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Adventures in Card-play - ottlik and kelsey. There's no better bridge book anywhere. It's not exclusively about squeezes I should say.
Feb. 16, 2016
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2 transfer to s over 1 showing 5+ cards and 8+ points.

Used as part of 2 over 1 - taking the heart hands out of the 1NT response.
2 response is GF might have
2 - 8+ pts 5+ s - opener bids 2 with doubleton 5332 minimum
2 8+ points raise
2 weak spade raise

Played by Robson/Allfrey
Feb. 9, 2016
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I was having this very thought a few days ago. My knowledge of Raspberry Pi is even smaller than this amazing machine but I do think it could have a great role in teaching bridge.

I run a trust on behalf of a foundation for teaching children bridge in schools and to children. I have an unlimited remit so would love to explore the possibilities. I'm based in the UK.

Feb. 5, 2016
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Thanks Ian - that's amazing.
I'm not yet ready to go ahead with the app, but now that you've made contact I am enthused. You near London?
Feb. 4, 2016
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I've recently been appointed to spearhead the David Davenport Trust in the UK - a charitable trust dedicated to bringing bridge into schools and to teaching children.

The Trust offers free bridge classes for school teachers to learn bridge on condition that they then establish a school bridge club.

We invite the teachers to attend a course at the Andrew Robson Bridge Club in London. I established the Andrew Robson Bridge Club with the tall man himself twenty years ago. I also come from a family of bridge teachers. Both my brothers and my sister make a very healthy living teaching bridge and running bridge holidays - my mum and dad both offer teaching support on these holidays.

The Trust has been operational since 2013 and has had success to date mostly in the London area.

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I have started exploring the possibility of an app - the costs are enormous - 6 figures minimum and that's before you pay for promotion. Some of the major benefits of bridge are communication, partnership and connection, all of which are lost or diminished if children are playing bridge through a computer/phone/tablet. I've used a US study from 2004, demostrating the educational benefits of teaching school children bridge http://www.bridge4kids.co.uk/the-evidence

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Personally I don't think there is any threat of bridge dying out - certainly in the UK there is a strong youth movement. There are so many people doing good work in this area.
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I would love to know more about what others are doing in this area so feel free to PM me if you are involved in teaching bridge to children in any way.
Feb. 4, 2016
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A useful tool which may or may not be discussed further down is after 1H P 2H P then 2S is an unspecified game try and partner bids the first suit in which he would have accepted the game try. So after 2S North bids 3C and now South bids game. The advanatge of the 2S bid is that it does not reveal declarer's hand. Whether South opts for 3NT or 4H is another matter.
After
1H 2H
2S 3C

The next bid up can ask for shortage.
3D 3H would then deny a doubleton or singleton and this may make 3NT easier to bid.

Personally I think this is where the future of bidding is leading: One hand reveals a minimal amount and ends up hidden as declarer, while extracting the necesary information from partner, thus making defending and leading considerably harder. I play 2 over 1 and am experimenting with a 2C response over 1 of a major that is an unspecified game force - might easily have four spades for instance after a 1H opener. I know Robson plays this and assume other top players are developing this. Robson (& Allfrey) combine this as follows:

After 1H

2C (Any GF)
2D 8+ heart raise
2H weak heart raise

After 1S
2C (Any GF without 5 hearts)
2D 5 hearts with 8+ points
2H 8+ spade raise
2S weak spade raise

This scheme allows all Bergen style raises to go through 1H 2D or 1S 2H, freeing up a bunch of bids and allowing all manner of bids showing singletons, small doubletons etc.
It also allows hands with 5+ hearts that are not strong enough to GF to be shown easily. It's possible to play in 2H when opener has a 5233 hand (doubleton heart). Taking the hands with 5 hearts out of the 1NT response has a beneficial impact on the Gazilli sequences.

The key response to the 2C response (in the scheme I've been developing) is that all minimums (bar 5-5 hands) rebid 2D, which can often lead to 3NT being bid with declarer having revealed next to nothing about his hand.
Jan. 5, 2016
Simon Stocken edited this comment Jan. 5, 2016
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