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What's your favorite psych story?
March 8, 2012
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Obviously there are a lot of perks around being a professional bridge player (money, travel opportunities being the ones that stand out to me). What do you see as the best of those perks? What about the biggest downsides?
March 8, 2012
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Besides yourself, what other junior players that haven't yet won a NABC event do you expect to win a national within the next 10 years?
March 8, 2012
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Hi Adam. Are you really that good at Words with Friends, or do you use “electronic assistance” for some of your words?
March 8, 2012
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if hearts & clubs are switched I still JS to 3. All hail the BW death hand.
March 7, 2012
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Hanan, I think you misread Henry's post in regards to the basketball HOF. He never claimed it to be a world HOF - he just said that it honored college basketball (the implication being in America) as well as NBA. Arvidas Sabonis has been voted into the basketball HOF, though.
March 6, 2012
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I voted for 2N. As to your question, Robin, there are several points available:

1) If opener has AKJxxx of diamonds, he probably doesn't have an outside entry to those diamonds, and will be reluctant just to bang down the AK of diamonds.

2) If opener has a lesser diamond holding, our partner is more likely to have missing diamond honors than the opponent because there has been no raise of diamonds from RHO. If partner has Axx or Kxx, NT is best played from our side. If partner has Jxx or Txx, diamonds are stopped (in the first case) or may block (in the 2nd).

3) Assuming points 1 & 2 hold, I am not afraid of my diamond stopper. If you are not afraid of your diamond stopper, 2N becomes the clear value bid, and keeps most of our options open to get to the best game.

All bids, including pass, have risk associated with them. I believe that 2N actually has the lowest risk (assuming opps aren't peeking), and has the largest potential reward, since it keeps game options open in NT & spades (our most likely games), and even allows us to play in a heart partial. That makes the bid stand out in my opinion.
March 6, 2012
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Hanan - The ACBL is not running a bridge hall of fame, just a North American bridge hall of fame. Since they are funding it, I feel they have a right to highlight the history of North American bridge as they feel fit.
March 6, 2012
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Fake jump shift into 3 for me. My reasoning is simlar to Jonathan's.
March 5, 2012
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4N natural.
March 3, 2012
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I have a sneaking admiration for an immediate 6 call, not disclosing any information to help the opening lead. At the table I would probably bid 4, and compete to 5 - I don't feel 4 is a good call because I don't really need partner's cooperation in this, and I don't want to inform the opponents what will be right on the opening lead.
Feb. 28, 2012
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I'm going to commit to 5D, but invite 6. I'll start with a 3 cue. If partner offers 3N, I'll let her play it there, but in all likelyhood she will respond 4D. Now I'll 5C her, and respect the 5D sign off.

If you put partner on 5 diamonds & 2 or fewer spades, it feels as though it will always be right to play diamonds as opposed to NT. All partner needs for 5D is the J of diamonds - 3N requires spades not to be 4-4 as well as a supporting diamond honor. As this is imps, I find even less reason to bid a hoggish 3N.
Feb. 27, 2012
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3S looks like a nice call, David, except I think it showed a hand with really long spades but too weak to force to game. I hate it, but I think pass is probably right.
Feb. 25, 2012
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I'm first chair, equal vulnerability. I have 8 diamonds, all my values in diamonds, and no real side suit surprises. I think 4D is a perfect description of this hand, and partner can make a decision as to what to do if they bid/double/whatever with the expectation that I have between 0 and 1 defensive tricks.

I'm willing to give up on 3N when its right (which will always be hard to tell) for the additional accuracy of description of 4D, as well as the extra pressure I put on opponents. After all, just because they can and do frequently bid 4M doesn't mean that they will be frequently in their best contract - but making an accurate bid will certainly give partner a clue as to what to do in terms of sacrificing/doubling/whatever.
Feb. 23, 2012
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I didn't mean to insult americans, just to make an observation. I am an American, and I love my right to make obstinate and uninformed opinions.
Feb. 23, 2012
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Randy, saying things like “as per usual the youth doesn't like the truth they make some excuse” is not helpful. Not only is the tone antagonistic, but 1) you haven't said anything that can be characterized accurately as truth instead of opinion, and 2) no one actually made an excuse for anything on this thread.

Indeed, most of what you've said demonstrates your lack of familiarity with junior bridge and junior bridge players (Which, of course, is ok - giving obstinate but uninformed opinions is part of being american).
Feb. 23, 2012
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The goal of the subsidy is to promote bridge among younger players, and that goal is something I strongly approve of - I want my 2050 blue ribbons win to be something other than a 6 table howell movement.

For the small amount of money the ACBL would “save”, they would proceed to alienate their most successful young players. Tell me, how is that effective marketing? Those are the very players that they should be encouraging the most.
Feb. 23, 2012
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Polly - I found that four or five years ago it was very easy to add people with more masterpoints to my team BECAUSE my partnership played better than its MP total. That meant that some pair that maybe wanted bracket 2 instead of bracket 1 could add us & be competitive, while not adding much to their masterpoint totals. A very good way of doing this is to talk to a low-level pro - they usually are looking for a pair to play with that has a good skill to MP ratio, to make it easier for their client to receive a payout.

The problem of teammates with low MP totals is transient for good young players. It may take two or three years, but if you have a long enough track record of winning, and play up in as many events as you can so that the top players notice you, my experience is that you will acquire contacts with lots of masterpoints who will be happy to play with you. I still have less than 1400 MP's, but I don't think I've played in anything but the top bracket of KOs for the past couple of years because of the MPs of my teammates.
Feb. 22, 2012
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The easiest way to play up in a knockout is to get teammates who have more masterpoints, either as part of your 4-bagger, or as a 6-bagger - then you don't have to worry about the director's decisions.

The other easy solution: when seeking to play up, don't play knockouts unless its something like the Vanderbilts or the Spingold, where there aren't brackets. Instead, seek out swiss games or pairs games.
Feb. 21, 2012
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phybrr - most people play that bidding 5D over 5C is asking for the Q of trump.
Feb. 20, 2012
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