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All comments by Leo Lasota
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Are we playing strong 1nt openings? If 1nt is 15-17ish, we should have opened this hand 1nt.
April 9
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There is no argument; this hand has the playing strength of a sound strong nt.
April 9
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We can't help but wonder if bridge will still exist in reasonable capacity 50 years from now.
April 9
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If partner rebids 2nt or 2 with minimum hands, we correct to 3. 3 is 100% at least an 8 card fit. Even if we go down 1 or 2, the opponents may be making 110 or better on their own.

The values for a minimum negative double of 1-(2) depend on distribution and vulnerability. Non-vul Jxxx and Ax is enough to make the negative double. Transfer a little to a little , and the hand is clearly not enough to bid and would just pass 2 ( xxxx xxxx
Jxx Ax).
April 9
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2 as mini-roman
April 9
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2 was not my choice for the first bid with this hand. With Ax and Jxxx and 43 in / non-vul, I would have started with a negative double.
April 9
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Yu,

My honest approach after a bad board is to think about what I could have done differently that may have given a better result for me and my partner.
April 7
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Nothing other than torturing partner and eventually transferring blame to them if we end up in the wrong contract.
April 7
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I expect an apology today; this is not a subject to joke about, especially when we are in the middle of the worst of it and may see >250k casualties in the US by mid-summer from COV-19 during the “first wave”.
April 1
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I find the following statement to be completely untrue: “The ACBL will take every precaution possible to keep our players safe.”

If the ACBL were going to take appropriate precaution for their members, they would cancel all live bridge tournaments for the duration of 2020.

North Dakota is relatively low in the number of reported COV-19 cases right now. However, keep in mind how few of the tests have been given around the country. We do not know the extent of the outbreak at this time. What we do know is that the virus is easily transferred and that having hundreds of individuals(perhaps not even a thousand for Summer 2020 if you held the nationals because many would take precaution by not attending) would be a great danger.

The use of cards/bidding boxes/tables/chairs/boards by multiple individuals is a near perfect storm for transmission.

There are still unknowns about COV-19. The HOPE among experts is that we may see a phase with relatively low new cases during the summer. However, nearly everyone has said that we will see a second big wave in the late fall/winter time frame. If we hold the Tampa Bay nationals around Thanksgiving, the results would likely be very grim.
April 1
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I never would have started with a game forcing 2 with this hand.
March 29
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23 HCP balanced between the 2 hands is generally enough for 3nt when playing GIB if you correctly play the hands.
March 28
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A few days early for the April Fool's joke with the comment, “A good survey question for 2020”.
March 26
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Robots is “real bridge” and tests some of the key components of live bridge.

The games are beginning to gain more and more popularity. Many of the best bridge players are playing robot games some these days:

Jeff Meckstroth has played a fair number of the robot games for nearly 1/2 of a year.

Eric Greco played in robot NABC and has played some of the Instant Tournament games.

Zia regularly plays on his site.

Mark Lair has played a lot recently.

Mark & Jeff gave me a tough battle for awhile with winning ACBL masterpoints in the robot games.


Although GIB is far from ideal, it is programmed to do a lot of good things. Online bridge will continue to be a bigger and bigger piece of our future.

I know that I am thankful for BBO with the COV-19 going around!
March 22
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As someone that qualified to represent District 6 in the NAP finals and being on one of the 4 teams still remaining in the District 6 GNT finals, I have special interest in the scheduling of the national finals.

I was one of the first to express inability to attend Columbus, OH for the Spring 2020 nationals due to the COV-19. I happily gave up $400 in non-refundable deposits when I cancelled my trip long before ACBL decided to cancel the nationals.

I understand that they need to make preliminary decision about when to hold the events. However, I just do not see Montreal as being ready to hold a summer nationals with COV-19 still going around the world, and possibly not Fall in Tampa Bay either.
March 21
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What happened to opening 1nt? 15 points and we are pretty balanced. No way to describe playing strength of the hand properly now.
March 21
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I have continued to use Flash version only because the speed of the new version is way too slow. After losing the connection in the middle of the $5 & $1 games on the Flash version this morning, I entered a couple of $1 games on the new version. I lost $1 in one of these as well.

I logged back onto the Flash version after reading your comment. I played in a 20 entry $1 game and won comfortably when I completed 26 boards. As a matter of comparison, I could only complete 19 boards with the “new version”.

BBO needs to increase the speed under the new version.
March 17
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I was logged in and in the middle of a $5 total points game earlier, and a $1 total points game now. I was leading both of these when I got stuck and the robots would not make the next bid/card play. Eventually I got booted out of BBO. Both times I ended up losing the $$$.

I am going to stay off of BBO until they have the server upgrade properly put in place. With 16,000+ logged in now, I am not allowed to have my computer available for BBO use.
March 17
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Am I trying to hand IMPs to my opponents? Why Would I come into an auction all of a sudden on my 9 HCP hand when they opened 1 on my right, responded 1nt on my left, and rebid 3 on my right?

If you meant this hand to be South instead of East, and East passed again on our right, we bid 4 rather than 3nt.
March 16
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Responsive double for / (44+).

Two options for meanings of 2nt:

1) 2nt = more distribution in / than dbl (9+ or 10+ cars in /)

2) 2nt = “good 2nt”, showing hand with 10+ to 13- with an unspecified suit that you want to make a strong invite with

3/3/3 directly = 7-10 ish; competitive
March 14
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