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systems are off over nt interference except dbl and in competition. Simple to remember.
June 1, 2017
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Monaco has the financial wherewithal to support a second team. Of course, it would be incredible for such a small country to place two teams in the finals.
May 22, 2017
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Congrats to Nick Nickell for sponsoring a team where the playing sponsor can play and not being a drag on the team. This is just great.
May 8, 2017
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Thanks Nickell for forming a team of all true USA members as contrasted to purported Monaco transplants other than the sponsor. It is in the tradition of the Dallas Aces formed by Ira Corn as the non-playing sponsor but having as its playing sponsor a tested and true international expert.
March 20, 2017
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Gary–Unbelievable that you did not intend to slight the winner's performance but you did.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Eddie Kantar published a 68 pages series of Articles on the “forcing pass” which appeared in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin. It is available on his website and available for purchase. It covers the subject and it is an exhaustive discussion with examples and it is well worth reading.
Jan. 2, 2017
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Playing as many boards as they can sounds ghoulish. I can remember playing at the Wild Whist Club in LA and Marshall Miles would drive from San Bernardino to LA to play
in a money team game while the others were there for master points. Now, it is difficult to find a night club game in LA. How things have changed.
Dec. 11, 2016
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Although the apparent average age of the ACBL member is 71, what is the percentage of ACBL that have attained that age?
Dec. 11, 2016
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The only rationale for Senior events is to understand that age in and of itself may result in both physical and mental limitations as we become older. Therefore, accommodations must be made to make senior tournament play a pleasurable experience and not a hardship for seniors.
Dec. 10, 2016
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If you are in your 80's stamina, focus and bathroom breaks may well be issues for Seniors. At club games it is common to have a break during the session. What is the purpose of having Senior events if not to meet the needs of Seniors? Tournament players, except in featured matches, cannot call for bathroom breaks. At a tournament bathrooms may take additional time to access depending on location and usage.
Dec. 9, 2016
Allan Bloom edited this comment Dec. 10, 2016
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What is the average age of an ACBL member? Why is 60 the age to qualify? Why not 70 or above? If Meckwell wins a certain number of times is the trophy retired?
Dec. 2, 2016
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No further discussion is necessary or desirable. Gary has spoken.
Aug. 20, 2016
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Waiting for Gary Hann to provide the authoritative comment.
Aug. 12, 2016
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Yes, Gary saying he has no comment is amazing. Gary usually has a comment on everything and he is the first to do so.
Aug. 10, 2016
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After weak nt opener use 2 way stayman. 2 clubs says no game is possible. 2 diamonds asks for size of nt opener. With 11-12 pts opener responds at the 2 level 2 hearts spades or 2nt. With 13-14 respond at 3 level xcept for with a 5 card minor and no 4 card major he responds 3 clubs and with 2 4 card minors or (4-5) he rebids 3 diamonds . A 3 diamond bid over a 3 club response asks which minor is 5 cards long and such minor is shown by bidding hearts for clubs and spades for diamonds. After 2 diamonds a 3 level rebid by responder is forcing to game.
3 bid responses in a major invite and opener will evaluate knowing that responder has a good 5 or 6 card suit and 10 or 11 high card pts.
Direct bids of 3 clubs or diamonds are invitational showing 6 or 7 cards in suit missing 1 of the 3 top honors honors and no sure outside entry.
With a 6 card or longer minor and no game ambitions bid 2nt and opener can pass or correct to 3 diamonds.
With 7 or less responder passes if opener is doubled. With less use the redouble and Jacoby transfer bids. The redouble says bid 2 clubs while Jacoby says bid the next higher suit. With 2 touching 5 card suits redouble and bid the lower ranking suit over the 2 club rebid. If 2 5 card suits in diamonds and spades redouble and if 2 clubs is doubled, redouble again. If 2 clubs is not doubled, bid 2 diamonds and if partner bids 2 hearts, correct to 2 spades.
As the author stated and from my experience the opponents will bid something to bail you out
Also, if nt opener is overcalled showing 2 suits, overcall the anchor suit to force action by nt opener.
July 6, 2016
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Petterson opened weak nt with 2-2-5-4 (or 4-5), 2-2-6-3 (or 3-6, 4-2-5-2 (or 2-4). Frankly, I was able to accumulate my gold points using Petterson's weak nt system, including the run outs.
July 6, 2016
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In Sept 1973 in the Southern California Bridge News Kelsey Petterson published an article in the Southern Calif Bridge News. Weak no trumps 11-14 were not to be opened with a 5 card major, 2 4 card majors or 14 with a useful 10 spot (with another honor). Among other things, he stated that after an intervening suit bid 2nt is competitive showing a willingness to play 2nt or 3 of openers suit. 3 of opponents suit is Stayman, except that over 2 spades 3 clubs is Staymman. 3 spades over 2 spades shows 4 hearts. enuf for game, and a spade stopper. He included other points in establishing a weak nt system
July 6, 2016
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Appearances are important. Outdated and failure to modernize are a turnoff. Apparently, OK BRIDGE does not take pride in presentation and ownership. It demonstrates a lack of class. Nobody wants to view a store front window that is a mess and subject to derision. It is like looking a store front window at Thanksgiving displaying Easter bunnies. What can be the cost in just eliminating all except a welcome page? Silly!
July 2, 2016
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Will consider to returning to BBO. Glad to read software updated. Is there any improvement in modernizing webmaster part? For example Goldway pairs were from 10 years ago and Eddie Kantar left writing years ago.
July 1, 2016
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I was on OK BRIDGE and enjoyed it. However, dropped off after their problem with ACBL. Is OK BRIDGE still relevant?
June 29, 2016
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