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Very interesting comments. I asked the question because the conversation on another bridge site indicate most of the folks played 2d as waiting.
A bid for which I don't see much purpose but on this poll most folks play as waiting rather than GF.
Enlightened I am.
I play it GF with 2H being no Ace or K. If we have
Quacks we make neg bid but make sure we get to game.
Oct. 12
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We played in an 8 is enough team event where it was shuffle deal and play 6 boards 4 rounds.
My partner or I declared every hand we played.
It was amazing.
Oct. 12
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San Diego - more decades than I care to remember (1976?)
When airport screening had just begun - Roger took out his Swiss army knife and put it in the “coin bowl” saying “I'll just set this here before it goes off.” Now we all know Roger and know he meant before the metal detector goes off….Let me tell you, the screeners and the FBI took his statement verrrrrrry seriously.

Enjoy your retirement Roger.
Sept. 7
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Off topic but since Linda Trent mentioned “2000 mps is in the top 9% of ACBL members” I thought I would mention:
2000 MP makes you ineligible for some club games in Memphis.
Seems to me setting MP limits higher than the normal sectional is simply a way of circumventing the restriction of barring someone based on their ability

Saturday and Sunday: Open Stratified 1:30 pm
Non-LM (0-500) 1:30 pm
Youth (0-20) 1:30 pm

Monday: Judy’s Game 10 am Max 500 MP avg. for each pair
Jack’s Game 10 am Max 4000 MPs per pair

0-2000 Game 6:30 pm
Invite-a-Pro 6:30 pm
Aug. 14 and 28 only

Tuesday: Open Stratified 10 am
Open Strat. (0-1000) 10 am
Open Stratified 6:30 pm
Novice (0-50) 6:30 pm
Non-LM (0-500) 6:30 pm

Wednesday:
Mentor-Mentee Game 6:30 pm
Aug. 23 only

Thursday: ABA Game 12:30 pm
Open Stratified 1 pm
Open Stratified 6:30 pm
Non-LM (0-500) 6:30 pm

Friday: Judy’s Game 10 am Max 2000 MP avg. for each pair
Jack’s Game 10 am Max 4000 MPs per pair
Open Stratified 6:30 pm
Aug. 30
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I believe the technical obligation on the declaring side is to announce “failure to alert” before the lead and let the opps ask and let them call the director if they feel the director is warranted.
On the defending side the technical obligation is to announce there was a “failure to alert” after completion of the play of the hand; and again, the other side has the opportunity to call the director if they feel there was damaged.
Aug. 15
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From the Boston Herald where he worked for 25 years
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonherald/obituary.aspx?pid=186273204
Aug. 3
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If you are having a dinner party with bridge players and do not intend to play bridge - the guest list would not be multiples of 4 so they would know bridge is not on the agenda.
Aug. 1
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Henry was one of the funniest and smartest men I have ever known. Michael is on his way to see Dorthy right now.
Great loss to the Bridge world and the print media. Nothing like an old school newsman.

I think I worked for the NABC Daily Bulletin for at least 2 of the 3 annual events from 1972 to 1979. Back when we had to collate manually, fold, and stick labels on the mailed bulletins and then take them to the post office.

First knock-out event I won was playing with Henry, Dorthy, and Michael at the local bridge club about 6-7 years ago. It was an event which took place over several months and when the smoke cleared we were victorious.

Henry, I will think of you when I make sandwiches for the Wednesday game.
Aug. 1
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And every TD and bridge pro who works in Toronto must declare Canadian revenue for tax purposes.
July 8
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Oh Nurse!!
No, wait, that's how I get a bartender's attention.
June 23
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At a sectional we recently had this auction:
1D by RHO I bid 3H which LHO did not see and bid 2S. The
director was called and my P chose not to accept 2S so, LHO, fully informed of her rights - looking at 6S and 16 points and knowing her P opened the bidding chose to bid 4S, thus ending the auction.
Making 6.
She said she was afraid her P would pass 3S. Neither of these players were inexperienced nor new to the game but are very tuned in when it comes to nuances.
June 20
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Was 2H forcing? My P and I play when you have two suits in which you can que bid the lower shows three card support and the upper shows three card - rather than two hearts how about 2c and then your p knows you have support and values.

Seems to me E/W allowed N/S to talk them out of game by not properly bidding their own values.
June 15
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Mr. Gidwani,
You have just the right amount of MP to play in the exclusive members only, invitational only, limited to 4000 MP games at Memphis's own M A Lightman bridge club.
A place where the STAC's are invitational to club members only and the NAP are BC with no A event. That's when they have them NAP qualifying events, there aren't any scheduled for the entire month of June.
June 13
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Or why, with the age of electronics, can the BOD not have virtual meetings via webinars or skype or facetime? Haven't we proven you do not need tables, chairs, or cards to play bridge? Does there really need to be a physical presence for a meeting?
June 13
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If it does not contain correct information - would the current report be meaningful?
March 14
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Michael Schreiber is NOT, I repeat, is NOT suing the ACBL. Linda Dunn, new ACBL in-house counsel, got it WRONG in her report in Orlando and promised to retract and correct the error in Kansas City.
March 13
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If you use the link on the ACBL KC transportation page you can get Supershuttle round trip $30
March 10
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His name is Dan and he is from Brazil. Unlike the last few Directors of Marketing, Dan is a bridge player.
March 3
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I have discovered the only time I use the STOP card is when there is no ALERT card in my bidding box and I want to make sure my hard of hearing opponents know I am alerting.

After all, we are required to verbally and visually alert - seldom is this done correctly. Red is more attention getting and waving the card is quieter than knocking on the table.

I try and carry my own alert card but sometimes it gets lost.
March 3
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Have all Mentors sit North and West.
That way no pair is dependent on the lucky lay of the cards.
Every novice will be holding the same cards as every other novice.
Try and get people to commit to mentoring someone for three or four straight games. Maybe offer a discount on the entry fee or free play for the winner and money back for the low score.

Games which exclude only “experts” are technically not allowed under ACBL regulations but clubs do it all the time.

The two biggest games in Memphis are invitational. One game limits the pair to 4000 MP (unless you are grandfathered in and then it doesn't matter how many points you have). The other is purely invitational - but you can play if you have fewer than 4000 MP.

When club games have higher MP restrictions than most regional tournaments - the clubs are doing a disservice to the bridge population as a whole - because “restricted” games don't tend to adhere to some of the rules and regulations and then the players face sticker shock when they play in a tournament and are up against opponents who have played in open games and know about BIT and UI or MI.
Feb. 20
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