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One comment about the auction: First, in discussing whether to make a non-serious 3N or not, it is wrong to say opener can have 19-20 points. Presumably with 18+ opener will bid past 4S opposite responder's auction, so the relevant range for a serious Q-bid is is more like 14+-17. In fact, if opener had say AQxx AJxxxx x Kx I'd think 4C was clear. On the actual hand 3N is best since 4H is a very space consuming Q-bid over 3S.
April 12
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Thanks everyone for participating. Lots of interesting questions.

Closing down the well now.

Chip
April 5
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Thanks Richard. I've read (and liked) the Ian Banks books (as noted, lots of authors I like didn't make my list). I'll look at the others.
April 5
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Glad you liked some of the SciFi suggestions. For Mysteries there is an even longer list of authors I like, so really hard to choose.

These come to mind: Rex Stout, Dick Francis, John Lawton, John Sanford, Donald Westlake, Deborah Crombie. All of these wrote series and the books really merge together so individual books don't stand out in my mind.
April 5
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I think stronger Vul. NV reasonable to play that.
April 5
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We played strong NT's in 3rd seat VUL. We noticed that with a 12 (or even so-so 13) we weren't eager to open 1N in 3rd seat, so might open 1m, so figured we might as well have the range match what we were doing.
April 5
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Thanks Robb,

I appreciate the kind words. I'll add that I'm happy to have you as our new recorder as I think you bring great skills to that challenging job (much harder than chairing the LC).
April 5
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Not directly, though I have been on teams with a coach a couple of times. In those cases went through some partnership quizzes to test that both partners were in agreement on various sequences. I still look at some quizzes I got from Kit Woolsey now and again.

I'm sure it would have been useful in my earlier days (when such things mostly didn't exist) and might be of some use even now, though mostly feel it's not too important at this stage of my career. To a large extent I'm my own bridge coach. For example, after each major tournament I go over all the vugraph hands, writing them up and going over them with Marty.

Between tournaments we bid a lot of hands and go over our notes.
April 5
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playing 1N with a 4-4 major fit is a worry, but a bigger one is playing a weak 4-3 fit instead of 1N. We are much more likely to survive missing a 4-4 fit than playing in a bad fit (in part since just going plus on a part score deal is rarely a really bad score).
April 5
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Andrew,

I did play a Precision based system with Mark Feldman in the early 80's with decent success.

Obviously a strong cub system has some advantages, there has been a lot of good work on methods after 1C, a nebulous D, and a 2C opening, and many top pairs play it successfully (including both the other pairs on my current team).

Against a strong club I've played CRASH, but now am playing DBL=majors, NT=minors, 2D = multi, and 2M = that suit and a minor. Haven't had enough experience myself with the new method, but I have seen it be very effective when used by others.
April 5
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Hi Scott,

I've played with relatively few partners (partly due to work restricting my play, also stamina issues). Lots of folks I'd like to play with but haven't. I got to cross one off my list when played with Hamman in 2016. Afraid I won't get to play with Michael Seamon (we had been trying to arrange a date for awhile before he died), Edgar Kaplan would be on my list of ones I'd like to have played with.
April 5
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Jyri,

I addressed this in detail in an earlier post.
April 5
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Hi Timo,

I met Jan in 1975 shortly after I moved to Berkeley (I played against her in a local sectional). Since then we saw each other frequently at tournaments and at the bridge club in San Francisco (where I played some, and near where she worked).

For sure she has had a strong positive impact on my bridge (notes on that in an earlier post). I'd add that among many other things, in the early days she was the one who maintained my bridge notes with Lew.
April 5
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Hi Lars,

Thanks for the nice note. I think it is still possible for the right person. It is harder both because the top Pro pairs work a lot on their partnerships, and the money available for professional play will often draw people into it (most of our talented juniors seem to have been drawn in). There weren't the same bridge pro opportunities when I was starting my career.

As noted earlier, there are good potential rewards for combining a career with serious bridge.
April 5
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1) I'm not sure it made me a better Professor except that it got some notice for UC Davis. Also at times perhaps got me noticed by other CS folks who played bridge.

The university (both my department and the higher ups) have always been very supportive of my bridge. Probably helps that I've always been quite diligent about meeting my work responsibilities.

For the 1982 World Championships (in Biarritz) I had to get permission from the head of the University since during the school year. I started with a work trip (visiting colleagues in the Netherlands during my acclimation time), then to the championships, then was planning to return to the Netherlands to give a talk. Unfortunately, that depending on my team not lasting until the final stages of the Rosenblum. As we kept winning had to delay my return, and when we got to the finals, had to cancel entirely. In fact had to leave before the closing ceremonies to get back to Amsterdam for my flight home.

2) Mostly I think they just don't know what it is. Too many other things in their lives (see earlier comments about introducing bridge to juniors).
April 5
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The beer card had pretty much the same significance in both partnerships.

Don't recall having much of an opinion of the beer card back when coaching juniors. For now, think adding spice to bridge is fine, but would suggest putting aside in serious competitions.
April 5
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Hi Bill,

Much thanks for your on the job help! As to the degree, wouldn't want to create an appearance of bribery. No idea about continued jinx.
April 5
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Hi McKenzie,

I'm glad I made a good impression, as I would sometimes be too distracted to act as you describe. For those who don't know, McKenzie is our go to guy for getting most everything running smoothly at USBF and ACBL tournaments. Thanks for all that McKenzie!

I touched on your question a bit earlier. I do think it depend a lot on the individual. For me, having spent huge amounts of time playing bridge (particularly when I was young), I don't need much spin up time, and reading about bridge and discussing it some between events is enough, but that doesn't work for everyone.

I know it's worse for you as your main work directly conflicts with events you want to play. Must admit selfishly, I hope we don't lose your great efforts to more playing.
April 5
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Hi Prahalad,

1) answered this earlier.

2) I had lots of good mentors and I asked lots of questions. Also, I loved to read bridge books and was willing to work on improving and on my partnerships.

3) I learned a lot from Lew, though I still work at staying calm at the table (I find reading while dummy helps). With Marty, we talk a lot and usually come to an agreement.

In both cases it helps a lot of the partners like and respect each other.
April 5
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Hi Peg,

Always glad to have a chance to praise my amazing wife. One simple statistic: my major wins before we become a couple: zero, after: 50 and counting.

I help her a bit by dong stuff to help out (like getting her food when she is too busy running around to get her own) and giving her someone to vent to when she is annoyed at various things.

Similarly, she gives me someone to talk to and provides good moral support when things aren't going well. She has also been a great coach and captain to many of my teams.

She is also helping me fix typos here.

Of course all that pales in comparison to just having her in my life all the time.
April 5
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