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Mike Kamil's example hand worries me.(8 hours ago)

I have no issue with passing 1NT, and before scrolling down I decided to lead the diamond 9 against 2NT.

The developing theme in this thread is if one has too many good decisions then one must be wired.

I'm not entirely comfortable with that premise - especially now that it appears de rigueur to impugn online willy-nilly.
Aug. 27, 2015
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If it is already clear to the expert community when experts are cheats, why do the cheats continue to attract sponsors and fellow professionals as team mates?

Some level of filtration by peers could also help with the problem.
Aug. 26, 2015
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I really am surprised by this incident and also more surprised by the comments of Jon above and Mike Kamil elsewhere.

The whole premise of bridge is that we play for the sheer pleasure and beauty of the game.

When I was a regular tournament player I rarely, if ever, worried that certain opponents were not on the level.

I guess I don't want to believe that just because there are rumblings of rampant unethical behaviour in certain circles that then it must be so.

Yes I know there is money at stake - but to take Mike P as an example - he already has a top flight reputation and has the second most master points of all time - why would he NEED to cheat?

Say it ain't so Joe!
Aug. 17, 2015
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I don’t get why a top, highly regarded professional would do something weird like this.

But regardless, if someone’s mind is open to trying to gain an edge in a fashion that would not be detected or caught, it would be unlikely this particular methodology is the only way said person tries to get an edge.
Aug. 17, 2015
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As an outsider to the bridge world looking in at this thread, I am saddened at some of the lengthy, petty discussion here.

Seems to me a few of you are bent on showing how erudite you are. Instead, in my opinion, you should be making short, compelling arguments to support your positions.

In the real world, as opposed to the bridge world, some of you would have long lost your audience.

Personally, I feel this hand, once it went to the AC, was destined to cause controversy regardless of the committee's decision. Enough respected experts have weighed in on both sides of the decision to convince me it could have gone either way.

Bottom line then is that's (ACBL) bridge - not pleasant for the ‘losers’, but it's how matters sometimes play out. Move on.
March 29, 2013
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Hi Bob - to what extent do you feel the aging process has on one's mental abilities - both in your observation of other players and in your own experience?

Similarly, given the demographics, do you think it will remain wise to segregate tournament fields with seniors events?
June 9, 2012
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Seems justice was served. Something fundamentally wrong with a scoring system that does not include (arguably) the two most important bridge events of the year.
Dec. 6, 2010
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Thanks - I really enjoyed this article and the manner in which it was constructed
Nov. 8, 2010
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Phil - you did really well to survive and thrive in a fifteen session event. As you endured the last few sessions, did you and other qualifiers feel you were at a disadvantage to the players who parachuted into the final?
Oct. 20, 2010
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I dunno - for sure this is wildly creative, but if ur his partner, u must wander why you show up some times.
Oct. 18, 2010
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Earlier this year I was visiting Vegas and had dinner with Fred and Sheri and we talked at length about the past, the present, and the future of bridge. Fred mentioned very matter of factly (without a shred of conceit) about how good he felt about the Diamond team, and that he was confident a world championship would be in the offing before long. Didn't take long at all Fred - congrats to all of you!
Oct. 18, 2010
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These guys are consistently at the top of the heap in all forms of competition - seems like the cherry on top is this deserved World Championship.
Oct. 18, 2010
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I agree - it's a shame one team has to lose - a very close interesting match. The USA will be fortunate to have either team represent it.
June 27, 2010
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If this is the worst “mistake” Eric makes during this match they will be a tough team to beat. He did what he thought was best, with reasons, it just worked out bad this time.
June 27, 2010
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