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Go to the Turkish Bridge Federation web site: www.tbricfed.org.tr

Under “Dokümanlar” tab, you will see “Sportif Dokümanlar” subtab and under that “TBF Standart Konv. Kartı”.

When you play in a TBF event, if you do not have a written CC, TBF assumes that you are playing this standard CC.

I think we can not send attachments from here.
Sept. 14
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And an illusion of improvement. Experts play this one, so …
Dec. 17, 2018
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Hi David,

How do you get over the catastrophes and stay focused?

What will be your suggestions for the intermediate/advanced players trying to improve their game? What are their common mistakes?

Thanks for being in the Well.
Aug. 28, 2018
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So its either exit or be destroyed, no option in between? Perhaps there could be someways to play it (somehow) in a balanced way?
June 7, 2018
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Any suggestions for the quiz / test books? (Or which of the mentioned ones qualify?)

But the title of the book (or the title of the problem) should not give any hints.
(As mentioned in another post here, by one of the top players (could be Michael Rosenberg), nobody tells you that in this board trumps are 4-1 or this is a squeeze board.)

And all of the hands should not be exposed (in the question part), no Double Dummy.

For instance, something similar to the “How Good is Your Bridge” (Danny Roth) or “The Setting Trick” (Ian McCance).

These are not quiz books but good; “Keys to Winning Bridge”, “Play Bridge With Me” (Frank Stewart) and “Bridge at the Cranmer Club” (Adam Parrish).
June 7, 2018
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BBO has a special place (especially with the vugraphs), but I also think that Funbridge bots are much better than GIBs, currently. (You can also select the system/carding they play.)
June 7, 2018
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Can I delay the decision until we get a better count of the hand, lets say around RR30? If not, then I will vote for Italy and also hope that Turkey will finish within the top 8 teams.
June 7, 2018
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Thanks for your efforts and putting this KISS together.

If I prefer a mixed (Shape & Strength) approach, will it be conflicting (or creating major system problems) somewhere?

Such as:

- Rebid of 2M is the default (can be a so-so 5-card suit).
- Reverses (and “high reverses”) don’t show extras.
- Rebid of 2NT typically shows 5-3-3-2: no small doubleton in the unbid suit.
- Raising a minor shows 4+ card support.
March 5, 2018
Cagatay Kuyuk edited this comment March 5, 2018
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This article is a part of BW 2/1 series, but not included in its index currently.
Feb. 26, 2018
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
Feb. 23, 2018
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It is not easy (or possible) to select only one, imo.

Bird, Kantar, Kelsey, Lawrence, Mollo, Stewart (listed) are among my favorites.

Klinger, Larry Cohen, Danny Roth, Marty Bergen (not listed) are also among my favorites.

(And lots of others I have not read yet.)

Some of them are very good in defense, some others good in declarer play, or good in quizzes or good in simplifying & explaining difficult parts (systems, judgement, leads …), some of them better for intermediate level etc…

I would say the best one is not a single person but a combination (or cumulative influence).
Feb. 23, 2018
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Everything that blocks me to play in an advanced player level (consistently).

Could be losing focus, having an emotional distraction, or not using the proper technique, unable to figure out the hand, missing the count, playing too quickly or instinctively, perhaps not choosing the proper (or better) lead, bidding mistakes, defense accidents…
Feb. 19, 2018
Cagatay Kuyuk edited this comment Feb. 19, 2018
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Actually, I did all of these (and still doing 2 & 3), it's an iterative process, I guess.

After each iteration (& progress) you begin to sense the other insufficiencies (previously invisible) and some of the older mistakes/bad habits are still there.

It would be very helpful if there are some sort of self-tests (book or software) which uses a few appropriate metrics.
Feb. 19, 2018
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What could be the most effective way to check our mastery of the fundamentals?

Not aiming for perfection, but good enough.
Feb. 13, 2018
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In December 2017, just after the end of their ban period, there was a mixed team championship in Istanbul. Yılankıran formed a team (probably sponsored, with a turkish player and 2 foreign ladies) and participated, his permanent kibitzer was not there at this time. I was not there, but I have seen photos of the winners and some of the participants; during the tournament they were wearing t-shirts, a hand figure with fingers and “Fair Play” expression were printed in these t-shirts, a clear reference to his cheating case.(his kibitzer was transmitting information with fingers).

People will remember the cheaters.
Jan. 14, 2018
Cagatay Kuyuk edited this comment Jan. 14, 2018
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Thanks for the clarification Rosalind. Perhaps it is time to give them an abbreviation, like YT or SK (sponsor and kibitzer) or something else. (I think abbreviations are better than mentioning them as Germans, Israelis, Italians or Turks.)

Yes, Yılankıran and Tigan got a serious reduction in their ban period after the appeal, but the same appealing committee also confirmed that they had cheated.

And some people felt that justice is not served. Probably because of this feeling, TBF (Turkish Bridge Federation) took another decision about erasing a serious portion of the masterpoints of these cheaters. (If I recall correctly, mps won from 2011 till the start of their ban in mid-2017. And some of the previous partners and teammates of him applied to the TBF in order to get rid of what they won together.) We shall see if this decision of the TBF will be applicable/enforceable.
Jan. 14, 2018
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@ John Adams,
I can understand BZ, FN, Drs and FS, but what do you mean by Turks?
Jan. 13, 2018
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Thank you for starting this BW Standard 2/1 series, for intermediate & advanced players.

Does it related with the LC Standard (a new, updated version) or is it a different approach?
Dec. 12, 2017
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Ashok, I agree with Max's comments, especially about avoiding much complex systems and focusing on defense & declarer play.

For the “how much sophistication” part, this was my reply to a similar post:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/convention-analysis/?cj=548582#c548582
Nov. 14, 2017
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I would suggest to have a look on these;

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/testing-the-frequency-of-conventions/

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lc-standard-introduction/
(Larry Cohen's system suggestion: “not for beginners and not for National Champions, but for anyone in between”.
“…I've taken what I've learned from 35 years playing and 20 years teaching to present what I believe to be the best choices. My overall philosophy is surely KISS…”)

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/adventures-with-lc-standard/
(by Eugene Hung and Larry Cohen. Please also check Andrew Gumperz's comment: “System is not unimportant - its importance is very low….Other things (i.e., improving your play and defense) offer far better pay off for time invested and highly detailed system is only really worth the effort when you need every last edge”)

And,
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/on-testing-bidding-systems/
Sept. 13, 2017
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