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Steven Mcgrahan
Steven Mcgrahan
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Member Since
June 8, 2013
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Bridge Player
about me

Learned weak NT to start then Acol, then SA, then Precision and then 2/1 (the easiest to learn as more of a treatment). Now try for 2/1 and Precision but often get stuck with SAYC. Recently learned Mosca club with canape and Polish club.

Book i learned bidding most from Precision Bidding in Acol by Eric Crowhurst

Redoubled with overtricks:

2D+2, 3N+2, 4S+2, 2S+3, 1N+3, 1S+3, 2H+4, 4S+1, 4N+2


Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Top 2015 Online pts U1000 for ACBL Unit 166
Favorite Tournaments
Hamilton Sectional
Favorite Conventions
fourth suit forcing
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Laura & Steve
2/1 GF
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T-Precision 3.0
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Time to simplify the laws?
The club/tournament director doesn't need a clock to know who is slow. It is the usual suspects and they are never penalized. Adding a clock and watch them still not be penalized would just be even more annoying.
You call the Director. You get a ruling
The poll makes no sense. Has two mutually exclusive cases: ruling in favour and against. Has 3 conditions applying to a ruling against you. How can you possible know which applies without knowing the facts. Don't want comments; don't post or ignore those who do post.
Time to simplify the laws?
0 for an infraction. I dont think so. should be like football if implemented 5 for off-side 10 for holding 14 personal foul.
ATB - 21 HCP 3NT game
Esko Pikataival said "2♦ = wide range, can be up to some 17 hcp" How do you know to pull when it could be cold?
Massimo Lanzarotti readmitted to the ACBL?
Last time I renewed my ACBL membership I thought we had to agree to arbitration in a dispute. I don't recall if there was a maximum on damages.
New ACBL Convention Charts But Old Alert Chart
Yes, you have to announce "could be short" which is technically an alert, But 4432 is considered natural by alert chart. "Definition of expected length for natural bids for the Alert Procedure Suit bids:  Three or more in a minor suit (Also: An opening bid of 1♣ is natural if ...
Are these weak 2-bids?
Both are legal weak 2 bids. But if you are opening hand 1 you need to pre-alert your weak 2s due to suit quality or lack thereof.
New ACBL Convention Charts But Old Alert Chart
Point of fact these 4 charts replaced 4 charts. You missed ACBL LIMITED CONVENTIONS (May be used in games with an upper limit of 20 or fewer MPs. And really The Basic chart should have been 0-20 or at least 0-299
New ACBL Convention Charts But Old Alert Chart
"The new definitions for hand strength (Weak, Near Average Strength, Average Strength, Strong and Very Strong) quantify those boundaries." Malarky. Points smoints and all that. Other than having to have a definition (so you are stuck and have to use something) they do not quantify distributional hands.
Massimo Lanzarotti readmitted to the ACBL?
Recorder system doesn't work if you don't record. Surely others has suspicions. If nobody else was willing to report nothing will happen.

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