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Viewers/listeners/readers of BBO commentary do need to have some level of forgiveness, patience and tolerance with broadcasters/commentators. It is incredibly difficult to not only adhere to these guidelines, but to also give intelligent technical commentary while also being entertaining and enlightening.

It is so easy to be blinded by the site of 52 cards and analyzing double-dummy from our catbird seat. To get into each player's head and their single-dummy decisions is really 4 times the work/analysis of actually playing.

Add in the constant string of comments coming in from the peanut gallery (which is why I choose to block them), and it is an incredibly demanding task. Frankly, Roland, I'd think you'd need to make a daily psychiatrist visit to take on what you do.
Aug. 24
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Thanks, Dave. I'd like to be wrong; if people really are listening, I'd gladly put in more broadcasting time. In a poll of “one” (you), it seems that “C” as I listed gets 1 vote – but even as an amateur statistician, I believe we'd need to see a bigger sample size.

Also, I fear that the rather sophisticated Bridgewinners audience isn't the right sampling demographic. I suspect there are many lower-level players out there who have never heard of this site. I like to gear my BBO comments towards “Intermediates” – whereas most Bridgewinners readers already know everything–just ask them. :)
Aug. 24
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Unless it is the finals (and sometimes even then since there are 2 tables), I feel that commentary (voice or typed) is mostly a waste of time.

Don't most BBO'ers “flip channels?”

I'd like to do more commentary myself, but I feel it is like a tree falling in a forest–will anyone be listening? Perhaps a poll to the effect of:



When there are at least 4 tables in play, do you:
A) Flip around constantly.
B) Mostly flip around, but occasionally stay with one table if the players/commentators are interesting.
C) Love to just stay at one table with commentary and listen/read.



Perhaps some refinement on these choices would be needed.
Aug. 23
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My strong opinion on this subject: https://www.larryco.com/bridge-articles/actual/for-the-1000th-time
This is based on 30+ years of experience with it – I am pretty sure it is the right way to go for players of any level.
July 26
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I just want to add my name to the STRONG support of “play first.” Bidding much (much, much) later. Jeff – I would have been OK if bidding started on page 199. :)
I am continually disappointed (and Patty Tucker knows) by the “Learn Bridge in a Day” program which has so much bidding! Ugh!!!
June 13
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I made have to add it to my list: https://www.larryco.com/bridge-learning-center/telephone-numbers :)
June 9
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Peg,

First time I ever remember disagreeing with you. :)

I think a high level of bridge experience/expertise is a drawback (for teachers, administrators, CEO's, etc.).

“Experts” are bad at understanding the issues of the “masses/newbies.” Experienced players can't remember and relate to what most of ACBL should be all about–the need of getting new players and growing the game for the under 100's. (Masterpoints, that is – not age). :)

Running a good Spingold isn't nearly as important as catering to “Ma and Pa Jones”.
May 3
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Yes. At some point it said that somewhere in our summary. I'll see if we can get it back in.
March 26
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Hi Gil,
Typically, 1-3 or 1-3 is 4+ cards. I would rarely do it with 3 (if I couldn't stand the thought of partner passing 1NT with a 5-3-3-2 minimum).
March 23
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PH = Passed Hand
UPH = Unpassed Hand
Sorry for the abbreviations/terms that aren't universally understood (usually, I am more careful in my writing/explanations).
March 22
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Feel free to use the original that we posted 2 weeks ago. We thought this way would be simpler.
March 21
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In bridge context, a “punt” means basically “nothing – I am kicking the ball back to you partner.” It isn't natural, isn't stopper showing, isn't stopper asking, isn't anything other than: “For now, I am not sure what to do.”
March 21
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Hi Kit – This alternative came up in some of the earlier threads on this, but didn't get much support.
March 21
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Good question.
No.
We are going to wait until after the Philadelphia NABC.
Working on some changes to make it simpler and to take into account all the comments here.
March 14
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Howard, yes, also 4=5=2=2 minimum..
Ed – I'm happy with most ideas if both partners have great memories and promise to thoroughly discuss on/off in comp and all follow-ups.
March 9
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Bob – How's your golf by the way?

I'd think the biggest issue is to know what partner rebids after 1-2 with:

A765 KQ765 QJ2 2
or
1065 KQ765 K2 A106
or
A2 KQ765 32 AJ32

If your answer to any of these is 2, that tells me a lot (likely that you are a STRENGTH not SHAPE person).
March 8
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We took the votes/preferences and molded them into something congruous for both ways (SHAPE/STRENGTH).

For 1-2-2any-4, we wanted the SHAPE people to use the jump to announce dead minimum–to get off the slam-exploration track. That way, they could keep bidding out their shape and deny a dead minimum hand.

Perhaps it should be PICTURE BID for both ways SHAPE/STRENGTH. We'll see if there are other comments and review it with our panel for the final version.
March 8
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John - -Let me try another way.

“No announcement” means 6-10 – old fashioned

“Semi-forcing” announcement means that a 2/1 response would be GF, so the 1NT response includes hands that couldn't bid an old-fashioned, “Standard” 6-10 1NT.

Argue all you want, but this is how ACBL currently has it. When you get them to change it, we'll stop announcing “semi-forcing” for responses that can have more than 10.
March 8
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Hi Bob,
The point is to be able to say “SHAPE” or “STRENGTH” and sit down and play with a new partner using the guidelines in the chart.
Without doing that, there would be more misunderstandings.
March 8
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John,

You are giving wrong information.

No announcement if 1NT is old-fashioned 6-10 is fine.

If you play 2/1 GF and the 1NT response is up to 12, you must make an announcement.

Announce “Forcing” if opener has to bid again on any hand.

Announce “Semi-forcing” if opener will pass with a balanced minimum.

“According to who,” you asked?

According to ACBL.

See Ray's 2 posts above or just search for it.
March 7
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