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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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There was a time when I played in a local club 3-5 times a week. That meant I played about 100 boards per week on average.

Now, I can play two or three times that many boards per week online, at whatever time of day or night I wish, for as long or short a time as I wish, without leaving my comfy home or even bothering to get dressed.

I play with and talk with excellent players from all over the world, players much better than anyone at my local clubs, players I would never meet any other way, much less partner.

I don't have to pay money to play all these boards with these awesome people, and I don't even have to pay money to belong to some organization selling masterpoints as illusions of skill, fame and glory. And even if I did want those (now badly inflated pretty worthless) points, I can still earn them online.

There is simply no bridge reason to go to club games any longer. And so I don't.
6 hours ago
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Totally depends on what you mean by “on” and “off”. A reverse is a reverse regardless of system, but whether it shows extra values or not is the real question.

IMHO and what I teach in my 2/1 classes is that a reverse shows a slightly better than minimum hand. That “slightly better” can consists of really good distribution or a couple more points, like the “K extra” that is used in other 2/1 contexts.

That said, partnership agreements can contain sophisticated methods for showing minimum hands and/or slam interest, so depending on what of those you use, there might or might not be a reason to require extras for a reverse.
6 hours ago
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Keep in mind that some people have 20 years of experience while other people have 1 year of experience 20 times over.
Nov. 10
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There are always comparable calls … what would South bid to show an opening hand and 5+ hearts had she seen the 2 bid? That's the comparable call.
Nov. 5
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I would open 2D if I could and Pass if I couldn't. I try never to lie to partner about my suit length in a preempt – it makes it too difficult for partner to know when to compete.
Nov. 1
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Don't forget … if you are a Life Master, you are forever a member of the ACBL whether you pay dues or not.

Paying dues (actually a “service fee”) only gets you the magazine and recording of your masterpoints. In every other way, you are a full member for your lifetime.
Oct. 24
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@Bernard, why would you miss a major suit fit when partner can use Stayman?
Oct. 21
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Never when the singleton A is a major. Sometimes when it's a minor and I have one major. Always when it's a minor and I have both majors.
Oct. 20
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Long thread … what are we going to talk about when electronic bridge finally eliminates all these nasty situations?
Oct. 18
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I cannot even remember what I did before I learned lebensohl. Now I cannot imagine how to bid without it. Perhaps you should teach it to your partner :)
Oct. 16
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If I were in charge, all of these would be alertable. Since I'm not in charge, whenever the bidding goes 1m 1N, I always ask if they could be bypassing a major.

And for those of you who say opponents should be aware, that's nonsense. I'm not required to learn your system in order to know when to ask about your bids.

As long as you know something that I might not, you should be required to alert.
Oct. 13
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Of course you call the director. If you wish, you may offer the director the option of no penalty, but according to the Laws, the director decides this, not you.
Oct. 13
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I have to admit, if I had a partner who couldn't learn 2/1 and who expected me to learn a complex artificial system instead and who insisted on always opening 11 HCP and who even uses HCP as his sole criteria for opening …. I'd start looking for a new partner.
Oct. 11
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Who is the main audience that you want to have pay attention?

If it is young people, choose a name that resonates with them. Ask a few people that age what would make them try the game.

If it is middle aged people, choose a name that gives them visions of a happy leisure time and later retirement.

If it is elderly people, choose a name that suggests health and mental longevity.

Know your audience!

“Bridge Unites” is totally boring :)
Oct. 11
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Non-forcing, because there are two other game forcing bids available … 3 and 3.
Oct. 5
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There's no ranking, it's Double or head for the door.
Oct. 1
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Seems to me that discarding the honor counts as sacrificing it … you are giving up that possible trick for the same reason.
Oct. 1
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To me, Serious 3N says, “I'm interested in slam, I have more stuff, but not enough to go there myself, so what do you think?”. In this hand, with 3 worthless spades and half my values in the opponent's suit, I think NO, so just sign off in 4.
Sept. 30
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Assuming you are playing long suit game tries, it is a counteroffer … no club help but will diamond help do?
Sept. 28
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I always open longest suit first. If 5M-6m, just open 1m and bid M and then M again, shows at least 6-5 regardless of HCP. Partner should recognize this sequence for what it is.

With anywhere near opening HCP, adding distribution points (either length or shortness as you prefer) puts you in the “reverse” range, so there is no such thing as a 6-5 distribution with a few HCP that is “too weak to make a reverse”. Total Points always gets you to reverse strength.

I firmly believe that any 6-5 should not be played short of game, and if partner peeps any kind of positive response to either of my suits, I seriously consider slam.
Sept. 27
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