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Sathya Bettadapura
Sathya Bettadapura
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
28 minutes 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, Blue Ribbon Pairs Finals '98, '03, '06; LM '06, '15, Platinum Pairs Finals '17
Regular Bridge Partners
Typical CC:
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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Why did partner unblock ?
“Once you decide partner must have a stopper”. That’s is not clear at all. How and when do you conclude that ?
Why did partner unblock ?
I’m not sure the Q wouldn’t have been interpreted as an emphatic come-on for .
Why did partner unblock ?
Thanks for all the responses. Imagine lading the 4 from K73 QT74 8 T9652. When partner wins the Ace and returns the 9 it appears that declarer has 4. His most likely shape now appears to be 3433. For high cards he has only two red Kings, must have ...
Why did partner unblock ?
Ian, To the best of my knowledge the format of Lead Problems does not lend itself to presenting defense problems such as this one. If you believe otherwise please feel free to post this problem as a lead problem and post the link here. It'll be educational for the ...
Why did partner unblock ?
Sorry, don't understand what you're trying to say. You did win the first trick and returned the 9. Are you saying you wouldn't win the first trick or not return the 9 if you did win the first trick ?
Why did partner unblock ?
2nt was not even alerted at the time. Before the lead was made dummy said "GF, can have Majors". But most people who play 2nt as GF typically have 13-15 balanced I think. Kxx KQx Kx KQxxx is way too strong to simply bid 2nt even at BAM. That's ...
A fratricidal criss-cross
Given the spots in partner's hand, it's not quite clear whether he has the Queen or not. Did you consider continuing s as that promotes your trump Queen just as your counterpart did at the other table ?
Defense is still hard
What I find more useful than poll choices is your reasoning for that choice like Kit's comment above. My choice at T2 is a . The best holding for declarer is Qx and K. But in that case declarer has to give us a trick and use dummy ...
A fratricidal criss-cross
What lay-out did you have in mind ?
A Better Move
Do you remember him saying anything about having your bid Donald ?

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