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Isn't the consideration of a running hand moot when he pulls the contract from 4X to 5?
Sept. 19, 2016
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On one hand, I like the creativity here to try to find more info to place a GAME contract. But it's a solo effort, and “the other hand” is that I'd worry about missing slams due to flat-out misdescribing my hand.
Sept. 19, 2016
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I take your point, but how worried are you about wrong-siding the contract with this approach? Or do you just assume this cost isn't large because you're not going to find many 53 fits?
Aug. 17, 2016
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I think you should be looking at the 0-0 match in Round 4
Aug. 1, 2016
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I suspect if this were a teams problem, double would be the overwhelming favorite. The matchpoints aspect is what IMO makes it interesting…
July 27, 2016
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Congratulations to the non-doublers. RHO held JTxx in diamonds, LHO had 7 spades that ran with RHO's help, and partner couldn't take either of the first two rounds of clubs.
July 27, 2016
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Ah…it was 4 down 3

Am open to comments on my reasoning behind bidding game…figure if we have a misfit we're down anyway, and if we have a good fit I want to be in game.
July 26, 2016
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This was hand 2 of the Friday opening session of LM Pairs in DC
July 26, 2016
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Is the “standard” 2/1 approach any better on this hand? After 1S-1N, 2C-3S aren't you in the same place? Or is your concern broader?
July 25, 2016
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No…emphatically.

Partner is…
A62
KQT742
T6
43

Down 3
July 24, 2016
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John Adams nailed it above commenting on the importance of defining key organizational objectives first, and only then defining performance metrics.

Having said that, I suspect virtually everyone will agree that recruitment of new members should be an ACBL objective in some fashion. I submit that recruiting seniors is good, recruiting middle-aged folks is great, and recruiting youth players is fabulous. So recommend you devise a unified recruitment metric that is something along the lines of “expected bridge-playing years recruited into the ACBL.” Calculation could be based on assuming (80-current age) playing years left, with a minimum of 5.

This type of age-sensitive metric could also be used for retention.
June 17, 2016
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@Oren For better or worse, with 3 I was thinking a Moysian 4 might be the best spot.
June 8, 2016
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So I confess to being S here, and have some questions:

1. Many are citing the 3 bid as bad, but I see virtually no alternatives mentioned. I do note one suggestion for 2…is this what people here would have bid?

2. Re: bidding 3N over 3, here's a question…should I expect partner to have such a strong hand on this sequence? Does the cue bid suggest extra strength or just that we have the combined strength for game and asks about the heart stopper? Suppose you only think you are in the ~25-27 combined HCP range, how confident are you that we have 8 top tricks (in addition to the K) after a presumed heart lead? Or are people saying it's really so simple as a partner-asked-about-stopper-so-I-blindly-answer situation?
June 8, 2016
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One other detail that could lead different partnerships to different answers here are your standards for the 1 overcall. We will overcall on AQxxx and out even with a flattish hand. Perhaps as a consequence, my string of responses to the given hands include many more preemptive 3 bids with the 4-spade hands than yours.
May 16, 2016
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After the opps have opened and made a takeout double, it's more important to consider the auction competitive in nature rather than constructive for our side. I think 2 is automatic with the first hand.
May 16, 2016
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At some point in the video – I believe well after the director returned with the decision – Garner mentioned to Bates that he typically writes a note to his screenmate in these situations stating that he is always going to bid slam.

My question for the laws experts: Had he actually done that, would it have had any evidentiary weight for either the director ruling or the committee?
May 14, 2016
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There are enough “ATB” posts that we could make it a standard format with multiple standardized poll questions: (1) whether/how much blame there is to assess, and (2) who's responsible (standardized as either E/W or N/S)
April 20, 2016
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“Most ‘Rule of 19’ hands” is only a guideline, but it's our attempt to put in (overly) simple words what we perceive as the current 2/1 expert standard approach to openings. We've been using this for 1-2 years and are happy with the results, although there's no denying your point that lighter openings can make things more difficult at times.
April 5, 2016
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April 5, 2016
Barry Dehlin edited this comment April 5, 2016
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It is an adulterated “Rule of 20”, which I suspect you know but to be sure…it's a guideline that suggests opening hands when the combined total of your HCP and the length of your two longest suits are equal to/greater than 20.

http://www.bridgeguys.com/Conventions/Rule20.html

We extend it to “most” 19s. The key is to draw the line…
AKxxx Kxxx x xxx is a clear open.
Jxx Kx QJxx KJxx is a clear pass.
April 5, 2016
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