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For me, there are effectively 3 regionals per year. From the Bay Area I'm not willing to go farther than Sacramento, Monterey, or Santa Clara. A think a lot of players are in my boat. Do you really think 3 regionals is too many for one year? This is essentially a local problem. If a district decides that their regionals are not attended enough and the solution is to remove one regional per year, then they can make that decision. There doesn't need to be a national rule reducing the number of regional tournaments or some kind of quota system.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Regional = most players are willing to drive to
NABC = most players are willing to fly to

At least that appears to be SOP here in the SF Bay. There are many players who will go to a regional in the area but not fly to an NABC. Why take away their tournaments? The idea that decreasing the number of regionals will increase the attendance at individual regionals is a classist idea that might apply to retirees able to travel wherever/whenever they want but not to many others who we should be welcoming to the bridge community.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Partner is unlikely to bid 1 with that hand.
Nov. 19, 2018
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Partner will bid a minor suit because you asked them too. Looking at your hand, partner is unlikely to have a spade stopper or an extra heart, and more likely to have a long minor suit to bid. How will it help to know which minor suit partner prefers? If you now jump to 4, partner will play you for a hand not good enough to force to game before but good enough to go after hearing their rebid. But that is a misdescription of your hand. Better to cue bid now to describe your hand (strength and support). Later after partner takes a second bid you can decide to treat your hand as invitational or game forcing or even to bid no trump. And now partner can make a better judgment to double when it is right because you have shown your strength.
Nov. 2, 2018
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How does ELC apply here? BridgeWinners is my bidding coach so the blame could rest with an equal level on your shoulders :-).
Nov. 2, 2018
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A LOL tried to psyche against me in an NABC midnight game. Last hand of the match. Long pause before she opens. This is just above that.
Oct. 14, 2018
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Against 4, East could have led low from the A. Declarer might not play East to underlead the A and not play the K, thus lose the first 3 tricks to Q, A, ruff.
Oct. 5, 2018
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What would partner have bid with AQxx, xxx, Axxxx, x? If slam makes with a fitting subminimum and good breaks, why not make at least a game try at IMPs?
Oct. 3, 2018
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With North a passed hand, can he or she really suggest to play a suit that is not one of South's? I don't think so. After either 2 or 2 South should correct to their major suit.
Sept. 29, 2018
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Sept. 29, 2018
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What’s XX then 2?
Sept. 27, 2018
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What is our agreement here? A 6-card limit raise? What’s the difference between this and 1-1-1-2NT-3*-3? It sounds like partner has xx, AQxxxx, Axx, xx and I don’t see where our 10th trick is coming from.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Do you play Nonserious/Frivilous 3NT or Serious 3NT? If neither, you sort of just have to blast.
Sept. 21, 2018
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I had a very similar situation last night. I think any 3-level bid is competing only. X looks like penalty with other agreement so I guess you have no game tries available. A good situation to have been playing negative free bids, I guess.
Sept. 20, 2018
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2 and then 2NT over 2.
Sept. 19, 2018
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The reverse only promises 17+ HCP. With a misfit and only 7 HCP, perhaps you could have bid 2NT relay to 3 to sign off in 3. Partner is not strong enough to go to game opposite a sign-off, so the auction will end there.
Sept. 11, 2018
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If this isn’t obvious, don’t play a natural system.
Sept. 11, 2018
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That is nowhere near a precision 1 let alone a standard 2.
Sept. 4, 2018
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After 1-1-2, 2 can be artificial third suit forcing. With the given hand and auction, I'd bid 2NT no matter where the honors are. Partner can bid 3 with exactly 2=3=6=2 (or would partner not raise hearts with (1)-3=6-(3)? Or you could play 2 here as artificial F1 as otherwise in standard it would be GF bidding out shape, though you know there is no spade fit (unless responder bids spades twice to show 5=6 majors).
Aug. 11, 2018
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I read your system, and agree with your goals for UP! including the order of the importance of finding fits. Unfortunately, this is a place where UP! can miss what you identified as the first priority fit to find (3 with opener, 5 with responder). With 53 majors as responder I admit I can't find the 5(opener)-3(responder) fits as I use Jacoby transfer with those hands, though your system notes admitted you can't always find those fits either. I think the easiest way to find those would be for the opener to optionally break Jacoby tranfers with a 3M+1 bid when 5-2 in the majors; UP! is already giving up the ability to stop in 3M anyway.
July 26, 2018
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