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Michael Bodell
Michael Bodell
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Member Since
July 29, 2010
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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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Honolulu BOD Minutes and Exhibits
I suspect Item 183-01: Reports on Hearings (5 separate items, all passed, 4 unanimous and one 6-1) and Item 183-02: Barring cheaters who have been expelled from the ACBL from ever participating in an ACBL activity (failed 4-20-1) might be worth mentioning in a cliff notes given past threads.
The Hardest Contract
Some people (including I think Kit) play non-forcing 2 is their precision 2 hand (4415-1 shape, ~10-15). You lose the 2 preempt, but you have that in your multi already (assuming you don't play some sort of strong preempts one way and weak preempts the other ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
IMHO no matter how weak your raise is, you wouldn't need to alert beyond the announcement. On the stronger than 12 point hands, I also don't think you need to alert if they are rare raises (like 13-15 balanced raises or something) beyond the forcing. If instead you ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
The example given is of Kaplan inversion where the natural 1 and 1NT are switched and the 1NT therefore is like a 1 response including being basically unlimited in strength. It is not the forcing NT convention. This is in contrast to the OP and similar places where ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
Right, I think basically everyone would agree. The question is on the definition of "with the usual hand types that convention suggests". Many players will say that the weak fitted raise is in fact one of the usual hand types included with the convention. As is a 3 card limit ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
To be clear, here I mean "sound like you have support" not in the sense of doing this as a "concealed partnership agreement" but in the sense that a precision 1M-4M auction is similarly "tricking" people by them not knowing if it is a raise with 5 card support and ...
Alert? Pre-alert? or no issue.
Not necessarily. It is decently common to allow a forcing NT on less than 6 HCP if appropriate. There are two cases that commonly might do this. One is with nothing but support for partner, now you want to buy the contract in 2M and if you correct to 2M ...
Failure to announce
Yeah, failure to have a hand is a more serious problem than failure to alert. The missing alert on 1 is very likely to be serious (although I assume this was actually alerted). A failure to announce/alert that 1 could be 2+ is less likely to be ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
Yeah, other people complain that ratings of individuals (instead of only pairs) or ratings of matchpoints (instead of imps or total performance) mean that the rating system can't be accurate, credible, or exists. But there is actual evidence that proves this incorrect. The Colorado Springs rating system is not ...
Need help defending against Precision 1!D
I like the "standard" defense to 1 of: 2 - natural (with 3 as the cue as likely the 1 bidder has clubs) 2 - passable michaels 3 - stronger michaels as long as the 1 bid can be made on 2 or fewer diamonds. If ...

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