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Congrats!!!
Aug. 3
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I led LBIAD seminars at a couple of clubs in the Boston area when I lived up there. I was pretty adamant that it was a waste of time unless there was a followup in place specifically for the LBIAD students. People need stepping stones laid in front of them. You want them to be able to pick up where they left off with something specific: Tuesday night at 7.

As I recall, the clubs tried to bring them into their existing structure of classes and playing lessons, and I don't think it worked very well. I asked Patty if she had a curriculum developed specifically for a LBIAD followup class; I was surprised that she didn't. She just has her normal beginner class.

My takeaway was I wouldn't do it again unless I had a solid followup program in place.
July 2
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I teach beginners 2/1 because it's so much easier. You always (well, pretty much) know what's forcing and what isn't. 1950s bridge was much more complicated in this sense. And I hate the idea of teaching them something that fundamental they'll have to unlearn if they want to actually play with anyone.
July 2
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We're working on it!!
June 30
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Why didn't I overcall 1?
June 27
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When opener bids 2NT voluntarily (as here) it shows 18-19; when he's forced to bid (eg, 1m (2H) X (P); 2NT) it's a minimum.
June 27
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We've got it up and running again. Sorry about that.
June 17
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US dollars
June 14
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I'd start by cutting the number of regional tournaments by about 50%. And then I'd invest heavily in technology: electronic entries and payment, digital capturing of bidding and play (not replacing cards, just capturing what happens at the table so it can be accurately recorded and analyzed). Note that investing in tech doesn't mean creating it in-house.
June 12
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Don't forget the Bridge Winners You Hold app!
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bridge-winners-you-hold-app-released/
June 10
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I fixed the title.
June 10
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We have that set up! You can send payments via PayPal to jason@bridgewinners.com.
June 7
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I'm disappointed these discussions don't include more consideration of assessing a procedural penalty to E-W for these types of situations. We are creating a game where one class of players understands the laws and ethical obligations of the game and operates accordingly – this class of player would never act with the East hand after the BIT – and another class flagrantly disregards ethical considerations. This is not a level playing field. When the worst that happens to the second class is they (sometimes) have the director called and (sometimes) get a ruling against them, there is no disincentive for them to start playing by the rules.

If E-W are inexperienced I would explain the rules to them and give them a warning; otherwise, I would assess a sizable PP. In addition to ruling against them, obviously. We've got to get this under control!
May 25
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What a match! Great comebacks, first from LALL and then from NICKELL. Congratulations to both teams, who played excellent bridge.
May 20
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Whoops! That was my fault. Was supposed to say 2. (fixed) Thanks
May 1
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Even if partner thinks you have hearts and raises, who cares? You've gotten the information you wanted: she doesn't fit spades. So you can confidently bid 3NT. The point is rather than guess, you can keep the auction alive and try to get the information you need.
April 7
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David forgot to mention the free daily lectures from local teachers (including yours truly). That's got to be worth a trip to New York, right?
April 6
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The most standard followup I know (and what I play) is that 3M is natural (usually a 5-card suit) and responder is invited to a) raise to 4M with a doubleton or b) bid 3NT with Hx in the other major.
April 6
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