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Fred Gitelman
Fred Gitelman
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Member Since
June 29, 2010
Last Seen
March 19
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I was a serious (and occasionally successful) bridge player between the early 1980s and 2013. Now I am more or less retired from high-level bridge.

I am one of the founders of Bridge Base. I have been working full time on the development of bridge-related software since 1990.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Sheri Winestock
Favorite Conventions
Blackwood
BBO Username
fred
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
The way I see it: making a serious effort to create doping rules that make sense for bridge would be very complicated. It would certainly require significant outside expertise. It would certainly never end (new drugs, new drug tests, new science). It would likely entail significant ongoing expense that would ...
Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
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Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
Bobby - I was not trying to blame you for anything and I am certainly grateful for your numerous contributions to bridge over the years, especially the thorny ones. You said: "although I did not offer my opinion, and FWIIW I agree that it likely causes more harm than possible good ...
Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
Bobby - No doubt the WBF's motives were honorable and perhaps not totally foolish, but the results speak for themselves. As far as I am concerned, the WBF has one and only one important purpose: to run the yearly World Championships. A look back through WBF's history suggests that ...
Olympic status. At what cost?
The very need to ask the question seems wrong to me. Why should the viability of the World Championships as a fair and meaningful event be compromised for the sake of fundraising purposes? This is not something that should be for sale. The price doesn't matter.
Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
Optimistic view of what will happen next: At some point whatever "fees" WBF is paying IOC for recognition of bridge will not be enough to compensate for the negative publicity. IOC will cut bridge loose. We will be free! Pessimistic view of what will happen next:
Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
Al Levy: "This should lead to further discussions on our Anti-Doping regulations." The time for those discussions was 20+ years ago. What this should lead to as an acknowledgment and a profound apology from the WBF for the idiocy of the their "Olympic dream" and the great damage it has ...
OMG! $70 **PER TABLE** Luxury Tax
Gary - what I wrote is not "my view" - it was (to me at least) a logical implication of your view. Sorry if you missed the sarcasm (and sorry if your post was intended to be sarcastic and I missed that).
OMG! $70 **PER TABLE** Luxury Tax
Yes Randy apparently you missed my point. If you think about it carefully I suspect you will see it (hint: the set of players who participate in a given tournament in a given unit/district is a small subset of all the players who live in that unit/district ).
OMG! $70 **PER TABLE** Luxury Tax
So does Marketing Strategy 101 also dictate that, when a NABC (or any tournament I suppose) is profitable, those profits should be distributed to the participants in that tournament? OMG!!!
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