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Isn't the doubler on lead with this Yarborough?
March 6
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:) :) :)
March 6
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Yes, the double dummy defense is to shift to a diamond at trick 2, but I had a read at the table and didn't back that.
March 3
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@kit he thought I might have the queen
March 3
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Charles, when I download, I get a LIN file and Safari says I can't open that file because I don't have the right application.
March 3
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Merci, fixed
March 2
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Doesn’t North rate to have club length from the lead?
Feb. 23
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Lynn, I think the syntax for those two shapes is exactly this: 13(5,4)
Feb. 9
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Michael,

Speaking colloquialy for the entire bridge world, we are lucky to have you.
Jan. 22
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My friend Gary Anderson founded an organization based in Richmond, VA called Read to Them https://readtothem.org

Read to Them gets entire schools, sometimes even entire school districts or cities to read once book and has shared extensively with me the benefits of such a practice. He asked me for a bridge related book for middle school aged students and I immediately thought of The Cardturner.

If anyone here on Bridgewinners wants to suggest reading The Cardturner at their child or grandchild's middle school by all means reply here and let's see what we can do. I must confess to some personal interest in the situation as screening Double Dummy is also in consideration as a follow up to the book.
Jan. 6
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I can't even remember the companion hand anymore :(
Nov. 21, 2018
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Len, I was able to listen to Sam's episode online.
Nov. 19, 2018
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Hi Eric,

Thank you for your question and for your interest in our film. Yes, I did say that I was going to make the film available in the spring of 2018 and changed my mind. I am sorry that I did not do a good job of communicating this to you. I also appreciate your persistence.

Right now Double Dummy is available for screenings through Tugg.com. We are looking for local promoters to pick a date and venue through Tugg's network of theaters and then be responsible for getting the requisite number of tickets sold, 80 depending on theater, in order for the screening to actually take place.

We have already had one successful Tugg screening in Pasadena with Morris Jones serving as the promoter. SiVY just signed up for a screening a couple of days ago, for January 15th, Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.tugg.com/events/double-dummy-p532

We would love to have you promote a screening in Seattle(?). Will you?

The reason I decided to go back on my promise to make the film available in March is that I thought I might shortchange any chance of a broadcast premiere. What I did not anticipate in that decision is that I might be letting a lot of people down. Like yourself, who have been wanting to see this film for some time and what the cost of that might be weighed against some, what appears to be unlikely, but possible, wider broadcast.

The goal of the film has always been to help introduce bridge to the next generation of players. I mentally wrestle with how to do that daily. I really appreciate your asking here in this forum as I need some more good feedback.

Thank you,

John
Nov. 19, 2018
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I 100% agree with Michael about teaching Hool to beginners. It allows new players to appreciate the concepts for bidding without having to get into the minutiae of what one bid means versus another in context, rather, they get to appreciate what information is important to communicate to partner in a way that is simple and easy. Then one day, when they start to learn bidding, I think one might say, I have six spades and 12 high card points, how do I tell that to my partner. This is just one example. Thanks for sharing your endorsement of Hool Michael, it opens up a whole new world of teaching in my opinion and I am delighted that you have done such a fine job of sharing it!
Nov. 13, 2018
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I will put in a plug for Hool. You are actually playing bridge, just the bidding is different. There are two rounds. Everyone gets to share with the table either:
1. There length in one suit
2. Their pattern (non-specific)
3. Their HCP

The inventor was in Orlando demonstrating the game. He suggests playing it for six months before teaching bidding. What fascinates me is that you learn what is important for you to know and share with your partner. After that, the bidding can be learned more organically, ie. I have six spades and nine HCP, how do I tell my partner this.
Nov. 5, 2018
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Hi Jeff,

Where can I find the list of the clubs that have a novice game? I would like to solicit them about doing screenings of Double Dummy.
Nov. 4, 2018
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Hi Morris, Double Dummy is available for screenings through Tugg.com: https://www.tugg.com/event_requests/new?title=double-dummy
Aug. 2, 2018
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Hi Chris,

We've already submitted to 15 + film festivals and the film only got accepted in the Va Film Festival, my home town festival. We got a crowd of nearly 200 people for the screening, but it's too niche for festival programmers in my experience. Even when we've had an introduction to a festival we still have not been accepted. So I am making the film available through Tugg and am counting on the bridge community to see the power of this film in sharing the game with the next generation of players. Thanks for asking!

John
June 30, 2018
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You’re right about Sabine and Roy’s playing record. I did not think of them at the time as I don’t believe they are husband and wife. The truth is, being intimidated by anyone at the table, regardless of their track record, does not put me in the best place to win. That’s what I had going through my mind at the time, even though I failed to say it.

Take Boye for example, I idolized him for a long time after having played an event with him some years ago. I just didn’t see myself as being on his level as an analyst/player. I got to look and question that in the Philly Vandy and darn if almost didn’t beat him.
May 14, 2018
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Thanks Kevin, I thought so to with regard to getting out of the way and allowing the guest to complete their thoughts. I appreciate your saying so. There’s an audio program that I’ve used on previous episodes which might help. At least I think I’ve used it. Can’t remember…bad trait for a bridge player.
May 14, 2018
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