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Sam Dinkin
Sam Dinkin
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 23, 2012
Last Seen
Aug. 26
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
5th Place NA Swiss, Providence, RI, 2014; Silver Medal 2009 Venice Cup NPC; US Junior Team 1993
Regular Bridge Partners
Cenk Tuncok, JoAnna Stansby, Michael Shuster, Nancy Joe
Favorite Conventions
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ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Sam Dinkin & Mike Shuster SC
Strong !D. Weak 1M 1st/2nd. Legend:½=1st/2nd seats,¾=3rd/4th
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WBF alert procedure
Maybe there should be a “no alert—yes really no alert” card.
WBF alert procedure
WBF is generally more laid back about what to alert and what not to than in ACBL land. I remember a national appeal where a top international player got dinged for not alerting 1D-1N; 2C-2H or similar. Just because that's the written rule above does not mean that Stayman ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
If we evolve to electronic bidding, maybe we can evolve to players at the same "table" in different sound-proof carrels and verbal alerts that are transcribed to text. Like a person who is a card holder for someone unable to physically hold cards, someone could be in the room with ...
WBF alert procedure
All doubles not being alerts is just for non-screen events. It looks clear that the three "don't alerts" take priority over the three "should-be alerts" in non-screen events.
[ACBL] Open Chart Allows These Bids?
Even if you use mathematics instead of English, there are 635 billion+ bridge hands so if a few get in that you did not intend, that should not be the sign of a bad rule. There's a tradeoff between specificity and comprehensibility. This rule seems like it was written ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
The main obvious ones are the overlapping 10-11 range for 1M/1N NV and 2/2 for a hand with a 4+M. The style is pick 2X or 1N (if it qualifies for both, 1NT) if the hand is 2+ controls and not a downgrade for short ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
Yes, we open 4333 8 counts even red. ACBL permits upgrade of 7- counts that meet the rule of 17 (number of cards in two longest suits >= 17). We routinely upgrade those too. (Plus high card points--as Tim noticed below first.)
Open letter to Robb Gordon
We don't open 8-9 with no four card major unless it can preempt at the three level or meets rule of 19. We're still opening 70% of 8-9 hands with 1M so a mere 14 is unlikely to produce game even vs. a max pass. We will open ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
The recorder requested to be educated on the system. I did indeed copy him on the post. We spoke for about 15 minutes and he thanked us. It seems reasonable to file a recorder form if a player thinks the disclosure was inadequate, but as Michael said, he called my ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
My read of the no negative inference rule is that if a hand qualifies for two or more bids, only the bid actually made requires description. The process of picking between the two is a negative inference and possibly a matter of style. I am happy to describe the negative ...

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