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I think Ronald has the better of the argument over Jim. I used to play 10-12 1NT, but it puts so much pressure on the 1NT rebid. We played that 1D followed by 1NT was 13-14, and 1C followed by 1NT was 15-17. That meant that we never knew what opener's minor suits were.

Another pair I knew played that a 1NT rebid was 13-15 and a 2NT rebid 16-17. They kept on going set in 2NT when opener had 16 and responder had 6. Then they switched to a 1NT rebid showing 13-16. And that meant that responder had to invite with all 9s. Finally, after a long sequence of hands that went 1m-1M-1NT-invite for down 100 in 2NT, responder did not invite with 9. This time opener had 16, and a vulnerable game on a 3-3 break was missed.
Dec. 14
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Far more men than women post on BW. Peg is surely the most prolific of the women. I think the next two are Jan Martel (counting “USBF official” as a post) and Frances Hinden. I might be fourth.
Dec. 13
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Thanks, Richard. I knew that railroad trains and locomotives were a British invention, and that they predated 1865, but hadn't thought of steamers on the roads.
Dec. 13
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The UK had automobiles in 1865? Or did the law also apply to vehicles pulled by animals?
Dec. 13
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Last week I had 14 cards, and I did indeed count them.

Some years ago the opponents bid to 3NT, and when the dummy came down, my partner very politely said “Ma'am, I think you have a card concealed”.

“I do not!” And she was right. 13 for my partner and I, 12 for dummy, and 14 for declarer.

After the director gave us Average+ and them Average-, declarer asked if we could play the hand out :)
Dec. 11
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Why isn't this a featured article?
Dec. 11
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Why won't the ACBL have the same room problems in Atlanta as in Hawaii?

I was in Atlanta and I stayed at the Hilton, not the Marriott. It was a little cheaper, just as nice, and connected by a walkway. I may have had a shorter walk to the playing site than I did in Orlando.

I didn't want to be out after dark. But for someone younger, why can't they save a great deal of money by staying farther out and taking MARTA? How will these two options get the room guarantee?
Dec. 9
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Some Olympic events are run as knockouts. Boxing and many team sports (certainly basketball and ice hockey). And some of the events won by cheaters were matchpoints, Swisses, and BAM.
Dec. 7
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@Bernie: Or if you fly Southwest.
Dec. 5
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I once told a director that people willing to sit E-W both sessions should receive a discount. He said (and I think he was right) that this would be discriminating against handicapped people.
Dec. 4
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If the fines are high enough, might it cover the losses in Honolulu?
Nov. 30
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@Ed - are you saying that winning the Bermuda Bowl should not count toward GLM status?
Nov. 29
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We (my daughter and myself) found Tokyo (and all of Japan) very inexpensive for food. Of course, we ate only pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables - if you want beef it is more expensive.

We ate breakfast everyday at a small restaurant on a major street in the Akusaku area. A decent size portion of perfectly cooked salmon, plus rice, plus miso soup, plus vegetables, plus tea, with tax (no tipping in Japan) was 500 yen, which was $5. Now that involved ordering from a machine, and sitting at the counter.

We also ate sushi for dinner at a restaurant right off the Ginza area, a very expensive part of town. We paid about $12 each for a lot of sushi. Again we sat at a counter.

In Osaka we ate lunch at a very nice downtown restaurant with fancy décor, unlike the first two restaurants I mentioned. This time we had a Japanese friend who ordered for us. We had a lot of food and the bill for three people was $30.

This was in September 2016. I'm sorry that I can't name these restaurants, as I cannot read Japanese.
Nov. 29
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If Reno is such an awful location, why are the table counts consistently so good? Just because you have to change planes from most cities to get there?
Nov. 29
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There are bridge players in the rest of the world, you know. Perhaps some of them found the second half convenient for them.
Nov. 27
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Andreas' choices are fine, but you need to swap Washington with one of the California cities, because Washington is very hot in the summer.
Nov. 27
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I'd rather my entry fees and dues go towards Rena's pension than to BOD perks.
Nov. 27
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I have a brilliant solution. Let's make the Pacific Ocean smaller. Then Honolulu would be about 100 miles from California :)
Nov. 25
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It could be worse - the ACBL could have rehired Christy Jones :)
Nov. 24
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When we moved from the South Side (71st and Jeffrey) to Highland Park, South became anything south of Lake County.

We were all hardened White Sox fans (in those days, both Cubs and White Sox fans had to be hardened).


And I still think that the Museum of Science and Industry is the best of its kind in the world.
Nov. 24
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