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I'm worried ACBL will take you up on your offer, because then we'll have wasted $525K.

Excel is a magnificent general-purpose tool, but would be poorly-suited to track and manage all aspects of the relationships with 160K members over time. ACBL needs more than just a member list.
Oct. 10, 2018
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Exactly right. One example from millions possible…

Last night, partner made a Q lead against NT that could only be from AKQ(x..) or QJ9(x..) as the T was in my hand. The Q held. Based on the spots played COMBINED with partner's hesitation to lead at trick 2, COMBINED with my knowledge that we switched lead agreements a year ago and partner hasn't dealt with the AKQ lead situation very much, I have UI as I am 99% certain that he indeed started AKQ.

All I can say is I'm pleased partner continued the suit so that I didn't have to deal with the near-impossibility of trying to ignore the UI on future tricks.
Sept. 19, 2018
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The truth on this hand is that the opps let it make through an unforced crashing of their trump honors. So a horrible bidding moment for us turns into a totally undeserved top…
Sept. 12, 2018
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And so it did last night, prompting this inquiry.
Aug. 15, 2018
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Would you have different answers against NT? If so, why?
Aug. 15, 2018
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The premise of the question is about leading from doubletons w/ two honors.
Aug. 15, 2018
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Against a suit contract…just modified to reflect.
Aug. 15, 2018
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Part of me is sympathetic to wanting to see less “bashing” of management – not because it's unwarranted but because it detracts from the focus on the game itself – but I did not vote for it. Even though Bridgewinners might be a slightly better place with less of this, the long-run state of bridge in general would be worse.

What other broad forum exists that can effectively…:

1. Publicize and help resolve high-level cheating allegations that had been largely invisible to the masses (if not to top-level players)
2. Shine sunlight on ACBL ineptitude (I would have never heard about the technology fiascos or perhaps even the CEO firing if not for BW)
3. Explore the relationship of international bridge with the Olympic movement and the uncomfortable constraints that puts on dealing with cheating
4. And on and on…
July 22, 2018
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“However, if you feel there is no problem in the game with anyone fielding psychs, there really isn't any downside or danger in logging them.”

We have many significant problems with, and threats to, bridge (popularity decline, incivility, cheating, organizational ineptitude, confusing rules, etc.). I deem the opportunity cost of our official organizations spending one minute or one dollar on this non-issue as a “downside.”
July 19, 2018
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“Perhaps more controversially, it seems to prefers getting a positive score ahead of getting a good score.”

RW, I think I understand (and largely agree with) all of the other points you were making, but can you elaborate on this one?
June 23, 2018
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Remember him as a player? No, I'm not near old enough.

Remember his story and the book about him? Heck yes…

https://www.amazon.com/Catcher-Was-Spy-Mysterious-Life-ebook/dp/B005U3V2NG/
May 21, 2018
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“I can see feelings being hurt when someone is asked to play and they are told, quite frankly, that they aren't good enough…”

We should hold no illusion that this doesn't happen now – sometimes explicitly but more often indirectly with fudges and evasions – based simply on masterpoints. If people are going to apply a “not good enough” threshold – and I believe many but certainly not all will – we might as well have something available that makes it more sound and accurate.
May 13, 2018
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Mike H: I appreciate you pointing out the potential ethical issue here. Richard beat me to my response…we should always ask. I suspect that I'm not 100% compliant, but this is a good reminder to get better.
May 7, 2018
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Can anyone link to the BW post on this presentation?
May 7, 2018
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When playing matchpoints, I have this agreement with my primary partner.

I've struggled with the issue of whether we should actually alert the agreement (i.e. in the OP auction, whether I should alert my partner's 3D IF we knew there was an 8-card fit). We don't alert in practice, but I can't imagine not disclosing this agreement if asked in any way about our tendencies in this area.

Note that in the auction above, we will ask whether opener can raise on 3, and if so then our agreement is “off.”
May 7, 2018
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You're right that commute times are higher, but the magnitude of increase isn't even close to negating the reduction in work hours. This article…

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/22/the-american-commute-is-worse-today-than-its-ever-been/?utm_term=.dacbca6843ea

…suggests that the total increase in commute times over the last 30 years is about 5 min/day. This is over roughly the same time period as the chart I linked above that shows a decrease in average hours worked of about 150 hours/year.

Even if you assume that every single person works every single weekday for 50 weeks/year, the daily 5-minute commute increase only negates 20 of those extra 150 hours.
May 3, 2018
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In the United States, data do NOT support the assertion that people are working more hours than ever, even when you limit the focus to those who are employed.

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/USAAHWEP
May 3, 2018
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“…do you really think masterpoints are that important?”

Absolutely yes.

Your logic is like saying that because there is a skewed distribution of lifetime earnings (most at lower levels, very few at the highest levels), it's therefore proof that people don't care about money. I don't buy it. People can care greatly about something (MP, $) without either (1) having the skill to acquire large amounts of it, or (2) having other important priorities that crowd out their ability to accumulate it.

While the typical BW reader/commenter may not care, masterpoints and recognized bridge rankings are a huge motivator across the broad ACBL membership. We'll fail miserably in trying to resuscitate bridge if we don't recognize that.
May 3, 2018
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What were the reasons they disliked him?
April 30, 2018
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“As a practical matter, it should not make any difference whether this is an NABC event or a regional or sectional event.”

Respectfully disagree. I think the relative importance of the GNT event permits consideration of a broader solution set. I don't think an extra session and the prospect of extraordinary scheduling would or should ever be a consideration for a regional KO, but IMO should be for the GNT.
April 24, 2018
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