Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Justin Lall
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
cuebid with GF, jump with inv, and don't jump with NF.

This only leaves you a problem with invitational hands that don't have a fit and don't have a stopper, in general just go low with these since no stopper and no fit is a bad start for making marginal games.
July 12, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You made me curious to see when the last time a non us/euro team medaled in the Bermuda bowl…scanning the wiki it was 2000 (brazil). Brazil was also the last one to win one (1989). I am not saying that some of the good non USA/euro teams cannot beat anyone on any given day, I have lost many times to many of those guys like New Zealand, China, Australia etc, but I think the results indicate that the non USA/euro field is outclassed even if they have some great players. I am sure pretty soon we will all get crushed by China though.
June 30, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Yeah, I still think the fact that you have to win 2 extra very hard matches is much more important than having say a 50 percent chance of winning a match at the end instead of a 60 percent chance. The r32 on in the Vanderbilt/spingold is tough even for the 1 seed, whereas the best team in the BB will basically always qualify out of the round robin so that event basically starts with the round of 8.

And even then, often you will end up playing a team with a strong sponsor on it and not a team of all pros (you may play one of the USA teams or an EU team with a sponsor). On top of that almost always a dark horse team makes it out of the RR and sometimes two that are not of the usual strength of a r8 team in the v/s and you may get to play them.

I totally agree that the EU teams that have their best 6 players are often stronger than teams you would find them on in the V/S and that makes those matches harder to win by some percent but if rather take my chances at winning 3 matches than 5 or 6 slightly-easier-on-average matches. Take this with a grain of salt as I have won neither the Bermuda bowl nor the v/s lol.

I also would imagine the European championship is far tougher than the Bermuda bowl.
June 30, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Hi Yehudit, just wanted to respond to this because I strongly respect your opinions and your intellect based on what you write:

“Donald - with all due respect, the strongest competition is one where players are least restricted in the choice of methods, and that does not eliminate half the world based on entry visa restrictions (however weak or strong the players from these regions may be).”

I think that misses a key word, the strongest *POSSIBLE* competition is one with the least restrictions on who enters, if all the top players would enter.

In real life all of the top competitions have some barriers/restrictions. The european qualifiers restricts the competition to euros (and is a super strong event). The bermuda bowl restricts countries to one team (other than USA lol but thats still restricted to 2 teams which is a restriction), which is a limitation when say the 5th best polish team would be better than most country's best team.

I don't really want to get into system regulations because that is more philosophical to me, but I will say that all of the top competitions have geographical, system, and general restrictions that restrict the theoretical “best” competition. I'm pretty sure that most people who play these events would argue that the spingold and vanderbilt are the toughest events in practice. That's not because they're fought in USA#1, in fact it is because of the foreign influence (I would guess once you get to the round of 8 more than half the field rates to be non american), it is more because it is a transnational event (nationalism is a restriction and sucks), and there is a lot of money involved (getting the best talent). Again, we can argue philosophically about system regulations but the WBF is pretty stringent also; most people dont realize that written multi defenses (which USA is justifiably mocked for) are allowed even in the bermuda bowl, and highly unusual methods are closely monitored/controlled in WBF and also are pretty much allowed with some exceptions in the main ACBL events (super chart?).

TL;DR everything is very flawed, I'd go with what most of the competitors (euro or non euro) think the toughest events are… I'm gonna bet on vandy/spingold…. but I'm sure we'd all rather win the bermuda bowl because its more prestigious to us.
June 29, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The WSOP has multiple bracelet events now that are played online concurrent with the live WSOP so if you are against this that is a bad analogy lol
June 17, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Richard,

I often see people say that you have to operate etc to win with GIB, even in this thread, IMO it is the opposite (admittedly, this is all based on everyone playing the same hands, I have never played the format outlined), skill plays such a huge role in robot tournaments that combined with always playing the hand you should never operate. If you are a top player you will average 70 % on a hand, so to randomize it early in the auction is a huge risk, and creates large variance that you don't want on top of that.

It is a myth IMO that doing well in normal robot tournaments requires doing weird stuff with GIB. This was different when you didn't automatically play the hand, in that case you should operate in order to make sure you declare.

I would guess that it's the same even with not everyone playing the same hands, you are still competing with a pool of players who are always facing the same decisions so if you are a top player in your section it would be foolish to randomize, skill is just such a massive part of these tournaments since you face the same decisions as everyone else that you want to make sure you do face the same decisions. Especially in cardplay. Even if you get to the same contract as everyone else, one slight deviation in the auction may cause a different lead which changes the entire hand and puts you in top or bottom zone in a way that you don't know is +EV or not (and it would have to be very plus EV to not take your 70 % average on a hand).

I have no doubt that in this format it is more likely that the best player will win than in something like the platinum pairs but I understand peoples reservations about the best hand thing. A weak player literally has zero chance of lucking into a high placing in this IMO, we might be going down the “too much skill” hole lol.

I am willing to try another bet that I can average 70 % in robot tournaments, last time I failed but I think I was averaging 68.xx in a large sample and I was playing too many a day and playing badly at the end. FWIW I asked a BBO employee if anyone averaged 70 and I was told only Steve Weinstein, who I am pretty sure also chooses to play pretty down the middle. I would be more likely to operate in real life bridge than in this format, that's for sure.
June 16, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Extremely impressive resume, good job to the search committee and good luck Mr. Gidwani!
June 6, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Congrats guys!
May 22, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Obv you were excluded from that comment joe! Haha
May 12, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Congrats guys, hate losing but if I have to lose I'm happy it's to some of my best friends!
May 11, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You guys were easily the better team in that match and were basically unbeatable. Congrats!
May 8, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
the main message of 5C is “I have no spade control and a good hand.” With one bid below signing off, 5D does not say anything about diamonds, it says “I still have slam interest” which in this case means “don't worry pard we are not off 2 spade losers.” In essence 5D says “I have a spade control and not enough to drive to slam.” Your partner with that info can decide whether they want to drive to slam or not, with every suit controlled (they don't).

It is much more important for 5D to talk about the spade control issue when your partner has said “I have no spade control” than to talk about diamonds. The fact that it's a diamond bid does not mean it has anything to do with diamonds.
May 1, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Team 1 has no chance since they will never have a sponsor playing I guess ;)
April 29, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Joe Grue and I had the agreement about fit jumps… we play them in only one auction: 1M (2M) 4m haha. I would say this is the best fit jump auction of any.
April 27, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Sabourin-Amoils 4 life!
April 27, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It's really cute that people think that this decision is being made solely for the reasons put out there. I mean, did you even read the article? Lol.
March 30, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
This is fair to the 16 seed how? They will always be screwed unlike seeds 17,18,19 etc. 16 should not be punished for having more seeding points than 17.
March 27, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I think if you dont vote publicly you can't see public votes (unless
I'm missing something) so that could explain abstain + vote publicly (which is what I did).
March 15, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Thanks Rhoda, and thanks for taking the time to help out a little kid back in the day!
March 15, 2017
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Since it's run concurrent with the imp pairs most (but not all) sponsors prefer to play in the imp pairs. That's why the platinum pairs can remain so small.
March 15, 2017
.

Bottom Home Top