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I wish all of my bidding problems were regrets I had from my top boards.
Oct. 17
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When the solid and staid are united with the original thinkers in the bidding poll arena, you know that anything other than the obvious answer is a far-flung outlier.
Oct. 17
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My hand looks like its a typical raise to 2, with no outstanding defensive features for a redouble, and no obvious offensive features that warrant competing to the 3 level on my own.
Oct. 17
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to buttress your rebuttal, with a near opener and fits for both suits, east might have done more bidding as well.
Oct. 15
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guess to duck. There are probably 5 clubs in east vs 2 in West (playing W to be 5=6=0=2 based on the auction), so E is a 5-2 favorite to hold any specific card, including the K. Only 8 HCP have shown up with E, and E has a relatively flat hand, so having the K wouldn't have changed the auction probably.
Oct. 15
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At the table I was convinced that partner's 5 should be pass/correct, as I almost always have a long suit when bidding this way (true balanced hands start with X IMO). I also thought it likely that partner had a stiff heart, and that he had the A or K of spades to make up for lack of values elsewhere.

None of that turned out to be true.
Oct. 9
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I find it incredibly easy to declare against pairs that make count their primary signal, as I rarely have to guess how key suits are splitting.
Oct. 1
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From what he wrote, I'd say he isn't exclusively using in private. I also think that having someone very openly using drugs and doing their normal life things out in public “normalizes” drug use, and that is something that may influence younger people when people they see as mentors behave in such a manner, especially when they publicize it to the greater world.

Listen, I'm not asking David to change in anyway, I'm just pointing out that while his behavior may be fine in isolation, and while it is admirable that he mentors young bridge players, the combination of the two may be problematic for some, especially if he is flagrant about advertising what he does.
Sept. 27
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The implication of my comment is that you open yourself up to the charge of “corrupting youth” and/or are possibly giving parents a reason not to support having kids in the program. I don't know one way or another whether your influence would make someone more inclined to smoke pot or not. I do know, as a parent, that I would be less inclined to give my kid over to someone who uses drugs recreationally outside of the confines of their home. U26 does not exclude people from the lower age ranges, if I remember correctly, even if the more common and likely participants are older.
Sept. 27
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Not to be the fly in the ointment, but if I were the coach of a youth bridge team, I wouldn't admit to using federally illegal drugs.
Sept. 27
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You have a king and two queens. Is that normally good enough for you to XX?
Sept. 24
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I might have opened this 2N.
Sept. 21
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Those people should just give up their variants and just play Ford- Landy, except X = clubs or a major minor, and if the major minor, then a diamond rebid shows longer and stronger diamonds and a side major. :)
Sept. 15
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Maybe he means that he knows the defense well.
Sept. 12
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its a simple squeeze played as a double squeeze
Sept. 10
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ELC is definitely non-standard, even if it is common. My definition for standard is if two random experts sat down and said “expert standard” as the only two words, the expectation of both would be that it would be played. ELC definitely doesn't meet that threshold.
Sept. 9
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I'm ok with that. If its a part score hand, I want to play in clubs. If its not, I might get a chance to offer spades. And most importantly, if its their hand, I want partner to play me for club values and length when planning the defense.
Sept. 9
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I believe its a reference to the rule of holes: When you are in one, stop digging. Note, I am not evaluating whether I agree with the sentiment, merely providing interpretation.
Sept. 7
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NV I'd throw a 2 mini-psych out there, probably.
Sept. 6
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Your comment was way out of line - She might have interpreted it as saying that you don't even think she's good enough to know how to finesse at all. I actually have some sympathy for her reaction - she felt like her skill level was publicly questioned in front of her partner, and she responded by stating that she has had a history of success at bridge, as measured by masterpoints, not only telling you, but also telling everyone else who had heard you question her skill. The someone like you at the end was strange and more personal, but in the heat of the moment we all react differently.

I love going over the hands with a fine tooth comb after a session and figuring out my own mistakes. I would still be opposed to an opponent telling me my mistakes at the table in front of my partner. I'm not trying to improve between hands, I'm trying to compete and do my best, which involves keeping both ends of my partnership focused on the upcoming hand, not looking back at the ones we can't do anything about anymore. I don't need to spend any time or mental energy thinking about past hands until after the session. I don't want to hear how I screwed up until then - I'm probably already aware, but I don't want to think about it, and I don't want partner thinking about it.

It sounds like you did what you did out of ignorance. That's fine once as long as you learn from it. But it sounds like you might have been neglecting a bridge skill - care and feeding of partner opposite. Taking care with your comments, not embarrassing partner, not setting off opponents, and encouraging partner to live in the now are all things that help your score more than learning about esoteric squeezes ever will. Your goals may vary, but if scoring well is one of them, you need to do whatever you can to make sure that the person playing opposite you is playing their best.

I know that a partner I used to have would behave so badly at the table that I'd feel the need to go back and apologize to opponents after we left. That partner did not get my best. Another partner would criticize me immediately after every hand where I made the slightest error. That partner made me a much better player - after I dumped his butt, I was able to apply a lot of what he said - but that never benefitted him because I was a wreck playing with him.

Now I know this is a little off track, but mostly I'm just saying that social awareness can help your bridge game immediately, as well as getting you better partners in the long run if you are pleasant to be around.
Sept. 6
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