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Could be, but “old chess player” seems a bit of an overbid: Sammy Reshevsky was only 58 in 1969. He was also famously slow in the opening, so it's not obvious that blitz chess would have been his preference.

If mid-to-late 50s is “old” then Reuben Fine - who was 3 years Reshevsky's junior, and was once one of the best blitz players in the world - is also a possibility.
Oct. 8
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“Roth would have doubled”, said Tom negatively.
Sept. 19
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“I think you are underbidding partner,” said Tom gamely.
Sept. 17
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Randy - many of the Canadians were banned because of their investments in *US* companies: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/why-investing-in-pot-could-pose-problems-at-the-u-s-border-1.4011813
Sept. 13
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With a bit of luck both events will feature dummy reversal
Sept. 9
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Fred -we played against the same pair in the Sunday Swiss.

The system was married with a 12-16 no trump and a variety of oddities. We had difficulty
getting an explanation of frequencies of hand types.

It seemed fairly clear to us that the “system” guy in the partnership shares Phil Clayton's (see comment below)perception of the major benefit to be derived from playing this stuff.

INormand H's perception was a bit different. Montreal s regional attracts very few "regular circuit players who are familiar with eccentric systems. He thought that the regular local crowd (lots of retirees who enjoy competing and socializing - matante and mononcle - )who see this tournament as the big fun local do of the year - were going to stay away in droves if this tendency spreads.
Aug. 21
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Kudos to all!

The depth of Polish bridge was on display on Sunday: 6 of the 11 players in the Spingold final plus the winning NPC are from Poland, as are 4 of the 6 members of the team that won the NA Swiss.

Gratulacje!
July 29
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Kudos to both and special congrats to Vince, who hails from la Belle Province!
July 22
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Am rooting for the 14th place pair (disclosure: I delight in the fact that my 16 year-old son shares many of my interests)
July 20
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Ed - I agree that the League does not *require* that players act in this manner - it is what players are asked to do as recommended practice (see e.g. the Albany and Etobicoke blurb cited in one of my previous comments- I have seen a League blurb to that effect but will leave it to others to track down).
July 20
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“If the ditherers and chronic timewasters are causing such a problem, there are far better ways of tackling the issue than this.”

I look forward to reading your suggestions.
July 20
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Graham- the League also asks that the other 3 players write down the contract while the opening leader is thinking about what to lead.

DB's suggestion that someone (opening leader's partner?) announce the contract would seem to
address GR's concern.

And while you're right that it's clear from this thread that there is not overwhelming support for this regulation, I very much doubt that the BWers who oppose it are the chronic time wasters and ditherers that the League is targeting.
July 20
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Michael - seems that all this time you have simply been arrogantly championing the cause of the apparently arrogant League, the arrogant Districts, the arrogant Units and the innumerable arrogant clubs who have repeatedly, and apparently arrogantly, sought to address these issues.

Good thing there are non-arrogant members on this site who are able to call you on this stuff.
July 19
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Andy - I think we can reasonably conclude that neither the League nor any of its Districts, Units or clubs would have had to repeatedly address this issue were it not for the fact that a substantial number of players are oblivious to the time they waste going through the routine that Alan and Ian have described.
July 19
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John - I assume some of your octogenarians also read the ACBL Bulletin. It recently featured an article on bridge etiquette that encouraged leading before writing down the score.

And you seem to have a different clientele. The people who get upset in this neck of the woods are mainly the “don't tell me what to do” crowd, who often place very little value on extending courtesy to others. I am sure you are familiar with this personality type.

By contrast, those who see value in promoting the Unit/District/Club/League's efforts to foster consideration for others generally do so in courteous manner.
July 17
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The “Etiquette” section of the websites of countless ACBL clubs, units, districts and the League remind players to lead before scoring. Consideration for others and efficient use of time are the goals underlying this policy.

Here are a few examples:

ACBL The World of Duplicate Bridge (2014)

As a courtesy, wait to write down the contract in your private score until after you have made your opening lead or put down your dummy.

Omaha Bridge:

It is important to remember that duplicate bridge is a timed event. Playing deliberately is not the same thing as “slow play”. The latter comes about mostly because of bad habits such as (…)© wasting the other players' time by such things as writing down the contract before putting your hand down as dummy, (…)

Unit 141:

If you are on lead, make selecting a card the top priority. Delay writing down the contract, inputting scores in a bridgemate, or taking care of any other tasks until after you lead. You are entitled to thinking time, but the other chores can wait. The players at the table, including your partner, are waiting for you; lead so they can begin studying it and the dummy.

Monterey Bridge Web:

When you are the opening leader, make your lead first, THEN record the contract while everyone else is planning their play. This way the other players will not have to wait while you record the contract.

Albany Bridge Club:

3. If you are on lead: DON'T write down the contract in your scorecard until AFTER you have led. While the opening leader is trying to find the best lead (a 1 in 13 chance), the other players should now use this time to write down the contract, or in North's case, enter the contract into the BridgeMate. It absolutely IS an obligation of the players to write down the contract and result but don't do it if you are on lead, or it is your turn to play a card.Inland Valley Bridge Unit 534:

Do, when you are on opening lead, lead first and then write the contract on your score sheet.

Bridge Victoria:

Writing when you should be playing bridge When you are the opening leader, make your lead first, and then record the contract while everyone else is planning their play. This way the other players will not have to wait while you record the contract.

District 17:

OPENING LEAD: You should make the opening lead (BEFORE recording the contract on your score card)

Etobicoke Bridge Center:

As soon as the auction ends, everyone but the leader can fill out the contract on their score sheet. The leader must lead first, then write this.

Unit 550:

Also, if you are on lead, please lead before writing down the contact or entering it into the Bridgemate.

etc.

I suspect Hermann Rorschach would have been interested in this thread.
July 16
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OK - I'll bite. Stevens retired 9 years ago, so his demise doesn't create a vacancy. And if it had my guess is that Eugene would have already removed this post.

Was the Judge a bridge player?
July 16
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Steve-while I may have misunderstood your comment, you seem to be suggesting that if the BoD or Management report their decisions to the Board of Governors, that body now becomes the sole organ that has the duty to convey such decisions to the membership.

You also seem to be suggesting that once the BoD and/or Management have reported to the Board of Governors, they can then wash their hands of the matter, and owe no further duty to communicate their decisions to the membership.

With respect, I don't see any language in either of the sub-sections you have cited which provides any support for either of your contentions.

In particular, it seems to me that your particularly broad reading of the “purposes” of the Board of Governors (9.1) cannot easily be reconciled with the far narrower “duties” that the Board has to perform in furtherance of these “purposes” (s.9.2).

Can you please clarify which “duty” requires the Board of Governors to advise the membership that the Bod and/or Management has decided to reverse its previous position and not offer child care services at the NABC?

You also emphatically conclude that the problem is that “No One in the Board of Governors believes it is their responsibility to report back to the membership in their district”.

Unless I have misunderstood your point, you appear to be suggesting that even though the BoD and Management are well aware that the Board of Governors does not believe it has the aforementioned reporting responsibilities, BoD and Management nonetheless believe that they can fulfill their own obligations by simply continuing to report to a body they know will not report to membership.

Really?

I hope I have misunderstood your comment.
July 10
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Amen Ron - both the number of comments, and nature of the vast majority of same, reflect an appreciation of substance over form.
July 5
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Karen - in 1972 Fischer, who had been playing at the very top of his game, promptly blundered in Game 1 of the World Championship match against Spassky.
July 2
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