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i'm laughing anyhow!
And you've got me checking out MOSCITO
I love System - the weird the wonderful, and the logical most of all
May 22
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That sounds great - can you clarify which book please? It sounds like you are talking about the book in my post but that isn't yet published so that can't be right surely?
May 22
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The hand above is very similar to one demonstrated in the free Preview (highly recommended) - partner did have Kx of Clubs. My bidding was atrocious - my partner and I had had virtually zero discussion in my defence/excuse and time was pressing etc etc. I bid 4NT 5 5NT 6 (doubled) and I got my partner to play my 8-card suit for me in 6
May 22
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That is really wonderful news. I wish I had been playing 2-way (weak/strong) Transfer Jump Shifts today.
I picked up
AKQ10xxxx
Ax
x
xx

Partner opened 1D
I like the fact that the Transfer Jump Shifts work over 1C and 1D Openers
And also over interference although slightly differently. There is so little that is not covered in this book. I’m confident it will emerge as one of the greats of bidding theory. Particularly for competitive situations which is often neglected in books on bidding.
May 22
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It's a 5-loser hand on some evaluations (some deduct 1 for being aceless) Many would open it. Many wouldn't
1st Seat Green it rates to be + EV and it didn't go that well for those catching up later in as much as there was some punting
I think US style is perhaps more conservative and who's to argue as long as both are on the same wave length.
May 21
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Howard,
I've amended the post to make it clear:
The book is free for those born in 1993 or later. At least the first 100 copies.
I will have more details on how the rest of us will be able to buy an actual hard copy in due course - the publisher is away on vacation currently.
It will be distributed to dealers around the world.
More information as I can. It's much harder to read in PDF form - I've never subscribed to anything but old-fashioned books myself.
May 21
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Thank you Chris Thank you for asserting the need for positivity. We are all striving for the same goal
I have met Samantha earlier this year and have been twice up to Stirling to find out more. I am the sole employee of The David Davenport Trust. David died and left £500,000 for bridge to be taught to children and in schools (in the UK)
My role is part-time.
The rest of the time I teach bridge to adults along with every other member of my family. I also travel, connecting with bridge players and teachers wherever I can find them, particularly those involved in youth bridge. I was lucky enough to be invited to help with the commentary in Wujiang for the youth World Championships last August and earlier this year for the Junior Camrose in Belfast.
I have invited Professor Punch to join me at the next Trustees meeting in London (mid-April) with a view to convincing the Trustees to help finance a one year Masters followed by a three year PhD research project, with the specific intention of attempting to prove the benefits of teaching bridge in schools. I created an ABC of these benefits early on in my role and had got to “Z” within ten minutes of putting pen to paper. The cost for this will be around £100,000.

I played bridge in Toronto just recently and was assailed by grumpy old people, partners being mean to each other and everything I dislike about bridge. There were some redeeming characters too I am glad to report. My previous visit had been much more pleasant. We need young people in the game. We need to prove what every bridge player knows. Bridge is brilliant for kids. On every level.

I went into a school in Mississauga on my final day in Canada to observe and assist John O’Hara with two groups of 50+ kids. What an inspiration! A quote from John which took me aback and which I will be using forevermore:
“The main reason we are teaching bridge to our young people is to help them improve upon their social skills. The fun, competition and challenges of bridge are great, but remain secondary”
March 29
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I forget the exact numbers. Typically a team would receive 6 for a gold/silver/bronze - 1 for each member. I think 4 categories (juniors, youngsters, girls, kids) and then pairs, teams and teams BAM so twelve events with 3 medals available in each. 144 possible medals in Pairs and 432 in teams (assuming 6 person teams) and maybe a medal for team captain/coach. They were significant winners over all and there was no limit on participation numbers I seem to recall. http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/lyonyouth.17/microsite/Results.htm
March 15
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Please Keep up this important work. I am keen to see a research project initiated that provides the benefit of teaching bridge in schools and to children. In 2001 a study was done in Iowa, “Statistically Speaking” and it is much quoted to confirm what we already know. Bridge is good for kids' development on every level.
The Chinese took 86 youth medals home in Lyon in 2017 after bringing a jumbo-jet load of young participants over to compete. The Chinese are rising to the top in the youth categories and are at the top in the women's game already so in a decade we can expect to see them at the top of the Open game.

I think everyone would like to see more young players in the game. Proving the benefits of bridge at every level and for every age group will contribute to this.
March 15
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Harrison-Gray's Country Life Book of Bridge (original hardback edition) - Richard I found this book when i attended my first National (I've only been to 3) back in 2003 or so in Phoenix. In a second hand book store. It's a great book but not my favourite - Adventures in Card-Play redefines what is possible in terms of declarer play. Overall Mollo is my favourite overall author - I grew up with his menagerie
Feb. 20, 2018
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The lead on the first hand is standard 4th best
Feb. 20, 2018
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Doug perhaps with 4 hearts there is less chance of side suits that can provide length winners.
Oct. 25, 2017
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It's easy in any bidding system - it's too big for a strong NT.
Sept. 3, 2017
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What Steve said. Just can't engage with this
Aug. 30, 2017
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The Unusual 2NT scores another own goal. Without it you might well decide to play for 4-3 diamonds
Aug. 30, 2017
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Aug. 29, 2017
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Partner held
S 102
H AK5
D K72
C AJ762

I was wondering the best way to get to this slam.
My partner (we were practising for the very first time) cue bid 4D over my 4C and I reached 6S and was surprised to find a small doubleton
Aug. 29, 2017
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