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All comments by Eric Hendrickson
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Yes, Hs are 5:4:2:2 around the table and either the J or 6 of Hs will net you +200 (and lots of cross-IMPs). Any other card will net you -1840 and a loss of many, many cross-imps.

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It looks like you are always going to bid at least 5D so do you just do it to eat up space and hope that the opponents won't find their fit at the 5 level or do you bid 3H at your fist opportunity to make sure that partner knows what to lead and not go for -1840? Is X even a reasonable bid looking a 5 Hs and assuming the original X'er held at least 4? On this auction, is 7D a reasonable bid over 6S? A day late, a dollar short and a person who did not lead a H.
March 26
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I have no where to run to.
March 25
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Partner and I would play X as a 3-card support X for Ds, but I think that is an unusual agreement. I'm bidding what I think we can make, 3NT.
March 25
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not even tempted to bid
March 25
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My partner and I play that 3H simply shows a fit. So I would have passed 3H believing that I do not have enough to bid game opposite 14-16 HCPs. After 3H, I X on principle although I do not like my 2 soft Qs.
March 5
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I'm bidding 7H. 7NT is not on my radar as this is IMPs, not MPs. I think partner wants me to choose between 7H and 7S and since my Hs are better that's what I'll bid.
March 5
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Turns out we were on for both 3NT or 4S (on our 5:2) fit on the lie of the cards. Still, my partner thought that 3S, which is what he bid at the table, was far superior to 3NT. I really prefer 3NT here, but concede that maybe it isn't as B&W as I was trying to convince him of. For me the mitigating issue is that 3S essentially forces 4S, whereas 3NT caters to 3NT, 4S or 5C depending upon what Opener does next. Thanks for the input…..
March 4
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The agreement was that 3C was strong, natural and GFing.
March 3
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At BAM I sat opposite this hand with a 4:3:5:1 10 count. Our auction was P>1C>1S>1NT>2NT>P down 2 (losing the board when it was PO at the other table). In partner's Def, at IMPs, I would have trotted out XYZ after he re-bid 1NT and we would have ended up in 3D, which makes if you play RHO to hold the DA. Obviously, that would have won us the board. BAM scoring, however, made me choose 2NT. Sigh. Still, I'm an adherent of Casino count (Pearson Points) — 20 years of bridge experience has shown that a Casino count decision is right much more often than it is wrong — and this is a hand that I would not open as there is too much chance of getting outbid in Ss or Hs. My 2 cents….
Jan. 17
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I love the idea of a challenge match between faculty and students. Yes, it could be set up with $$$ or T&E going to a Frat's beer fund or a charity, respectively. Still, to the best of my knowledge, from a campus of 50,000+ students we do not have a single pair of bridge-playing students. They probably are out there, but we haven't identified them yet. I think if we could get a student bridge movement up & running a challenge match associated with that would be an excellent hook to generate publicity. And just to clarify, at our meeting 8 FACULTY showed up and just one student (a 2nd - unwilling - student showed up, but only after strong coercion of his Faculty granddad, so I don't think he counts). I would have been ecstatic had 8 students showed up….
Sept. 12, 2014
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Ben, Sweet! I, too, am a Carolina boy (lived in Hinton James & played in the UNC club game that took place once a week in the student union net to The Pit. It warms my heart to hear that bridge is still being played @ UNC. You should be pleased. Here at UofMN we would be freakin' ecstatic to have 22 warm bodies show up, even if none of them knew how to play. Yes, we will purse the electronic venues (Facebook, etc.) as a better way of attracting students. Thanks for posting. Go Heels!
Sept. 11, 2014
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Matt, Yikes. It does sound like you went to a large amount of trouble and now have little (nothing?) to show for it. I empathize with you. Actually, our recruitment plan was very similar - free food and scholarships. Logistically, our plan was also similar - we envisioned weekly 2-3 hr sessions with many lessons, hands and the occasional game (all ACBL-sanctioned). My secret hope was that we could actually distill 4 semi-talented students from this group and have them compete in the ACBL Collegiate championships and use their participation as advertising to hook more students. Clearly, this plan has a ways to go….
Sept. 11, 2014
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Yehudit, the activities fair is a great idea except that we are stymied by a Catch-22. In order to set up a booth at such an event (they have them a couple of times a year on campus) you need to be an accredited group. In order to be an accredited group, you need at least 5 enrolled students. Thus, we can use this vehicle to get more students, but we need some other mechanism to get the first 5+…
Sept. 11, 2014
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Debbie, I responded above as well, but the basic mechanism was splashy ads in the campus paper (circulation of 20,000+). These ads promised free food and the possibility of large scholarships, both of which I would have hoped to be sufficient to induce a few hungry and or poor students into action, but alas no. I do not have a link to the ad, but I can send you a pdf if you are super curious. I do think Christian's ideas of hitting Facebook groups, gaming groups, math groups, etc. is an excellent way to get our foot in the door and I will follow up on these.
Sept. 11, 2014
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Christian, Eric here. I was the lead faculty trying to organize this. We did put up flyers in various halls, but I was never a big believer that that would work. More effectively (I hoped) we went with big, visible ads in the campus paper. In the one undergrad course I teach (~80 students) I would say that I always see ~2/3 of them toting the paper. This jives with the advertising department, which claimed that ~ 20,000+ students read the paper every day. Hence, I guess that I was overly optimistic that from 20,000+ potentials getting a half-a-dozen nubies or so wouldn't be problematic (alas, it was). The carrots were large: free food and clear mention of large scholarships. Neither of these inducements worked. Sigh. With that said, I think some of your ideas are great. The gamers club is clearly a good place to start as is the math club &/or I'll check on a computer science club (the 2 students who did show up were compsci). I think face-to-face advertising is difficult and that electronics may be the way to go (i.e., the Facebook groups idea). I'll follow this up as well. Still, I also agree that if we can just get 2 or 3 dedicated people and they start bringing a friend, yada, yada, we might be able to achieve critical mass. Thanks so much for your response.
Sept. 11, 2014
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