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All comments by Shirley Junkin Moorhead
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Steve, I'm glad you posted this. My husband is my regular partner and we play out at clubs, but I'd love for us to be able to play on BBO tournaments like you and your wife do. What arrangements do you make with BBO, if any at all, in order to be able to play with your partner in the same house? We would be 2 rooms apart, but how is BBO to know that? And of course I would have to be able to convince my husband that it would fun and acceptable to play tourneys. At the present time he doesn't play on BBO at all, just kibitzes.
Also, about the hand that you reported to us above… did you ask the BBO directors if they found anything suspicious in other hands this couple played? It might be a start…
Oct. 2, 2016
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Barry, you sound like a very nice person, and I'm sorry for your predicament here.
But, you haven't stated clearly what your qualifications are to be a bridge teacher?
Can you tell us more about that? I don't recognize your name, so assume you haven't won any national titles. If, in fact, you are a gold life master or above then you probably know what you are teaching. If you are teaching on BBO, it would be good if you posted exactly what you taught and made it exceedingly clear what value you would be to your student. Have you been forthright?
It does sound like your student had some issue…. Can you fill that in a bit?
Sept. 28, 2016
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I believe you are confused. The kind of bridge in which there are no rules belongs around the kitchen table. Bridge tournaments that select the world champions require that all play by the same rules. The legalities were not adhered to by the US team on hands in which they opened less than 8 points in third. They committed infractions. Now, is that clear enough for you Sigurbjorn?
Sept. 25, 2016
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Paul, I wish I could like your comment ten times…. you've expressed perfectly what I think. I hope the discussion here on BW does lead to appropriate penalties.
Sept. 23, 2016
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Totally disagree. Its all about the play and the defense. If there are no rules, chuck the game from “world championships” and play in your kitchen… where you belong.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Hah Hah…. now say it in Spanish:) They can pass around the suggested defense written in multiple foreign languages:)
Sept. 22, 2016
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He can deny all he wants to. We've seen what he did. What's done is done. Let's not encourage what cheapens the game.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Lall and Bathurst were using methods that were illegal.
I know, I know, they weren't coughing or pushing the boards around hither and yon suggesting a lead, but they weren't totally upright.
If you play good bridge then you don't have to stoop to opening less than eight point hands in third. You should be better than that. I've lost my respect for you both and for the people that support you. You both, in using this method of opening extremely light third position openings routinely are turning real bridge into a fiasco.
Congrats Spain for speaking up.
And US team, you've lost a fan…. probably more than one… you've lost everyone that doesn't want to play skirting the edge of illegal.
Sept. 22, 2016
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Well thought! Respect for your sentiments Michael:)
Sept. 21, 2016
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Agree totally. That seven is a normal lead. Whining isn't good bridge.
June 12, 2016
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Used that bid last night. MP top with it. Our 2 diamonds is always 5/5 , and disciplined. That discipline is what allowed me to reach four of the major with confidence.
May 31, 2016
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I open 2 diamonds, in our system 5/5 in the majors, less than full opening values.
May 29, 2016
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Had identical auction and question, except the suit was spades while playing at a regional in Penticton…. director called by my partner. Director forbade a spade lead.
April 22, 2016
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George, I'm going to come right out and say you're being a rude person.
April 18, 2016
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Quite honestly, there are perhaps 8 to 10 competitive bridge players in this whole entire area….. if you had your wish, then that group would have a difficult time forming a movement. Most go to the acbl club there, not because it is acbl, but because it is bridge and that is what is offered there. On chatting with some of the group, it is the social ties that draws them there. In other words, they have experienced exposure to the NICE people!
April 8, 2016
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Interesting point of view Charles. You are aware that the ACBL is attempting to grow its membership?
In this area there are three ACBL clubs, one of them being very small. The other two are in the same city, and are average sized bridge clubs.
However, there are huge duplicate games, non ACBL, taking place in three other communities, and perhaps this is the “social” environment you are referring to?
I think the ACBL would be very happy if these “social” players joined the “competitive” class…. it would double the ACBL membership in this area.
I think the lack of “niceness” would drive them away again.
April 6, 2016
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P-P-1D-(1H from west most likely bid)-1S- (perhaps heart raise)-D(support)- ? from west- 3D from partner P-P-P
April 5, 2016
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you were nice and that's always right.
April 4, 2016
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No, … as I mentioned before, its most likely a slow internet server and the partner you're playing with has nothing to do with it. There is no such thing as coffeehousing in internet bridge.
March 25, 2016
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sure, you can equalize all the internet connections in the world. Lots of countries on BBO. Not all internet times the same. Be patient. or, if someone is having problems , replace them, or ask them to go and come back. I'm amazed at the outright foolishness of suspicion about ‘rate of play’ on BBO.
Are you all aware that there are many couples … I say couples, but mean actually , one person making partnerships of themselves and themselves , playing on BBO daily, and achieving high scores, and even after being reported, come back freely, with different name ID's and play more.
If your complaint is the slowness of play, that is nothing. Get real!
March 25, 2016
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