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All comments by Mike Ma
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Gary, as Larry pointed out, you have two entries to your hand, use them in whatever order required. I don't have strong opinion on what should go in AtB.
Feb. 19, 2014
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Gary, after playing A, you ruff 2 's (using K as entry to hand for second ruff) before playing the second off the board.
Feb. 19, 2014
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My reaction after reading the article was “Who should get CREDIT for staying out of the slam”.
Feb. 19, 2014
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I have no way of knowing who are graduate students or not for sure. However, I suspect most of those with full chinese names like “Yuda Wang” are international graduate students from China, or they immigrated here with their parents. Those with names like “Eugene Lo” are probably ethnic chinese born in the US, and may be undergrad or grad, although it is possible they are from Hong Kong (e.g. my name). I doubt I am too far off on the whole.
Feb. 17, 2014
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Are you surprised that bridge is much more popular in china than here? Or that there are lots of graduate students from China in major American universities?
Feb. 17, 2014
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Imagine you hired someone to do your tax return and he did it totally wrong, and you ask IRS to accept your incorrect return because it is not your fault. That just isn't the way it works in the real work. The best you can expect IRS to do is allow you to submit a new return and not penalize you.
Feb. 16, 2014
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I am not suggesting anyone should sue anyone, since Masterpoints can't be that important. I am saying if people are going to bitch, they should identify who is/are responsible. I work hard for no pay in lots of things, but I never think I don't need to check with the authorities if I want to organize something beyond my immediate charge. BTW, ACBL board are also working for no pay.
Feb. 16, 2014
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If ACBL retroactively sanctions this, everybody under the universe can host an event, take money, and claim it is ACBL event. The players who got screwed by the the person responsible should sue him/her and get their money back with whatever damage they incur.

There are lots of things wrong with ACBL, but blaming them for an out of control unit board member is not productive.
Feb. 16, 2014
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Good to hear. In the 80's the MIT Bridge Club was ACBL certified. During the weekend, people would stay and play till like 2 am in the morning. When I was one of them, I would then walk back towards Harvard Square, which (stupidly) amounted to asking to be mugged around Central Square.
Feb. 15, 2014
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Glad to see both my undergrad and grad alma matas represented. Puzzled why the universities in Boston, including the one in Cambridge where I worked for a few years (not Harvard) are not participating.
Feb. 14, 2014
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If S passes, she will not be correcting 2 to 2, their side will be bidding over 3 or even 4.
Feb. 14, 2014
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My bad. I thought you meant 2 bids that are different from standard 2/1. Sorry.
Feb. 9, 2014
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“Some Precision players might open 1? with a singleton (or even a void) in diamonds, if they play non-standard 2 level openings.”

Actually it is if they play standard weak 2 that 1 will have to include singleton, may be void depending on the restrictions on 2.
Feb. 9, 2014
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Actually, more fantasy, even with xx, xxxxx, xx, xxxx; 2-2 break, and 4 makes
Feb. 8, 2014
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OK, many players don't pass with an ace, but I don't know many that would bid with 2 Q's (and 2 only, what are you going to bid after opener's 1?)). So it may be my level is not up to par. Take away the Q, 4 still makes if are 2-2.
Feb. 8, 2014
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Really? xx, Qxxxx, xx, Qxxx from partner and you have good play for 4, while 1 is making or down 1.
Feb. 8, 2014
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How about just agreeing to use Kanter's book on defense as default, and then make minor changes gradually as you see fit? The advantage of using the entire system of someone like Kanter who knows what he is doing is the he is aware of internal inconsistencies and have worked them out. While if you borrow piecewise from different systems, you will be loaded with all kinds of internal inconsistencies unless you really know what you are doing.
Feb. 8, 2014
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Seriously, are there that many people who have not read Kanter's book on defense? If you have a regular partner that you have agreements about all kinds of doubles, or if you are an expert (for which I am in no position to comment), that is one thing, but if you are an intermediate player, why re-invent the wheel?
Feb. 7, 2014
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Unless E has overheard that NS make 4 on this hand, why should he psyche over 1? He has 6 points and an ace.
Feb. 6, 2014
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Given this was the first board, I am surprised her answer wasn't something like “Did I double? I must have pulled out the wrong card.”
Feb. 4, 2014
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