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David, you and I are on different planets. If I walked into the Orlando Regional with a KO team and won the 1st 2 top bracket KO's and a close 2nd with the quality of the field, I would be drunk for a year. I would ask for the bracket sheet for both wins. Everybody in my local area would hear about I walked in the lion's den of regionals and decimated the field. I might have enough hubris to start quoting a rate for bridge services to prospective clients. Seriously, job well done to you and your team.
Jan. 11
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Typically, Adam, I am in lock step support of almost all of your posts. This one does not cut the mustard. As you know, most people would assume the explanation of weak is less than 6 HCP's. The explanation is a poor one and EW have earned redress for North's transgression. All North has to do is say “Typically, it is weak but from time to time, my partner may have a slightly constructive hand?”They do not have to “live with it” because that comment is a slippery slope. What if the next time, they forget to alert a conventional call. Do they have to live with it, Adam, or do they have to play by the same rules as everybody else?
Jan. 1
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This is in response to Jeff Bayone's post. I agree with him that there is a big opportunity at the middle school level for new bridge players due to the fact that there is a high dropout rate for chess players. I believe, however, that the only way that bridge survives until 2030 is that there has to be a scholastic network similar to Sivy across the country. Attendance is down and the average age of the participants is going up. The policy of marketing to retirees is maintenance not growth. On Jeff's last point, that attitude(aren't we bridge players intellectual snobs?) is emblematic of today's issues with bridge. I do not mind marketing the fascination of the game, but I loathe the elitism and wish for better ways to teach the game to beginners. If there are better methods, one can expand our target audience and get bridge out of a niche mind sport.
Dec. 30, 2019
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Hi Alex. Job well done Finn! There are players who have played many years who would give up something very valuable to have a top 3 in a major pair event.
Dec. 6, 2019
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I abstained because the 4 Heart call gives me no chance to evaluate my hand.
Nov. 7, 2019
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To me, the question is WPT(World Poker Tour) stuff. Declarer doesn't really care about the actual answer, they want some sort of read on a opponent. I follow Kit's philosophy on this one.
Oct. 20, 2019
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If 4S is Exclusion for clubs, that is my call. If 4S is a splinter, that is my call.
Oct. 20, 2019
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Tough auction. My best try was 5NT which should be GSF not pick a slam. I am hoping for pard to have KQxx and for they to bid something other than 6H to find 7H.
Oct. 20, 2019
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Cool hand, John.
Oct. 19, 2019
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I agree with Phil on this one.
Oct. 19, 2019
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My auction is a little different….

1S—2D
2S(Promises 6)–3S
4C(Serious Slam Try)–4D
4NT—-5H(2 no Queen)
6S….It may not get to the perfect spot of 6NT, however, I will get the lion's share….Like Phil Clayton, I loathe the 3NT rebid. Unlike others, I do not like 2NT rebid unless I am playing that 2S may on 5 spades. I am a simple soul who just wants to bid 3S and let Serious/Nonserious sort out the slam issues.
Oct. 19, 2019
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I liked it Louis!
Oct. 10, 2019
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That is so sad to do a film as a marketing tool and miss the point. Bridge does not need another bullet in the foot.
Sept. 27, 2019
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It depends on too many factors.One, is the 2nd suit spades? If so, I open the 6 card minor pretty religiously. Second, if the second suit is hearts, am I playing non-forcing jump reverses(some would call it KW jumps for Karen Walker) 1m-1S-3H. If so , I open the minor. If not, I look at the quality of my suits and make a decision. Also, it depends on whom I am playing with(aka skill level) and what my agreements after reverses are. To put it simply, Chris, there are too many variables that cause me to abstain from your poll.
Sept. 27, 2019
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I abstained for 2 reasons. One, am I playing Walsh where 1S promises a unbalanced hand? If I am, my call is 3C. If I am not, I pass.
Sept. 26, 2019
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Marty, I discussed this hand with Eugene Hung and I mentioned that the Poles won that board because of system. Where Kalita wins marks for bravery for his 2H overcall, I doubt he would venture a 3H call after the polish beginning of 1C-P-2S. I had thought at the time that it was a momentum killer. After thinking about it later, I was wrong because there were 32 boards(2 quarters) still left to be played. USA 1 had just had a big quarter irregardless of that board reducing the lead to a single swing. The Poles have to be given a lot of credit for their excellent mental toughness after the 4th quarter.
Sept. 26, 2019
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A few things…I like the 3NT call. South took advantage of East's very conservative pass. For me, 3D overcall by East is automatic then the auction changes.
Sept. 24, 2019
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I concur with Peg on this one.
Sept. 16, 2019
Joe Veal edited this comment Sept. 16, 2019
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As a person who has never seen this auction, I have 2 ideas about what it should mean. It is either 1430 for spades or a unknown void splinter raise for spades. 4C asks, 4D=Diamonds, 4H=Hearts, 4S=Clubs. It should never be natural because it is anti-positional(2C opener should not be dummy).The immediate jump shift to the 4 level should show a stiff in the bid suit and 4 or more spades. If one wants, they can flip it and have the jump shifts shows the voids while 3NT shows unknown singleton and a spade fit. With this structure, it makes 2C-2D-2S-3S to be slammish without the aforementioned hands.
Sept. 16, 2019
Joe Veal edited this comment Sept. 16, 2019
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Perhaps another idea on Auction 3 is X=Good Heart Raise and 2NT=Asking for the minor—X for penalty on 3 has a lower frequency than hands that are invitational or better in hearts. It is another adjunct of the maximal double.
Sept. 7, 2019
Joe Veal edited this comment Sept. 7, 2019
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