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Mike, I have no idea if letters/emails from the bridge community will do any good at this point, but it is simply not true that they are not read. Ask anyone who ever worked at the Times (or any media outlet for that matter) and they will give you the same answer.
April 29, 2015
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A New York Times person I contacted suggested that along with “letters@nytimes.com” it might be a good idea to cc the Public Editor at “public@nytimes.com”
April 28, 2015
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Just a personal opinion, but I like the way this ad has been handled. From the headline and the clear attribution of “Bridge Big” in the list of topics, and the green color, even without knowing in advance, it was clear that this was a paid advertisement. I'm not particularly interested in Bridge Big, and have to admit that the only reason I clicked on the link is because I figured some of the comments would be negative.

I understand that BW needs to generate revenue, and I'd far rather have a clearly marked ad than flashing banners on the right side of the home page.
April 26, 2015
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The way I play, 2N sets up a forcing auction, for better or worse. So a reopening double is FORCED. Responder will convert the double with a diamond stack and most flattish hands.I abstained in the poll because it isn't a classic takeout double (contrast this with an auction like: 1N (2H) P (P)
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This double is dangerous because partner has shown no values, so I like to reopen with a doubleton faceless suit, preferably with a max in HCPs. Over the 2N bid, you lose the ability to pass with length in overcaller's suit.
April 21, 2015
ATB
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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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