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There has been a lot of commentary about East's failure to bid 5C. Whether a 5C bid is appropriate depends on partnership agreement. But if 5C is not the right bid by whatever the agreement is, might East not pass the 4S bid? Now West, who has extras for the splinter, should be able to find a 5C bid.
April 19, 2015
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One obvious question from someone who has never been to Gatlinburg: Is there any reason why it couldn't handle a nationals?
April 9, 2015
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You and your partner are likely the only two people in the room who likely know the implications of the pass, so it must be alertable.
April 6, 2015
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I have played Roman Jump Overcalls with several partners for most of my bridge career. (1X)-JS shows at least 5-5 in the bid suit and the next highest unbid suit, with strength ranging greatly depending upon vulnerability. All 2-level cue-bids are Astro, showing four hearts (or 4 spades if the opening bid was one heart) with longer clubs (of course, if opps open 1C, Astro shows 4 hearts and 5+ diamonds).

2N overcalls show game-forcing two suiters (any 2 suits).

What do we lose with these methods? A weak jump overcall! We have to bid one more or one less than most of our competitors.

I'm confident this has been a net plus over Michaels, unusual NT, and weak jump overcalls.

April 3, 2015
Dave Feldman edited this comment April 4, 2015
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Congrats to both. I do not know Irina, but Igor is a class act all the way.
March 22, 2015
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Wasn't this supposed to be live-streamed today? If so, where? I'm on a flight full of bridge players with Internet access & time on our hands.
March 12, 2015
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I have two semi-related questions:

1. Most (all?) Fortune 500 countries have smaller boards than our BOD. Are there too many BOD members to effectively do the job?

2. Is the district structure essential to the governance of the ACBL? If so, how and why?
March 3, 2015
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Peg, I certainly don't think it's a silly idea, but I have some other questions about what you have in mind:

1. Would these Open/Women's events replace only events that now have women-onlyddd, or would the concept be extended to, say, Life Master's Pairs, the Blue Ribbons, National Swiss Events, etc.?

2 I've never been clear to what extent the women who do play in women's events do so primarily to have a better chance to win or because they prefer the “feel” of a women's events. I'm particularly interested in the motives of intermediate and advancing players, who might be more prone to be frightened of the open national events. If the main motive is to have a better chance of winning, I think your proposal would be welcomed by many of these women.

3. One other potential downside to the idea is that women might be (or feel that they will be) more likely to not make it to the second or third day of a pairs event or KO. (I'm assuming that cuts would be made based on the the Open results, or would you guarantee a certain percentage of female pairs would make it out of each section?)
March 3, 2015
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Sure, he's a hothead and a drama queen, but if you look past the constant histrionics, I don't think you can fault the Michael's selection.

And I never believed the steroid rumors!

For many reasons, richly deserved, Michael.
Feb. 27, 2015
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I belong to the Popular Culture Association, and our annual meeting starts on April 1 at, of all places, the New Orleans Downtown Marriott. More than 3100 people have already paid for registration (we accept walk-ins, too). All of our board meetings are open to any member, but if a majority of the board votes to close all or part of a meeting, usually because of legal and/or personnel issues, a closed session may be called – in practice, it rarely is. Our board is half the size of the ACBL, and not many “civilians” attend.
Feb. 21, 2015
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As to the first option, some might believe that the sample hand is too strong to bid 3C.
Feb. 18, 2015
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Howie is such a deserving choice, you could get his nomination approved by today's U.S. Congress.
Jan. 27, 2015
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I think you missed what would probably be the most popular choice:

I play on BBO but don't play at all on OkB. I don't “avoid” OkB – I haven't played at all since before Matt Clegg left OkB.
Jan. 20, 2015
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A minor, but definite advantage of opening 1S with 5-5's is that it allows 1C and spade rebids to show 5-6(+) in the blacks.
Jan. 20, 2015
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Needless to say, Jan, you who have given so much to us, don't owe us an apology. The ACBL, on the other hand…
Dec. 5, 2014
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In real life, I can't recall an opponent ever playing that a JS overcall shows a solid suit over a weak two-bid.
Oct. 26, 2014
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Tokens were discontinued in 2003.
Oct. 25, 2014
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I don't care much about the size of the Bulletin, but the magazine has definitely improved under Manley's editorship, and I wish him well in retirement.
Oct. 9, 2014
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Just to forestall problems, the Wiki link is correct but the period at the end of the sentence has to be removed to prevent a 404 error message.
Oct. 5, 2014
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