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I wonder if anyone has monitored/analyzed movement (if any) of ACBL players to online bridge. Is this a thing? Are the numbers significant?

As the bridge population ages, it becomes more feasible for members to keep “active” by playing online. Geographic issues play a role here, too.

I don't know the answer, but wonder if it might be a factor in your analysis.
Nov. 11
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1nt (10-13) - 2 (art. gf or weak )
2 - 2nt (gf, shape ask)
3 (5 card minor) - 3 (which?)
3 () - 4 (k/b)
4 (0/3) - 7nt (must be 3, count 13 tops)
Oct. 21
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I also believe this was a no-brainer problem, but wanted to check to see if anyone could come up with another call.

Thanks for your responses.
Sept. 4
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I held the west cards in this deal and voted that west was at fault, but the auction shown is not completely accurate. West dealt and passed, then the auction proceeded as above. This presents west with an additional option to cuebid 3 hearts en route to 4 spades, showing a better hand than a simple competitive 3 spade call, which I failed to do.
July 25
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Congratulations to you and your teammates, Steve!
July 24
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Let's face it, computers overtaking humans in bridge is just around the corner. Based on the steady march of games and applications in which computers have excelled, it is inevitable!

Sigh …
July 15
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I don't mind the initial pass. The auction has taken a beautiful turn for you, and by reopening with a takeout double you show your hand completely. Partner will now be able to compete intelligently.

I don't like 3 initially either since you have both majors.
June 27
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I would have bid 3d, and now that I did I have to examine the right level. I can't pass 3d in good conscience, so it's either 4s or 5d. Given form of scoring, I opt for 4s, but would likely bid 5d at imps.
May 11
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As alarming as this % drop appears, it may be too early to evaluate in the long term. My suggestion: wait until next year to confirm (if trend continues) or bounce back with a more normal Gatlinburg-like table count.

I know, post mortems are only fun right after the event! :)
April 30
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Ed, the cincybridge website is quite impressive! It is informative, well layed out, and appears to serve its membership in a comprehensive and professional manner. Thanks for the link!
April 12
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John, if you'd like to see an active club website using bridgewebs, check out http://eastsidebridgecenter.com
April 11
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This article may have had legs if one or two other “interesting” stories were published at the same time. I was so hoping it was true, but because of the lack of any other newsworthy events it was easy to spot.

Keep trying, BW!
April 1
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Congratulations Mark and Richard - another fine performance. Well done!
March 30
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Bridge is a competition. By that definition, it is easy to see how some twist the meaning to think of it as a sport, since sports are also referred to as competitions. But the difference between the two is that sports are also physical activities, where bridge, like chess, fails this litmus test.

Bring on full contact bridge!
March 28
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Great to see your names on top of the heap - go get 'em today!
March 27
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Thank you for sharing this with the bridge playing population, Mr. Gidwani. This is exactly the type of transparency that the ACBL BOD consistently lacks, and demonstrates (to me, at least) the type of leaders we are regrettably missing out on. Good luck!
March 26
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Declarer's claim license should be revoked for some meaningful period of time in both cases, even though both should result in garnering all of the tricks.

Thanks for the chuckle, Roger!
March 14
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Thanks, MK - I missed that!
Feb. 12
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Simple rules! I like this structure, and can even play it opposite precision 1d opener.

Just an observation, in the sequences involving using the next step asking for stoppers (NLHB) have you considered inverting the responses to BLHN, or LHBN? This would push the N beyond 3NT, which doesn't seem to interfere with anything and retains the likelihood of playing 4M when you are missing a stopper.

Great article!
Feb. 12
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Oh, to be alive 50 (or so) years from now when humanity rediscovers the game of bridge and launches into the “new renaissance” of the game, totally reincarnated with autonomous playing interfaces, full-disclosure aids, advanced bidding methods available to to new and intermediate players, and (add whatever improvement you like here). How refreshing it would be!
Dec. 14, 2018
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