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Did partner wink to tell us he has the K somewhere in this auction? I missed that bid.
Jan. 2
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Partner should double with your A, so top it is.
Dec. 21, 2018
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And this is the one problem I was expecting would reveal a clear consensus lol.
Dec. 17, 2018
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My instincts are–

No J: 3.
Trade QJ for K and lose J: 4
Losing the J but gaining an extra 10 somewhere (except s): I could go either way.
Dec. 3, 2018
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I'll be one of the 3,000 students at the game tomorrow!
Nov. 30, 2018
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Congrats to all the winners! Thumbs up to Bobby for continuing his trend of sporting a Northwestern sweater (appears to be one over his shoulder) in his victory photos! Go Cats!

Also Congrats to Gino! Those at Chicago Duplicate Bridge where he regularly teaches will be proud!
Nov. 30, 2018
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Looks like Grad students and etc will have to join the Harvard College Association for the Promotion of Interplanetary Expansion if they want to play bridge :).
Nov. 6, 2018
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Nov. 6, 2018
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Dave, what are you thoughts then about switching to a low diamond here? Does it tend to be a doubleton, if low is meant to encourage?
Nov. 1, 2018
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Definitely not quite common by any means, but I once played this approach at a national with an Australian player who suggested we try it, and I found it to be actually quite interesting. It definitely opens up a world of implications for your 1M openings. Will have to revisit the concept in ACBL land soon when Xfers over a short club become normalized.
Nov. 1, 2018
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Bridge is a mind sport just like Chess or any other similar club. I would make that analogy.

Try to get in to your school's recruitment fair. Make flyers. Spam flyers.

You'll probably not going to find many more addicted duplicate people but that's okay. You can probably expect to find a few more casual players to form a base club.

How the club will last is really up to the people you get involved. Luckily you should have plenty of time to find and shape new dedicated club members before you graduate, just like any club. Just be ready to mentor new friends as they get into bridge, and you should be able to develop a few new addicts to carry on the club name.

Don't focus on steep learning curve in any point of the application. Yes its hard to become fluent in bridge, as it is to become an expert in any activity.

Feel free to PM me with any questions, idk how much of my experience will directly translate, but can certainly provide more details on the process of building up Northwestern's bridge club the past 4 years.
Oct. 29, 2018
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I think the chart was written with the intent that you still need 10 HCPs to agree to open 1NT in 3rd/4th.

“*** Any bid that requires Average Strength to be legal may be made with Near Average Strength in 3rd and 4th seats. Bids with High Card Point minimums do not change.”
Is quote given.

For opening 1NT, note the description says: “*** A Natural 1NT opening bid that could contain fewer than 10 HCP.” 1NT is defined in terms of a HCP min, not in terms of “a average strength hand or better”. So I think they are specifically restricting the 1NT at 10+ even in 3rd/4th.
Oct. 25, 2018
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2NT's available as wk takeout, no?
Oct. 18, 2018
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If not playing mini-splinters, I like to put them in my forcing LR (usually 3) and then raise to game (think like 5 card support, a stiff, and 8-9 HCPs). I rather keep my other bids (especially responder's splinters) pure than compromise elsewhere with those hands.
Oct. 10, 2018
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I like this sequence to show an unbalanced hand, but you really need to play full 2-way NMF to take advantage of it (mostly to help responder pattern out if he is 4-4 in the Majors versus 5-4 in the majors, if he has 4s). I usually define 1!m-1-1NT-2 as either 4-4 inv or GF, then it's easy to fill in the gaps.

There are some purists who will complain about playing 1NT with a 4-4 spade fit if responder is sub invitational (and there will be hands where 2 could be better), but personally I find that lack of information about your spade holding to the defenders, + the benefits of knowing partner is unbalanced after 1m-1-1 for finding the best game/slam worth the trade off.
Oct. 8, 2018
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The best I've found from experience is just Peter Hollands' Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOaZnFbFH1OlbhVm25z4rLQ.

I don't think the ACBL or any others have been too successful in creating a marketing video that is actually appealing to teens. Avoid something too cringe worthy (e.g. the failed ACBL “Bridge is Cool” campaign) would be my main advice.

Reading Louis Sachar's amazing book The Cardturner is a MUST– that is the only thing targeted for young ppl that has worked well in recent experience.

Good luck Jeff! Hope it goes fantastically!
Oct. 7, 2018
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Congrats!
Oct. 7, 2018
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Sounds awful Jonathan! Let me know if there's anything to do to help. I would try to get district officials, Education ACBL, alumni involved, try to blow it up as much as possible (maybe try to get an article about it?). Maybe check Ben's thread from the UNC drama from a year or two ago, probably some great ideas in there.
Sept. 23, 2018
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I submitted the issue of not being able to see the poll results to bridgewinners support. A few others have notified me of the same issue.
Sept. 20, 2018
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The 3rd hand diagram cut off, posting as a separate article and trying to fix things.
Sept. 20, 2018
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One of my favorite things to do is to put photos of bridges at the end of club emails and promotional materials ironically ;). Eventually people get it.
Sept. 6, 2018
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