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Henry - your displaced persons list looks like a pretty solid team as it is. Maybe they should join up.
July 14, 2011
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Kitty, I've felt since doing some minor teaching of my own that pattern recognition is an important skill in bridge. The ability to see the classic characteristics of a hand that cries to be played as, for example, a strip & end play is valuable since then you know how to play the hand almost automatically.

I think we do many such things in bridge by pattern recognition, and that as our skills at bridge grow, one way they do so is by expanding the set of different patterns we recognize. There are subtle differences in strip & end plays, partial strips, how you manage the throw in, etc. Once you can see a hand as one of the variations that your mind now recognizes as a “book” line, you no longer need to expend time and mental energy to work it out.
June 23, 2011
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Should we outlaw banks, because the presence of banks encourages bank robbers? Hmm. No, that won't work, because then the robbers will just go about mugging people for their money, or steal their mattresses. Ah, yes! We should outlaw money. But then people will trade pieces of gold, and be mugged for that.

You can't stop the determined cheater. You might persuade the potential cheater to not cheat by establishing penalties. You CAN teach people that ethical bridge is worth playing.
June 21, 2011
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Keep it up Gavin! Bridge players at many levels will find something to learn from your efforts here.
Jan. 29, 2011
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When you play precision as we do, you tend to open many (even most) 11 point hands. We also play a 11-13 NT opener in some seats, so we have the means to open most of our 11 point hands. This would leave us rarely using Drury. So we changed things a bit, modifying the name along the way.

We now use Mr. Baph, which stands for Major Raises By A Passed Hand. Thus 2 shows at least a Constructive major suit raise, with 3 card support, roughly an 8 to a bad 11 count. Similarly, 2 shows the same 8 to a bad 11 point range, with 4+ cards in support of the major.
June 24, 2010
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When I find a student playing unusual 2NT, I suggest this simple rule for the bid: Avoid it on hands where you will be unhappy when your opponents end up playing the hand and partner chooses to lead the K from Kx in one of your suits. This hand fails that simple test. Yes, there are many hands out there where 2NT is a good bid, but this is a marginal one at best.
June 19, 2010
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