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I would add one more thing to your list, Deborah. Make sure you get your partner's name right. :) Steve???
Oct. 16
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Harold made the game fun. I rarely got the best of him, but I always had a good time at his table. To me, that is why we play the game.

I will very much miss his sense of mischief, and as Chip said, the twinkle in his eye. Save a seat for me too, Harold….
Oct. 8
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I'm sure it was just an oversight, but in number 3 you left out Lawyers and Guns. :)
Sept. 20
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Yeah, that about sums it up. Sometimes I think that the better I get (and yet still make stoopid mistakes), the less I enjoy the game!
Aug. 29
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And a good thing too that your tribe and island goosed us onto a different path, or we might all be drinking schnapps with our wiener schnitzel tonight.
July 3
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It smells like….victory. Until you get home and they tell you you finished 2nd.
June 4
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I'd give slightly more credit to Warren Zevon than Phil, but okay. :)

But lawyers? My thoughts on that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlM3CKXJs5k
June 4
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I played against Bobby once. The first hand went Pass-Pass-Pass-Pass, and my partner and I got a 6 1/2 on a 12 top.

Given that we had the extra time, before playing the second hand, I told Bobby he was the first World Champion I had ever played against, and that I was honored to be able to witness his genius first hand, and that that first hand had just been electric.

Bobby remained stone faced and did not say a single word.
May 29
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I always hesitate to comment on situations like this until I have heard the other side, but if the facts are as reported - that one team beat both of the other 2 teams in a 3 way, but the winner was determined based on how the match between the 2 losers turned out - this is a real cluster f**k.
May 29
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Because it's very hard for me to imagine any other social activity I could engage in that would make it possible for me to have gourmet dinners with people such as yourself, Roy and Zia! :)
Feb. 4
Richard Franklin edited this comment Feb. 4
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Just FYI, the position has been filled. Thanks to all for your consideration! :)
Jan. 11
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<<Latter line seeems better mathematically (♠Qx), but something - I don't know what - is drawing me to the former.>>

Well, a certain number of quality defenders would lead away from the club king, with a 75% chance that the club ace is on their left and knowing how much declarers hate to go down on the opening trick.

No one is ever leading away from the spade queen. So if I decide a finesse is the better way to go than a squeeze, although it's probably not a huge difference, I know I'm slightly happier paying off to the spade queen offside than than to the club king.
Jan. 4
Richard Franklin edited this comment Jan. 4
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You and I both love bridge, Max. We shouldn't hurt the organization that does a lot of things right and provides us the opportunity to play this game against like minded people.

Hurting the ACBL, which already has one foot in the grave and the other precariously close to stepping on a banana peel is not the way to go. There are much better ways to protest.

Although readmitting an admitted collusive cheater is no doubt a gut punch, let's not burn down the house to get rid of a termite, or cut off our nose to spite our face. (I couldn't decide which analogy to use here, so I used them both. The individual reader should enjoy the one they like best, and ignore the other.) :)
Dec. 22, 2018
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Just for the record, I'm not sure the opening leader was identified correctly. When I clicked on the opening leader, it appeared to be Hans Ove Andersen, not Sartaj Hans.
Dec. 21, 2018
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MR: Alright - time for a stupid question. I've seen it said many times that a slow pass must show an ace. Why? Why can't it be QJ10 of spades?

If a world class pair can bid to 7NT off 5 top tricks, why can't they just as well bid to 7NT with one loser in their main suit?

Maybe the BIT is South trying to count whether E/W can come to 13 tricks with only 2 spade tricks? Why must it specifically be the ace of diamonds? Maybe we can figure out it must be the ace of diamonds after 3 days of analysis, but can we really be as 100% sure of that as you seem to be in the maybe one minute opening leader has to consider the problem?

I understand it's more likely to be an ace, and therefore, absent “the comment”, a diamond lead is verboten. But I don't understand why it HAS to be an ace rather than some other possible trick which is making South consider a double……
Dec. 19, 2018
Richard Franklin edited this comment Dec. 19, 2018
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I think the crux of the matter, and again it's too bad we don't have a video, is how long was the tray on the South/West side. If South took 15-20 seconds to think, West can pass it right through without thinking at all (he has no legal call other than pass) and I don't think that is a BIT. IMHO, it's more the fault of players who get a tray with 7NT in it and routinely slam down Pass/Pass and send the tray back in 3 seconds, that makes 15 seconds look like a huge break in tempo.

I'm really hoping that the tray was on the S/W side for more like 30-45 seconds for this director call and appeal. Sadly, without a video, we'll never know for sure whose sense of time was correct in this case.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Hi Jan,

Because bridge is a game of full disclosure. If North had asked any questions at all about what this auction means (and we don't know for certain if he did), he is entitled to that information.

It doesn't matter what jogged East's memory, a BIT, or something else. North is entitled to the information about what their bidding sequence means, regardless.
Dec. 7, 2018
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I don't think Bobby would have been thinking about a bid so much as assault and battery.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Michael R: I think we all know your general beliefs on BIT's, etc., and FWIW, I very much agree with you.

But don't leave us hanging….how would you have ruled in THIS case? With the director, or with the panel?
Dec. 7, 2018
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Andy Bowles: Fair enough. Still makes the diamond lead a huge favorite though, IMO.
Dec. 7, 2018
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