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The closest thing to a Meck Lite standard is Dan Neill's PDFs that I'm aware of. I don't think it has the passed hand stuff although most people land on a very similar approach. We do 1 is 8-10 w/o a 5 card major or 6 card minor, then 1, 1NT, 2, 2 show the appropriate suits, 2 is still a 4441 8-10, and have a special use for 2.
May 2, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment May 2, 2017
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Fielding a psych based on the understanding partner is more likely to psych based on opponents behavior seems like a partnership understanding around psyches. Everything else though seems like just bridge. I recently bid 4 with no expectation to make in a competitive auction because it looked like RHO wanted to bid 5, which he promptly did and I X'd it. If it was LHO, I think partner would be more likely to pass if able to read their body language and understand I might be pushing them (altho very likely to pass regardless) and that seems fine. So in general, in my opinion the concept seems fine but talking about fielding a psych based on reading opponents seems like shaky ground.
April 28, 2017
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I don't think regionals are out of control in all regions. In the Seattle Metro area we have 1 regional per year, and I think the Seattle bridge scene is pretty healthy. There are then another 4-5 regionals in 2017 that locals might attend, typically for 3-4 days if working as part of a long weekend. However, most of those are 3+ hours away and aren't even all in our district.
April 27, 2017
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Don't need to shorten to 3. On Michaels line in the 4 card ending - if they pitch you ruff small and then lead the 9
April 26, 2017
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I play transfers over X with most partners, although the specifics vary.

With several precision partners, we play transfers after 1D (X) and start them immediately at XX. So 1 (X) 1 is a transfer to spades, 1 is a transfer to NT, etc. I've had this come up and be nice a variety of times, whereas I can't remember the last time XX for business leading to a penalty double at the 1 level was relevant.

With almost everyone else, I play transfers on over 1M (X) and they start at 1NT. This seems like the more conservative/mainstream approach.
April 26, 2017
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Victoria also moved their tournament back to the center in the heart of the town as opposed to being out in the middle of nowhere, which made it MUCH more attractive as a destination.
April 24, 2017
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Why would I want to show a singleton or void in hearts with AQxx?
April 23, 2017
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Yeah, I guess I'm giving up the game a bit early on this poll but that's the puzzle I was trying to solve: how do you get to 6 here opposite xxx KTxx xxx AQx playing kokish game tries? We won 2 for +710 (club lead) vs 650, but didn't see a reasonable route to 1430 after 1S 2S.
April 22, 2017
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I personally think the “but people disliked bidding boxes originally!” argument is invalid. Bridge was a card game before bidding boxes and was still a card game after. The tools around the game may change, but the tactile aspect of playing with cards, with people, is a valid difference. I wonder how many of these people arguing that using cards is obsolete actually play a variety of digital card games like hearthstone, Hex TCG, magic the gathering online etc? I have experience with all of the above and playing with actual cards is a definite difference. The sense of touch is not irrelevant and playing it on a tablet reduces it down to feeling like just another video game of which there are MANY. Suggesting that playing it in physical form is going obsolete also ignores common day trends: physical games have been making a HUGE comeback with tabletop gaming exploding in many cities. People are playing games in bars and game stores in giant numbers despite the fact that many of these games can be played on a tablet or on a computer at home. One related story: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/25/board-games-back-tabletop-gaming-boom-pandemic-flash-point . Would it be great to have better digital ways to play, an improved version of BBO, etc? Sure. But trying to label playing with cards as obsolete and old fashioned is, in my opinion, ignoring the appreciation that many have for playing with an actual physical object.
April 21, 2017
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The fact that “No, playing with cards not a tablet is important to me” seems like it should clearly be one of the answers. I wouldn't play “tablet bridge” and would skip any club or tournament that tried to make the change.
April 21, 2017
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That's a good question. I have a feeling for what it would mean but definitely something to confirm we're on the same page for.
April 13, 2017
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BAVGIS?
April 13, 2017
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14-16
April 13, 2017
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The 4 being natural assumption seems odd and certainly makes it harder to know what 4NT is.
April 11, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment April 11, 2017
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Could the diamond tolerance be xx?
April 7, 2017
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229 per night in KC seems insane. There were hotels within walking distance a few weeks before for like 70 and plenty airbnb options for 50/person. While the trials seem interesting, it seems like a lot of what you (Tom) are posting is slanted heavily towards assuming you are right to play them and people are wrong to skip them. Maybe in a few years I'll care, but right now I have no interest in trials when money and free time are finite. Also, tournaments (for me) are a lot about what friends want to do and right now that's NABCs.
April 5, 2017
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Not good enough.. so I hit “Not Qualified”. Also, when prioritizing things - with an NABC I can count on playing national events for much of the 10 days and will always have something to play, the trials would probably remain a low priority even once I did feel I was ‘good enough’.
April 4, 2017
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diamond to the stiff ace, spade return ruff (5-0), diamond return spade return diamond return. 6H down 4! :)
March 23, 2017
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slam down four
March 23, 2017
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