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It would seem, Richard, that you're actually spending an extraordinary amount of time pointing out how your time is being wasted :)
11 hours ago
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Hi Tim -


“The low number of ACBL Members who seem to have interest in, and/or achievement in, this easiest and most modest level of play and accomplishment, is surprising to me”.
11 hours ago
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Hi Cornelia -


I'd love to hire the dealer at your table to be at mine also!


If RHO opens 4, and you have your example hand more than once in a lifetime, there is some lunacy or special dealing goin' on :)
11 hours ago
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Hi Marion - you're on a good track to inquire about bids which convey clear information to partner :)


While I don't recall the specific bids involed, it's been a while, I had a partner who differentiated between a “good” 1M-4M (perhaps 1M-3NT?), and a “bad” 1M-4M.
11 hours ago
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Hi Tim -


“Easiest” mostly referred to convenience, which is perhaps the word I should have used :)


“Success”, like beauty, is always in the eyes of the beholder. It's certainly correct that I don't define that level, whatever it is, for anyone but myself.


I hope I didn't make any universal and/or conclusory statement, and that this Article was written because some statistics surprised me, and I wanted to hear what others had to say.
15 hours ago
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It has been my long term practice never to make a T/O Double with a void in a side suit (and rarely with Qxx in the Major bid by RHO, which usually results in a defensive ruff).
17 hours ago
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I apologize profusely to Richard for failing to provide his required level of presentation, and for utterly failing to undertake a year long research project prior to posting this potentially general interest Article :)
23 hours ago
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Irrespective of this hand, it would seem that North should act with perfect distribution. Things could go wrong, of course, but in those cases, 4 might have been making to soften the blow. Meckwell always enters with these hands.


If you wait for a rock crusher in this situation, you'll never be entering the auction . . .
Jan. 21
Gary Hann edited this comment 23 hours ago
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20-21 opposite 3 is not the same as 11-12 opposite 12. There is certainly no sure game absent partner having a 5-card M; perhaps after a 3 response, bid 3, but unfortunately, that's forcing. A true conundrum!
Jan. 20
Gary Hann edited this comment Jan. 20
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The “statistical analysis” evidence component is particularly topical and exceptionally relevant.
Jan. 20
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It might be useful to read again what I actually said (and not what I didn't say), this time with the eagle eye of an Editor, thanks :)
Jan. 20
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Hi Steve - the jury is still out :)


My post mentions where the number comes from, and also was edited to mention the further information presented by posters.


However, nobody has a definitive answer on actual membership, say, as of December 31, 2017? In fact, perhaps it's the definition? Perhaps the ACBL counts unpaid LM's in a certain way?


It would certainly be informative, and welcome, if a final answer were forthcoming . . .
Jan. 20
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Thanks Steve - genuine surprise only, and a bit of wonderment, particularly with a post above which mentions that platinum points have been given since 1999, so this is the 20th year.
Jan. 18
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If you are + IMPS for your two combined matches, you advance.

If the two bottom teams tie in total IMPS (which must mean that both teams are minus the same number of IMPS), then the tie break is the match between those two teams.
Jan. 18
Gary Hann edited this comment Jan. 18
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Hi Dave - I checked that page, and it appears to be one which isn't frequently updated? It's my belief/best guess, and I hope someone can determine for certain, that the individual masterpoint stats reflect the true membership on the day the stats were calculated?
Jan. 18
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Hi David - log onto the ACBL web site, click on “Masterpoints” on the left side bar, and you will see how you rank in many categories, which necessarily includes the total against which you're ranked.
Jan. 17
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Doug, wow, you've summarized it perfectly . . . presented and argued cogently like a debate champion . . . and with apparent neutrality about the detrimental impact of this “standard”. I wonder if anyone wishes to present a counter-argument?
Jan. 17
Gary Hann edited this comment Jan. 17
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Hi Ed - I normally wait a bit to comment, but pleased to answer - my Member Profile listed me as “_____” out of 160,070, so I took that to mean 160,070 members as of December 31, 2017. Perhaps I assumed incorrectly? Possibly checking your own profile would help to verify or refute?
Jan. 17
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My cursory research revealed that the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland is actually a further court of appeal?


https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/comfortable-satisfaction-huh/
Jan. 17
Gary Hann edited this comment Jan. 17
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“put some water in his wine”


Presumably meaning diluting/toning down his prior enthusiasm . . .
Jan. 17
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