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we had 4 six board matches. total bridge time 3 hours. total driving time 7 hours
April 30, 2017
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the field included some very experienced players but no one cane up with that idea
April 30, 2017
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i sent a copy of my post to the DD.I would have no problem assisting with the event in any way
April 30, 2017
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and I, of course ,am one of the few that knows what happened next
April 23, 2017
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i have had the exact same experience, numerous times. A law practice like you, teaching classes, playing professionally, you sound like my mirror image. (hope you're not as fat).
My tried and true method of working out of a slump is to concentrate on executing the fundamentals properly…no “creative” bids,no masterminding (even with students), concentrating on seeing every spot card, being deliberate in pace to make sure thought process is functioning correctly.
I got this method from my athletic days, when the team was in a slump, we did fundamental drills…hit the blocking sled, lay up and free throw drills, footwork drills….just make sure we're concentrating on the fundamentals. At the end of the day, isnt it our mastery of the fundamentals that usually gives us the big advantage over the average club field? When you're in a slump. usually its because you've gotten away from your basic approach and thought process.
Hope that helps, its been successful for me…and Ellis is correct, usually something really really good happens and you realize you're past it.
April 4, 2017
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why couldn't we play THEM the last round of the event?
March 21, 2017
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I remember the hand from a common game very well. I opened a 10-13 NT in first seat, my student/partner bid a whole 2s, to play. My lho balanced with 3c, student bid 3s,my rho 4c, all pass. -130 for a stone cold 0. Bidding distributional hands is an area fraught with error at the lower levels, and something that for some reason more inexperienced players have so much trouble with.
Even the better players sometimes have trouble, too. In the finals of the 0-10k KO in KC, our teammate picked up, all vul
AQ109XXX
A10987
x
void
and saw his partner open 2nt, showing minors and just less than opening bid (vul, should still be sound) and after rho's 3h overcall, passed!
March 21, 2017
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I was on the runnerup team that was leading by 6 going into the last round. We lost the event on one little 5 imp loss on a partial bid and made at our table,(we may have misdefended, it was a complicated hand to even analyze) and our teammates overreached slightly to 3n which had no play.
Truthfully, i was crushed that we didnt win. But during the wee morning hours, it occurred to me that,wow, this has to be great for bridge, and was hoping like heck that it got outside publicity. I felt so much better when that realization hit me.
I didnt get a chance to congratulate their team personally, and wish that I had, i tried to seek Bill out after the shock of not winning wore off, but I was too late.
We played them twice in the event (won a close match each time), and i was at Bill and Sharon's table both times. They were so pleasant, professional, sociable, and tolerant of our sometimes
glacial pace. Sharons way of handling Bill was a study in how a mentor should treat her mentee at the table. Very impressive.
I had never met her before, and she was every bit the class act described above.
If the ACBL doesnt get this well publicized, shame on them, and what an opportunity wasted to universally promote our game.
March 13, 2017
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I want to say about Michael, he was one of the most gracious, funny, personable, and warm people i have known in my 50 years of bridge.
Learning to play here in South Florida in the early/mid 70's, I have known Michael since he was a young teenager. We had the good fortune (misfortune?) of playing against him in all of our clubs, sectionals, and regionals through the years. We even were able to get a couple of fluke wins against him in KO's and Swiss teams, but each and every time he would go out of his way to seek us out and congratulate us, and praise us for playing so well, and how we deserved to win. Believe me, we never deserved to win against him.
More recently , he has been a legal client of mine (nothing serious) and as difficult as most clients can be, Michael was always appreciative and complimentary…never a bad word or comment about anything. He was also always funny and entertaining, poked fun at himself, and remained humble and grounded through all of his success. A truly unique person, a luminary and shining star for the bridge world, i'd give anything to be his partner at the next stop. May he rest in peace, and condolences to Rita, Janice, and his other siblings. I'm very sad.
Jan. 27, 2017
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i wonder if the other abstainers did so for the same reason It odes seem that taking no action either directly or in balance seat is on the very conservative side.
The hand has haunted me for 1 1/2 years, since it came up in the last quarter of the semifinal of the GNT flt A in Chicago summer before last, a match we ultimately lost by 5 imps or so. I had opened the south hand with a 10-13 NT
and it went all pass, making 1. when looking at the hands, i wasnt expecting to lose 1 imp when our teammates were -110.west, the hand as shown. East AXX,AKXXX,JXX,XX. the hand is coldforslam in either rounded suit, as 0ne opp had the doubleton QJ of clubs and the other opp had QJ tight of H.
Jan. 24, 2017
Mike Wolf edited this comment Jan. 24, 2017
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ok, lets pretend you were not barred over 1d, what action would you have taken?
Jan. 24, 2017
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Once you know the asking bids and responses, they are not difficult at all to remember. Really, those sequences dont come up that often because you should only initiate them with a control rich, and/ or basically 1 suited hand, or hands that are clearly going to slam after the positive response to 1c.
We use transfer positive responses, and accepting the transfer by the club bidder initiates the asking sequence, so half of our relay sequences can start at the 1 level.Interference before the response to 1 club eliminates any asking sequences.
We've also had spectacular results, but some really bad ones when the asking bids are initiated without the proper hand type. Takes time and some experience to identify the appropriate hands, but so worth it in the long run.
Jan. 18, 2017
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if you saw me you would know “hog” fits just fine
Jan. 18, 2017
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actually, im not very good at all, even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while…and certainly dont remember any of the auctions that day…..but its irrelevant, as my point was you can agree to play anything with anybody, even the yellow card, and there will be a multidue of auctions that are less than clear, or interpreted in different ways. Ive sat down with partners who have said “we're not playing anything, just play bridge”.
If i was starting a new serious partnership, i would insist on Precision, knowing we would take our lumps along the way to learning….I have been playing precision with my most serious partner for 7-8 years, we have studied and been coached by one of the best bidding theorists in the game, who was also Sontag/Berkowitz coach.We have added many home grown treatments, have spent hours upon hours in the bidding room on BBO, played in the finals of many national events, yet ,like last weekend, we couldnt handle fairly routine minor suit slam bidding, forgot our treatments over our weak no trumps, forgot some of our routine club auctions, along with other general buffoonery. Nothing is perfect, especially the players playing whatever system, but we like the rewards when things go well and are devoted to the system. Bridge is just a tough game, either way
Jan. 18, 2017
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i would never try to play Precision with a pick up partner, but recently i have played precision with a new partner only discussing it for 15 mins before gametime. 64% wasnt a bad result by any means.
You can sit down with a pickup partner and say you're playing 2/1, discuss your Nt and major suit responses, KCB, but you're in the same pickle as saying you will play basic, simple Precision…theres no way to know how pard will interpret different auctions, whats on over dbls or interference, what sequences are forcing or not.
Jan. 18, 2017
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I had a long time partner who, when introducing me to a new convention or treatment used to say “if its good enough for the best players in the world, its good enough for us”. I've been playing Precision since my first year of bridge, circa 1970, but, despite Blue Team Club, Precision, etc, excelling at the international level, and even throughout the 80's, he steadfastly refused to learn it. Never gave a reason, either.
I, for one, always look forward more to my games with Precision partners than otherwise. In my opinion, it is superior to 2/1 in so many ways, and for whatever reason, is just more fun to play.
Of course, no matter what style a partnership prefers, the most important thing by far is that both are on the same page. I just prefer that page to be Precision.
Jan. 18, 2017
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I dont know any of the players personally but have played against many of them several times, without any incidents of any kind that i can recall.
What troubles me still is why would any of them think they were entitled to 10 victory points for a match that, technically, was never played? Pegs story of Lairs super ethics for not taking credit for a trick not earned, is a stark contrast to thinking he was entitled to 10 victory points he didnt earn.
Jan. 17, 2017
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well…ok, but i dont see the difference between 3c after raise by advancer and 3c w/o the raise, at least in theory.
I can see why you're jealous, our weather has been nothing short of spectacular. On the other hand, i live about 5 mins from Ft Laud airport and i wouldnt have wanted to land there yesteray afternoon
Jan. 7, 2017
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so i read the Gumperz article, he gives this hand where 3c is natural and non forcing. On a previous hand example, without the 2s advance, he says 3c is at least game invitational and forcing. So, im confused, as usual

South

xx

Q10xx

x

KJ10xxx
WNES
1♦P1♥1♠X2♠
Bid 3♣, natural and non-forcing. If your hand were stronger, you would have responded 2♣ initially, not 1♥, so this sequence must show a max of about 9-10 HCP.
Jan. 7, 2017
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hi Steve, thanks for the feedback, hope all is well
Jan. 7, 2017
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