarily. Trying for the 3-3 split before trying the spades might have left me with two losers had the suit been 4-2.

There was no gloating on my part, just simple curiosity.
Jan. 23
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moved downthread
Jan. 23
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Michael,
For the average club player, yes.
Hms
Jan. 18
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