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Thanks for leading this discussion, Richard.

I really like the idea of satellites, and I think they could serve a number of functions: promotion of the main event, allowing the ‘little’ folks a chance to live a dream (similar to poker), possibly helping fund the main event, etc.

I've run a couple of sectionals, and even though it can be a lot of work I suspect a number of us might step forward to run a satellite or two in our areas, and as non-paid volunteers too. The satellite winners could receive some or all funding for the next level, similar to the NAP and Grand National events in USA. I am sure Japan or England have folks who could do likewise. And anyone from anywhere could play in the satellites; maybe multiple satellites if they have time and money.

I also strongly agree with your thoughts about ‘ignoring countries’ and that the current system mocks the demarcations anyway. And I think ‘inviting’ certain countries and ignoring or excluding others is a step in the wrong direction. Maybe the US and Canada would come up with a number of ‘joint’ teams. Likewise countries in say the Middle East that have political differences. I recall Zia proudly pointing to the mix of some of his teams. What say we try to keep politics out of it. I'm more interested in who might be the best players, not where they live.
Oct. 29, 2015
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I played with a lady first time at our club yesterday, and was a little surprised our end result wasn't better; 55%, i had guessed 60% or so.
One memorable hand was against old Al, great guy, but only fair player so he often gets stuck with the truly bad players. Pard opened 1C, Al made weak overcall 2D, I'm sitting with opening points and 4 good diamonds, but vulnerable, so just bid 2S. Pard now 3H, and Al bid 4D (he was 2065). I doubled and his pard bid 5D!!! 1400 chalked up for us. Al asked her why she bid again, and she said because she thought preemptors shouldn't bid again and so on…
Anyway, I reviewed results this morning, and lo and behold we had a zero on the board.
Sitting North, in charge of the Bridgemate, i had entered the contract as minus 1400 and Al's partner accepted it.
Oct. 27, 2015
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Just to clarify; are your 1H and 1S opening bids forcing, as in true Fantunes? If so, don't they also have to be 15+ to allow conventional bids in GCC-land?
April 15, 2015
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I can sympathize on the first hand; i was concerned about a singleton in clubs, so would have passed too. If could have played NT as West, 6NT seems clear, but that wasn't an option.
Jan. 27, 2015
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Jeff and Alvin, thanks for your thoughtful comments in this thread; very helpful to me; i have two regular partners, one of whom is very thoughtful on defense and the other who ‘plays quickly.’ I think most of us have both strengths and weaknesses, of course. Anyway, my instinct was to approach defense very differently with each of them, and this confirms that i should pursue that instinctive vein.
I will say that it feels good when i come up a good bid or a nice play, but it feels exquisite when partner and i, on the same wavelength, create a fine, complex defense!
Jan. 26, 2015
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i read A Shift in Time by Granovetter some time ago; do most experts subscribe to this? That's the first time i heard of the obvious shift idea; most of my partners haven't heard of it, and like suit preference when a singleton shows on the board, but i think attitude even then makes more sense, as you seem to suggest. Thanks.
Jan. 23, 2015
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I echo Ron's thanks for your Korners, Kit. The only thing that makes it even better is seeing the chat between you and Michael.
Jan. 22, 2015
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Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Will. The TriBal idea is indeed interesting to me. In fact, a change we'll soon try for matchpoint play is to include at least some weak NT bids in the 1D opening (those with 4 card Majors). Tradeoffs, tradeoffs;
I haven't watched Fantunes play MP pairs, wonder if they modify system much…

i like your minor-showing ideas over the 2NT rebid, will discuss with pard.

I really like the one-level transfers over 1C in Fantunes, and the two-bids; pretty much dislike the two-level responses over 1C but we're grafting our old positive transfers from a strong club system on instead (1C-1N diamonds, 2C balanced, 2D 5+ hearts etc. for now, not ideal but I think better than Jacobs).
Nov. 21, 2014
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Thanks for the article Will.

One part of Fantunes i don't like is the rebid of 2NT after a 1C opening with 19-20. We modified our old strong club system to allow balanced 18-20 rebids via 1C-1D-1H-1S-1NT and i miss that ability to stay at the one-level.

If you are playing Fantunes can you advise if you use the Jacobs NT ranges or something else? Also for example would you use the system presented above over the 2NT rebid I alluded to? Also the book follow-ups or your own elsewhere? Thanks.
Nov. 19, 2014
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Just perfect. I'm sending this to my fellow gadget-loving buddy immediately. All that is missing is “Well done partner!”
Oct. 21, 2014
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Thanks Richard for another bunch of good work and for sharing that work.
Oct. 13, 2014
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Also FWIW, new GCC from ACBL says permitted openings include:
9. OPENING THREE NOTRUMP BID indicating one of
a) a solid suit or
b) a minor one-suiter.

We play 3NT as any minor one-suiter in conjunction with NAMYATS. I think it creates some of the same issues as Multi for opponents, though my experience is limited.
Oct. 7, 2014
Doug Smith edited this comment Oct. 7, 2014
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Christina, i have a feeling your posts will never be boring, and that's a good thing; please keep playing, laughing, and writing!!
Lindsay, thanks also for posting, and hope to see you at the table sometime.
Oct. 3, 2014
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I'm kind of in the same boat as Adam in that I'm a senior player who only started playing (again) a lot lately, as i become retired. Maybe just a matrix of players and events we plan to attend un-partnered might be useful.

Glad to hear it is being considered, and kudos to those confident enough to post their own searches for partners.

I enjoy the articles and comments here immensely. Just Kit's Korner alone is enough reason to be on board.
Oct. 3, 2014
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This was a great series. It gives me encouragement to enter the event myself sometime, and also to hope that i play with the kind of pleasant style you portray.
Aug. 25, 2014
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Fun to read! Thanks for a great article. Maybe you should co-write a book with Sabine?
June 19, 2014
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if 14 is actually a zero-point range, would it be illegal in the ACBL?
June 13, 2014
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I just turned 65, nearing retirement, revisiting bridge and hooked more than ever. “Standard American” seems less clear than it was even 25 years ago. Meanwhile, I suspect “Standard Chinese” looks a lot like CC Wei's Precision.

Which system do you think is better for beginners, intermediates, and experts?

How's your Mandarin?

Cheers.
June 13, 2014
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Don't want to make anyone feel bad missing it, but this was one of the highlights of my kibitzing life!! Great comments by various top experts, both written and oral, play was fascinating and great, and the friendly, self-deprecating written comments by these great players themselves brought a dimension that i think is absent even when sitting at the table watching. Congrats especially to the fine not-yet-world-class players who held their own much of the match.
June 9, 2014
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I probably wouldn't open 2C but K&R evaluation is 22.1; just sayin'.
April 9, 2014
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