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I am too hearing impaired to comprehend this. Is there a transcript available?
Jan. 8
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Michael, you didn't miss it - it is a basic assumption in our partnership, however, we believe that shape almost always trumps HCP and bid accordingly. We would probably open AQJxxx x Q109xx x with 1 spade in any vulnerability. Only time we might tone things down is at IMPs but even then we very aggressively bid vulnerable games. I don't think it is so much right or wrong as is what the partnership can handle. I can't handle partnering a Roth-Stoner for example yet I think Zack G. or one of the other kids and I could sit right down and play with minimal discussion.
Nov. 15, 2019
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My favorite partner (Randy Baron) and I have a saying that while we may never for sure know what partner has when they bid, we almost always know what they have when they don't bid.
Nov. 14, 2019
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Ahhh, to paraphase the movie quote, “Peter Fordham, you're my hero” (Cameron in Ferris Bueller)
Nov. 14, 2019
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Wow, that's a great bid. I'll have to try that one sometime. We play NSNF so I could have just bid 3C. Wonder if I'd get the same result?
Aug. 29, 2019
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Happy Birthday Steve!
Aug. 27, 2019
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David, I totally agree with the headache problem. I drink far too much coffee (a hazard of my line of work) and “reboot” every six weeks or so. The headache(s) for approximately 48 hours are not a minor inconvenience. I'll go cold turkey for a week and then start over. It seems to work.
Aug. 26, 2019
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Steve is right on target here and is not being biased in favor of District 11. I have been involved with this tournament since its conception days. The fact that it is at a casino is a very attractive option for our ACBL gambling contingent. The only downside in my option, is that smoking is allowed virtually everywhere except the playing area, and unless there have been recent changes, even the restuarants have a smoking section. A casino cannot afford to turn away smokers. An additional perk is there is easy free parking onsite.
Aug. 23, 2019
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Nice job Gaylor! Gives an old guy like me hope I may yet win another one.
July 29, 2019
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Now THAT looks like fun! Some interesting innovations there. Thanks for sharing.
July 25, 2019
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Thank you. Beats the copy and paste I now use.
June 17, 2019
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This is not a simple scenario. Opening one no trump may get you to a close game. Opening 1D makes it more difficult. If 2D makes and 1N is down - so what? Maybe they can make 2 of a major? This is why I don't play with unreasonable people and it doesn't have to be a spouse. Playing precision I can open 1D and jump to 3D. Playing 2/1 I think I am in a quandary and it is not easy to visualize where we are going beyond 2D. But neither bid is absolutely correct - as they say so often in the legal world, “it depends”.
April 15, 2019
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Thank Yu! (thank you Yu sounds weird…). However, bridge on a high level does create enough physiological stress to be considered exertion. So far, I do not believe anyone has given a credible argument why bridge should be an Olympic sport. Be satisfied being the best of a small niche and quit worrying about receiving a medal. I can just see a group of biathlon medal winners in a bar “discussing” the bridge medal winners at the next table. And who will win the inevitable bar fight? ;-)
March 28, 2019
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I support Mr. Zolotow 100%. As a strong performer in several “real” sports, I totally agree that bridge, along with all of its close relatives, is a game. While I admire the temerity of those trying to justify bridge as a sport, it appears to me that the real reason is to gain the ego gratification of being seen as participating in an Olympic sport. Apparently just being an outstanding performer in the most difficult card game in history is not enough. Let's face it - even Jeff and Eric are probably never going to grace the front of a Wheaties box.
March 28, 2019
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I can relate to the “You hold…” feeling, however, I always hold my breath hoping it is a bidding or opening lead problem. While they may not all be Michael's level, all experts see to play and defend equally well most of the time. I can't say the same for bidding or opening leads though.
Feb. 25, 2019
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Thank you Michael! That was a beautiful analysis, and that's how world par contests are won(ref: Bridge Today magazine).

I'll never forget the first time I saw The Way It Is in a mid or late 70's(I think that's right) Bridge World. Thay led to a lifelong fascination with the game and from that point forward, I could not get enough of the game. And thanks to such books as Adventures in Card Play and Killing Defense, there were tons of both learning options and entertainment.

Now, if only we could play against a field of chthonics rather than humans. I suspect we'd all get better or give up the game.
Feb. 25, 2019
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I agree 100% with Steve. Clubs are supposed to be a training ground and we should be allowed to practice any acceptable tactics that would be allowed without question in a sanctioned tournament. That having been said, clubs can do whatever they like including banning such bidding, and pretty much anyone they want as long as it is not for bias. Since the conception of online bridge, do we really care if we can or cannot play in a club game (possibly the possible exception of NAOP? Finally, are inexperienced players not there to learn or are they there just for a social gathering? When I was an “inexperienced player, there was a terrible convention played called the Woodson Two Way NT. It was really abused, but They justified the abuse as ”tactical“, so even if the pair(s) had been playing together for 20 years, there was no recourse. I spent my time learning how to beat these guys and not complaining about their ”tactical" bidding.
Sept. 18, 2018
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While I 100% agree with this, I'd also like use to be limited to higher level games with no masterpoint restriction.
April 27, 2018
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April 17, 2018
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Hmmmm, selling oneself to rich old ladies? What exactly are we selling? Oh, and you left out synchronized swimming.
Feb. 7, 2018
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