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The client didn't get the convention wrong.
March 8, 2017
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Thank you for posting this hand Ai Tai, as I genuinely wanted to know the answer. A few things though…I think it is important to remember that while clients are inexperienced, we are not children and are often educated. I would be happy to accept the directors ruling and following the rules shouldnt generate hard feelings. Telling the pro to speak to me would be patronizing as I'm more than capabable of being spoken to directly. I did not forget our agreements and suggesting that I'm trying to get the pro to play the hand is also patronizing. My albeit inexperienced thoughts were that I have a 5 loser hand opposite a minimum response (6-8 points for us) We have a double 8 card fit and thus I invited with the stronger support. I accept that I might have got it wrong, but I don't accept suggestions of bad faith.
March 8, 2017
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Correct. “Not alertable” and “shouldn't be alerted” is different. It's not always the case that when in doubt you should alert something.
July 11, 2016
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The auction that has always bothered me is the alert of a 3c response to 2NT, making sure that partner remembers we play puppet and not regular Stayman.
That and alerts of bids above 3nt after openers 2nd call make me wary of the “when in doubt alert” admonition.
July 11, 2016
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July 1, 2016
Marc Warner edited this comment July 1, 2016
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Good stuff Sylvia. Thank you for taking the time.
June 26, 2016
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I agree with you Sylvia as to where efforts should be directed. In my limited experience, however, Ive found the teams composed of multiple professionals at the Regional level have their advantage mitigated by the inclusion of a nonexpert sponsor and nonpracticed partnerships.
Feb. 7, 2016
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Do you find a problem where opener has something like AQJxx KJx Qx xx, and you have wrongsided 3NT?
Jan. 25, 2016
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Oftentimes, the best defense against good players is not knowing what your partners bids mean.
Jan. 18, 2016
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There are things worse than saliva on those cards. Wash your own hands before putting them in your mouth and you should be fine.
Jan. 18, 2016
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Oddly, no. The table was admonished to act like adults and we were told that if we had a problem with the boards, we should remake them ourselves.
Jan. 15, 2016
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They shuffled the cards twice and then threw the cards at my partner saying if he wanted the boards remade, he could do it himself.
Jan. 15, 2016
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Boards were prepared prior to our arrival. Partner wished for them to be remade according to the rules. Opponent went off with the aforementioned behavior.
Jan. 4, 2016
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I think they typically premake the boards in a good faith effort to speed things along. It just happens to be something my partner insists on. Hes always nice about it and offered to make all the boards even after the aforementioned display. Im not as nice and was busy contemplating how long the league would sit me if I bit one of the fingers he kept shoving in my face.
Jan. 4, 2016
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I was one of the opponents in the third incident noted above. My experienced partner has had episodes in the past where questionable activities occurred playing preshuffled boards. He now politely insists on having one of us there. Interestingly after being summoned for the yelling, cursing and throwing the cards at my partner, the director not only didnt penalize the offender but insisted that we make all the boards ourselves since we were the ones who objected.
Jan. 4, 2016
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Yuan, I started playing around with it after talking with Brad and Joe some. Time will tell about its advantages for my game. (We also play a hybrid type system when NV)
I am a relatively inexperienced player, but find remembering system to be the easiest part of the game, as it is codified and specific. In fact, I think the complexity forces one to slow down a bit and make thoughtful rather than reflexive bids.
Judgement and card play are much more difficult…..
Oct. 29, 2015
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Hello Brad

I enjoyed meeting you earlier this year. I found your skill and intensity at the table matched only by your generosity and enthusiasm away from it.

My question relates varying system based on vulnerability. My partner and I currently employ a strong club when Non Vul and a standard type system when vul, but Im wondering if it should be based on the opponents vulnerability rather than our own.

Thank you for your time. Im looking forward to seeing you in Denver.

Marc
Oct. 29, 2015
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Echoing an earlier sentiment, it seems with carve outs for age, masterpoints, sex, etc, the limited talent pool is fractured enough. Not everyone gets to be a national champion.
Oct. 21, 2015
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Not all of us..
Sept. 23, 2015
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Flying out the same night as a National Swiss win? Surely that carries a master point penalty of some magnitude.
Aug. 18, 2015
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