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Allan Stauber
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Aug. 10, 2010
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#1 PERSONAL BEST! Preempting on 9 of the first 11 deals in a duplicate event. Inexplicably, all the other players sitting in my direction forgot to bid anything on many of those hands. #2 PERSONAL BEST! Being written up by Alan Truscott, “The New York Times” bridge columnist, for discarding a low spade from a worthless 3 card holding. I can’t be certain, but perhaps that is unique. In any case, it is weird regardless of the perpetrating weirdo. As Truscott noted, only a 1000% complete idiot would do such a thing in the given circumstances if that were his actual holding. Unfortunately, for the virtuous declarer, a multiple National Champion, the ACBL did not require a pre-Alert that he actually was playing against such a mega-moron. He went down 2 instead of making his contract. To further compound the stomach-wrenching travesty, that dumped enough matchpoints to the bilious offensive defensive mega-idiot and his partner for them to ignominiously purloin that National event back when men were men --- instead of the open, endplayed toys that they are today, even if they only want to pass. #3 PERSONAL BEST! 5 Straight (not to mention, consecutive) 70% games at the dreaded Poughkeepsie, NY club level with 5 different partners! PLUS --- by club or even much higher tournament standards, the games were actually pretty decent. Among other players, there were a bunch of bridge geeks who were IBM managers, engineers, programmers, other 2 hour lunch game addicts, etc. [Economics Note: Many academics, journalists, etc. have “credited” bridge (especially at Bear Stearns) for many aspects of the Housing Market Fiasco and other financial lunacies. However, to my knowledge, those “experts” have rarely “attributed” various IBM debacles over the years to bridge. I have no idea why.] MISCELLANEOUS DISHONORABLE MENTION LUCK OUTS Spring Nationals Top Performance Spingold KO Teams Reisinger BAM Teams Blue Ribbon Pairs Various other National shootouts --- then got excommunicated from the ACBL due to egregious overbidding and play. After just an occasional National bout of whacked out bidding and play every few eons, I discovered that the ACBL now allows certain types of semi-egregious bridge (especially bidding) --- at least for some semi-maniacs. Naturally, I had to raise the egregious overbidding “standard” again to compensate for this revolting development. Therefore, in recent years, I started playing again in some more scattered National events. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the ACBL to stop an event if we were first with one session to go, or find some mutually agreed price to disqualify the winners! Despite that, I may plod on to some other events anyway.

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Regulation of Strong 2C opening bid
Restricted to 13 cards? That is much too strict. For example, in the RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) annual bridge tournament years ago, I know that hands often had more than 13 cards. I saw one with 17! Since these hands routinely produced several tricks after the other hands were out ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
BTW, psychic runouts have many purposes besides getting to play un-X’ed, mucking up the auction in some other way, etc. When willing to have it go float or in some other circumstances, they can be used to help describe 3-suiters, some 2-suiters & exact lengths of each, some 1-suiters, etc ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
It's tough to have the best of all worlds when in 2 level competitive situations. X's often are for takeout or at least tend to be. However, in such situations when there's a good chance that the opponents are scrambling, in trouble, etc., I think it may ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
There was mention of N not X’ing 2 on the last board, but now that I see the actual deal, it appears that 2 was DONT or some kind of scramble. Whatever it was, S also has a reasonable X: 4 trumps, a singleton, etc. And even ...
Odds of number in a suit when pard opens a short club
It depends somewhat on your 1 opening "style." For example, a famous player told me this story about one of the best players in the U.S. (I better not mention any players' names, partly because I wasn't there, and I can get into enough trouble on my ...
GNT Final: District 9 vs. District 21
I didn't see that anyone posted the deal, and I couldn't find it elsewhere either. Anyway, even without it: 1. Weren't the opponents playing some strong NT overcall range? If they were, evidently 13 HCP's at most makes it very unlikely that RHO thinks he really ...
Extreme Bridge #9: Uncontrolled Bidding
Since a lot of quote marks are popping up in the comments, I also put them around "accidentally" in the article.
Extreme Bridge #9: Uncontrolled Bidding
Yes, Steve uses some similar conservative approaches. When I used to play a lot years ago, we were together on various teams. Usually, he played with Fred Stewart. But one of the times that Steve and I played together, the opponents did bid higher than we did on a few ...
Bridge Down Under - What a Difference!
What Jim doesn't tell you is that it is great to be able to blame the bar when you get to 7NTX, and after the lead is made, concede the first 13 tricks! Of course, earlier that day, I had "taught" him my system over 1NT. That might have ...
Extreme Bridge #1: The 7NT Opening Preempt (Amended Version)
I have complained occasionally that bids above 7NT should be allowed for reasons that didn't even include this one! This makes my case even stronger!
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