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Phil, if you read the first post in the series (http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bw-21-openers-2m-rebid-2-4k6hpvtr21/) you'll see that our goal is clearly spelled out: “The goal is for two players to be able to say “We play 2/1, Bridge Winners style” and be on the same page on their 2/1 agreements.” Just 2/1 agreements, not an entire system.
Feb. 11
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The case seems so clear-cut, it's hard for me to suss out where the incompetence lies: in the CAS panel for not understanding, well, anything (or bothering to read your report, it would seem), or in the EBL for being out-lawyered and allowing the panel to be distracted by red herrings.

Either way, what is clear to me is that we cannot allow the CAS anywhere near bridge.
Jan. 27
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I find it hard to believe that anyone who knew about duplicate bridge would choose to play rubber. Would anyone buy a new car without power steering or build a new home without central heating and AC? Some innovations are just so superior that they make their predecessors obsolete.

I can absolutely believe someone would prefer their comfortable rubber bridge game to a duplicate game at the local club or a tournament. But I think it's the atmosphere that makes the rubber game appealing, not the rubber format. Being able to play just a few deals rather than a 3-hour session. Not having to play against fancy conventions or people who are overly serious. Being able to talk about hands after playing them.

So rather than try to resurrect rubber bridge at clubs and/or tournaments, I would ask what aspects of the rubber-bridge game can we steal, and use them to create a casual duplicate environment that rubber bridge players will prefer to their current game.
Jan. 26
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I guess my attempted bias with the title didn't work!

I've always felt that if partner is allowed to open 1M with Axxxx or Jxxxx I should be able to splinter into his suit.
Jan. 25
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If bridge is a sport, that makes bridge players athletes. Take a look around the room at a bridge tournament. QED.
Jan. 17
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I edited it for you, Greg.
Jan. 16
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I agree the procedure is silly. But of all the issues with the ACBL to worry about … Feels like worrying about that ugly paint color we've been meaning to change while the house is on fire.
Jan. 16
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I think we have to vote with our feet and our wallets. Time to start seriously considering a boycott of WBF events until they change leadership and take initiative to clean up the game, starting by cutting ties with the IOC and CAS. The ACBL, EBL, and other Zonal Authorities need to consider severing ties with the WBF and ceasing to pay dues. It's our game, and they're running it into the ground.
Jan. 13
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Jan. 12
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I agree 100% that this information should have been published months (or years) ago. And then, once the tournament is underway, it should not change (as the WBF has the inconceivable habit of doing).
Jan. 11
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Jan. 4
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John, our intention is to gather the individual results of these polls and then use them to create a cohesive, consistent system. Which might mean going against a couple of the individual poll results. We know many of these issues are inter-related, and we're not going to blindly follow polls to suggest an unplayable system. For now we're just gathering data about what people are playing.
Dec. 18, 2017
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We're very aware of this. Our plan is to use the results of the polls to create a system that we feel is playable. That well might mean we go against a few of the individual poll results in order to have a cohesive system. But it can't hurt to start by seeing what people are actually playing.
Dec. 13, 2017
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Just a reminder that we our goal is a simple, natural system that intermediates can play. We'll get to expert agreements eventually. Feel free to discuss more complicated agreements, but when answering the polls please keep this goal in mind.
Dec. 11, 2017
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All of our books and some merchandise are available at the book seller.
Nov. 25, 2017
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fixed. thanks
Nov. 4, 2017
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Good point. I switched the minors.
Oct. 29, 2017
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How often do you miss good games with this structure/philosophy? Does opener have a choice other than pass with a shapely maximum with 3-card support? I'm imagining hands like:

KQxxx xx Axx xxx
Axx KJxx KQxxx x
Oct. 29, 2017
Adam Parrish edited this comment Oct. 29, 2017
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My experience is that it's not the overcall that is disruptive (unless it's at the 3-level), it's advancer's jump raise that is really tough to deal with. So I strongly prefer bids with no guesswork as to my suit(s) so partner can jump with a fit.
Oct. 25, 2017
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The whole point of a KO is that it's bracketed, so that everyone is playing people around their level. Rather than a new event, you just need to market a normal KO to newer players and educate them about what it is and whom they'll be playing.
Oct. 24, 2017
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