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Julian Foster
Julian Foster
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Member Since
Sept. 8, 2015
Last Seen
20 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player

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Challenges and concerns for the bridge community
I think the biggest single challenge is that the average person in the street nowadays has no idea what bridge even is. In our (older) generation you frequently played cards at home so you might well have at least heard of bridge even if you didn't know how to ...
3-level responses to 1NT
We use (opposite a weak NT) 4 suit transfers at the 2 level and then: 3C = 55 minors weak 3D = 55 minors GF 3H = 55 majors invite 3S = 55 majors GF Although these come up very infrequently, they do provide a useful negative inference that any transfer and new suit ...
Cater for as much as you can
Yes dummy's clubs were A8x and declarer's Q54. What about on a H lead to the A (you unblock the K) and a C switch. Should you put the Q up?
Tollemache Qualifier - Group A
Could have gone further! "While the ruling was later than usual, more people were consulted than would have been the case with a rushed hearing on Sunday evening. It was therefore thoroughly thought through, though those ruled against may disagree."
Ripped Off
What a remarkably US-centric view. It might surprise you to learn that the game of bridge is alive and well in many countries outside ACBL land. So whether or not the ACBL survives, fails, is restructured, etc, etc is hardly going to determine whether the game itself survives. I have ...
Ripped Off
I can't see cash ever disappearing as a payment option - certainly not at club level. Having said that in Australia we already have: 1. A requirement for all our National level tournaments that entries be made in advance and prepaid. We have online credit card facilities and well over ...
500,000-1 Hand
Sure, understand. It's largely analagous to the case of AQ109xx opposite x. Low to the Q is better there too as it picks up Jx offside. Low to the 10 losing to Kx offside doesn't help as you still lose to the Jxxx onside later. (For the record ...
500,000-1 Hand
I did look at that after posting this. Definitely useful but I found it hard to interpret. Also I couldn't see how you consider variations on the 2nd round. Not so relevant here where you only have one entry so you presumably have to cash CA on the 2nd ...
500,000-1 Hand
Not long after I started playing almost 30 years ago, at a friend's place we hand shuffled and dealt a 32 count. That's still the most I've ever seen or held. At the New Zealand National congress last week there was a 28 point hand (AKQ43 AK94 ...
Forcing or Not?
Assuming 2H over 2C was natural and forcing, then this can't be forcing now because I'd have already bid 2H with such a hand. I have less than whatever 2H's minimum range would have been. It sounds something like a 46xx weak hand to me. Less distributional ...

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