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2C there would probably be Drury though.
Dec. 8
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David Levin: Yes indeed :)
Dec. 8
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noice!
Nov. 26
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ok boomers

:p ;)
Nov. 25
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Woah, I remember reading about the AK64 opposite 972 hand back when I was first starting to play bridge. I never knew it was the “Helgemo” hand.
Nov. 25
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Ron:


Yes, as Phil said, we do have transcripts for the episodes.

Here is the link to sign up for transcripts for every episode we have in the future.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0cM46kSoFDubc3XVkrok3CsSovKB8iYF_Fji3P62VPNjZMg/viewform?usp=sf_link


If you only want the Bart Bramley transcript, feel free to message me.
Nov. 25
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I believe most people play 2H by advancer over 1H as natural.
Nov. 22
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Mike, are you like the Mike in Breaking Bad and spying on the Setting Trick??? -( :p :) )

Because Bart being a great storyteller is the theme of the next episode.
Nov. 17
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Xu dude…

I like it :)
Nov. 17
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Louis, as a fellow junior, I am an anomaly from my peers. I do not open all 12 counts. Moreover, I rarely open 11 count, and my 12 counts have to be decent.
Nov. 5
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Stefan: I too, like to argue with Michael R. (any anybody) about bridge. But at the end of the day, I don't make personal attacks. Yes, probably unlike you, I do care about MR opinions and I think he is correct, but regardless of whether you are similar to me in these aspects, I hope you will consider being more respectful in your conversation.
Nov. 4
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The final contract was 4N. I guess it is more accurate to have said: “the exact same theoretical auction happened to me”.
Oct. 30
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As East, I had HAJTxx. 3N bidder (dummy) had HQx, and declarer had HKxx. I ended up leading a diamond from xx, which didn't work well when partner only had DAx. The normal lead of HJ under normal bidding would have set them 2, while my lead gave them an overtrick.
Oct. 30
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I was going to ask if you played against Floyd Mcwilliams and me in the Santa Clara sectional until I saw the actual hands.

The exact same auction happened to me during the sectional.
Oct. 30
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@Henry

Ah, you are probably right. Oh, the troubles with conveying tone through the internet…
Oct. 23
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Paul-

The problem IMO is that the double does not accomplish any of the desired goals of a t/o double.

A t/o double here is either to:

A) show a hand that wants to compete and does not want to defend.

B) show a hand too strong to overcall 1N or a suit


Here, West has too weak of a hand to have objective B, and with KTxx of spades over the 1S opener, he also does not want to compete.


Just like how I don't bid with every hand with 13 cards or preempt with at least a 6 card suit, I don't double with every hand with “at least three card support for all three unbid suits.”
Oct. 23
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I think the axiom should be broadened to “never preempt when an opponent has already defined their hand.”


So, over a precision 2C, a jump to 3 of a major, in accordance with the modified axiom, should be played as intermediate, not weak (preemptive).
Oct. 20
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Adding on to the list of top standard U26 players:

(In no particular order, all 6 of the USA U26 team that won the RR in the 2018 competition)

-Kevin Rosenberg
-Oren Kriegel
-Ben Kristensen
-Zach Grossack
-Adam Kaplan
-Christian Jolly
Sept. 21
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Am I missing something with the title? I don't see why this slam is considered “lousy.” It isn't one that I would want to be in, but it isn't terrible.

It requires you to pick up diamonds for zero losers. So it seems that you start at 50%, and then subtract some percentage for KTx onside and then add a little bit for stiff T offside.

I am not a mathematician, but that feels to be a bit above 35%. So I don't think the use of the word “lousy” is justifiable.
Sept. 13
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