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I have played this two as limited raise but with some extra meaning. My LR structure after 1 open is
3: 3-4 cd LR with s/v in ;
3: 4 cd LR without s/v;
3: 3-4 cd LR with s/v in or , 3 ask
With this structure, 3 is mixed raise, 1NT is semi-forcing and 3 cd LR without s/v would bid 1NT and opener could pass with minimum.

Response after 1 open is similar with 1-2 showing s/v in or .
Jan. 17
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Take a look at my following post.
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/od-parity-and-total-tricks/

You have 2 more offensive tricks in and 2-3 in and a potential ruff. In actual layout X-Y=5 and there are 18 TT.
Jan. 11
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Chess' satuation was similar. Only when school started support like IS 318 they provide help with transportation the program really worked.
Youth bridge in Chicago area had similar problem. Katya Rehak had a program in Whitney Young High School for many years and there were a number of black and Latino students. However they could not travel to any tournament because of transportation. In the past few years I had token my students to her school to play a tournament every semester. Now Katya retired and I don't know if they still have a bridge club.
Jan. 4
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I’m not from Silicon Valley but from Chicago suburb. The story here is similar that there is a relatively large Asian population, about half Chinese half Indian.
However I think Bridge should not have anything to do with race. This is based on my previous experience with youth chess program. I got involved when my son wanted to play chess. It was similar to bridge that each school does not have enough players to form a club. However there were a dozen schools in the area. So I could get enough players from the region to make “critical mass” and started in Friday evening club. Later they went to tournaments at state and national levels. At National we always saw a group of black kids from New York. People familiar with chess might know the story of IS 318. It started with a chess LM going there to start a chess program. When they played well at national, it gained support from administrators and districts and it became their tradition. People interested could check out USCF Scholatic program to see how they were organized.
Jan. 3
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That's too bad. I'm not related to 2nd place team but I think some players/parents might be interested in going without funding.
Jan. 3
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Why couldn’t we send 2 teams like U26 and U21?
Jan. 3
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There was an issue with bridge education in US school. When my older son was in high school I suggested him to try to start a bridge club there. He said the school would not allow it because they associated card game with gambling. After my younger son grown up I had free time. I approached the local Chinese Saturday school and suggested starting a bridge class (5 years ago). They were very supportive and the first class was a full house.

Now 5 of the students from my class played in this Junior trial with more attended YNABC. However parents' support is a critical factor. I also had some very good students I think they had a lot of potential, but their parents were not willing to bring them to tournament and they eventually dropped out.
Jan. 3
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Michael, I agree with most of your statement. I initially used ACBL provided textbook for school program to teach bidding. In my 2nd or 3rd year, a girl showed me a balanced 13 point hand and ask me what she should open. I told her to open a minor.

However it prompt me to rethink the way bidding was taught. The girl was an 8th grader at that time, one of the oldest in the class. If she had question on this type of hand, certainly other kids would have same problem. How do I explain the reason not open a balanced hand with NT but a minor? What is the logic? So I started to plan to teach a simple strong club system. My current teaching plan is the following:
1) start with mini-bridge. Students learn the concept of High card point and basic trick playing.
2) use one page from Kitty Cooper's teaching manual to have student record HCP from combined hand and how many tricks taken. This would lead to the Golden rule of 25 HCP for game eventually.
3) teach concept of hand shape, balanced, semi-balanced and unbalanced hand, and Golden fit (8+ card).
4) start bidding with the goal of finding 8 card fit and combined 25 point for game.

The strong club I taught is very simple.
1) 1: 17+HCP or 16HCP with 5 card suit(count as 1 point)
2) 1/1: 11-15, 5+ card
3) 2: 11-15, 6+ or 5+4M (I give the reason it needs some extra to open at 2 level comparing with 1H/S)
4) 1NT: 12-16 HCP balanced (or semi-balanced)
5) the rest of hand open 1: 11-15, unbalanced or 4441 with 16

If you work out the possibilities you could find the 1 bid would have 4+ and it is a natural bid. The only thing I'm missing is s/v in with 44 in majors. This is Precision 2 hand. In tournament play I would open it in 1 to free up 2 for other purpose. However ACBL's new chart does not allow it in Basic and Basic+. This kind of hands are so rare and I would not bother to mention it to beginners. Why make it complicated?

The response are very simple.
1) 1-1: 0-7, any other bids(8+) are natural and GF (at least 25).
2) 1NT: Stayman and Jacoby transfer. You just need to adjust invitational range (10+ - 12-) comparing to 15-17 NT.
3) 1/: standard response with responder knowing upper limit
4) 2: 2 ask what type of hand, standard response.
5) 1: natural response with a little adjustment

I found even 8 year kids could learn it quickly. After switching to this bidding, they could have more time to play and practice. In the olding system, I need to spend a lot of time teaching rebid and responder rebid. With my teaching time is only once a week for one semester, I could barely cover the whole 8 chapter in ACBL bidding book but not enough playing time. Now students spent at least 50% time to practice.

My own view of different bidding system in bridge is similar to different openings in chess. There are King pawn opening and Queen pawn opening. Chess players may develop their prefered opening but they need to learn both of them. Each one has its own strategy, advantage/disadvantage. In bridge we don't do it. However chess is more than 1000 years older than bridge. If bridge is going to last as long as chess, we might need to learn something from it.

Finally, in my last class of last semester I discussed standard bidding system with my Strong Club students and compared the opening bids in each system. When I mentioned 2 opening in standard bidding needs 22+HCP, some student shook their heads.
Jan. 3
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@Hank,

The ability to run Swiss team with Bridgemate is already there. Take a look at the following post I had over a year ago.
https://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/clubs-and-teachers/running-swiss-team-with-bridgemate/
Jan. 1
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I have tried to teach bidding based on a simple Strong club system for a couple years. My students were mostly elementary/middle school students. They learnt very quickly. It is faster than I used ACBL textbook to teach standard bidding before this experiment.
Jan. 1
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Richard,
Try to select Group By different things like districts, unit or state, then click on filter. You could find a lot of good statistics.
Dec. 26, 2019
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@Alexander, ACBLscore game file is a binary file, not a text file. Even you are a good programmer who could decode binary file, it would take a lot of effort to extract information correctly. Matthew Kidd did some wonderful job in decoding the game file. Take a look at his website.
Dec. 6, 2019
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@Bud, any TD could pull player's address and masterpoint information from ACBLscore player database. The database has more personal information like e-mail and phone number that are not in game file.
Dec. 6, 2019
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This does not make any sense to me. All the player names in ACBLscore game file are also published on Live for Club results. The game file does not have any more personal information.
Dec. 6, 2019
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China has a very strong school program. This pair was on the team winning Chinese High School bridge championship every year since their first year in high school to their last year. In 2018 World Youth Bridge Team Championship Bo Fu was on the girl team winning gold medal from WBF record.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Edward Xu is a young player from Toronto area. His ACBL record showing he played in Collegiate Bowl in 2014 and 2015. Yan Wang is also a Toronto area player. Ming Sheng is a young bridge pro from Chicago area originally from China. I could not find info of Xin Lin. He is from China and I suppose he and Ming must know each other when they were in China.
Dec. 3, 2019
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0-2500 Young pair is a Basic+ chart event.
Dec. 2, 2019
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If you exit from 4th St Exit from Powell Station, the hotel entrance is right across 4th St. between Market and Mission.
Dec. 2, 2019
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BART from SFO to Powell Street is $9.65. The station is just one block away from host hotel.
Nov. 28, 2019
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It's almost the same list as those voted No in LV NABC.
Nov. 27, 2019
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