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I can relate to the “You hold…” feeling, however, I always hold my breath hoping it is a bidding or opening lead problem. While they may not all be Michael's level, all experts see to play and defend equally well most of the time. I can't say the same for bidding or opening leads though.
Feb. 25
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Thank you Michael! That was a beautiful analysis, and that's how world par contests are won(ref: Bridge Today magazine).

I'll never forget the first time I saw The Way It Is in a mid or late 70's(I think that's right) Bridge World. Thay led to a lifelong fascination with the game and from that point forward, I could not get enough of the game. And thanks to such books as Adventures in Card Play and Killing Defense, there were tons of both learning options and entertainment.

Now, if only we could play against a field of chthonics rather than humans. I suspect we'd all get better or give up the game.
Feb. 25
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I agree 100% with Steve. Clubs are supposed to be a training ground and we should be allowed to practice any acceptable tactics that would be allowed without question in a sanctioned tournament. That having been said, clubs can do whatever they like including banning such bidding, and pretty much anyone they want as long as it is not for bias. Since the conception of online bridge, do we really care if we can or cannot play in a club game (possibly the possible exception of NAOP? Finally, are inexperienced players not there to learn or are they there just for a social gathering? When I was an “inexperienced player, there was a terrible convention played called the Woodson Two Way NT. It was really abused, but They justified the abuse as ”tactical“, so even if the pair(s) had been playing together for 20 years, there was no recourse. I spent my time learning how to beat these guys and not complaining about their ”tactical" bidding.
Sept. 18, 2018
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While I 100% agree with this, I'd also like use to be limited to higher level games with no masterpoint restriction.
April 27, 2018
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April 17, 2018
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Hmmmm, selling oneself to rich old ladies? What exactly are we selling? Oh, and you left out synchronized swimming.
Feb. 7, 2018
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Excellent suggestion Yu, however, we should target games that have a more social environment. I actually left high-level chess to play bridge - it was not a happy place.
Feb. 7, 2018
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Now that warms my heart. I was an avid MTG player back in the day and oft times wondered if any of these guys played bridge. Never saw anyone I recognized though.
Feb. 6, 2018
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What's wrong with Des Moines? Very centralized and accessible to most people, and probably cheaper than Hawaii. I'd go there.
Jan. 15, 2018
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Steve, thanks for sharing. It was quite enlightening. I guess I am old school but I play a pass shows any 0-4 (if 4, not an A). Double is 4-7 (if 4, must be an A). I don't try to get a perfect result when the opponents interfere over 1C (which they almost always do). +200 vs +100 at IMPs should not be too significant whereas +200 vs +600 in 3N is, and is easier to reach if partner limits their hand early. Just being pragmatic here.
Nov. 13, 2017
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Emily, I am really loving this. Thanks for the effort!
Nov. 13, 2017
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Forever have, and always will hate that “level of player” business. This is a very basic and fundamental bridge problem, yet, quite a few will not realize the unblocking play or at least explicitly. But I totally agree that a thorough claim explanation must be given regardless of how rudimentary the play may appear to declarer. In a similar mode, the world is full of bad claims where declarer did not say, “pulling trumps” and an opponent eventually got a ruff. Finally, even experts have brain farts at times and make bad plays or claims albeit it is usually due to heavy fatigue. But sorry, that excuse or the fact that they are an expert does not get a pass from me.
Nov. 6, 2017
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I expect partner to bid with a weakish 5-5 or better, so by passing the decision to me, I believe they are willing to sit for a penalty double (assuming a double actually is penalty). This is an excellent matchpoint problem.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Dave, thanks for them comment. I posted this in the wrong place, and definitely need to reframe the problem. I am merely asking (or that was my intention) if the director’s comment that bidding after the hesitation is automatic was incorrect. I’ll see if I can get this removed.
Oct. 11, 2017
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That is what I was thinking, however, it must not be totally clear-cut since over 40% of the people that responded bid something. I wonder if an allowance is being made for having occurred in a club game?
Oct. 10, 2017
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Come on Michael, quoting the Clash is a stretch for today's youth. I am pretty sure everyone under age of 30 is reading this and not having a clue who Jimmy Durante might be. Heck, a few might even be thinking, “Hey, he managed the Cubs(they will have no clue who the NY Giants or the Brooklyn Dodgers were either) at one time, right?”.
July 19, 2017
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Congratulations to all, and especially my buddies Joanne and Dennis. Looking forward to following you all in the next stage.
May 9, 2017
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As Michael Rosenberg stated, these hands are not easy to solve at the table, but maybe not so much when stated as problems. And wouldn't you have concerns if the opening leader got both of them right at the table? I led virtually the same cards as Oren. 10 lead did not linger in my thoughts yet seems better and better the longer I considered it, and especially if you are going to lead a anyway.
April 24, 2017
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What else can South do with that (perceived) worthless spade Q and partner showing a dead minimum hand? While I can live with 3 club bid, there were certainly better options. But only 4 Clubs?
Feb. 9, 2017
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Jan, is there any way to cover the top, or top 2-3 tables in the Swiss? It would provide an alternative to those wanting to watch IMPS rather than BAM, and in addition, it allows some insight into high level Swiss Team strategy as opposed to KOs. Thanks!
Nov. 30, 2016
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