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Tja!

What local players helped your game most early on?

Do you hope bridge becomes a big part of your kids' life?

What (aside from the time of day) are the main differences between bridge in Sweden and in America?

Why you no like Reno?

Call Me Maybe or Gangnam Style?
Sept. 20, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Sept. 20, 2012
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3N here shows 15-17 I think. That's more or less what I have. I don't like jamming the auction but we're unlikely to get to slam when it's right if I don't.
Sept. 19, 2012
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I love that checklist at the end. Thank-you, sir.
Sept. 19, 2012
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Maybe LC Standard should just be bidding agreements since this section has so many caveats and since one of the philosophies of the system is not to waste time talking about/remembering bidding conventions that never come up. I think carding is the one thing you always at least mention when you sit down with a pick-up/random partner.
Sept. 18, 2012
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If people expect Mr. Buffett to kick in significant scratch, I'd propose changing the event to a 17 and under event (perhaps with 1 top (adult) pair from both Europe and America attending for the ‘wow’ factor) and perhaps he might (since he's already involved with this http://www.schoolbridgeleague.org/whats-in-a-game.aspx ) Then again, after this little imbroglio he might just want the event renamed the Buffet Cup and be done with it.

I'm fairly confident that when he was approached to lend his name to the event that he was assured that the event would be ‘top class, period.’ It goes without saying that he is not a greedy man, but he is a frugal man and I'm sure it's hard for him to justify to himself why he'd want to write a 6 figure check every couple of years to further enrich a handful of (mostly) upper middle class (mostly) middle-aged folks.
Sept. 15, 2012
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I think a lot of people (including myself) assumed that Mr. Buffett had more to do with this event than lending his name to it. I think we've all learned differently.

I think in that context that Allan's comment is pretty goofy. Perhaps he's ill-informed.
Sept. 15, 2012
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I love Kit's typed commentary, but I'm pretty sure I'd love Kit on voicecomms more. I already know the ‘obvious’ stuff, it's the little asides that I got from Gavin and Chris that were golden.
Sept. 15, 2012
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I think the ‘word choice’ of the ‘letter’ was no less clumsy than the ‘word choice’ of some of the more ardent critics around here.

I think team selection was a distant 2nd concern to the problem of unwatchable vugraph. (Full disclosure - I made almost no attempt to watch the event but I trust the opinion of those who did.)

I'm surprised everyone signed off on that rambling, petulant, self-congratulatory letter, but that's just me.
Sept. 14, 2012
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Cards are dirty, germ-ridden things. Could we please just move to on-site electronic play and be done with it already? I seem to be the only one beating that drum, but remember where you heard it first.

As for the present, Jan is a wonderful vugraph operator and I'm sure there are quite a few others.

As for commentators, there are some really good ones, but text chat is too 20th century. More audio/visual presentations like what Gavin and Chris brought us is the way to go.
Sept. 14, 2012
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I half expected to read:

P.S. We didn't vote for Obama.
Sept. 13, 2012
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Ugh. Me no likey. Unlike Les, I don't think an apology was necessarily in order (and obviously not from the players,) but neither was a sanctimonious lecture. How ‘bout just ’We had a great time. From our perspective the event was very well organized. The quality of the bridge was great. We're sorry to hear there were some vugraph glitches. See you in 2014.'

Anyway, hopefully it will go smoother next go round.
Sept. 13, 2012
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Gavin and Chris (and Joel, while he was there) did a good job. Not quite on the level of day9 or husky yet, but with practice, who knows?
Sept. 13, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Sept. 13, 2012
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Blackwood/Stayman if just talking about conventions that everyone uses. Goren if talking about people. (In other words, if you gave every bridge player a list of these names and asked them to list first names, I think you'd get more Charles' than the others.)
Sept. 13, 2012
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I'm with Jeff. Roland's in here expressing his opinion in no uncertain terms. Doug made a comment that was pretty harsh. If you don't like opinionated people expressing opinions, what are you doing on the Internet? If you think somebody is a troll, click on their name, click the checkbox, click save. Problem solved.

That being said, I wanted to post an article that was constructive, true and accurate but because I knew it would be controversial I talked to one of the site admins first. I don't think Doug's comment was inflammatory enough to warrant that, though.
Sept. 13, 2012
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I wish Roland would stop speaking so diplomatically and tell us what he really thinks.

I think most of the concerns could have been addressed very simply and inexpensively if the participants had just showed up in Omaha and played the tournament on BBO. No need to hire people or have screens, just buy a few low-end computers and then donate them to local schools (or underprivileged kids or whatever) after the event.

As to the quality of the bridge, certainly people who are ALREADY active bridge players would want to see nothing but the very best. But if the object is to promote bridge to people who aren't already bridge addicts then having young people and players wielding more natural systems is probably desirable.
Sept. 12, 2012
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Nice interview. Especially liked the European captain:

Q: So what do you think about your role going forward, are you a motivational speaker, a cheerleader, a coach?"

A: Babysitter
Sept. 11, 2012
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Edit: Pointed out technical error that has been fixed.
Sept. 11, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Sept. 11, 2012
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You seem to have listed the Europeans (more or less) backwards, Henry. I'm happy to see that the Bulgarians are doing well. (When I brought a friend to her first ACBL tournament (the last Dallas NABC) she won a trophy playing with the g/f of Marin Marinov, who regularly plays on teams with these 2.)

T-K 2.5-2.5 29-26
S-B 2.5-2.5 27.5-27.5 (ty Henry)
B-B 2.5-2.5 26-29
F-N 2-3 25.5-29.5
H-H 1.5-3.5 27-28
V-V 1-4 23-32

There seems to be a small error in round 3, you have the Bulgarians at 2 tables and Bessis-Bessis missing.
Sept. 11, 2012
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment Sept. 11, 2012
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If only they'd handed out those ‘get out of jail free’ cards a little sooner!

Quite impressive that we've got a US senator at one of our events. It's a shame that Obama has yet to make an appearance (especially since his grandma was an ACBL member fwiu.)
Sept. 10, 2012
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I overcall heavy, but I like double here. I just see the auction timing out better if I do. I'm not surprised that a lot are choosing the overcall.
Sept. 10, 2012
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