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Michael Bodell
Michael Bodell
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Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
17 hours ago
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Bridge Player
about me

Project Manager of Silicon Valley Youth Bridge (SiVY)

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Bridge Accomplishments
Real success in limited national events (1st NAP C, 2nd 0-1500 LM Pairs, 3/4 GNT B, 4th 0-5000 Blue Ribbons) and limited success in real national events (11th national 2-day swiss, 22nd mixed swiss, 22nd 3-day swiss, 26th fast pairs, and other low overalls)
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A Cheater's Best Friend? Secrecy, Or?
I agree that I think we'd be in a better place if individuals were allowed to make public accusations and discussions of unethical and cheating behavior instead of the status quo where accusing someone is viewed as at least as serious a crime as cheating. However, many people I ...
Dutch Spiral
I call it Meyerson with my partners and heard it from Adam (or maybe Elianna, I forget) but I don't know if they invented/discovered it or just popularized it locally.
Dutch Spiral
I've liked the very simple and natural structure after 1m-1M-2M of 3M is nat nf invite with 5, 2NT is nat nf invite with 4 and all other direct bids (including 3m) are natural game force slam curious. After 2NT you can bid 3m or 3M to play (or ...
What is a ‘convention’?
It seems like the 4th pass in a passed out hand is also definitively natural.
What is a ‘convention’?
Consider a puppet stayman treatment of 2nt-3-3. Is the 3 bid conventional if it promises 5 cards? It is alertable (in the ACBL). It shows a specific meaning. But it is a natural and non-forcing call. I think I'd call it conventional, but not sure that ...
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
Right but in the alert chart and convention card they are assuming that you are playing a natural weak 2 like 95+% of people. In the longer and more detailed alert procedures the actual instruction is: "Note: A non-forcing suit response to a weak two-bid requires an Alert. A simple ...
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
Sometimes when people use forcing they might mean game forcing. So it is possible that "forcing for one round" could be used just to clarify that it doesn't need to be forcing all the way to game. I agree that other cases like the 2/1 example that spell ...
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
I should also add that in my experience in the club the target is narrow of people who would not understand the difference of these bids without alerts but would benefit from the alert/pre-alert. Often times the people who are the club beginners find any of the alerts or ...
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
It is unclear sometimes if the 2nd bid is unusual or unexpected given what the first bid was. For instance, unopposed 2 (weak natural) - 2 (natural non-forcing) is alertable because the 2 is non-forcing. But in the auction 2 (precision 3 suited short diamond) - 2 ...
Underleading aces.
Under leading Aces in trump contracts double dummy is among the worst leads possible when taken in a general case. In terms of desirability in general leading A from AK(x) is better than choosing to lead some other suit combination is better than A from Ax(x) is better ...

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