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I do remember playing outdoors at Los Angeles Bridge Week when there were overflows at the Ambassador Hotel – although the effect was ruined by what turned out to be unnecessary tents.
Jan. 13, 2014
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On this auction, 3S is an overbid, unless you play extremely sound openings. I would end up in a diamond partial, although in what I consider to be a normal auction, there's a tough bid over: 1D/1S 2C/2D 3D/?
Jan. 12, 2014
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I abstained because I would double if we play equal-level conversion. If we don't, I guess all the other options are possibilities. I think I would probably choose the boring 3C, with hopes of right-siding a potential NT contract.
Dec. 17, 2013
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It would seem relatively simple to allow players a certain number of no-surcharge games for non-ACBL players, say a lifetime pass for five events. Perhaps we should exempt juniors and non-North American players from the surcharge, too.
Nov. 13, 2013
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I'm a little surprised by the indifference of most of the comments here. I enjoy watching serious events very much, and I was unhappy that the 12-hour time difference for me meant that something had to give. I especially appreciated David Thompson providing the “BBO videos” – it enabled me to see some of the final sessions I would have otherwise missed.
Oct. 1, 2013
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The link works now. Looks like fun for everyone. Way to go, Debbie!
Oct. 1, 2013
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Randy, I like to combine ASTRO with Roman jump overcalls, so I have the equivalent of Michaels, with great variability in strength depending upon vulnerability. The only problem (besides forsaking weak jump overcalls – we have to bid one level higher sometimes), is that with a very strong two-suiter, we can't force as you can with a cue-bid (i.e., (1c) - 2H is passable. Since Roman jumps substitute for unusual NT as well as Michaels, we use a 2N overcall for forcing 2-suiters.
Sept. 23, 2013
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My favorite use of direct cue-bids is Astro, which can be quite strong, especially at unfavorable vulnerability. I seem to be one of the very few who believed in the concept behind “special alert,” despite its many problems.
Sept. 22, 2013
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For anyone serious about food (at all different price points) in the Phoenix area, I recommend this site, and especially the posts of “skilletdoux”: http://phxfoodnerds.com/
Sept. 20, 2013
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Some recent threads on Chowhound, none of which I can vouch for, unfortunately. There's a reference to Ulam in the first one:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804524#6787994
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/370032#2282117
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817640#6946359
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817420#7131589


Sept. 19, 2013
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I wonder if anyone else, like me, didn't realize he already had a Google Wallet account? The whole process took less than a minute. Happy to support Bridge Winners and a fellow Feldman!
Sept. 2, 2013
Dave Feldman edited this comment Sept. 2, 2013
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To compensate for some messiness in my 1/1M 2 auctions, one plus is that I play 1/1M 3 is a splinter either weaker or stronger than a 4 bid. It would work perfectly on this hand.
Aug. 31, 2013
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I agree that East might have underbid, but if it had worked we'd be saying that he made the practical bid. Assuming west's 2H was not a GF, I think West has to take a little of the blame, so although I agree with the sentiments of the majority, the poll doesn't allow us to give the majority of blame to one player. I have not seen a psyche like north's in decades.
Aug. 14, 2013
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Go get 'em!
July 29, 2013
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At MP's, this would be a relatively easy 2D for me. At IMPs, it's an extremely uncomfortable 2D – a classic Roth “If we get past this round…” bid.
July 21, 2013
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Without discussing the merits of the case, it's hard to argue with Jay Barronen's point above: “What good are procedural rules if they are only enforced if it does not change the outcome of the match?”
July 20, 2013
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The first duplicate game I ever played was the open game at the Westwood Bridge Club in Los Angeles. Sitting North at table 1 – Charles Goren.
June 25, 2013
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Danny Sprung said: “I recall Becker/Rubin decided to pass if 2227 with zero points. It finally came up, and, was wrong, partner had game in hand.”

I believe Uday Ivatury and I were the opponents the first (and last?) time either ever passed the 1C opening – in the first round of the 1992 Vanderbilt. But they clearly had no such agreement the first time it happened. I believe that Ron Rubin had a 7-club zero-count, but can't remember the rest of his shape (might well have been 2-2-2-7). They missed a cold game and I believe they agreed at the time, with no acrimony, not to do it again.
Sept. 22, 2011
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Let's assume the RKC bidder is slamming in spades and partner responds 6C to the 5N bid. What are the relative merits of a 6D or 6H bid by the Blackwooder showing or asking? And should RKC continuations differ in kickback, where there is more room?
Aug. 4, 2010
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