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Michael Bodell
Michael Bodell
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Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
Nov. 15
Member Type
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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Does this cuebid create a game force?
I thought it would be GF when this happened (I was W, same game, different table), but wasn't 100% sure, and was happy that over my 3 continuation my partner bid 4 and not 3.
Big Data : digital data from analogue Bridge. Distributed, total bridge data via sites worldwide with add/read APIs
ELK would be fantastic for this. As someone that gets a ton of value out of ELK for data at work, I think that would greatly increase the ability of many people to leverage the data in interesting ways.
Do you open all 12-counts?
The second point is really important. Being a disciplined bidder does not (necessarily) mean being conservative or passing some 12 point hands. Being a disciplined bidder IMHO means being a consistent bidder and holding the sorts of hands that partner expects you to hold. If you agree to open basically ...
Do you open all 12-counts?
I don't always open 12 counts when I miscount my hand, miss an A, and think I have only 8. In those case I only sometimes open. Otherwise, with 12 hcp, I open. Note, if opponents open, I do sometimes pass with 12 hcp (sometimes even with 14 or ...
I Need Help With 1NT Openings
Note, IIRC, you can psyche (upgrade?) 8 or 9 point HCP hands into 1NT if your agreement is 15-17 or 14-16. It is the 10-12 NT people that can't do this.
Odd-Even and Encrypted Signals
The dealer shows out isn't even "encrypted". It is just using information differently to prioritize a different signal. Normally the declarer understands the meaning of the signal with respect to attitude (or count) but doesn't know who holds the lowest missing card in the suit. If you use ...
I Need Help With 1NT Openings
On the first hand: You are allowed to rebid 1NT with a stiff (but partner will think you are weaker, and often have 2+). You are allowed to open 1 with AQxx (but partner will think you have 5+). You are allowed to open 1 and rebid ...
Do you prefer to play Gazzilli?
Yeah, I personally play it (precision and Gazzilli) in the ACBL in a system that was GCC and likely is now Basic+.
Encrypted Quantum Sweep Cuebids
For a while, for fun, we did something sort of similar with 2-way drury where what let you know which drury bid to make was if you have 1 of the top 2 trumps (2) or 0 or 2 of the top 2 trumps (2). If you had ...
Change of Heart
Yes, this is the same sort of situation. He (or she) should always (or usually) bare when they don't have the K and sometimes (but not always) bare when they do have the K (assuming declarer is influenced by their play - some people will never finesse or always finesse ...

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