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If you only have 1 it's too likely that they raise on your left so you have to bid it right away or never have the chance
Jan. 11, 2018
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Hey Guys,

Congrats on all of the success!! I have a few questions for the two of you.

1) What is it going to take to get you to switch to a transfer club system?

2) Adam how does it feel being old and not being able to play juniors anymore; when do you expect to be representing the USA in an open event and would you be playing with your brother?

3) If each of you had to enter an event playing with yourself which pair would do better?

Let me know when you're crossing through Atlanta!
Oct. 3, 2017
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Congrats Meck! I only wish I could have bet against you for it happening so you would have had a win/win. But as always when I sit down at a table I'll assume I'm better :) Well deserved not only for your career, play, ethics, leadership in bridge, guidance to future bridge players, and the rare ability to find a partner you can play with for decades, but also just being a stand up guy who without question deserves the accolades given. I hope to play against you and teach you something :)
Feb. 22, 2017
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Congrats Ben! Getting Stevo to write a positive post about someone is one of the highest honors there are, and I hope that I can follow in your footsteps in the future. Seriously though great work and congrats to you for the work you did to deserve it!!
Jan. 26, 2017
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Congrats to Mitch!! Couldn't have happened to a better guy, and I'll get back to you when I finish finding all the sessions we've played together for backlogged entry fees :)
July 3, 2016
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USA with one medal, two to go :)
Aug. 23, 2015
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Justin I've got three for you:

1) Favorite Psych Story

2) When will the team of Lall-Lall; Bessis-Bessis; Bilde-Bilde win an international title?

3) Do you have a favorite falsecard or tactical bid I should watch out for in the future
Jan. 15, 2015
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One of my favorite quotes from Larry Cohen “Guessing what Zia is going to do is not a growth industry”
May 6, 2012
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Fit.
April 17, 2012
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Does being in a new(ish) partnership matter to you guys? Do you have any ways to show both minors?
April 16, 2012
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Do you find any difference in your ability to concentrate when playing online or in person?

Also do you think that the future of bridge will be online; tournaments entirely online?
April 13, 2012
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Oh, I think this is probably a pretty clear 4S. It was the hand I was dealt on bbo so I didn't put any effort into modifying it; I'm more interested in how much people change it before they'll bid 3nt even with the fit. Feeling they might be able to get 9 tricks even if Spades split badly or fearing a Club ruff in 4S.
April 8, 2012
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I'm certainly not an elite or professional player, but I have made quite the effort to dress quite nicely when I play bridge. This has resulted in a few things most of all a much improved demeanor at the table (I like most younger players have gone through the “annoying phase” – I'm being polite), some of which is me realizing that I was being an ass at the table ;) but I do think that dressing nicely had an impact on my presence. I think that dressing nicely has been a huge help in improving my reputation from the people who played against me when I did act inconsiderate. And it has also simply made me stand out even more than just being one of the younger players at tournaments; every tournament I go to someone will compliment me on my wardrobe, and I simply meet more people this way.

I think, however, all of these are personal reasons for the way I dress. I especially do not think they extend to newer younger players playing the game for a couple of reasons. If a new junior comes to a tournament and were to see everyone dressed quite well it may turn them off because that simply isn't how they dress and they don't want to change to go play a game. I think that with such few juniors as it is we need to make entering the bridge world as easy as possible and we need fewer things that may turn new players away. Also I believe having the top tier dress better would not effect very much; if when I went to my first tournament you told me that Nunes and Fantoni were at the table next to me I would have responded with a “that's cool.” Before catching the “bug” I do not think recognizing great players is a big deal, and afterwards people love bridge enough that someone having a wrinkled shirt on will not change one's willingness to play.

I also do come across people who take little to no care in what they look like with stains on their shirts, and I do not think that this is really acceptable. I do actively dislike playing at these tables, and I do think that that would turn away future players.

Anyway I've gone on for way too long!
April 2, 2012
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Bridgemates are so much better imo – as an aside I think there should be a small penalty for incorrect scores because people pay much less attention to checking scores on these than pickup slips, and even I've been known to type in wrong scores. And I also prefer the stand alone clocks. So I've yet to actually hear where this new club is going to be, mind filling me in?

How often do you plan to “teach a lesson prior to the game”? What levels do you expect to be teaching for? With sessions ending a little earlier it might be important to also have a lesson after the game on some days especially for newer players where you can discuss the hands they played, or even talk about “how” you should postmortem sessions and hand records: not “resulting” and how to analyse how it would be possible to see different plays at the table.

How are you going to be separating days/nights for different caliber of players? It's been my experience in Atlanta that I can't go to a bridge club on Tuesday because a lot of clubs seem to reserve this day for Beginners/NLMs/other limited games.

Are you thinking of doing some game types that other clubs in Atlanta do not offer? Sadly I'm not sure if Atlanta has enough interest to get enough people to have a real BAM movement, but I have heard of clubs offering a type of Knockout that would continue weekly or bimonthly for a while? Or maybe once a month have a two session Swiss? I'm not sure if any of these are plausible, but no harm in throwing them at you.

Felt tables are wonderful, but it is true that they could easily be stained or destroyed.

Screens (although I love them) are well too expensive, would be hated by 90% of the players, and are not really useful for a place that is running matchpoint games.

I look forward to playing here when I'm in town!
April 2, 2012
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P can always cue their suit to check back on if you have a stopper
March 9, 2012
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If you could be as good at one other thing as your are at bridge what would it be?
March 8, 2012
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Who are your favorite pairs to play against and why?
Do you read many bridge books, and if so which ones do you recommend/have been the most helpful?
March 8, 2012
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There are a few hand types that I can think of that may not have intended to reverse in the first place: a 4D6C hand that was planning just to rebid 2C surely would take advantage of the ability to make a NF 2D bid now. Less likely but possible might be something like xx-Kxx-Jxxx-AKxx maybe opening 1C in 3rd seat to be sure to get a lead director into the auction. So I'm not sure what exact hand type it should be since certainly the second hand is not a “solid minimum” but I don't think it should be a reverse and forcing.
March 7, 2012
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Jerry Helms wrote about this exact auction in the Bridge Bulletin December 2007. www.jerryhelms.com/Ask_Jerry_Articles/Bulletin-2007_12Dec.pdf I think the main difference is that you now have the 2S bid as an “any gf” hand. Personally I'd think that 2D isn't pure min but is less than gf and thus NF…
March 7, 2012
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I usually play what Kaplan plays. PH is always lead directing. Although if their suit is Hearts it is probably better to have double be Diamonds and 3H be the T/o bid; not as good if their suit is spades.
March 2, 2012
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