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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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East did not overcall, did not respond when the 2 bid took him off the hook, and when West doubled again, ordering East to say something, East said diamonds. East didn't BID diamonds, he was forced to make a noise and he made a diamond noise. West should shut up.
May 23
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This is what I describe as a Begging bid. It says, Partner, you can pass with a really bad hand because I don't want to punish you, but I'm begging you to bid 4 if you possibly can.
May 22
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Wouldn't 4 show that?
May 22
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I have an excel file that I created for putting hands into .lin files from books. You can type in just the cards from each hand, then a copy/paste turns it into a .lin file. If anyone wants to use it, I'm happy to share – just email or msg me.
May 17
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I always thought that Bridge was a game in which you are supposed to think.
May 17
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I strongly advise my students NOT to learn bidding from the robots.
May 16
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Stolen bid doubles remove the ability to double for penalty, and thus the opponents can stick in any stupid bids they want without risk.

Lebensohl is a far better alternative.
May 10
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Unlike in trump contracts, in NT, the number of HCP is an excellent guide to how many tricks you can take.

For that reason, I never misrepresent my HCP when opening NT or during an auction that is clearly heading for a NT contract.
May 9
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14+ with six. With 11-13, just open 1M normally.
May 5
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Mike, there is no Catch 22. Just do not allow the known nefarious people to enter your tournament and the problem evaporates for you.
May 4
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This is the range that seems to work best for everything:

12-14 Open 1suit then after any 1-level response, rebid 1N
15-17 Open 1N
18-19 Open 1suit then after any 1- or 2-level response, rebid 2N
20-21 Open 2N
22-23 Open 2C then after 2D response, rebid 2N
24-25 Open 3N
26-27 Open 2C then after 2D response, rebid 3N
28-29 Open 4N
30-31 Open 2C then after 2D response, rebid 4N
32-33 Open 5N
Use 2 HCP increments
Continue this pattern
April 28
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It's very dangerous to tell opponents that partner might have forgotten the agreement. If the opponents use that information in their decision-making and it turns out that partner has not forgotten, then you have badly misled the opponents.
April 26
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I've been teaching 2/1GF to beginners for some time now, and haven't seen anyone have a problem learning it. IMHO, SAYC is as outdated as Goren now.
April 24
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So does this all suggest that bidding 3M is always right in competition, regardless of LoTT?
April 20
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@Jeff … “ how are we, as a community, supposed to teach play?”

Jeff, as a teacher, one of the first things I do is try to assess how my student is thinking about the hands. Sometimes I even ask them.

Once I have some clues about that, I try to provide the hands and information in a format that works for them. If they like hearing, I talk a lot. If they like trial and error, I sit back and let them figure it out. And so on.

Being a good teacher (of anything) requires you to go beyond your own thinking methods to recognize and work with those of your students. In a group, you need to present the same info in several ways so that everyone has a chance to see/hear it in the way that works best for them.
April 18
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I don't think there is a single good answer to this question. People think very differently … some like words, some like diagrams and pictures, some prefer to read, some prefer to hear, and some do everything by trial and error.

Thus each person has to develop a way to visualize that works for their particular brain. I cannot teach them how to do it because I can't know how their brain works.

So… When I teach on BBO, I tell my students to write info down as they bid and play a hand. After a few lessons, they will have organized how they write it in some form that works for them.

Not too long after that, they tell me that they no longer need to write things down, because now they can visualize in their head just as they wrote it on the paper.
April 16
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I made a webpage for my students and tell them to memorize it.

https://www.onlinebridgelessons.com/handdistributions.php

When they claim they have it memorized, I send them to the Counting Game practice page for 5 minutes a day.

https://bridgewinners.com/pages/counting-game/

(Some of them actually do this :) )

And thanks to BW for preserving the Counting Game when the original webpage disappeared.
April 16
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I dunno about batty … I played 7N once off an ace. The opening lead was not that suit and I managed to take 13 tricks in the other three suits. At the end of the hand, the opening leader said (exact quote), “I guess I should have cashed my ace.”

There are a lot of ways to be batty :)
April 9
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To be honest, I came here looking for what would be this year's April Fool article. It wasn't too hard to spot :) If only it were true ….
April 1
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I believe bridge used to be a game in which you were supposed to think.
March 27
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