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Sathya Bettadapura
Sathya Bettadapura
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Software engineer by profession. My other passion is South Indian Classical Music, quite possibly the most rhythmically complex music system. Live in Northern California. I have played more Nationals over the last ten years than regionals or sectionals as it's harder to take time off. I only have a little over 2.000 MP, but more than 300 Platinum Points.


I have played a fair amount of Spingold and Vanderbilt with peers and beaten seeds in the range of 19-29 consistently on the first day. But due to low seeding points, always forced to face a top seed the second day with predictable results except in Toronto, '01 when we beat seed#15 in a head-on match on day#1. In Toronto, 2011, we beat seed #19 on day#1, faced team Monaco on day#2 and lost to them by less than 15 IMPs.


That's the reason I love the Reisinger. No seeding. In addition to the 3 times I have made it to the semi-finals, in Boston, '99 we failed to qualify for second day after losing two tie-breakers !

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making it to 2nd day in NABC Fast Pairs 2011 after a 42.2% game in the first session
Bridge Accomplishments
Beat#15 in Spingold, Toronto, '01, Reisinger Semi Finals '02, '11, '12, Blue Ribbon Pairs Finals '98, '03, '06; LM '06, '15, Platinum Pairs Finals '17
Regular Bridge Partners
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Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
NABC Fall Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Good-Bad, Kickback, 3c Puppet over 1nt, Muppet over 2nt, Bergen (yes, the B word :)), 1m-2h bal 11-12
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Sathya and Krishnan
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Sathya Bettadapura & Danning Dong
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Jun
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Yanong
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Rajendra
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya and Madhu
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Sathya & Jayesh
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Sathya B & John Gilbert
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Don't understand why Zia did that...
The hand diagram should be fixed now. For some reason, just specifying three hands which should normally work did not, so I had to specify all four hands.
Upsets Mark USA1 Senior Quarterfinal
Is this the hand where declarer had Tx in dummy opposite AQ8xxx in hand ? I saw Fred Stuart playing it. He dropped the stiff King offside and then end-played RHO in trumps ! Well played to both of you ?
How to play trumps ?
This came up in BBO team match. Not sure of EW agreements. It's my best guess.
How to play trumps ?
AJxxxx KQxx x xx is plenty for an opening these days. If you don't think so, you didn't watch the USBC trials much :)
How to play trumps ?
Right. As Khokan also pointed out J play caters to RHO holding KQX as well as Hxx as long you are prepared to finesse on the second round of trumps. If trumps are 2-2 and RHO wins the first trump and then follows low you will go down when trumps ...
How to play trumps ?
No it doesn't. East wins the first trump with an honor and he still has Hxx left when you have only one entry left to dummy. If East has KQxx of trumps you can't make it. It's a choice between playing him for KQx or Hxx. And ...
USBC slam defence
From declarer's perspective, why couldn't you be doing this with Qxxxx ? If declarer has the J it doesn't matter. But if he has two little s he has a choice of either playing you for the actual holding or your partner for a stiff Quack.
Watching the trials is like watching a mini-Bermuda Bowl. The teams that make it to the semi-finals of US trials will easily be competitive in any World Championship, but unfortunately the rules only for two teams from the US, not four. The technique that team Nickell displayed is what we ...
Sathya Bettadapura's bidding problem: A83 --- K97 AKQT642
If you bid 3 LHO bids 4. Partner has Kx AKxx JTx Jxxx. 6 is a great contract without a lead...
Sathya Bettadapura's bidding problem: A83 --- K97 AKQT642
If 4 is Kickback Exclusion, partner responds no Aces, hopefully that's the first step in your methods, so 4.

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