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Julian Foster
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Sept. 8, 2015
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11-14 H Weak No Trump
I play 11-14 with my regular partner. But we don't automatically open every 11 (we look at the hand, the vulnerability and sometimes the state of match), and we upgrade a lot of 14's with 5 card suits. That makes it manageable. It's more like 11.5-13 ...
A thought experiment...how much would it be worth to see dummy before the lead?
The FS cheating approach showed how much of an edge they got from knowing in advance what lead partner wanted. Seeing dummy in advance is obviously of value but less so than that. Suspect that for a top level pair, it would be enough of an edge to win as ...
Bridgemates: Rules and Etiquette
I think one of the biggest causes of timewasting when playing bridge is people who mess about with a Bridgemate before making a lead, or before putting dummy down. So I think the Bridgemate activity should quite definitely take 2nd priority. There is plenty of time during the hand to ...
Junior Entry Fees at ACBL NABC
Australian policy is 50% discount to anyone under 25. Some tournaments have chosen to give free entry to anyone under 20. As far as I know that discount still applies even if they are playing "pro" - some definitely do play pro but I don't recall any debate about whether ...
Using two bidding systems according to vulnerability
A pair in Sydney play (when system regulations permit) forcing pass non-vul (their 0-7 opening is 1S) and strong C vul. Played against it in the finals of our State team trials only a couple of weeks ago. Quite fun! The system regs here are more liberal than many others ...
Is Bridge a Sport?
This (in my opinion somewhat futile) debate will always continue as long as: a) there is no universally agreed definition of "sport" b) some countries do define it as a sport c) there is an incentive to have it so defined (e.g. that would get it access to grants ...
Challenges and concerns for the bridge community
I think the biggest single challenge is that the average person in the street nowadays has no idea what bridge even is. In our (older) generation you frequently played cards at home so you might well have at least heard of bridge even if you didn't know how to ...
3-level responses to 1NT
We use (opposite a weak NT) 4 suit transfers at the 2 level and then: 3C = 55 minors weak 3D = 55 minors GF 3H = 55 majors invite 3S = 55 majors GF Although these come up very infrequently, they do provide a useful negative inference that any transfer and new suit ...
Cater for as much as you can
Yes dummy's clubs were A8x and declarer's Q54. What about on a H lead to the A (you unblock the K) and a C switch. Should you put the Q up?
Tollemache Qualifier - Group A
Could have gone further! "While the ruling was later than usual, more people were consulted than would have been the case with a rushed hearing on Sunday evening. It was therefore thoroughly thought through, though those ruled against may disagree."
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