Favorable Review of Lynn Ehlich's Great Tournament in NJ
Posted By: Daniel Murphy In Response To: Favorable Review of Lynn Ehlich's Great Tournament in NJ (Gregg Cattanach)
Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2011, at 6:29 p.m.
In Response To: Favorable Review of Lynn Ehlich's Great Tournament in NJ (Gregg Cattanach)
Gregg wrote: Once a chouette IS a chouette, then in general, I believe NO ONE should be excluded from joining (if they are willing to play at the ongoing stakes) unless there are already 6 players. But that's just my opinion. Some players (some that read and post here) think a major skill element of chouette play is the politics involved in maneuvering to exclude players that are better than you. I always find this slimy.
Such maneuverings were often the target in Danny Kleinman's books. He observed that a bridge or chess player would be thrilled if the best player in the world offered to sit for a small stakes game. But the same was not true of many of the players Danny met at Cavendish West. In one article, he wrote something like this: if you aren't willing to welcome anyone in your chouette no matter how good they are, the stakes you are playing for are too high.
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