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September 17, 2014 - Sneaky, Sneaky.

Steve Bloom ~ 1 Comments

Thursday September 18, 2014 10:12:57

There were lots and lots of interesting stuff from Sunday’s match, plenty of material to keep a mentor happy and busy. Two large swings came when normal 3NT contracts made at one table, but failed at the other. One of these, board 5, swung on opening lead:With North-South vulnerable, and North dealing, these were the […]

Straight From The Horse's Mouth ...

Judy Kay-Wolff ~ 28 Comments

Sunday September 14, 2014 05:53:19

 or more descriptively  ".......... the Wolff's Mouth."Both Bobby (via Aces on Bridge) and I (on have always enjoyed the refreshing inference of the words ..  freedom of the press (as long as certain boundaries are observed and honored).  The owners of this site have afforded us the privilege of blogging to the bridge […]

September 10, 2014 - Fourth From Your Longest And Strongest

Steve Bloom ~ No Comments

Wednesday September 10, 2014 18:53:40

The play from Sunday night was quite steady, with very few swings. There were, however, three that got away – three games were made at both tables, and all three could have been set. I am going to focus on two of these hands, where third hand had to make a key decision early, but first, take a peek at board […]

Recap Of 9/8/2014 28 Board Imp Individual

Bob Munson ~ No Comments

Tuesday September 09, 2014 18:51:56

Per usual, I'm just reporting the hands where the large swings occurred.  One swing was due to different defense, but the rest were all either bidding judgment or in some cases confusion about bidding systems.I want to open the blog with one opening lead problem.  After this auction:WWestNNorthEEastSSouth—1♥Dbl4♥4♠PassPassDblAll […]

Convention Disruption

Paul Cronin ~ 5 Comments

Tuesday September 09, 2014 15:04:30

At most clubs, it is really difficult to get players to move up from the 0-99, 0-299, etc., games and try the open game. When they do, they are understandably very nervous, and this nervousness often leads to them forgetting conventions they have "learned", or getting "lost" in unfamiliar auctions. One school of thought says that they should be […]

An Unforgettable Bridge Legend

Judy Kay-Wolff ~ 12 Comments

Tuesday September 09, 2014 13:44:26

Yesterday was the seventeenth anniversary of the death of Edgar Kaplan and I question whether the law of coincidence, his numerate side or just plain fate put him to rest on 9/7/97. A rhetorical question, of course, but when I looked at the calendar today, I was mesmerized by the numbers.

Perfect In Its Imperfection

Bob Mackinnon ~ 4 Comments

Wednesday September 03, 2014 14:45:53

What is captivating about participating in a sport is that a false impression of perfection is momentarily achievable. It is most exhilarating to score a goal, or hit a home run, or score up a risky slam, however, perfection that is not sustainable isn’t really perfection, is it? Participants can enjoy the moments of exhilaration when everything […]

Zero Tolerance Reality Check

Paul Cronin ~ 25 Comments

Friday August 29, 2014 16:09:35

Have been following the discussion on Zero Tolerance with great interest! There have been mentioned many instances of actual misbehaviour at clubs and tournaments, and some instances of possible abuse of ZT, as in the HBJ spectres of "power-crazed little hitters who display the worst kind of intolerance" and "I for one do not want to play bridge […]

Home Again!

Paul Cronin ~ 3 Comments

Friday August 29, 2014 05:59:40

Just got back from a week at the races in Saratoga, NY - my 23rd. consecutive year celebrating Travers week there. There were 47,000+ people at the track on the Saturday, which is when the Travers Stakes is run. Whole families enjoying the day in the sun, bringing in their coolers of food and drink, BBQs, lawn chairs, chaise lounges, […]

The Wagar Cup Appeal

Bob Mackinnon ~ 14 Comments

Tuesday August 26, 2014 17:35:14

When committees continuously modify a basically simple set of rules to accommodate narrow self-interests, one ends up with a tangle that defies logic and confounds the ordinary man. The tax laws with all the loop holes are an example of self-interested tinkering carried to extremes. Judges aim to uphold the laws, but juries are not compelled to […]

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