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Jeff Goldsmith
Jeff Goldsmith
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April 22, 2015
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about me

The most information about me is at my website, http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/  (The ".org" is misleading.  I'm not very organized.)  The bridge stuff is pretty extensive; it's been going on for 20 years or so.

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In real life, I'm a software engineer.  I used to be a computer animator.  I did a lot of stuff which sometimes plays on Nova, including Voyager's encounter with Neptune.  A curious happenstance: I was sitting at a table at a nationals and realized that three of the four players were trained as differential geometers.  Not a common occupation.  Nowadays, I work at making the internet faster.

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In bridge, I'm a team lead on the National Appeals Committee and a casebook commenter.  I've done more than thirty of them.  I'm a minor member of the Conventions and Competition Committee (C&CC), minor because my appointment came at a point in life where I am unable to attend many nationals.  I made this clear before accepting the nomination.  With some luck, that will change; I hope to get to two of them a year for the next few years.  As a working stiff, I tend to play on weekends.  Most of my vacations are national bridge tournaments.  Some of my previous partners have been some of bridge's more colorful figures.

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I'm also into strategy board and card games.  I can often be seen at nationals after the game playing/teaching/toting them.

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JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Auction after 1NT 3X
Exactly. Don't try to teach this to intermediates, especially those who are struggling to understand lebensohl (most of them).
Auction after 1NT 3X
It's a good idea to discuss whether 3 is invitational or better or can just be to play 3. There appears to be a significant difference of opinion about which is best. (I think it is best for it to be possibly just competitive.) I agree that ...
An Amusing Matchpoint Result from Monaco
Quite a number of years ago, I was playing in a world pairs event. I was in 5xx and played it safely to make. To my surprise upon opening the traveler (yeah, a while back), after about 1/3 of the session, we had a dead zero. I laughed ...
NABC Coronavirus Precautions
Lower ratio of decks/person should be easy for some events. The NAOP can easily be run as a barometer all four sessions. That shouldn't be a problem for the semis and finals of the Platinum pairs and may be possible for the first day as well, particularly if ...
Responding to 1!d Opener Playing 2/1
Bid 2 if you have longer clubs. Otherwise, bid 4-card suits up the line. Exception: if you have a very good hand and know you'll be in a slam hunt (hence 3NT is a safe spot even with a 4-4 major suit fit), skip over a bad 4-card ...
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
I think this is clearly a psych. The hand is nowhere near the strength of a strong NT with all the cards in the short suits. Regardless of whether it fits the letter of the regulations defining a psych, it's completely obvious that it was meant as one by ...
XYZ Problem Hand
These days, there's some confusion between "XYZ" and "two-way checkback." The latter applies only after 1NT rebids; the former is more general. As far as I know, the first publication of two-way checkback is by Kit Woolsey in the Nov/Dec 1990 issue of Bridge Today. He claims it ...
Move the Date of the Fall NABC!
It is to me. I'm a working stiff. If fall nationals are over Thanksgiving, I get to play two more days than I would if it were not. On the other hand, someone is always getting most of the players sick...I've been considering ditching the fall nationals ...
Jacoby transfer followed by minor followups
Fewer than three spades. Either worry about clubs for 3NT or a good fit for diamonds and interest in bigger things.
A Mentoring Program with a Twist
I used to do something similar, but I used a sort of Rainbow movement; each table always had one pro and three students. The students played three boards at each table, so that each played one board with the pro. As a result, one pro always came in first North ...
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