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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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BBO Username
JeffG
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Common Leb mishap
There's a lot of precedent for accepting that the AI from a bizarre bid that looks a lot like a misunderstanding duplicates the UI from a misexplanation. So mostly, directors let this sort of thing stand. I'm looking forward to the day when someone bids 3 here ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
Non-problem. Everyone knows when it's a 3-card suit. If opener has four hearts and a minimum, he bids a fast bored 2. If he has three hearts and nothing good to do, he bids a slow agonized 2. Seems to me that that is self-alerting.
Alertable?
I didn't get that from the write-up. No one said, "it's just bridge." It seems to me that East had no idea that 2 could be manufactured. West obviously did, since he had the hand. East bid 2NT and 3NT with a doubleton club; it seems pretty ...
Alertable?
About Philly 5: Let's say dummy said, "yeah, we play 2 as natural, but I bid it to deter a club lead." What can you do? Nothing. He's entitled to do that. What really happened is that this issue (no forcing diamond raise and no real suit ...
Why not?
A significant cost is shipping them to the site. Probably the real reason is that most players don't want them.
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
In practice, I think it's fine to say, "15-17." Most players know by now that that doesn't mean *exactly* 15-17 HCP. If a newbie doesn't know, then he gets a chance to learn about reality. But some players when playing 15-17 routinely open most 14-counts and some ...
What is 2N here?
Same here, for the same reason. With a long spade suit, no problem, but with a balanced 10-count and five spades, we start with double.
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
1) They heard the big club alert. Ought Standard American bidders be alerted by 2/1 Game Forcing bidders after the auction starts 1-2? 2) As long as the opening range is within the expected range, the opponents are expected to ask about weak two bid ranges if ...
Congratulations Greg Lawler
Well done!
Is this AI or UI?
Good point. The UI that partner's not signaling for clubs is duplicated by AI, so I think West may do as he wishes. This argument convinced me to change my mind.
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