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Michael Angelo Ravera
Michael Angelo Ravera
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Oct. 6, 2015
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United States of America

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Not Losing Money on NABCs
Targeted free entries do work. For one thing, a person with a free entry needs a partner or teammates. On the other hand, we already have a set of Ribbon qualifiers. Now, if we gave a free first-day or first round entry along with those and allowed some of the ...
Not Losing Money on NABCs
The answer is simple. Charge more to those who can't afford not to play. Charge less to those who won't come unless the price is right. Some logarithmic function of the the player's expected masterpoint win would be about right. Masterpoints are a proxy for how important ...
Viking Club 1M-1NT question
One of the advantages of a limited major suit opener (especially 1) is that, after a non-invitational pass, you can always protect to the 2-level, if opponents come back in and responder has at least a king and a queen. I always alert the pass and explain "may have ...
Using two bidding systems according to vulnerability
In effect, I do it with a few partners. It's basically three-over-one (simple change of suit is only semi-forcing with very light openers which leads to a whacky 18-21 1NT opener in third seat favorable) in first seat favorable and two-over-one otherwise. I, like Mr. Bodell, tried a "two-card ...
At our table it went (P)-1-(2)-3{1}; (3)-5-AP; {1} My partner probably had a 3 invitational transfer available, but decided that his hand was constructive. We play 11-14 1NT so he probably expected to see me bid 3NT. It seems ...
Is Bridge a Sport?
Tim: I am not sure about the Olympic rules of 25m Air Riffle (or of the governing bodys' rules), but I suspect that mechanical assistance would or could be allowed. I checked the rules of at least one governing body and I found no mention that you had to use ...
Is Bridge a Sport?
Both Jeff and Richard: It's not that there is no diminution of skill with advancing age, but 80 year olds are frequently competitive in Bridge. Holding a rifle still is different holding a steering wheel still at 350 km/hr and from working out which way to take a ...
Is Bridge a Sport?
There are about 15 Olympic medals awarded in gun sports. If 25m Air Rifle is a sport, so is Bridge. For a long time, there wasn't a separate women's section. There is a physical activity involved in Bridge as much as there is in Air Riffle (or Motor ...
What is a "world class player"?
I agree with you as far as you go. What is the definition of "being competitive". Round of 8? Round of 16? Representing your District?
Systems with no forcing opening bid or with all 1-level openings forcing
Ian: It is my contention that "the best bidding system ever" would have numerous multi-meaning opening bids and many of these would be either Brown Sticker or HUM. The problem is that you can't really play these methods. The effort of most people is to try something that is ...
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