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My wife would frequently like to modify the way I bid, that's for sure.

I invented this silly convention in September 1998 when in the course of that one month I had five (5) such hands. The bid worked four times and failed miserably once.

I have not held such a hand since, but hope springs eternal.
April 26, 2018
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I use the eponymous Shapiro convention. Any hand with 29 or more points, and seven of the eight aces and kings, is opened 6NT. Partner is expected to raise to seven with the other ace or king. It doesn't always work but it's a lot of fun and makes for a good story at the bar after the game.
April 24, 2018
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Good luck getting some North American players to even fill out CC's.
April 10, 2018
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Are you sure it was the Bermuda Bowl he won? Methinks it might have been the Bermuda Triangle…
March 28, 2018
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Level the playing field by programming the bots with early-onset Alzheimers.
March 25, 2018
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If there was ever to be a tournament at the base of Mount Rushmore, there would be four very distinguished kibitzers!
March 22, 2018
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When was there ever a tournament in South Dakota?
March 21, 2018
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Most liked. Most enjoyed. Most fun. Irrespective of attendance (some might have attended but not enjoyed) and irrespective of masterpoints won (some may have enjoyed the tournament despite the fact that the results were not commensurate with their ability).
March 20, 2018
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Just curious, as a corollary to this discussion - I would be interested to know which NABC's in the past several years have been the most liked by regular attendees, and why.
March 20, 2018
Joel Shapiro edited this comment March 20, 2018
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There are so many shades of grey in bridge that I am looking forward to the book “25 shades of grey in bridge” and the sequel “25 more shades of grey in bridge”. Then the complete 2-volume set - “50 shades of…..” oh, wait a minute….
March 15, 2018
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I applaud this initiative, and hate to rain on anyone's parade, but I think that the button is poorly designed. The red circle with slash is meant to NEGATE whatever is inside the circle. For example, a no-smoking sign shows a cigarette inside the circle/slash. So by saying “say no to cheats” inside the circle, the button actually is saying “don't say no to cheats”. It would be better if, inside the circle, there was only one word - “cheats” or “cheating”.
March 15, 2018
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Maybe partner is expecting me to bid 5C while at the same time stopping the opponents from using Blackwood themselves.
Feb. 25, 2018
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Isn't ‘derision’ that system that my ex-partners always used to play with me?
Feb. 23, 2018
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Next time we have a poll like this, please allow for more than one selection. Maybe even “all of the above”.
Feb. 23, 2018
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Go Fish.
Feb. 18, 2018
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The quarterback-receiver relationship is more like a team of four than a partnership. The referee and replay person are also required to determine if a catch is indeed a catch.
Feb. 18, 2018
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I have often wondered why the subsequent LM ranks (bronze, silver, gold, and all those new precious stones) do not each have increased numbers of coloured points in their requirements, proportional to those required of the original LM designation.

One can today become a silver LM (1000 points) with just the coloured points needed for the original LM 500-point level, plus 500 more black points. Add 1500 more black points and one is now a gold LM. Shouldn't one need more silver to be a silver LM, red points to be a ruby LM, gold to be a gold LM, etc.?

To become a sapphire LM, you will need blue points. These are available at quality seafood restaurants in New England and Atlantic Canada.
Feb. 18, 2018
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In Canada we will be having to charge $10, not $8, due to the exchange rate. Stay tuned for news as to how well this will go over with players.

I understand, however, that this new fee applies only to players with no existing ACBL number. Players with an existing number, if not currently paid up, will be subject only to the $4 surcharge (we do charge only $4 in Canada).
Feb. 18, 2018
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Now I'm no expert, not by a long shot, but I voted for a limit raise because of the two tens.

I like 10's. I even married one.
Feb. 15, 2018
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In the adjacent cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, an hour west of Toronto, the main north-south street, King Street, traverses both. However, in Kitchener, the compass is rotated 90 degrees. So when entering Kitchener from the south, you first are on King Street East, then further north you are on King Street West, then when you cross into Waterloo it is suddenly King Street South, then finally King Street North as you proceed north into the country.

This comment is related to bridge because it is usually good to have four kings.

Come see for yourself - Kitchener is hosting a Regional this coming July.
Feb. 11, 2018
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