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Michael Bodell
Michael Bodell
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Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
17 hours ago
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Bridge Player
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Project Manager of Silicon Valley Youth Bridge (SiVY)

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Bridge Accomplishments
Real success in limited national events (1st NAP C, 2nd 0-1500 LM Pairs, 3/4 GNT B, 4th 0-5000 Blue Ribbons) and limited success in real national events (11th national 2-day swiss, 22nd mixed swiss, 22nd 3-day swiss, 26th fast pairs, and other low overalls)
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Claim ruling poll
And note that I think the bigger "bridge problem" isn't "how should you play AQ8x opposite K7xxx to take 5 tricks" where the unblocking is quite clear, but more "do you even notice that you hold AQ8x opposite K7xxx or do you think it is AQxx opposite Kxxxx". It ...
Yehudit Hasin's bidding problem: AK AKT95 Q T9864
Do you play drury? And if so, do you play a style that lets partner bid it fairly aggressively to keep invites low? If yes to both (my preferred style), then only inviting with the presumably natural 3 seems very reasonable, and 4 seems too pushy to me ...
Bidding a Grand
I agree with 7 with shortness. With the Q do you bid 7 or 6nt. What does 6nt show here? Is that denying 3rd round control but demanding NT as a strain? Seems like it ought to be allowing choice between 7 and 7NT and showing the ...
Claim ruling poll
I admit that I often claim online without stating a line. This is especially true if playing from a tablet or mobile phone where typing is problematic time wise, and where there is extensive time pressure on completing the round on time. Even on the computer where typing is easier ...
New Go Program
I think the restrictions to apply are the legal bids. I.e., you can't bid 0 of something, you can't bid 1 if the auction is already at 1, you can't X if your side bid last, etc. Once you have those legal restrictions in ...
Claim ruling poll
One reason to be cautious of claiming less than the rest of the tricks is opponents might defend irrationally and give you the rest of the tricks. Even good players make mistakes or lose focus. I've seen people keep suits I've shown out of and other 0% irrational ...
Claim ruling poll
@Phil, I agree that if you have thought things through well and/or have good general principles that spot transportation is a good thing to get right. But if you are keeping 72 in the long hand on that suit you can keep either the 6 or the 3 in ...
Claim ruling poll
I think AQx opposite KJxxx is different than AQ8x opposite K7xxx. Because it is easier for people to just concentrate on the winning cards, and treat all the non-winning non-honors as equal x's. So AQ8x opposite K7xxx is possible to be thought of, in a confused and careless moment ...
Claim ruling poll
This seems pretty easy for me. Is blocking this suit a mistake that I'd ever make? Unfortunately, yes, when careless or tired I could see myself occasionally making this mistake. So while I'd want to be friendly to claims and try to speed something up, failing to mention ...
ATB: Who should have taken the push ?
Right, my ruff rule of thumb shows this as a X at MP from W too (my HCP + partners minimum HCP + my # of clubs + partners min # of clubs is 24; generally 23 is enough to X at the 3 lvl at MP but at least a good 25 to X ...

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