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I've used Skype to conference in 3 or 4 friends (audio only) and it worked OK, but Google+ Hangouts seems to be the way to go these days.
May 15, 2013
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So the whole hand was…
Dummy:
876,Q765,KT3,J73

Pard:
J542,JT94,765,54

Declarer:
AKT93,K8,Q4,AK96

Matchpoints:
4S= 15 (17 top)
3S+1 12
3S= 10.5
4S-1 6.5
4S-2 1.5

Partner led the Q and declarer wrapped 10 tricks. I can't imagine a defense that legitimately beats the contract two tricks.
May 10, 2013
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I'll post the complete deal and matchpoints tomorrow.
May 9, 2013
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Being that this is BAM teams is it better to mirror the other table (in this case I'd guess that most will start with 1N if only because of the 17 HCP) or to find a better auction? If that is so DBL or 1S could be right.
Feb. 11, 2013
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Gee I wished I'd read this before posting to Kitty's post below. Then I'd just have had to reply “Ditto.”
Feb. 3, 2013
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I mostly agree with Kitty on type issues. However, the size of the font works OK for my aged eyes. OTOH the Small Caps heads look affected to me. There are a few spacing problems, probably just an HTML thing. Lastly, please delete Papyrus from your font file. See http://www.papyruswatch.com But thanks for not using Comic Sans!
Feb. 3, 2013
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That's the problem I always had with the transfer followed by a transfer scheme. Opponents don't always sit quietly while we make the wheels turn and bid all the suits.
Jan. 14, 2013
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I'm interested that you are so enthusiastic about TO doubles with a flat 13. What are your limits? Must have 3-3 or better in majors? How many hcp? When does vul apply? It seems that the “European” style is catching on in staid ACBLand.

Thanks.
Dec. 13, 2012
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Check Dan Neil's systems page (http://www.bridgewithdan.com) You'll find many varieties of Precision-based systems, some canape. You might also ask Al Hollander (ahollan1 on BBO) who keeps notes on Ekeblad's system.
Dec. 5, 2012
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I think this is spot on. Unfamiliar systems are difficult to defend against, especially if you only have two boards to play and have time limits, i.e. you can't spend five minutes at the top of the round discussion defenses with pard. Even if the opps are familiar with say a Precision 2C opener, it takes a few seconds of cogitation to make the adjustment to a 2D opener with similar shape and values. Perhaps there should be some guidance given to directors and committees to allow for the unfamiliarity factor. The Laws are the laws, but applying them to achieve an equitable result takes some wisdom.
Nov. 29, 2012
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Thanks for the comments. I felt that bidding my suits in natural order (longer then shorter) was obvious, but partner felt that I was showing a powerful hand and pushed to a no-play 6N.
Nov. 16, 2012
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Thanks for the comments.

FWIW in a 19 table ACBL club game EW bid 2S and made 6 times for 13.5 MPs, 2S made 3 for 17, 2S and 3S (total of six results) minus one = 5.5 One EW pair bid 2N -3 for 1 MP.

NS bid 3H twice and made 16 and 18 MPs (+3 and +4) 4H bid once, down one for 8.5. 3D bid twice … down 1 for 8.5, -2 for zero.

Looks like a brave passed hand 2H is the bid to make rather than the negative double.

Nov. 9, 2012
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And we are *absolutely* certain that Adam isn't a 40-year old?
Oct. 21, 2012
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Sending the joke to all my Irish friends. v. funny.
Sept. 11, 2012
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Good luck to Fred and thanks for all that he's done for bridge. I am interested though by the number of partnership reorderings and “retirements” such as that of Fred and Larry Cohen that we've seen recently. It seems that the pressure of high-level bridge is greater than in the past. Is that due to the expectations of sponsors? Or is it simply that the pros are of a better caliber than 20-40 years ago?
July 5, 2012
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As a (recent, and much more youthful than you'd think) 60 year old I resent your comment about the ACBL youth marketing efforts. They obviously were written by 70 year olds. ;> But I get your point, the “Bridge is Cool” campaign is lame even to these rheumy eyes. I think your suggestion of a high school league is excellent. If they can get four or eight nerds together for a debate club (yes, I was a member) they can get four or eight for a bridge club to battle the local rivals.
March 8, 2012
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I played against Kyle and Rose at a local sectional a few years ago. He claimed a contract and my partner and I put our cards back in the board trusting his expert knowledge. About 2/3rds into the next hand, he says,“I was wrong. One more trick to you on the last hand.” A class guy.
Feb. 27, 2012
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Why doesn't everyone who desires a relaxed, more social game play in the ABA? Although I haven't played with them, they are famous for the warm spirit of competition and sociability.
Feb. 14, 2012
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I agree that it would be terrific to hear about the hands and the learning that resulted. This relates to Peg's Playing Up article. Even very good players like Kevin benefit from playing against the best competition available.
Feb. 10, 2012
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Try running the audio through Audacity. A little filtering and a lot of compression might make the dialog audible. Just a thought.

And…congratulations to the winners.
Nov. 27, 2011
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