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Michael Botwin
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Nov. 29, 2015
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Becoming more active again in bridge after years of playing very little.  Gold Life Master splitting his time between NYC area and Las Vegas.  Not a total mad scientist, but I do prefer (in order) strong club systems, K/S or other weak NT approaches, and then (reluctantly) "2/1" (technically a treatment rather than a system IMHO).  If you're a serious yet festive strong clubber or otherwise think we might be compatible at the table, shoot me a PM.




Currently fooling around with Ken Rexford's canape system.

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Precision 1C-1D-1H relay and 4441 hands
I have a version of Berk/Cohen Precision notes c. 1996, which used a 2 rebid by opener after 1=1 to show strong 4441s (minimum 20+ HCP). Responder relayed with 2NT to find the singleton, opener rebid the suit one under the stiff. Obviously a low ...
Support doubles after 1!d (1!h) 1!s
In my Precision partnerships, we've agreed that 1 by responder only promises a 4-card holding in the auction 1--(1)--1. In the modern era of LOTT and "always raise with 3 card support", I think it's important to get spades in there clearly ...
Open Philadelphia Discussion Thread
Doesn't the host hotel provide parking for hotel guests?
Should ACBL allow this opening in Novice games
There is a story (supposedly true, but possibly the stuff of myth) that many years ago, MIT couldn't field a team for some inter-collegiate competition. The story goes that the team had some basic card sense, and could play or defend a hand in a somewhat competent manner, but ...
Strong Club System With Reasonable MP Utility
I've been playing Ken Rexford's MICS (Modified Italian Canape System) for awhile now and have had pretty good results with it. The book on the system is available in both dead tree and e-book format. Book itself only addresses the limited opening bids as there are plenty of ...
ACBL Chief Executive Tenders Resignation
Why play a Big !C or Precision?
Many of the reasons listed above are possible answers for the same person/pair... IMHO, there is a "sweet spot" when one is learning the game (especially if you learn the game the way I did--no lessons, no formal instruction, just read "5 Weeks to Winning Bridge" and headed to ...
When to bid a NT-game with 10 opposite a 14-16 NT or 9 opposite a 15-17 NT
Precision-ers who play 14-16 NTs have to be wary when holding 10-counts opposite a 1NT opener. 2/3 of the time the field has opened a 15-17 NT, and hence has no problem getting to 3NT (or 4 of a major). Some pairs in this bind agree to go with ...
What would you do about illegal note taking?
I've never played anywhere outside ACBL-land, but have occasionally played against people from the UK. I'm told that it is common practice there to leave the bid cards until after the opening lead is made (or after Trick 1 is complete? I forget now...). Anyway, this is also ...
Is opening 2C with this hand an illegal psychic?
Where has it ever been stated that opening 2 = "I can beat the opponents' slam"? I've never heard of this as a criterion for evaluating the "2-worthiness" of a hand. If you play some kind of control-showing responses to an opening 2 you may hear all ...
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