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All comments by Shirley Junkin Moorhead
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When we were touring around South America two years ago, my Argentinian friend , who met us in Buenos Aires, took us to a bridge club in that city which was actually in a beautiful palace. The food served was an amazing part of the experience! No, it wasn't hot dogs etc… It also had an extensive wine list. I'm yearning to go back!
Oct. 29, 2015
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I have to admit, I'd misunderstood the intent of this competition.
I thought it was to be an event that no one paid any partner to play with them, ie, no one being hired, but>>>
two pros could play together, two great amateurs, non paid pro and amateur, ..etc, etc, but NO MONEY changing hands. In other words, the buying of the pro doesn't go to the player with the most wealth to boost up his pairing by hiring the best pro.
Am I making myself clear?
So far, pairs competitions, if an amateur enters them, are slanted to the wealthiest.
However there may be awesome amateurs out there that can smoke the field.
Perhaps a sworn statement on entering the competiton that entrants were not being paid to play in that event?
Oct. 28, 2015
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Doug,I think you have it exactly right. It might make the event even more competitive, because pro would be playing with pro, since there would be no incentive for him/her to play with a client.. ie no money.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Kieran, you have it exactly backwards. Actually the event would be one in which a player is strong enough to play in it on their own steam without hiring a pro. Would the opposition be from the pro field because there would be an event from which they would earn nothing? Might there also be a section in the same event that would be restricted to ALL pro's? No money changing hands. Seems fair enough to me.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Out of where? And if you didn't qualify to play in a tournament that excluded pros, why would you care? I'm confused about what your involvement would be at all?
Oct. 25, 2015
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I think anything. I think you would be classified as a pro, so it may be a good thing that an event like this wouldn't interest you, might it not? However,a competition like this would interest the majority of players that attend nationals, and increase attendance, thereby being good for bridge.
Oct. 25, 2015
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That would defeat the purpose. The whole idea was to remove paid players, so in effect, you do not like the idea of the event.
Oct. 25, 2015
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Go back and read his bridge postings. Become informed. BEFORE you post.
Oct. 23, 2015
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Read his bridge posts first, Gwynn, and then make an informed opinion. Your first sentence is ridiculous, and the idea of a first rate bridge analyst polluting this site??? come on! Its all about bridge, and without Dean, this site loses a lot of its functionality. He discusses hands and play like no other.
Oct. 23, 2015
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Ed and Peg, you are disagreeing with each other.
I suppose it depends on your point of view, whether you are a pro, or whether you are a sponsor. My statement was no disrespect for sponsors, because some of them are fantastic.. but their winning without having to pay for the win would mean so much more. And contrary to what you think Peg, I think some of the none pro's could be ‘creme de la creme’.
Oct. 23, 2015
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Steve, you stated what I think exactly.
Oct. 23, 2015
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what does that mean?
Oct. 23, 2015
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I don't think its so much about ability. I think the benefit of this kind of session would be to keep out the players who depend on professionals for their ratings. The partnerships would be more equal, to each other.
Oct. 23, 2015
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Charles, I disagree with you entirely. As an amateur, I like the idea of playing in a field in which I know that an ordinary player has not paid a huge sum of money to do well in a tourney because of his partner.
Furthermore, there are talented amateurs who work at other professions, that possibly are born with the same gifts as ‘pro’ bridge players probably were… namely, the ability to remember every card they've ever played, .. not that day only, but in every hand of a life time. I've known a few "amateur's like that. They could drop into a tournament at any level, and given a partner with the same gifts, win.
Maybe we've all run across them.. you know, the kind who can simultaneously play 3 or more chess games in his head without using a board, and win.
I'd like to see a tourney in which bridge was more of a passion than a ‘profession’.
Oct. 22, 2015
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I play 2 as game forcing diamond raise, no four card major. My 4 RKC 14/30 , looking for a diamond slam
Oct. 21, 2015
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Yes, I'd honestly like to see more of his bridge postings. He has a sparkling wit, and keen analysis of bridge hands.
Oct. 21, 2015
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This seems a great idea. A question though.. if someone has won a calcutta, or a lot of money gambling in rubber bridge, would that disallow their amateur status?
Oct. 20, 2015
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Did you just compose all that? Amazing! :)
Oct. 19, 2015
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Actually, your posting above came off with the very same tone that I would expect (after reading his posts) that Dean would use. It was denigrating, a put down. JoAnna is being honest. If you didn't like Dean's linguistic barbs, then don't use them yourself.
Oct. 19, 2015
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Having read though a lot of his old posts, (not all yet, because its a project), I get the sense that the people he is most likely to offend are those who can take it, the elite bridge players. To those of us, like me, who are fairly standard, I think he would be more instructive. He is very funny, and more than that, he actually does a lot of work and experimenting with hand play, and bidding. I was introduced to a whole new aspect of bridge by reading his posts. If there were a site where he posted his bridge opinions, in English, I would join that site, because I think I may run out of reading material at the bridgewinner's site. In the past year when he's been absent he's probably got more thoughts in that busy brain of his to share with the universe. I know he's involved in winning bidding poles on the Australian bridge site.
Oct. 19, 2015
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