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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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The game's design (pace, rules, scoring, duplicate versus non–duplicate) isn't the problem. It's exposure. At Northwestern, we have a zillion Freshman pass by our booth at the activity fair every year, and like maybe 5 people out of 4000-5000 freshman know what bridge is (and is all likelihood, their reference is “isn't that the game grandma plays?”). Once we get people to our actual club meeting, I'd say our actual recruitment yield is about the same as any other activity. It's very hard to appeal to a crowd that doesn't know what you even are. Efforts need to spent first on getting into Middle schools and High schools, then sustaining and growing the college groups. Education ACBL has been doing some fantastic stuff with the college groups the past few years, but the problem is in terms of raw numbers, colleges don't have enough of a base population of players to work with.
Sept. 6, 2018
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Why play 1 making 3 when you can be in 2NT down 2? ;-)
Aug. 29, 2018
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@Phil You're just mad cuz I'm winning the poll ;-)
July 30, 2018
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We play a different structure with a strong club than precision. This hand does not meet the definition for our 1 opener (don’t want to get into the structure— it’s a lot), so for argument’s sake I’m forcing 1 as the opening bid for the sake of this poll.
July 29, 2018
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4M /3NT is the best game contract double dummy (all down two alas, but still the best game contracts). 3NT would be clearly better than 4NT, regardless of the defense. As it happens the limit of the hand is in partscore. What defines a better contract is subjective (and given this is an ATB poll, I was purposely trying not to bias by implying any particular contract is the correct direction).
July 26, 2018
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Instead of phrasing it as original count versus current/present count, I find it easier to word the debate as “standard versus upside-down present/current count”, but thinking about it from either schema works.

I think most people think of the situation through the current count schema. Current count should be a separate agreement for each partnership. Most of my partners prefer a current count card should mirror our other primary count agreements (i.e. if you play UD count normally, play upside-down current count), while some of my partners insist that standard current count is somehow superior. Above all else, what matters is that you are on the same page.
July 22, 2018
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Richard– Our opps weren't exactly playing complex methods… it was alerted as such during the auction but perhaps as you can see possibly wasn't intended as such given the rebid (I won't describe if the alert was correct or not until more votes are in, but this is the information you have at this decision node).
July 18, 2018
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Hey Ralph,

What's your favorite part of the Chicago area?

Do you have any favorite Chicago-area bridge stories?
July 12, 2018
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I'd like to see more concern for recruitment and retention of juniors (or really, the broader category of any bridge players <50) . I took a role on the board out of thought from several people that it would be a good idea to have younger faces involved in the deliberations of the BoG, and I'm eager to help out in any way I can.
The one BoG meeting I've attending so far, around 10% of the meeting was spent debating the time of the next meeting. I think we can do better than that going forward– we have a great opportunity to make real progression and discussion happen at these BoG meetings, and I'd like to see that opportunity not go to waste.

Whoever our leaders are, they should be able to best facilitate the discussion and thoughts of the board (as hectic as our varying opinions and expressed concerns may be at times), and organize action.

Looking forward to the next meeting in Atlanta!
June 17, 2018
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I came up with this list in like 10 minutes by the way. If I can come up with it, surely the ACBL can get it's act together and generate a similar list too. We need more youth/junior initiatives going people!
June 12, 2018
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Immediately get several committee projects going to modernize bridge's perception in the general public, and focus on recruiting young people.
-Let's get proper feedback from current juniors (or anyone <60 really)
-get into middle schools and high schools, get a bunch of scholastic bridge clubs going
-Modernize the online bridge community, akin to other current era popular games
-Innovate methods of teaching for young people. Young people don't need to memorize a list of rules for bridge to be fun (1NT is 15-17, this is stayman, this is transfers, to open you need X points), they need to understand and learn based on logic.
-loosen the convention charts, encourage system design in the community. Let the meta of the game evolve in some sense, encourage players to have fun in truly designing their methods of communication (doesn't have to be anything insane, but going along with “Bridge isn't about rules”, the community should be invited to innovate in methods of communication).
-Introduce cash rewards, money bridge in some capacity, into the world of duplicate. Make it like chess tournaments where you can win your entry fee back or more, for high finishes.
June 12, 2018
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I'd don't think he was joking– Multi is a great convention from a systematicviewpoint, and the restrictions on it in US events, while are in place by the logic of protecting club players and etc from the difficulties in defending against it, are overly harsh.
June 12, 2018
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The 3rd seat, white on red opener, is supposed to have his first bid ;) ?
June 12, 2018
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Let's see… Cashing AK picks up any 3-2 for one loser, so about 68% percent.

The question seems to be, are their any variants with the double finesse in trumps that picks up more than that?

Riding 10, you lose to Stiff Q or J offside. No difference if you cash AK or double finesse now– you're going to lose 2 trump tricks (missing the pesky 8 of trumps).

You lose to Qx or Jx offside. These are combos you won't lose to in the cash AK line. But if you continue the double finesse you still pick up the the 3-2s, so also doesn't matter

You lose to QJ offside. You won't pick up this suit combination taking the double finesse. You will pick it up cashing AK, so this one matters (and is just one possible break).

You win if RHO played low from any KQ combo, not wanting to split his honors. Declarer can't have QJ8 or he would cover for a sure 2 tricks. Maybe with QJ8x or QJ8xx would duck b/c it doesn't cost a trick, and declarer could cash AK for an extra trick for the defense?

QJx, or QJxx almost certainly all play low (and with QJxx, stiff 8 drops under the 10). And most importantly, you pick up those combos now for 1 loser.



So I'm going to say the double finesse is right? Lose specifically to QJ stiff offside versus crash AK, but gains a few extra combinations for one loser with the 4-1s, QJ 4th onside.
June 10, 2018
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment June 10, 2018
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yeah, typo 2 natural NF (4+ clubs, 4 of the major shown over 1).
June 4, 2018
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