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The records show you beat us in the semi's of a top flight KO that tournament. (Not me, but Allan Graves, my teammate that year, is deserving of being included in your list of luminaries.) It might even have been the year you used a voodoo doll with pins in it to get the better of us. (One of the funniest things I have seen at the bridge table.)
16 hours ago
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Isn't that obvious? Because we can all see 3S makes.
17 hours ago
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I would be something like 17,000, 23,000 and 50,000. If you intended these measures to be somewhat equivalent, they miss their mark. It clearly favors players who play more regionals and nationals.

I know this gets us back to the same old song, but I think there needs to be a weighting that favors more recent points over those that are old and cold.
20 hours ago
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To my mind the key is that it is West in the passout seat. East would be ok if West could double and having shown five spades there is no reason to act in front of him. West, hearing no double from East, counts his spades and bids again.
20 hours ago
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On my planet where the oceans are blue-green and we are “pattern bidders”, opener, playing precision, CANNOT have a singleton spade after 1D-1S-1N (optional with singleton K). Yes opener can be 1=4=3=5, 1=4=4=4 and 1=4=5=3 for her 1D opening and 2C rebid but we have tools to resolve the minor suit ambiguity. In particular, 1D-1S-2C-2H is an artificial game force after which 2S shows either 3 spades or eight minor suit cards. Two more relays follow to unwind all possible patterns.
20 hours ago
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I lay in bed adding to my list of pet peeves of repeated mistakes. Gross violations of the Law of Total Tricks (not a law but a useful guide), failing to count (this is one that is really learned and can be difficult but sometimes they just aren't trying), and preempting with hands that are too good to preempt with.

In my experience as a junior coach there is one possible complaint I do not have. I have never had a junior who did not respect his partner, teammates or opponents. To the contrary, particularly in our post-practice breakdown of the deals, they are often reticent to be critical of a teammate's play. I have to be the bad guy who says that a play was an error. I guess that is why I get the big bucks.
21 hours ago
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Mike, maybe West had SAx.
Jan. 15
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Danny (in French Polynesia), I assume you are asking, what about 1D-(P)-2M when 2D is our last plus? Too F bad. I believe the frequency favors our approach. It also favors game bidding, “where the money is”, while losing occasional part scores. The famous example is Hamman in a world championship in a 4-2 2D contract when they could make 4 hearts. Opener was 1444, responder was 5422.
Jan. 15
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Just so that all understand, this was a very limited exception for the 12 juniors qualified for the next U26 world championships to be able to practice at a higher level. I actually asked for a more liberal rule but this was a reasonable compromise.
Jan. 15
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Yes, but writing a computer program is not one of them.
Jan. 15
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Kerry, 1. No suit agreement below the level of game. Suit agreement rules are the same as for slam sequences. 2. 3N (we play RDB is blood, showing a stopper if DBL is a lead direct). 3. Support RDB. 4. RDB of 1N by 1N bidder says, “I have a 5 card suit in case partner has bad balanced hand.” 5. RDB of a control bid says “I have help.” 6. “Undress me”. After a two suited bid, RDB asks for clarification (e.g., (1S)-2S-(DBL)-RDB. 2N is still values, 3m is to play, RDB is “minor?” 7. RDB after stayman doubled P-(P)-? is “restayman” with transfer responses and 2N both. 8. Similarly after a 1N and transfer, opener passing showing 2M, RDB is retransfer. 9. 1D-(DBL)-RDB shows hearts. 10. 2M-(DBL)-RDB transfer (may be a lead; we prefer to preserve 2N as an Ogust variation.)

Brian, because I sometimes screw up (or I am perceived to have screwed up.)
Jan. 15
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Timo, I feel your pain. We work almost every day on our agreements. (My idea of a good dinner appetizer is 20 deals in the BBO bidding room, a French cheese brought up to room temperature, and a dirty martini. Yes, that was in fact our appetizer tonight (Brie.) Our system notes are over 100 pages densepack. We will never take as many tricks as Meckstroth or Helgemo, but we can compete at a reasonably high level because we have little ambiguity in our bidding.)

So, when someone posts a deal where the problem is “no agreement”, I really am not all that interested. FYI, our default when the opponents dont know what a bid means is, “Assume it means what it would mean for us.” This may not be optimal, but at least we avoid a big accident.
Jan. 15
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I have the privilege of coaching some of the best junior players in the country. They are also, without exception, brilliant. But sometimes they make mistakes. With kids this good, how can any mistake be tolerated?

Seriously, it is definitely more rewarding than frustrating. My frustration comes on occasion from situations where they make the same mistake over again. My pet complaints are bidding the same hand twice (or three times), taking last guess when they could have let the opponents do so, 5332 hands which they overvalue, vulnerable two level overcalls on bad hands and suits, preempting without regard to the vulnerability, making up a bid that partner has no way of interpreting correctly, and generally “bidding too much.” I know that bridge is a difficult game and no one plays perfectly, but I am also human and it sometimes gets to me.

They are great kids. I love my kids and I love this job. If they don't achieve greatness, it will definitely be the coach's fault.
Jan. 15
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I will take a wild guess that the average person spends $50 per masterpoint if you count all instruction, entry fees, lodging and travel expenses.
Jan. 15
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Add to the above (1D)-2N as hearts plus either minor (advancer: 3C, 4C PorC, 3D invite in hearts, 4N pick a minor)
Jan. 15
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For those of us who play almost exclusively imps and have no credible rating, this is a bad idea. A rating based on imp or total performance would be fine.
Jan. 15
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2H was a third chair white weak two bid in hearts. I struggle with my juniors regarding some of their preempts but this one I am ok with. It was bid at both tables.
Jan. 15
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Yes (you looked.) We played against Versace, Mustafa and Leonardo. We had a great time. Lost by 40. Versace was very pleasant, we talked about my grandmother from Torino where he grew up. Mustafa was a bit abrupt at first but he, too, warmed up. Leonardo looked like one of these young guys from “Poker Stars” with the hoodie and hood up. He dropped a trick and immediately said, “Skew-zay, skew-zay” to Alfredo. It really was a lot of fun.

There are too many regionals. We need more concentration to make the game right.
Jan. 14
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Sorry Danny, but playing a limited opening system and UMJOODO (reverse Flannery), this a poster child for opening 1D on 4=5.
Jan. 14
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When opponents voluntarily bid and raise, we play that doubles which would be penalty are card showing from both sides. This is in the same class of auctions as 1D-(1S)-1N-(2S)-DBL or…P-DBL for us.

As my offense is much more than my defense (I would have bid 4H last round), I make the bid I should have made. If our agreement had been penalty, I have UI and could not pull.

It looks like we are in a small minority. But I don't think you can answer the question without knowing the partnership's agreements. If they say, “No agreement” then I say, “I don't care” and “You lose.”
Jan. 14
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