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ATB
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I sent out a few emails to some players and have gotten a rather unanimous response for 2NT after 2. At that point, I think I'd just bid Gerber, see if partner has 3 Aces, and then bid 6. Sure, 6NT makes, and maybe he pulls, but at least we're in one.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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Nobody in the room was even in a slam. At least we wouldn't be alone in an ACBL-wide game.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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That distribution is impossible. He would bid 1 over 1 with 4 of them. He has to have 3.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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I'll admit it was wrong of me to say “exonerated” as it makes it seem like I'm free from any criticism here. It's not like I placed the contract any better.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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It's not my place to say it was a really bad bid. That's what the BW community is for.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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He has to be at most 3-3 in the Ms. We play an up-the-line style. He would not bypass that suit. I don't know what to tell you. Yes, 4 is out there, but I know that much about his hand.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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Is 5 really misjudging, though? I know my partner has at least 6 and exactly 3. He can't have 4, so the main distribution that pops out to him burying me is 3-3-0-7. I can easily have 2 losers in 5 if they aren't 3-3 or the T doesn't fall doubleton, and this is MPs. I thought I was choosing our best spot.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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We weren't playing Kickback, so 4 would just be a cuebid. 4NT would probably be best because knowing about the Q of would be really useful on this hand. At that point, I can just say 6NT and count 12 tricks. Unless, of course, he has the A of , not the A of , and he doesn't have the Q there.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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2 direct over 1: Criss-cross (LR in his suit)

2 after 2: Signoff
April 7, 2016
ATB
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After 4, I (West) was just trying to figure out what my partner would take as natural and what my partner would take as a cuebid to dig me deeper. I was stuck, to say the least.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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We were playing a very standard 2/1 card. I'll exonerate myself and say that I was not East, or else this poll wouldn't exist.
April 7, 2016
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And to be fair to Lance (which no one should be considering how terrible of a person he was regarding the whole ordeal), he was competing in a sport where just about everyone was and still is doping. Lance was pretty much evening the field by doing what every other cyclist is doing. Bridge is different in that it's a much more clean sport. Cheating isn't evening the field, but rather getting ahead.
April 6, 2016
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We can have a separate poll to establish how much of an idiot I am if this poll hasn't done enough.
April 4, 2016
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They play a 15-17 NT, so you know the 1NT rebid is 11-14.
April 4, 2016
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That's what I ended up doing, thinking he'd be longer in than if I were to pick one. Good point about the lead, though. Maybe my pass would help him find the K of lead.
April 3, 2016
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I ended up pulling (and got an undeserving good score in the process thanks to some misdefense), but part of my thinking in doing that was my partner was certainly getting off to a bad lead against 1NT. He's not leading a red suit, so should I just take the risk that it's going down even with a black suit lead (which, to be fair, he did promise, and that makes it sound like I'm answering my own argument)? It just looks to be like his likely lead is helping them find a 7th trick.
April 3, 2016
Matthew Weingarten edited this comment April 3, 2016
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Partner's hand (FWIW): 98xx Kx Ax ATxxx
April 3, 2016
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I was concerned so many other people were taking it seriously. The first thing I thought when reading the message was that it was a good joke.
April 2, 2016
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First and foremost comes a partner. If I'm not playing with a regular partner, I'm not going to the tournament. So if I get asked, I immediately put the tournament into the “Under Consideration” category as long as I have the time.

Having a partner is 1a and then comes cost at 1b. I just graduated college and haven't begun my full-time job yet. I don't have the funds every other Bridge player has. Finding a hotel is usually reasonable because as a Junior, I have no standards. As long as I can sleep at night, shower in the morning, and have Wifi to check up on stuff throughout the day, I don't care if I'm sleeping on a bed, a couch, or a floor. Hotels are even more reasonable because I try to split with at least one other person, usually my partner. At my age, that's a big deal. Saving upwards of $50 a night adds up very quickly throughout the duration of a tournament.

The real killer is flights. Some major tournaments are just held in areas that are a pain to get to. Reno was the first NABC where I didn't have a direct flight. Maybe that's the fortune of living near a major airport (Tampa), but multiple legs add up to long days of travel and high costs. Not everyone is too worried about that, but when you're living on what you made during your last summer internship and the occasional game you direct at the local club, it becomes more of a hassle.

Another big factor is projected attendance. I'm not going out of my way to a tournament if it's going to be a dud. I actually stopped going to some of the regionals in my own district for that reason, and those are the ones I have no problem driving to. A big crowd and big names are sellers for me.

I guess I also left out time, but that's because I'm currently in the period between school and a job where the only thing I have is time. That's not going to be the case in a few months. That's going to be a big factor too. Sure, I'd love to be playing Bridge, but I need to work towards the vacation days I can take off to actually go to big tournaments.

I was impressed by how much I wrote down for what I considered to be a simple question. I guess there's more that goes into me deciding to go to tournaments than I thought.
March 22, 2016
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As someone who has played with and against Sally multiple times, congrats and well-deserved!
March 21, 2016
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