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The current regulations seem reasonable in that some time must pass . This is not really an issueI IMO . It is OK if the best players in the world are playing in the World Championships as long as they are legal residents of the country they are playing for.
June 30, 2019
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Who did something other than 1s in a world championship ?
June 28, 2019
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Only by opener , only when opps have raised or implied raise to 2 Major and responder has bid at the one level neg X , 1M or 1NT. Having those constraints result in a solid imp gain ratio. Probably should change to bad good but not worth fretting over .
June 24, 2019
Allan Graves edited this comment June 24, 2019
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Jeff Bayonne I was replying to Jeff L . LOL.I forgot there were more Jeff’s
Please forgive me . The most important point perhaps is that beginners feel confident in playing the game and developing an appreciation that Bridge is accessible regardless of skill level as long as you are in your peer group .
June 19, 2019
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Dear Jeff . I don't think you read my post carefully. That is ok, I won't take it personally .Both on defense and in the bidding counting winning tricks is the key planning tool, Your winning tricks first, then of course , their winning tricks. You do this during the measure twice cut once phase. You want the card play synchronized to the bidding ASAP when teaching beginners Everything starts to flow from that. ( the losing trick count bidding evaluation system is also very flawed ) By the way, most beginner card play books use the counting losers technique for planning play at trump contracts. It doesn't make it correct . There are many reasons why famous players write beginning bridge books. As far as the true believers in the Losers' camp, the flat earth society was once in the majority. It doesn't mean they are poor teachers just as it didn't mean that “flat earthers” had bad eyesight. if you have always played bridge counting winers first in NT and losers first in suits then of course you are going to do the same if you are teaching new players. As long as they like your teaching and curriculum and continue to play then that is the main thing.
June 17, 2019
Allan Graves edited this comment June 17, 2019
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I agree 100% with a focus on winning tricks ( before the defence achieves their winning tricks goal ) and with those arguments supporting that approach. It also applies to defensive card play. You do the learner a great disservice by focusing on losers ahead of winners. Rank ( may involve promotion),“ Length ”( through exhausting the opponents of the suit ) and Position ( ie finesse etc ) are the same in NT or Trumps. Basic probability should also be mentioned. The various ways that trumps facilitate taking tricks because they outrank the other three suits are part of the magic of bridge and certainly, any new player can appreciate those ways if properly presented. Trick winning applies to the bidding as well. Bidding anticipates the play. The better you play the better you will bid. Bidding is gambling on trick totals so evaluating trick winning is paramount to becoming a better bidder and appreciating the inherent risk/reward principle which is the ground of the scoring and therefore the ground of the game, Clearly what the defence can or will win, or if on defence ,what declarer can or will win is important but again you are simply counting tricks. Just their tricks. Must win X before they win Y. All “ advanced ” techniques are driven by trick counting and are needlessly complicated or almost impossible if your primary focus is on losers. That is because your winning tricks will be determined by events that will occur as the hand evolves. If that, then this. It is not as if “ make your hand good at a trump contract ” leads to brilliant beginning declarers and indeed by masking what is actually going on it hinders them.
Therefore teach the winning tricks approach to beginners in both NT or Trumps.
June 16, 2019
Allan Graves edited this comment June 16, 2019
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A good general agreement for all partnerships is “ all doubles are non penalty until we find a fit. Then Doubles are penalty ” From that you make a list of exceptions. Ergo this double is penalty . Kit's logic is as good as any so I see no need to make an exception. Regarding “ non penalty doubles ” you should further differentiate into takeout , points, or conventional and further have some general definition regarding how many cards a non penalty double is “ expected” to have in the opponents suit.
June 15, 2019
Allan Graves edited this comment June 15, 2019
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Very well done
June 9, 2019
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That is brilliant Kit
It is exactly how Ghandi approached many such issues.
May 7, 2019
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tipping point is coming . also memphis nationals
April 29, 2019
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Bryan and Brad et al are spot on
April 28, 2019
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The Blue Ribbon was a stand alone premier event. Day 1 was not impacted by another premier event That is what made it premier . When you now create an overlapping event that you consider premium you simply consider them parallel premier events and allow drop ins . This should not be an issue . Moreover it is simply bad policy for a tournament that wants to consider itself a top tournament to force teams that were successful enough to get to the quarter finals to now sit around for two days it is just bad PR
April 27, 2019
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yes Joey was older than both Mike and I. Everything Mike said was true.
April 2, 2019
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Great show by the whole team. Not as much of an upset as you might think
April 2, 2019
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sport (n.)
early 15c., “pleasant pastime,” shortening of disport “activity that offers amusement or relaxation; entertainment, fun” (c. 1300), also “a pastime or game; flirtation; pleasure taken in such activity” (late 14c.), from Anglo-French disport, Old French desport, deport “pleasure, enjoyment, delight; solace, consolation; favor, privilege,” related to desporter, deporter “to divert, amuse, please, play” (see sport (v.)), also compare disport (n.).
Game
1) : a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other

The etymology of game is obscure . Can anyone research this better ?
Miriam Webster seems to define them similarly although in our common usage their is a difference
One difference for our purposes is the element of chance is less in the sport than in the game .

Mind sport seems ok for duplicate bridge
Card game for rubber bridge
Same skill sets , same game although clearly
The two activities are different as their objectives after determining a raw deal score are different .
Discussing these differences would be instructive .
March 28, 2019
Allan Graves edited this comment March 28, 2019
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Canadian Bridge is not for the fainthearted nor the cold blooded and slams on a finesse only refer to the last finesse.
March 26, 2019
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I disagree with. my great friend Boye, This is not in any way shape or form an attempt at equivalency of harm but what if a preschool principle readmitted a convicted paedophile and assured you they were rehabilitated? Would you enrol your child? The abuse of trust and lasting harm of the perpetrator is such that the community cannot take the chance of a re-offence. Collusive cheating should be a lifetime “ one and done ” sentence.
Rember collusive cheaters are con(fidence) men who are adept at developing a relationship with you, gaining your confidence and then breaking that trust to their advantage and your harm. The con- mans verbal assurances, although charismatic, are usually worthless See Madoff, Bernie . They can still play bridge, just not organized tournament bridge. The rest of their life is up to them and clearly not being able to play tournament bridge is not a life-altering hardship. Con-men can always find another con or heaven forbid, do something legitimate outside the bridge world. We cannot afford to indulge their likely re-offense . They lost the privilege of being able to play tournament bridge when they were caught.
March 26, 2019
Allan Graves edited this comment March 26, 2019
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Projects like this are critical to the survival of bridge in North America. The passenger pigeon was once a billion strong but after being hunted to 6 million it became extinct in a few years. The average age of a tournament player is 73 , The game is not being passed on effectively in the non tournament world and will be such a quaint novelty in a generation that it will no longer be relevant to the overwhelming majority of North Americans. There will no longer be the critical mass to sustain it. If you have enjoyed the bridge community over your lifetime please help in any way you can. Either teach some friends to play rubber bridge ( not duplicate, they can play that later if they want ) or contribute to projects such as Samantha's
Every little bit of effort, in any way you choose, no matter how insignificant it may appear, will help
March 15, 2019
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Double transfers have been around since the 1970 's. You have to bid 2C then 2 Major with invitaional hands . You can play it with hearts as well as spades and sort out the tradeoffs any way you want.
March 11, 2019
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It has happened constantly everywhere. Seriously .
And Yes the Hazel Wolpert case was egregous.
March 7, 2019
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