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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
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Platinum Life Master
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Memphis NABC+ Appeals Cases
Presumably, South allegedly broke tempo before doubling 4, and North pulled to 5. That's the only way the write-up makes any sense at all. All four could use some additional care.
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Clubs are always given flexibility in this sort of matter, and conditions should be considered. South was goaded a little by East, and if he's normally mild-mannered, a ZT penalty is not a good idea. This is a "sandbox" case. The top priorities for the director are to calm ...
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Not necessarily---there are degrees of misbehavior, but it sounds (he "exploded") as if South exceeded the bounds of ZT to me. But I wsan't there, so a curt comment may have been sufficient.
Counter-Defenses to Defenses to our 1NT Opening showing Majors
6-2 fits are easy enough to find; Texas is on. Though you might want to think twice about walking into a 4-1 or 5-0 break. 5-3 fits can be found (if GF) by starting with a double, then bidding the suit. That will also find 5-4 fits. 5-2 fits are ...
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Other. South overreacted, and the director ruled against the wrong player. East just told declarer that it was 100% that hearts were as expected, so North wasn't complaining. South misbehaved and ought to have been told to cut it out.
Counter-Defenses to Defenses to our 1NT Opening showing Majors
Over 2 or 2 for the majors: - double: headhunting - 2: nat, NF if possible - 2: clubs, inv+ - 2: diamonds, inv+ - 2NT: lebensohl, forces 3, then ..... pass: clubs, to play ..... 3: diamonds, to play ..... 3: balanced GF, hearts stopped ..... 3: balanced GF ...
Is 1M(in first/second seat)-2m;3m passable, in Standard bidding? (Opps are silent)
Richard: "Forcing to game" means forcing to 3NT or higher. But even that's not the argument---is 3m forcing one round or not? The answer has to be yes. If opener cannot support responder's minor below 3NT without being dropped, he has to guess whether the side suits are ...
Is 1M(in first/second seat)-2m;3m passable, in Standard bidding? (Opps are silent)
If responder makes a 2/1 and catches a fit for his suit, why would he want to play a part score? Isn't the upside of light 2/1s to find games based on fit?
Do you have a 6 card spade suit ?
North doesn't have "to ask the right question." Declarer is to assume North asked, "does 2 show six spades?" and answer accordingly. Otherwise, North can gain an unfair advantage by asking as he did. So: 1. No, but assume North wasn't trying to misbehave. 2. No. A ...
CC&C: Better Housekeeping
Thank Robb Gordon. He's the organized person who does this.
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