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Michael Bodell
Michael Bodell
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July 29, 2010
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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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Would you open 1NT with a void?
Not counting robot games, I think it might have merit when you are swinging. But the ev is clearly negative.
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: 53 53 Q9 Q976542
You are much more likely to be doubled in 3nt, which could risk more. Yes you may be able to bail to 4 then, but that may also be down a bunch. Imagine partner with something like kxx kqx aqjtxx xx maybe.
USBC Semifinal Matchups
From the fantasy Cheryl Schneider is the only perfect so far, and dominates my picks (I just had Rosenthal winning wrong, but otherwise exactly like Cheryl from here). Others may have chances to win if Lall and/or Juster win the semi-final match or Fireman the finals.
forcing or non-forcing?
I would use different terminology than your sentence and example. For me: "Forcing by passed hand" means the passed hand made a forcing bid. "Forcing on passed hand" might mean the passed hand is forced to bid. In general, a limited hand that has described itself can't be forcing ...
1Nt---(2M)---X as penalties
I concur over weak and mini nt where many, many opponents bid with way too weak hands and the penalty opportunities are huge (and you don't need a trump stack when you know your partner has at least 2 in the suit and a certain minimum floor). I don ...
Richard Traxler's bidding problem: Q Q9742 K98654 9
If you play it, 3 as a fit jump might make sense. Usually you'd be stronger but not as shapely for this call, but the 6-5 freak might be worth considering for this action. If you don't have that, 2 seems ok.
Four ideas, none perfect, off the top of head: 1. Pick the matches each night, I.e., have people fill out the round-by-round for USA 2 as it becomes clear who is joining USA2. 2. Bracket USA 2 as normal and if people pick USA 1 correct and thus get ...
What on Earth is Going on?
I believe I have never had 5nt gsf bid at my table. By either my side or opponents. So I'm not sure everyone would play it. On the other side, pick-a-slam comes up all the time (relatively speaking).
A random draw of all ties would be fine. A good tie break that I think has been used before (so maybe software can support) is predicting the final IMP score in the final. Who ever is closest wins.
Delayed Alerts: Theory and Practice
One way to solve this issue, and possibly a good idea in general - at least for serious events, is that both partners of a team are responsible for alerting(and explaining) both of their sides bids. You could determine if they need to happen right away or you could delay ...

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