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Tournament bridge got too expensive to bother with many years ago. First it was the cost of hotels, then table fees kept rising to the stratosphere, now parking is just another drop in the bucket on the way to the cosmos with prices.

What amazes me is that ANYONE still goes.
Aug. 23
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What is wrong with being at the 3 level with an invitational hand? If you try to stop at 2, the opps will push you anyway, so better to just bid it.
Aug. 23
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The answer to your “what to do” question is simple. Don't say, “You're in your hand”. Immediately say in a firm loud voice, “Director, please”, and then be silent until the director arrives.
Aug. 19
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@Bill .. Active and Passive are two different defense strategies, appropriate in different situations, not mutually exclusive.
Aug. 16
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From (unbid) Jxxx or 10xxx, I find another suit to lead.
Aug. 15
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I dislike them all equally!

What's wrong with 2 = spades + minor?
July 30
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I had a better experience many years ago when opponents both failed to hear my alert of a bid and misplayed.

TD asked each – both opponents claimed they didn't hear it, my partner said he heard it, and I that I had said it in my normal voice volume.

TD said he believed everyone and ruled the result stood, but as he turned his back and walked away, an opponent said to me sarcastically, “Well, if that's how you want to get a good score …”.

The TD whirled around and read the riot act to that opponent for his comment. Told him in no uncertain terms that he was out of line and if comments like that were reported to him again, the opponent would be ejected from the event.

For those who remember him, TD was Maury Braunstein, IMHO the best director ever.
July 30
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It does not matter whether the contract is a part-score, game, or slam. Trump leads are indicated in specific situations (being “in doubt” is not one of them), most of which you can deduce from the auction.

The idea that “trump-leads are often winning against part-scores…” is a beginner way of trying to make a one-size-fits-all rule. Thinking is a much more useful thing to do.
July 26
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I'm not sure why 2 people (at this point as I type) have chosen King and Q. Are they planning to pick the Q up from the played cards and lead it again? :)
July 23
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Declarer's main hope to make this hand will be a trump endplay, so I'm keeping both the 4 and my diamonds as long as possible, and I'll make declarer ruff a spade every chance I get.
July 21
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If your walk-in partner with 600 masterpoints didn't know enough to bid 1 then I'm sure he was thrilled with 72%.

The fact that someone can even get 600 masterpoints and bid like this is definitive proof that masterpoints are so inflated that they are no longer worth bothering with.
July 20
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@Finn … no it is NOT a joke, it's one of the main reasons I quit playing tournament bridge.
July 20
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Michael, by your description and my post, you would place me in school (2), but honestly, it depends on the context.

Sometimes I know partner needs to know which A I have (for example) and my signal conveys that. Other times, I have my own reason for wanting a particular suit led.

So the general statement that “in my opinion partner should lead/continue that suit” can apply in situations from your school (1) or from school (2).
July 18
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When I give a positive attitude signal, it means that it is my best opinion that partner should lead that suit when he has a chance.

It's not a command, and it doesn't necessarily promise an honor, it's conveying my belief of the best way to defend the hand.
July 17
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My example was when a well-known pro playing with an LOL bid something and his pard alerted. When I asked, “please explain”, she replied, “he's got stuff”.

I asked what that meant, she replied, “I told you, he's got stuff”. I asked what point range “stuff” suggested. All of this on my part was carefully polite. She replied that she “couldn't put a number on it, it was just stuff”.

Remember that she had alerted the bid.

At that point her pro partner abruptly yelled “Director” and when the director came, he said I was harassing his partner after she had already answered my question.

I explained politely that I still didn't know what “stuff” meant, and the director told me I already had my answer and to stop harassing her.

What should I have done at that point?

A day later, I saw the director and the pro having dinner together. I wish I'd had the guts to report the whole thing to the head director, but I didn't.
July 17
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Because all of the people who can play intelligently at midnight are “night people”, I object to the discrimination against “morning people”. I request the same exact event starting at 6 AM, so “morning people” are not disadvantaged.

There is a well-known physiological basis for this “morning people - night people” dichotomy, yet this has been a problem for bridge tournaments since before I was born.

Morning people cannot compete fairly after about 8 PM. Thus a very large percent of the “established bridge superstars” and the “rising talents” are night people who perpetuate their advantage by insisting on late night events.

If all bridge events started at 6 AM, the same disadvantage would occur for night people.

It's time for ALL significant events to be scheduled between 10 AM (when “night people” wake up) and ending by 8 PM (when “morning people” fade out).
July 16
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The job of a director is to Restore Equity, and to me, this is a clearcut case of (1) Forgotten agreement followed by (2) Knowingly fielding the mistake.

I concur with adjustment to 4 making.
July 15
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North's double of 1N is penalty. North said he wants to penalize and South has a hand to cooperate fully.

South should double 2 for penalty and North should double 2 for penalty.

And if North is too cowardly to double 2 for penalty, then he should Pass and let South do it.
July 15
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment July 15
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I have a program to convert handviewer format to .lin format, and I believe there are programs to convert .lin files to PBN. If this would help you, just message me and you're welcome to use it.
July 13
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I just returned from the annual Michigan Youth Bridge Camp, and it was awesome for the kids! Ages 10-16 and they ranged from pure beginner up to about advanced beginner.

Bridge lessons and bridge tournaments every day, as well as swimming, archery, ropes, canoeing, and other summer camp activities. They got to play in the Flint Regional one afternoon, too.

I took my niece and she's already begging to go back next year, and started reading a bridge book before she even left the camp. She asked me tonight to help her practice her bidding on BBO.
July 13
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