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Thanks for the nice summary, Steve!


In particular, the table of BoD and BoG Motions and results is awesome!
Dec. 11
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Perhaps we can spend another $1.8 Million and get to the point where we're only 15 years behind the rest of the Universe, and be fighting with WWI biplanes :)
Dec. 9
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Congrats, guys, sounds like a runaway!
Dec. 8
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And not to mention, her light as a feather pinkie slap in the MP scandal. After a private collaboration, suspended for two weeks during the holidays, and amazingly, reinstated the very day of MP's GNP event :) The massive ill will generated against the opposing team was incalculable.
Dec. 3
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The fact is, NABCs are essentially world championships.


An apparent bit of humor to kick off the NABC :)


If you polled the bottom 97%, few would care much if at all.


But, the top 3% would be all over this, particularly so, every part to fill time working professional in the world!
Nov. 30
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Let's track them like dogs . . . which doesn't seem an altogether inappropriate analogy . . .
Nov. 28
Gary Hann edited this comment Nov. 29
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There is a very strong propensity, well considered, to keep the bidding below 3NT to flush out any anomalies and/or chicanery. For example, East's concentration could have been AKQJ along with a few trifles. Other times, bidders are termed “creative”; have none of us ever bid a “suit” with xx or xxx on the way to NT, as a lead inhibitor. How would you like partner's splinter to the stratophere in that situation!
Nov. 27
Gary Hann edited this comment Nov. 27
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No blame whatever for missing a virtually unbiddable slam, plenty of blame on East for bidding NT sans stoppers but instead having total concentration in the two suits actually bid.


Would a teammate do this in a IMP match, they would no longer be teammates.
Nov. 26
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Steve, you're a whirlwind of proposals and activity!
Nov. 25
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Peter, devotedly passionate, but shorter is better :)
Nov. 24
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North assisted somewhat in the melee, to wit:


North has an easy 2 call over the 2 rebid. This might get either an immediate 3, or a balancing 3. The downside is that North doesn't get the chance to bid 3 and make, after showing his hand fully with a 2 bid at at the opportune moment.
Nov. 22
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Congratulations on a myriad of titles and achievements! May I ask how you maintain a home and family life in combination with professional bridge?


Also, about how much of your playing time is spent in the USA, in Europe, and in everywhere else combined? Are the Major North American team championship the most prestigious other than the World Championships?
Nov. 20
ATB
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What was the event and was it MPs or IMPs? The quality of the opponents? My feeling of my game score at the time? Without these, I find it difficult to analyze.


Offhand, in certain situations, West might well bid 4 over East's 3NT call.
Nov. 18
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My partners, at my insistence, agree to play that a jump = Intermediate Jump Overcall (specifically, good 6-card suit and exactly 13-15 HCP).
Nov. 17
ATB
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And further, sometimes 90% games become 100% games when the defense misstarts or falters.
Nov. 13
ATB
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Competitive auctions are fraught with caveats; shape is more important than strength, despite that NS are vulnerable.


For this reason, despite being extremely aggressive, I personally wouldn't have jumped to 4 in South.


That said, the cyclone eventually landed in a slam which is essentially on a finesse, which IMHO isn't truly fodder for an ATB.
Nov. 12
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Prayer is probably the best, not proffered, choice :)


(I think that playing for the J onside, drawing trumps hopefully ending up in the dummy, and leading a to the 9 and then a to the Jack might be best, a similar line worked marvelously in the infamous 1977 Team Trials).
Nov. 11
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I've never seen this type of bidding . . . 'nough said . . .
Nov. 8
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TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION:

This was done away with circa 1776 and the impetus of the Boston Tea Party . . .



REPRESENTATION WITHOUT ELECTION:

A “San Francisco Card Party”, wherein everyone who shows up takes each and every deck of playing cards, and all stray playing cards, and throw them in the Bay!
Nov. 6
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@Kieran @Michael - thanks, and while much of what you both point out is valid, and the combined hands are lucky in many ways (the J10!) and indeed a 5-bagger. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that nothing bad can happen, with the additional caveat that I don't want any of my opponents at any time to feel that I'm averse to bidding and to making every attempt to keep them on edge.
Nov. 6
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