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All comments by Matthew Weingarten
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Like everyone else is saying, there is an option to disable the percentages. Our club used to have them on for all non-special games and some people (including me to a strong extent) complained about it to the point of them turning it off completely. It wasted too much time because everyone at the table had to know what the percentage was and then discussed what they could have done to get a better percentage. I mean, that can't possibly wait until after the game, right?
May 27, 2016
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Has a 1 vs. 16 upset ever happened in a major Bridge event? I'm using college basketball as a comparison, where it's never happened.
May 5, 2016
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I think the Nickell team plays very well after coming off of a loss. After the Vanderbilt performance, Meckwell won the Pairs event and then they finished second in the Swiss. Maybe they'll use that early exit and their doubters to fuel their fire to victory. You can never count them out.
May 5, 2016
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As a member of the USBF training program, what the Rosenbergs do for Junior Bridge is unbelievable. They have gone above and beyond when it comes to keeping the younger generation not only interested in playing Bridge but also playing at a high level.
May 2, 2016
ATB
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I wasn't sure, so I just made a forcing bid to keep this auction open. Our methods are pretty limited.
April 8, 2016
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What I meant was had I said 4, I wouldn't make a poll because I knew my bid was highly responsible for the result. Doesn't mean I wouldn't screw up as East.
April 8, 2016
ATB
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Thanks for the nice encouraging words, Chris. I agree with everything you've said and try to do the same as a good partner.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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As for my 5 bid in your earlier comment (just noticed it now), I did consider blasting 6 (never 6NT). Maybe I just need to take a risk and hope I'm not off two Aces, and if I am, ask why he took up all of my room to stay out of it.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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Of course. He acknowledged he didn't know what was perfect and wanted to hear what others had to say. I wouldn't have made a post if that wasn't the case. I don't go on BW looking to lose partners (but maybe that isn't a bad idea in more than few cases). Maybe it should have been designed as just a general discussion instead of ATB to look at better bidding sequences instead of just having people rip on my partner. That's probably what I should have done.
April 7, 2016
ATB
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If I was East, 4 wouldn't have existed, but that doesn't mean I would have gotten the final contract right either. Trust me, you can leave it to me to screw up an auction. The intent of this poll was not to rip my partner for what everyone is calling a “poor bid.” I agree, Bridge is a partnership game, and to make any vitriolic actions to affect that is asking for trouble. We already had our discussion on how we could have done better on this hand. I wanted to see how everyone here would approach it. I'm not trying to flame a war. I realize one of my earlier comments did not show my true intentions, and apologize for that. I often forgot to think before I speak/type.
April 7, 2016
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
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