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When I returned to bridge in 1995 after a 20-year hiatus, Phil was one of the first people who befriended me, mentored me, and reintroduced me to our great game. He was always a ‘mensch’ and will be sorely missed by all who had the honour to know him. My heartfelt condolences to his family on this sad occasion.
June 25, 2016
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Was “let's eat grandma” ever spoken, without the comma, by, say, Bobby Wolff?
May 30, 2016
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At my club we never, ever, show any percentages or other scores during the game. To do so encourages slow play, swinging by players who know how, gloating over good results, commiserating and assigning blame for bad results, talking about results that can be overheard at other tables, etc. etc. Even before we got Bridgemates, we used pickup slips, never travelers. As a director, I got some needed exercise.

We also do not require players to enter opening leads. We tried this at first, and the up-and-coming players liked it on our website, but most players did not bother to enter the correct card conscientiously, so most of the data was actually useless. We also do not put hand records on the Bridgemates.

I don't give late plays - just a warning to please catch up and a No Play in ACBLScore.

We do not allow players to correct scores themselves once they are accepted - they must call the director to do it. This is how I get my exercise now.
May 30, 2016
Joel Shapiro edited this comment May 30, 2016
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No joke. Why would you think it is? Our regular game fee is $12, so players will pay $17 for these games. Regulars who prepay several games get $1 off. Based on previous year's turnouts we hope to get 10-15 tables for each game. We charged the same $17 last year.
May 25, 2016
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My wife and I own Partners Bridge Club in Toronto. We are the second-largest club in Canada by table count. We will be running the WWBC once again this year. The US$13 per-table fee works out to about Cdn$17. We will be charging Cdn$20 extra per table, and the extra will cover our cost of printing the booklet (which we received in pdf format) so that all players can have one to take home (or to the pub) at the end of the game. Details at www.partnersbridge.com .
May 23, 2016
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A6 is a pair of sneakers.
AK47 is, obviously, a weapon of mass destruction.
KQ is a marriage (this is a real term, from pinochle).
KJ would then be a same-sex marriage.
QJ is, therefore, an affair.
K9 is man's best friend. Hopefully you can get a ruff out of it.
32 is OJ.
A hand with Three Kings is a movie hand.
A hand with just one Jack will help you change a flat tire.
A hand with no diamonds is what your ex-wife (or her lawyer) left you with.
A hand with no clubs means no golf today.
A hand with no spades is hard to understand. (You can't dig it.)
May 23, 2016
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I knew someone once who sorted his cards in Senior Moment order. Like this:

C-C-S-C D-D-H-D S-S H-H-H
Feb. 25, 2016
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As a TD, I would WANT you to call me for a situation like this.

The main reason ZT is not seen to be enforced is that players do not call the director when they should. At my tournaments, I always announce at the start that the ACBL's Good Behaviour Policy (I dislike the term ZT) is in effect and that any actions that adversely affect one's enjoyment should be reported to me or another TD at the time - not at the end of the round, the end of the day, or by email three weeks later. And the vast majority of the players still won't do it.

Same goes at my bridge club.
Feb. 25, 2016
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On more than one occasion, I have encountered players with hyper-sensitive noses who only complain about others' smells on the third board of a round or match, after they have been sitting next to the offender for fifteen minutes, and having gone down 1400 on the second board.
Feb. 25, 2016
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Something this long is no longer a thread. It is a noose.
Aug. 25, 2015
Joel Shapiro edited this comment Aug. 30, 2015
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I always thought it was the Jack of spades who squirted cider in your ear. At least, Sky Masterson told me so.
Aug. 19, 2015
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deleted, sorry
Aug. 19, 2015
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We tried that at my club when we first got Bridgemates. Our website's results page then included that information, and many players, especially the beginners, loved it. (See www.partnersbridge.com)

Unfortunately, too many of the more experienced players just entered any old random card, being too lazy to do it properly, and we had to disable that feature. Too bad.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Comment deleted, it wasn't really all that funny.
Aug. 18, 2015
Joel Shapiro edited this comment Aug. 30, 2015
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And a server storm has prevented any of the results from showing up on the District 26 website.
Aug. 17, 2015
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So N/S (a) failed to alert a bid and (b) messed up their ace-asking agreement, and now they want an adjustment? Fuggeddaboudit.
Aug. 16, 2015
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One small quibble - You do not always need to wait until it is your turn to bid to ask a question during the auction. You may ask at your RHO's turn, provided that your partner has already bid.

This is because you may need to know what your LHO's bid means in order to know whether to alert your partner's bid for your RHO.
Aug. 15, 2015
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I know I'm no expert, and in a minority of one here, but if I open one spade, I just know my LHO is going to bid hearts, partner will pass or double, and RHO will do something slammish. What will I do then? I think with this I'll just open five spades and let the opponents guess. After all, there are two of them, and only one partner. I expect partner to raise to six if he has anything helpful. I can always bid six clubs if five spades gets doubled. What fun!!

Aug. 14, 2015
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One of those three most popular locations is Toronto. I own a bridge club in Toronto. Having an NABC here every six years (next one is July 2017) is great. Having it EVERY year would mean my club loses two weeks' business during an otherwise busy time of year, every year. The ACBL would have to compensate me big-time for that.
Aug. 13, 2015
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In my experience as a TD, I do not believe that very many pairs use the alert procedure to wake up partner. That's what they use the stop card for. I probably see a hundred improper uses of the stop card (or a skip bid announcement) for every time someone fails to pause appropriately after such a bid.
Aug. 12, 2015
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