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Michael Botwin
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.  Diamond Life Master splitting his time between NYC area and Las Vegas.  Not a total mad scientist, but I do prefer strong club systems, although I will reluctantly play "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 MeckLite as written up in Dan Neill's Standard Modern Precision.  Also playing Ken Rexford's MICS system in one partnership.  Interested in Granville and Burn's new "MOSSO" system.

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Online K.O. Tournaments by Tom Reynolds-May K.O.
Is there a partnership desk of some kind for these tournaments? Pard and I would like to play in this--looking for another pair(s) or would be willing to join an existing team looking to augment.
ACBL Treating players as "owned" by a specific club
So apparently I can't play in any VCG. There is a full-time club in my area in which I used to play semi-regularly, but have not done so in 2+ years. There are two weekly games in which I have played more recently, but these two don't run ...
Draft ACBL Alert Procedure - Request for Comments
@Jeff: I reiterate, I have been told by National directors that opening one of a major playing canape is not alertable. Naturally the rebid of 2new suit (where new suit is longer than the opened suit) is alertable.
Draft ACBL Alert Procedure - Request for Comments
@MRosenberg: Sending messages to Opponents is frowned upon by TPTB at BBO. Such an approach also presents problems since it is possible to set one's preferences to "Ignore chat from players I've blacklisted"; in such cases, one might never see a message sent in chat.
Draft ACBL Alert Procedure - Request for Comments
@Randy: Opening a four card major when playing canape is alertable? I've discussed this one with several directors and been told to pre-alert that we were playing canape (and explain what that means if asked) but that the (potentially) four-card major openings were not to be alerted.
Draft ACBL Alert Procedure - Request for Comments
If support doubles are to be no longer alertable, does this not present other problems? e.g., I am playing weak NTs, open 1, pard bids 1M, RHO chimes in with 2, and I double showing not three card support, but rather strong NT values (a common agreement ...
Montreal Summer 2020 NABC Canceled
Thanks Ray--I think I was too depressed to read that far down in the text :-|
Montreal Summer 2020 NABC Canceled
Do I have to cancel my hotel reservation (made through the ACBL's travel bureau) or is automatically canceled for me?
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
I'll leave it to others to determine how much of an "expert" I am :-) With that said, in one partnership, we play canape; we use 2major openings to show the bid major and clubs--so no weak two bids for us. It's either one, three, four or (horrors!) pass.
BBO Questions
You can't upload your convention card from BW to BBO, unfortunately. You can create a new one from scratch by going to "My BBO" and then "Convention Cards". There are a bunch of stock cards available there (SAYC, several 2/1 cards, Precision, wj, SEF, etc)--and you can ...
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