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Anyone here from Ed Fdn? Cough up for both teams?
4 hours ago
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We ought to come out with a whist/bridge version so there will be something to do at the bar after the game other than rehash hands.
12 hours ago
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Congrats to all volunteer coaches/mentors, to Stephanie at ACBL Marketing, and everyone else who contributed to building the swelling number of colleges with participating bridge teams! Thanks to the ACBL Educational Foundation for providing the scholarship money. As the song says: “More, More, More!” (How do I like it? Fine!)
13 hours ago
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There you go. I didn't read down far enough. Same problem in bridge, lol.
14 hours ago
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If opener knew that was his hand, six quick tricks, why did he not open 2C? Something had to be very odd. I kinda like the other idea linked to above, where opener was fooling around with an odd hand. But, as everyone knows, no great bidding plan goes unpunished by Partner. Most likely explanation is that Partner forgot Puppet. Seems Ockham's got some stubble today.
Edit: Reitman's comment below is correct too. Wiki gave both spellings. :-)
16 hours ago
Chris Hasney edited this comment 14 hours ago
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1-3-4? Impossible, so pard found a card or is losing his sight. My mentors always put me in 7 (X, XX of course) when I made such an egregious bid.
Feb. 16
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Or fond memories…
Feb. 15
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Again, the point is to avoid making a call that creates a guess situation for your poor, miserable, tired, brain (almost) dead partner!
Feb. 15
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Is anyone else having a problem with the whole concept of a super-accept over 2NT where it is defined as 20-21 (or 18-19 etc.)? What, do you have all the tens, nines, and eights in the deck?
Feb. 15
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That would be the only instance where 4S would be possible. However, given the chances 4S would confuse the dickens out of poor pard, Just try 5H and pard will either pass or correct to 6H. After all, you have to play it. Cream in my coffee please, partner.
Feb. 15
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That one gets a ROFLMAO in addition to the like.
Feb. 15
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If you start with two assumptions, first that even with a magic 4-4 heart fit and a max there is no way opener's hand can re-eval to a slam try, and that opener has been asked (ordered?) by the captain of the auction to bid 4H (or 3NT without four hearts), 4S is impossible. Therefore an error has occurred. So far we are undoubled, so passing 4S seems reasonable.
Feb. 15
Chris Hasney edited this comment Feb. 15
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and then that danged industrial revolution spoiled everything!
Feb. 13
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and so with that you became a bartender?
Feb. 13
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No rancor, just no free plays and no free mentors.
Feb. 12
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This normal conflict becomes severe if the new(er) player refuses to do even minimal work needed to improve (like reading your book). The welcome mat gets pulled somewhat faster in such cases.
Feb. 12
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Yes and no. Yes, you are correct when looking at the stratosphere of the game, and even up in the heavens. Every human endeavor needs to attempt to optimize and then push forward from there, breaking what was thought to be the limit. (Imagine, all we needed to do to break the speed of sound was to sweep the wings!) But when you speak about barriers to entry, then a big NO. Yes, let folks look at the beauty of the pros hitting threes and dunking with their off hand, etc. But then teach the new players how to dribble, pass, and shoot set shots – again, and again, and again, and when they get bored show them Hoosiers and encourage them to attend games where “real” basketball is played. (Pick your own sport.)
Feb. 12
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Thought it was invented in Chicago by Paul Harris.
Feb. 11
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I like to equate this “over and over” process to blocking and tackling drills in football, or pick ups in baseball, or free throws in basketball. Yes, it's boring as hell, but develops muscle memory so you can execute plays without having to think about the basics – they become automatic. In a brain game like bridge, this frees energy from having to think about simple things like are taught in your book “A Taste of Bridge” (which I sure wish I could get some folks to actually read, but they are advanced, after all).
Feb. 10
Chris Hasney edited this comment Feb. 10
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Maybe Samantha Punch should take a look. She's running the “Keep Bridge Alive” campaign.
Feb. 10
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