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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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My initial thought is it might have some positive variance at matchpoints? The problem is when you encounter a situation where everyone else in the room as advancer, knows their partner's major and you don't.

I don't think it really makes responder's life any harder, given they still have a support cuebid available with the interference. It mostly just make's advancer's life harder, especially if competing in the major suit fit is important in the auction.

The real question is, does concealing the major makes it harder on declarer if they win the contract? Without data, not sure anyone could answer, though my prediction would be the extra information which suit the 2NT holds is a lot more important for partner of the 2NT bidder for defense than declarer. Much like 1M-2M michaels, declarer still has the information advantage.

My guess on reflection is that the bid is at least a slight loser versus a standard unusual 2NT in that situation, although it is very much playable, at least.
June 4, 2018
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2 F1R tends to imply a 5th heart (opener would reasonably also show 4 hearts at this point in response if they had so).

2 is natural NF.

2 would be natural NF (probably 4+ clubs, 4 hearts).
June 1, 2018
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More like, “trying to exhaustive of all possible choices in the auction and objections to the first bid in the poll”. I've left options out, and been wrong before.
June 1, 2018
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Nice yeah. Scramble the diamonds around the table a bit, and cashing the Ace of clubs might be the right play in the slam ;-) (@David diamonds did break 3-2 on the deal– see the hand diagram on page 6).
May 21, 2018
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment May 21, 2018
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standard agreements– a weak raise.
May 20, 2018
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About 1/3 found slam in clubs or NT, 1/3 were in 3NT making 6, and hilariously, 1/3 were in 3NT making 7 (Looks like 2 other pairs also found Daniel's brilliant line of play).
May 20, 2018
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1-(3)-3 (I don't understand how you don't bid 3 the first time– you're already limited as a PH and this hand becomes a max with shortness)
4 (huge hand with a fit) -4NT (let's start driving, we appear to have the perfect hand for partner– huge presumed double-fit with controls)
5-whatever- 6
May 7, 2018
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To answer the question though– partner's problem is obviously s. Want to raise s eventually. To finish the given auction, mine would be:

1-1
1-2
2

Planning to raise diamonds next round if room below 3NT.
May 7, 2018
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I prefer to open this hand pattern 1 (at least with those spots).
May 7, 2018
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Hrm… I think advertising it as any of these ways could be right, depending on the audience.

1 and 3 are geared more towards finding recruiting serious tournament players, whereas 2 and 4 are geared more towards the social bridge setting.

I think to get people in the door, talking about how complicated the game is not the way to go. I think discussing the specifics of bidding as the first thing to teach falls into this category of complicatedness.

However, while the complicated stuff isn't what gets people in the door, it's certainly the draw to why people keep at it once they've grasped the basics. Bidding, declarer play and card combinations, defensive play, system design, duplicate scoring and tournaments are all awesome aspects that should at least be mentioned in passing– just not thrown on someone all at once.
May 6, 2018
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I think getting bridge into elementary, middle, and high school's is more important than anyone at the ACBL is actually stressing.

I wasn't able to get into bridge, despite wanting to learn for several years prior after reading Louis Sachar's “The Cardturner”, until around the end of my senior year of high school.

Looking at the problems of recruiting on college campus, from my experience running my school's bridge club, I think true problem actually stems from this non-existent pre-college player base. I hear stories all of the time from people about how they learned in college from being dragged in by so-and-so as a 4th, and that's how it all started for them. That kind of atmosphere just doesn't exist anymore. Most colleges are lucky to get 2-3 tables on a good night in the campus student center, and this is only happening maybe once a month, at the only weekly student game on campus.

The about of support for bridge at the the elementary/middle/high school levels (except for a few thriving programs like SiVY or Atlanta youth bridge) is pathetic. If something is to be done, the ACBL or others interested really need to work on hacking into this player base.
May 3, 2018
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment May 3, 2018
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