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No, East explained the bid as 10-12 with spade shortness (I was Art's partner).
June 4
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Mike, in the recent Delaware Regional we had 5 teams in the top bracket on the day my team entered. We played an entire day to eliminate one of the teams. Our team lost in the semis and then won third place. In the third/fourth place match we played 24 boards to win 2 masterpoints. I would much rather have settled for a 3rd/4th payout and played in a side game that afternoon.
June 4
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So sorry to hear of Ivar's passing. I played quite a bit with him in Delaware when he came back to bridge after his first wife passed away. One highlight I remember was a 76% game we had in a Sectional Open Pairs. Echoing Richard Popper's statement above, Ivar was not only a great bridge player but a great person as well. And to Kieran's comment, I was not in Ivar's class but I don't remember him ever “destroying” me or any of his other partners.
June 2
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Seems like a normal auction at matchpoints. Now if South had bid spades…
May 12
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Mine either, but I keep hoping.
April 29
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FWIW, at the table I doubled, and partner bid 2H, holding Q763, A874, A4, K95. Making 3 with some help from the defense for a good score as those in 1NT took only 7 tricks. If I had passed, what should partner do? He likely would have passed, and we would have been +50 or +100.
April 29
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Roland, you must know my partners. Steve, my point was that as little as the right 5-count makes slam. Partner could easily have the king of diamonds or ace of hearts as well. Or, he could have the hand that Roland suggests, but either way bidding 3C should get you to the right contract. Over 3C, partner might bid 3D, which you will like, or 3H, which you will not, but either way 3S now will show your hand. I just think that bidding 3S directly will get a 4S bid from partner on many hands where slam is good.
April 28
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A bit strong for 3S, I think. Partner needs only Qx, xxx, xxx, Kxxxx for slam to be odds on.
April 28
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Bidding 2C allows you to get to 2S when partner has 3, or 2H when partner has 4, both better contracts than 1NT. Over partner's 2D you can bid 2S; most of the time he will have 2.
April 18
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Not that 4H is a great alternative, but the 3NT bidders will likely need 9 off the top after a low diamond lead, not very likely with partner bidding only 3S.
March 23
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“Laws that only allow vehicles to park on one side of the street during snow emergencies” - Peg, you clearly don't know South Philly.
March 20
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If I understand Multi, 2D shows a major, so this wasn't Multi. I would have some sympathy if it were, for the reasons you stated.
March 14
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At the table we were under time pressure and did not look at the opponents' card. They appeared to be from outside the U.S. and may have been ignorant of the regs, but as Ed pointed out, so what - if they are playing in an event it is up to them to know which bids are legal.
March 14
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I played in the same events as Art and agree that the playing conditions were good, and that Bob, Joann, and their team have been doing a great job. My only complaint is that the food, fun, and games in the 5th floor lobby begin before the evening session is finished, so every time the door opens the noise pours in while you are still playing. At least that's my excuse for not qualifying.
March 13
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The snow has come and gone and the sun is out. We got about 6 inches of heavy, wet snow but no ice, so the roads that have been plowed are totally clear. Hopefully the airport will be open soon.
March 7
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Better check, though - Amtrak has been talking about cancelling all trains in the Northeast Corridor tomorrow, depending on the path of the storm.
March 6
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We also had no say over whether clubs participated in REACH. While none of the clubs in our Unit participated, many clubs outside our unit but within driving distance of our Sectional chose to participate. If there had been bad weather, we would not have expected to be compensated by the District, but it turned out that weather was not a factor.
Feb. 16
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The REACH dates were set by the ACBL, not the District, and we found out about them in December. Our Sectional dates had been set for over a year. The District felt it could not tell clubs to forego REACH, and it decided to compensate our Unit from its share of the REACH proceeds.
Feb. 16
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John, as I stated in my OP there is no way to draw a direct connection between REACH and our lower attendance. Maybe the lower table count on Saturday was because the REACH players, who I presume are mainly I/N's, had enough bridge for the week after playing four straight days at their club. Or maybe not. I still believe that our District Board did the right thing.
Feb. 15
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