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Do you ever read my requests? Or when your mother asked you to leave a cookie for your sister did you immediately eat all the rest?
Jan. 31, 2015
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And when the player in question is Bob Hamman? Or Zia? I think both are legitimately in a class of one. As bridge players.
Jan. 31, 2015
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2/1 gf sprang from Roth-Stone. Dick Walsh was one of many people influenced by Roth when they both lived in the DC/Baltimore area in the late fifties. Walsh moved to LA around 1960 (John Swanson might know and remember) and collected a cotterei of youngish players who met often, discussed methods and played together. But 2/1 grew independently on the East coast, particularly after Roth took over the Mayfair Bridge Club from Harry Fishbein. It was known as “eastern sci” to distinguish it from R-S.
Jan. 31, 2015
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Ron: as I understand it you cannot hear partner's alert or explanation. So what does 1-2-3 mean? I think it shows AK (that is, a concentration). With no concentration partner would bid 2N. If you bid 4N it is key card in spades (the JS suit). Since you already know about the K, seems like the right action. (AKQJ9 seventh is an adequate trump suit). I do not believe that 4 can be KCB after you bid 2. I think it shows a solid spade suit and a lack of outside controls.
Jan. 30, 2015
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Michael you moron? Idiot Michael? Stupid Michael? Simple Simon?
Jan. 30, 2015
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You mean it is my chance to contribute money to some of them?
Jan. 29, 2015
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I'm close with this hand and with either of the stronger holdings I would have bid 2 on the previous round.
Jan. 27, 2015
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such much?
Jan. 27, 2015
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JDonn and I may be being too esoteric. 4N should be minors with a distinct preference for diamonds. With roughly equals one bids 5 here. Of course I may be putting words in JDonn's mind that he doesn't intend. But I doubt it.
Jan. 27, 2015
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Just to keep it straight, in Symmetric 5-5 in the majors opened 1 but responded 1 over 1. In Blue Team one could (strong) canape with a M 5-5.
Jan. 27, 2015
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Well deserved. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!
Jan. 27, 2015
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I confess that when I first looked at the hand I also thought the squeeze would work. Like Lin I miscounted trumps and did not see that I would be a beached whale, stranded in dummy.
Jan. 25, 2015
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Your self description is charming. Or are you asking on behalf of an opponent (or friend)?
Jan. 25, 2015
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Join the large club. One suggestion in an otherwise very nice article: copy the hand you are discussing each time you change pages. We old(er) fogies can't remember details that aren't staring us in the face.
Jan. 25, 2015
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In 1965 there was no BWS. The first BWS survey was in 1967-68. But by 1965 the consensus around “Goren” was fragmenting. “Eastern Scientific” was growing in popularity; “Western Scientific,” with lighter opening bids but a pronounced Roth-Stone influence imported by Dick Walsh was showing its face in LA though not in SF; Baltimore and Miami had been heavily influenced by Roth who had lived in the DC area and in Miami Beach for a while before returning to NYC. Opening 1NTs were getting lighter, moving down from 16-18. Limit raises of majors and inverted raises of minors were becoming prevalent, replacing forcing jump raises of both. Forcing club (Schenken) had a significant following.

The majority of the panel in 1965 bid 4; 3NT was the primary also-ran. A few people passed. 3 got almost no votes. Morehead, who was the panelmaster, thought one should pass.
Jan. 24, 2015
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No: a club on Acol St (or Rd - I don't remember which).
Jan. 22, 2015
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Hugh, that fits in 2/1 w/o Walsh.
Jan. 22, 2015
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Frances: You may be right, but all the writings of Crowhurst, Dormer, Harrison-Gray, Reese and Simon that formed my impression of Acol used weak NT.
Jan. 22, 2015
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To me that falls in “Precisionish.”
Jan. 22, 2015
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2-way Stayman and transfers/doubles fall in the category “assorted gadgets” IMHO. I would put you in the 2/1, no Walsh set, I guess. Certainly Eastern Scientific and 2/1 are near cousins.
Jan. 21, 2015
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