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June 23
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I think it sounds like Bud would like everyone to have a good time; While not losing members in the process.

Our small unit has faced the same problem; and one of our clubs died as a consequence of rigidity on both sides of the question. There are still residual bad feelings, and certain people who try not to play against particular pairs.

As a teacher, I try to give my Flight C players who are ready to advance tools which they can use against the light openers. One way of doing that is to have the players who open light make a presentation about their system to the members of the club.By doing so (explaining strengths & weaknesses & potential vulnerabilities), more familiarity may breed greater acceptance; and possibly excite the former victims into seeing if they can beat them at their own game.

Michael, I think it would be wonderful if you were available to make such a presentation to any club which is facing these issues.
Jan. 28
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Thanks Michael, that is a much better way to put it
Nov. 23, 2016
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My opponents' auction begins 1 - P - 1NT (announced as “forcing” by opener). Me: “you announced forcing?”
Opener: “Yes, we are playing Two over One, & 1NT is always forcing.” The discussion degenerated from there.
Oct. 20, 2016
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Thank you Kit. I was declarer, & was just happy to make it. I never even thought of a squeeze; so I greatly appreciate all of your thoughts & comments on the problem. It was particularly satisfying, because our opponents at the other table told our teammates that 5 Diamonds was a phantom sacrifice.
Oct. 5, 2016
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Thanks, Peiyush; fixed.
Oct. 4, 2016
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Thank you Floyd, I am still learning how to do this
Aug. 29, 2016
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I sponsor a yearly “Pro-Am” game pairing my students and interested “Social Bridge” players with willing Flight A, B & C mentors. I have all the mentees sit South & East. At the end of the game there are prizes awarded (usually some form of chocolate) to the South & East players who declare the largest number of contracts.

I also award a prize to the pair who achieves the largest telephone number; and the last person in the room to take a trick with the 2 (this is mobile throughout the game - with an attached balloon). The emphasis is FUN!
Aug. 16, 2016
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It wins “if” you play it. You might not. That's why all 3 hearts are given as choices for a possible return.
Aug. 16, 2016
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Thanks, corrected
Aug. 16, 2016
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Thank you all very much for your thoughts & insights. I know that if anything similar happens again I will now be better equipped to deal with it.

For the actual hand, the Director did conduct a poll; & awarded an adjusted score in our favor. I do not know the actual result of the poll; although 2 of my friends who were polled told me their answers later: Pass & 50/50 Pass/Double.

The misinformation indicated Responder had 0-5 points; the proper explanation was that Responder had 5-8 HCP.

I conducted a poll here on Bridge Winners. With the proper information 52% Passed, 42% Bid 5, 5% Doubled.
Aug. 12, 2016
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Jeff's comment below is correct
Aug. 1, 2016
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Thank you Kevin, corrected
Aug. 1, 2016
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Sometime in the mid to late 80's Max Hardy gave a talk at the Sacramento Regional. He stated that he was the publisher of Mike Lawrence's Overcall book. And while he recommended that we buy it; he said that he would tell us everything we needed to know about it in the following 6 point check list:

1.Always raise the same way you would if partner had opened with one of a major suit. All you need is a three card fit & about 6 points.

2. A change of suit is corrective. If Advancer changes from a major to a minor, he has no fit. If he changes from a minor to a major or from one major to another he does not deny a fit.

3. A jump in a new suit is corrective but not forcing. It shows about 12-16 and a good 6 card suit.

4.A jump raise is strictly preemptive. It shows 4 card support and some shape without regard for high card points.

5. A jump cue bid promises 4 card support for the overcall & 10 or more high card points.

6. The catch-all. A simple cue bid promises all other good hands and asks for the quality of the overcall. If overcaller repeats his suit cheaply, he has a bad hand. If he makes any other call, he has a reasonable hand for his overcall and is describing where his values are. If Advancer then bids a new suit, the auction is forcing.
July 14, 2016
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