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When it comes to “Superstition” songs, I lean to Stevland Morris's.
Oct. 13
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Damn. Blind Faith was only around long enough to have one album. No Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominoes, or Ginger Baker's Air Force?
Oct. 13
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I never make a Red v. White board in a team match. This started in my younger days when I bid every time it was my turn and preempted very light.

I don't sit West. It's been about 15 years since I've done so.

BTW, Sue Munday had an article in a NABC Daily Bulletin a few years ago about superstitions.
Oct. 12
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I play that 4 is a good suit, but not this good. It's a suit not good enough for slam opposite xxx - has A or K, but not both. AJ9xx, KQxxx, or KJ9xx are prototypes.
Oct. 10
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I think I need to bid 2, now.
Oct. 10
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You're partner made a bad bid. And I think you are a relatively inexperienced player (excuse me if I have you confused with someone else), so you are trying to learn.

However, I find that posting my own bidding problems helps me more, and embarrasses my partner less (when I'm right), than posting his hand. That doesn't mean I never post my partner's hand, but is just meant as a general suggestion.

Good luck to you in your endeavor to improve your game - as most of us are trying to do.
Oct. 9
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I'm not sure I addressed all of the issues I had when I read the “Ideas.” But here are some:

I filled out the survey, but didn't feel it was properly written. I had to rank from 1 to 10, when I only though at most 2 or 3 had merit. The two I think had the most merit were “Improve Teaching Results” and (to a lesser extent) “Advertise, Promote, Sponsor.”

I tried to provide detailed comments in the survey, but I think I ran out of steam. Some of my observations (probably not that close to what I wrote in the survey):

1. I think there could be a LOT of expense associated with trying to accomplish multiple “Ideas.”

2. One of the ideas was to “Upgrade Table Technologies.” In particular, it was stated that “Our membership is getting older and more members find it difficult to get to the club to play. If we cannot provide a technology solution to allow them to play remotely, our overall game activity will decrease.”

Most of the older members that I know (who find it difficult to get to the club) are not the type to play online. Many are not proficient with computers. Others just enjoy the social aspects of playing F2F.

3. Money bridge: what percent of the ACBL membership would have any interest? My guess is pretty, pretty low. The likelihood of increased cheating was mentioned, and it is not insignificant, IMO.

4. Expert Player Guild: call it what your are proposing for it to be - a professional union. It was written as if all expert players are professionals. For an example, "there is no set criteria for defining which players are experts. As a result:
o Experts may not receive the treatment they expect (and deserve) when they play. They may not be seeded correctly or allowed to “drop in” on a different event, etc.
o Poor-quality experts can degrade the reputation of experts as a whole.

A requirement for pros to join a union was required in the early-mid 80s. It didn't work. Maybe it could be made to work, but there are many issues associated with making it mandatory (such as “Right to Work” states).

5. Improve Teaching Results: I agree that this initiative is something that should be investigated. In particular, in many areas, people teaching bridge are not only non-experts, but in some cases, very inexperienced players. It's better than nothing, when no one else will do it. But some incentive to get more experienced players to teach (and I mean get trained to teach) seems desirable.

6. “Relaxed Bridge”: I don't know where to start here. Either we're playing duplicate bridge or we're sitting around a kitchen table allowing poor ethics/coffee-housing. I really dislike this one. I understand why it was proposed. It's because newcomers get scared off by director calls and not understanding the ethical requirements or the reason for the call. If active ethics and an understanding of the rules are better taught to newcomers (instead of, e.g., teaching a plethora of conventions) - , maybe newcomers would not be run off by director calls.

7.Documenting health benefits does not seem realistic. 1) Bridge is a sedentary activity. 2) any benefit that be be realized from brain use would be very difficult (and expensive) to quantify, and it seems like it would be hard to “piggyback” off of other studies.

Don't get me wrong, I think the new CEO “spitballing” ideas for improving the game/increasing the membership is a good idea. We do need to do something to attract and hold onto more new members and increase (or at least maintain) tournament attendance. But it's too much, too soon, IMO. And there seem to be parts that do not demonstrate a very good knowledge of important issues. And I'm reminded of the old advertising slogan “Where's the Beef?” Maybe, he's asking us (I don't just mean BoG) to provide the beef, where it's merited.

Addendum: before posting, I was told there was “potentially objectionable content.” I'm not sure what that is, but I'll risk posting.

Edit: my (sic) remark (in brackets) under #4, after “there is no set criteria” was removed for some reason.
Oct. 9
Larry Sealy edited this comment Oct. 9
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Yeah, that's how I play.
Oct. 1
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I also would have balanced w/1N.
Sept. 30
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Clearly. If partner has no slam interest, he should bid 4 (does not show 6), in case your 4 was based on interest.
Sept. 27
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Your partner truly had the nuts - enough to make 7 opp Axxxx xx Kxxxx x, even if s go 4-1.
Sept. 27
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I play it's a good hand for s or s - more likely s, since I didn't super-accept the transfer.
Sept. 27
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This hand is eerily similar to the hand we had in Tunica, but the s were KQJ and s Axx. We had the same auction and I bid 7 over 5N. Best contract if partner has as little as Axxxx and Kxxxx.

I thought about 6, but was afraid that partner might take as an offer to play and pass with a 5-1-4-3 shape. Admittedly, not likely, as 4 said I liked at least one of his suits, but didn't want to risk and thought any grand would score well.
Sept. 27
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Not only an offer to play, but a decline of the game invitation. A weak (given the opening bid) 5-5.
Sept. 25
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“some soft jazz music, dim lights, a chilled bottle of champagne”

This is getting very close to TMI. :-)
Sept. 25
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And Anthony Weiner just got 21 months for sexting with a 15 yo girl. I understand that tax evasion is not looked upon kindly by the authorities, but his offense seems much worse.

Note: this is not in any way a political statement.
Sept. 25
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@Jane, I only have my notes. The details have been expanded (in coordination with Jim Munday) since I began playing 15+ years ago. It's part of a larger section, but I can extract and send to you, if you provide your email address via PM. I can send it to you in rich text format (*.rtf), which you should be able to open with WordPad or the comparable Apple app.

Note: the way I play you cannot “get out” in anything other than responder's first suit.
Sept. 4
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s and inv+ (to slam, that is. Not a game force over 1x, but a GF and possible slam try after 2N).
Sept. 1
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The more opportunities I get to eat, the heavier I get. A shorter break between sessions would be my preference.
Sept. 1
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My money's on Bernie.
Sept. 1
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