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Chris Willenken
Chris Willenken
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Member Since
Nov. 14, 2011
Last Seen
Feb. 14
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Professional bridge teacher and player living in NYC.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Past: Ron Smith, Roy Welland, Michael Rosenberg, Jan Jansma Current: Eldad Ginossar
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ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Sad State of Affairs
Championship flight participation has been hurt by (among other trends) the ever-increasing skill gap between world class players and other experts. That gap is widening for two reasons: 1) Theoretical advances in both bidding and defensive carding give world class players more tools at their disposal, and 2) The proliferation ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Doping in sports is a poor analogy to collusive cheating at bridge for the following reasons (among others): 1) Most sports are not games of honor. For example, we don't expect football players to call fouls on themselves; we expect those players to try to conceal their violations from ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Paul, If we could have effective arbitration of cheating offenses, I would be all for upping the standard of proof to "beyond a reasonable doubt." The problem with the current system is that when the disciplinary board members are significantly weaker at bridge than the players charged, there will always ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Greg, If anyone thinks it is plausible that declarer could receive and decipher information from dummy tapping his fingers without any prior understanding (at the very least that dummy might at some point try to transmit something), please tell them I have a nice bridge near my place in downtown ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Brad, The "first offense" stuff is cheater propaganda. We have almost all of these cheaters dead to rights on many hands. The fact that they have only been caught after they have cheated tons of times does not logically allow them to plead first-time offender. If hypothetically a pair were ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Dave, Would you accept that a teacher who commits a sex crime against a child (the most extreme crime possible in that professional context) could receive a lifetime ban from the teaching profession? Also, you state that disgorgement is a "diversion" but offer no argument in support of your claim ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Michael, We would ask the sponsors for an accurate accounting. We might not get it in all cases (so the disgorgement number could be low in some cases), but it's not a structural barrier to asking for a charitable donation in that amount before a readmission application could be ...
Ban Collusive Cheaters For Life
Thanks, link fixed above.
New ACBL Convention Charts But Old Alert Chart
One issue which should be made clearer IMO: the defined terms in the Convention Charts affect neither the meanings of those terms under the Laws nor the players' alert obligations. For example, the Convention Charts treat a 1 opening which promises 3+ clubs or specifically 4=4=3=2 ...
Memory Strain
Perhaps declarer in 5 should lead a trump to the nine. I don't imagine many defenders would insert the ten from KT74, even though it is probably the right play looking at that dummy.

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