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Sathya Bettadapura
Sathya Bettadapura
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Software engineer by profession. My other passion is South Indian Classical Music, quite possibly the most rhythmically complex music system. Live in Northern California. I have played more Nationals over the last ten years than regionals or sectionals as it's harder to take time off. I only have a little over 2.000 MP, but more than 300 Platinum Points.


I have played a fair amount of Spingold and Vanderbilt with peers and beaten seeds in the range of 19-29 consistently on the first day. But due to low seeding points, always forced to face a top seed the second day with predictable results except in Toronto, '01 when we beat seed#15 in a head-on match on day#1. In Toronto, 2011, we beat seed #19 on day#1, faced team Monaco on day#2 and lost to them by less than 15 IMPs.


That's the reason I love the Reisinger. No seeding. In addition to the 3 times I have made it to the semi-finals, in Boston, '99 we failed to qualify for second day after losing two tie-breakers !

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making it to 2nd day in NABC Fast Pairs 2011 after a 42.2% game in the first session
Bridge Accomplishments
Beat#15 in Spingold, Toronto, '01, Reisinger Semi Finals '02, '11, '12, '17. Blue Ribbon Pairs Finals '98, '03, '06; LM Pairs Finals '06, '15, '17, Platinum Pairs Finals '17
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Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
NABC Fall Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Good-Bad, Kickback, 3c Puppet over 1nt, Muppet over 2nt, Bergen (yes, the B word :)), 1m-2h bal 11-12
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Sathya and Krishnan
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Sathya Bettadapura & Danning Dong
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Jun
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Yanong
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Rajendra
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya and Madhu
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Sathya B & John Gilbert
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Sathya- Mike Schneider
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Sathya- Ping Hu
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Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Either eliminate gender or age based events or stop calling them National events.
Clarification of Tom Kniest Hand
Not sure how North found that 3 call. Once he did that though, if South has his double North would be justified in assuming that South must have significant values outside s which must give him a play for 5.
ATB - Fail to compete
I’m not sure if a bidding poll would have generated as much discussion as an ATB has. The OP wanted to know if they could have avoided falling below par in competition. He couldn’t have made that clear in a bidding poll. The answers in a bidding poll ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Good point about Indonesians. If you go back a couple of years there was team from India ‘NRK’ that had far fewer seeding points than their skill level. They beat seed# 2 or 3 in R64. With so many unknown teams in the fray accurate seeding is quite hard. So ...
ATB - Fail to compete
But doesn’t doubling after 1-2 with k Kxxxx Atx QTxx come with its own risks? The K is unlikely to be terribly useful if your side is declaring. Your LHO is yet unlimited, so if they bid they’ll have an easier time declaring it. Or you ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
IMHO there’s no reason not adopt the Soloway format across the board. The top teams will have no trouble making the cut whether they are seeded or not. And non-professional teams have a decent chance to advance to R32 instead of constantly having to play a top seed in ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
If look at sports like Cricket or Soccer there’s no static seeding in their World Cup Matches. They have a league phase and a KO phase. The league phase is essentially what ‘seeds’ the field and that happens in every single World Cup.
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Why should the strongest two teams or say N teams be ‘protected’ from meeting each other in early rounds by the seeding process. Let’s say two teams which would make it to the finals in a seeded field met early in an unseeded field. One of them loses but ...
ATB - Fail to compete
NS got lucky that responding 1nt worked well here. On average 2 is the most annoying auction for opponents when it’s a competitive hand. If EW hands were interchanged East would have an easy double over 1nt. Over 2 neither East nor West would have had an ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Personally I don’t think there’s a need at all for ‘adulterated Nationals’. If you don’t advance in a National event you always have regional events where the field consists mostly of people who’re in the same situation. Most regional events today are only as strong as ...

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