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To my knowledge none of the Scandinavian countries receive any support from the IOC involvement.
May 30
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I play multi as weak and wide-ranged and love it:

Pass = Doesn't promise diamonds. Just shows that we're willing to play 2♦ undoubled.
2♥ = P/C
2♠ = Inv. with hearts or a hand trying to rightside the contract (being almost certain partner has spades, but of course still with ♥-tolerance)
2NT = Asking bid, INV+
3♣ = NF (can be lead directing)
3♦ = NF (can be lead directing)
3♥ = P/C
3♠ = Natural and invitational
3NT = To play.
4♣ = Asks for a transfer.
4♦ = Bid your suit
4M = To play

I think multi should be played as a destructive, not a constructive convention, thus wide-ranged and we can show 3 ranges.
2♦-2NT;
3♣ = Any medium. 3♦ asks (responder shows her suit reversed), and 3♥/♠ is P/C.
3♦ = Minimum with ♥.
3♥ = Minimum with ♠.
3♠ = Max with ♥.
3NT = Max with ♠.

After 2♦-2NT; any, we play 4♣ as keycard (first step 0, second 1 w/o the queen etc.)

Over a double we also that redouble is a puppet to 2♥ (wanting to play in our own suit, very often with hearts) If Multi-opener breaks the relay with 2S, it shows a suit able to play opposite a void.
Everything else is system on.

If the opps overcall 2M, we play X as penalty, which we find less likely to create problems. Sometimes we have to guess (or dare) to compete, but we are pretty good at that ;-)
April 13
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2N should always be natural, new suit forcing and the other major as cuebid. This is simple. I would use a lot more energy on agreements after responder to the multi-opener interferes (with anything).

If they D (ambigious or not), what do you play?
If they bid a major, what do you play? If they bid a minor, what do you play?

Same discussion after (2D) X (?)

Here my partner and I play transfers if responders bids at the 2-level. I agree it is very useful. However you should also have agreements if they bid at the 3-level, which is very likely. Most importantly is of course what X is.
April 13
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Isn't it absolutely clear what the reasons are? First of all this was published in Dutch on the Dutch Federation's website. The NBB cannot be blamed that other bridge media has translated the relatively short statement and reposted it.

As for why the NBB would post this: Brink & Drijver not playing for the Netherlands is like Messi announcing not playing for Argentina. Or Michael Jordan not playing for USA for Americans not so familiar with soccer. I worked for the Danish Bridge Federation for years, and we could learn a lot from the communication of the NBB (and so could the ACBL, I'm sure). As soon as there is news, they post it for the members and followers to know.

I am probably both biased and influenced by my knowledge of the Dutch approach to national teams and the development of top players, which I am extremely impressed by, but I do not see any reason why Brink & Drijver quitting the national team should motivate “unpleasant rumours”.

I can tell you this much: It is certainly not the choice of the NBB, and nobody is happy about their decision in the Netherlands, maybe besides the one pair who might take their spot. Furthermore I think it is admirable that there are actually some (male) bridge players who give priority to their family and private lives.

If I at some point had to choose between going to the American Nationals and represent Denmark on the national team (because I wouldn't be able to do both because of my family), I would choose my (semi)professional career. And I love playing the European and World Championships, but I love my kids more.
March 5
Christina Lund Madsen edited this comment March 6
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I find this poll meaningsless without Krzysztof Martens.

Aside from that, I enjoyed Sontag's Bridge Bum more than any bridge book I ever read. But I might also have a different notion of writing about bridge.

This list is quite symbolic for how little bridge writing has developed.
Feb. 26
Christina Lund Madsen edited this comment Feb. 26
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It will never be possible that a team will get more spots in the finals than the number of pairs from their team. The drop in-rules will state that. If 2 pairs want to play and a third pair with each their partner, the team has to decide who gets the last spot.

If Meckstroth and Hampson want to play, obviously that would take on of the spots they are assigned, never an extra spot.

I am not sure I will say the WBF will hurt one or the other group, rather that they aim to please as many as possible, but as Debbie said, they cannot both extend the Rosenblum and have the open pairs final after the teams final (same for mixed). Unless they want to have 18 days of bridge…
Jan. 19
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Though it is not to my benefit, I actually do not disagree with you, Paul.

However I also think it is wrong if the schedule prevents so many of the best players from competing in the pairs. I was not planning to play with a client (because of the schedule) but with a top player and a friend of mine. If I reach the semifinals and am not allowed to drop in and the same goes for others in the semifinals, whose partners don't want to play pairs, and we are already missing the 6 pairs in the finals, I think it decreases pretige of a world championship pairs final. It would cut off some of the best in the world, and I don't believe that is desirable.

I would think it sad if Meckstroth nad Hampson could not play the final of the open pairs after losing in the semifinals, because their partners dont want to play pairs, but they do.

I think once it has been decided to have an overlapping schedule, drop ins must be allowed.
Jan. 19
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Hi Debbie, I wrote a long detailed post above before I saw they had posted the schedule, so I suggest you look at that :-)

However I just want to comment on the overlap between the teams finals and the pairs finals. There was an even bigger overlap before in the mixed, that was scheduled for only 5 days but has now been extended to six days (huge improvement).

I think for the Rosenblum it was only the finalists who could not play the pairs final, as it is now. I don't recall about the womens/seniors, but it is the same situation. Basically you cannot commit to play pairs with a different partner than you play with in the teams. Unless you partner is willing to wait and might not play at all if you reach the finals or potentially play only 1 day if you reach the semifinals (of the mixed pairs).

That is, if you are allowed to drop in with a different partner. I would also very much like to know this.

However this problem might only be a problem for all the pros planning to play with different partners in the teams and pairs. Not that there are not plenty with that issue…
Jan. 18
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Ok, now I see they posted the schedule while I wrote this post… I will leave my post up since I wrote it…
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Debbie, I am really sorry I did not see you post till now. I would have replied sooner.

I noted that the mixed events in total had been cut from 7 days in Sany to 5 days in Orlando. Furthermore it was not possible to play the pairs if you reached the quarterfinals of the mixed teams, which I also considered a problem. In general I don't think a pair championship played over 3 days with cuts every day and a large random final should count as a world championship. I simply think 3 days is too short. Not to mention finding a winner in a team event with 300 teams in 5 days…

Furthermore it would not be very tempting for a mixed pair with very slim hope of reaching the final to travel thousands of miles (or kilometer if they come from those parts of the world) just to play 2-3 days of mixed pairs. (I hope there will be a consolation for the ones who do not make the A-final).

In my view it was a severe downgrade of a discipline that is increasing in popularity, and this only to extend the Rosenblum by 3 days, which only pleases the top teams. Extending the Rosenblum by 2 days is already a massive upgrade.

However the suggested schedule on the WBF-website was preliminary. I think they might revise it to please as many as possible. I hope and believe we will hear more very soon.

There is another issue that I find problematic, and it is that if you make the finals of any of the major team events, you cannot play the pairs in the same category (i.e. the mixed pairs if you reach the final of the mixed teams). It is not a problem if you play with the same partner, but if you want to play with someone else, say a client in the mixed pairs but play with a pro in the teams, then you cannot promise the client you will be able to play, in case you reach the finals.

And I think there are plenty of good teams who might like their chances in the mixed teams ;-) Thus the players will not be able to make other commitments.

I know it is really hard to fit everything in and at the same time make long tournaments, but I really think it would be optimal to be able to play all 4 possible world championships. (2 in the open/women/senior, 2 in the mixed).

Let us see how the schedule looks. Regardless I am sure it will be better than in Philadelphia and the event will be amazing regardless.
Jan. 18
Christina Lund Madsen edited this comment Jan. 18
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I actually had a meeting and sent them an email in San Diego with suggestions regarding the schedule because I see a huge conflict with the outlined schedule that might cost a lot of money because of lower attendance. I pray that they actually consider my suggestions and that is the reason for delay.
Jan. 12
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I too think it is a huge problem. Especially for the many who have made arrangements 1-2 years in advance. Many professional deals might be (dis)advantageous to one or the other. Not to mention booking of flights and hotels.

I would honestly advice always to have the schedule ready more than a year in advance (for all bridge events with huge participation, not just the WBF).

Besides that, I can hardly wait! :-)
Jan. 11
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Hej Dennis,

I only have a few questions:

1. How many times did you miss a flight on your way home from a tournament?
2. How many times did you lose your phone?
3. How many medals do you have (I mean physically posses)?
4. How many times did you lose at armwrestling (and to whom)?
5. Have you ever been arrested?
6. Who is your favourite partner?
7. Tell us something about Zia that very few people know.

Happy New Year ;-)

Knus C
Dec. 19, 2017
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Bridge Magazine is almost as amazing as Mark Horton himself. I sincerely hope it will survive.
Dec. 11, 2017
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Oh, I was so hoping I would get you two to fight over me

Zach, I love your fire. I hope our date is still on ;-)

Adam, you will get your chance. You are on my list…

I myself am curious to know with whom I have the best chemistry.
Oct. 3, 2017
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Hi Boys,

You know I love you both in each your way.

I only have one question: Which one of you likes me better?

(and has it changed since Toronto?) ;-)

Kisses from Copenhagen
Oct. 3, 2017
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Yu et. al.

I understand Jonathan does not want to repeat the poll, but in my eyes this switches focus from the actual discussion (which is about a radical change of schedule) by making people vote for what to many is a choice between lesser evils, and their votes can be misinterpreted as a support of the current times.

Thus I abstain and will also unfollow this debate, since I find it irrelevant. :-) Also hence other arguments in this post like the starting times of the 3 major events.
Sept. 19, 2017
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I did not vote, because it is irrelevant to me whether it is 7 or 7:30. Half an hour makes no difference to the ones who wish to have the evening off for dinner and socializing and start play at 11 (several hours after the starting time of a normal workday or day with the kids).

I feel tricked into indirectly voting for late starting times, since the option “I don't support any of the above and only vote for early starting times” doesn't exist.

It is by no means a critique of you, Jonathan, I am certain it was not intentional.
Sept. 18, 2017
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In my eyes, portraying the mysterious and captivating bridge world is something all bridge lovers can only support. If not economically, then by praise and effort to attract other viewers by spreading the word.

I am forever grateful to anyone who takes an interest in bridge and dedicates so many hours to creating a movie or documentary that will bring joy to so many bridge players - and hopefully arouse the curiosity of outsiders.

I remember the first time I saw “In the cards”. I was very new in the bridge world and loved the insight to this glamourous unique world.

One day I hope to add my own (written) contribution to the portraying of the bridge world. Until then I encourage friends and strangers to support this professional and serious attempt to create the best film ever made about bridge.
Sept. 15, 2017
Christina Lund Madsen edited this comment Sept. 17, 2017
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To this comment I can only say that your knowledge of European demography (and maybe American too) seems solely based on your own prejudice.

You could not be more wrong. I suggest coming to Europe or simply just talking to bridge players from Europe about the culture in their respective countries rather than airing opinions based in nothing but your own cerebral cortex.
Aug. 29, 2017
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And how many of the participants at the nationals do you think are in the category “bridge players with careers outside of bridge who choose to spend their holiday bringing their young kids to the nationals” compared to “wealthy people enjoying their retirement playing bridge”?
Aug. 26, 2017
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