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We are playing transfer walsh and gazilli— so I feel like I need 7+ as constructive and my hand is so flat I chose to describe it this way.. it could be wrong…I'm just wondering how many pairs will be in 4s playing standard? I think it's a coin toss between 3s and 4s and maybe 3d is the safest contract…Thought it was a neat little problem in evaluation.
Aug. 12
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misread the problem—disregard my answer!
July 6
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Yes, 3d was conventional–new minor forcing.
3H doesn't deny 3 spades.
July 2
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Thanks for the feedback. On this hand they were playing feature and found slam. I didn't think it looked like a slam hand from my vantage point, either. And most agree. :)
June 4
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This was our opponent's auction. I'm assuming that the feature is high card and I don't think there was a specific range.
May 12
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Peg,

We hadn't discussed 3's. My p and I play a pretty natural system and I thought he would take it as forcing with a real heart suit. We need to hammer out the what our bids mean past the normal gazilli responses–we added gazilli recently.

Yeah, it's funny… We were playing this hand against Bill and I saw him perk up when the hand hit and I thought if I was playing with him we would invite with this hand. 1-3 (I'll ask my p about this for sure :))

I took him as having 6-5 in the blacks. It turns out I was right.
May 1
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I don't see the soundcloud link…
April 11
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Thanks Gavin! I'd like to know more about how you apply poker strategy to your bridge game. A potential article, perhaps?
Feb. 13
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As a huge fan of bridge and podcasts this was right up my alley. Please keep them coming! I agree with the others about having the hands written for easy telling, I think having specific questions written would be helpful as well. I noticed that when you were stuck for a question–there were plenty of questions available via Gavin's answers–you could have mined what he was giving you for more questions–for example: When he talked about his admiration for Steve Weinstein's game–I would have been curious why he has been such a big influence on Gavin besides the obvious of him being a great player. I know this is the first interview and it will become more refined. Looking forward to the next!
Feb. 10
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radiohead
March 16, 2012
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“How did you get started? What hooked you? What has gotten your friends to play? What has stopped others from learning to play?”


At 15, I began playing on pogo.com as I became increasingly frustrated with backgammon. I really don't know why I kept playing, but I immediately enjoyed it because it is a similar game to backgammon and poker. A nice blend of skill and luck with more emphasis on skill. Btw, my parents nor relatives play. I suppose this makes me a bit of an anomaly.

I then decided to venture to the local bridge club held at our recreation center. I remember being turned off by the general atmosphere of the bridge club. The club had little charm and the atmosphere was lacking. This might be a local problem, but I have felt this way at tournaments also. I guess I wanted bridge to be some formal, film noir, sophisticated, classy activity with the “cool” factor of poker…. but it was just a bunch of old people playing cards.

All of that being said—I became hooked. I was immediately taken in by the bridge crowd and was handed bridge books and my first partner. I became hooked because of the competitiveness, complexity and fun of the game.

I have tried to give lessons to friends and with some success! I have taught a few friends the basics of the game and they continue to play socially. I think the problem correlates to my initial disappointment with bridge. The image is terrible. And its steep learning curve.

I generally think masterpoints are lame. I think bridge leagues would be a lot of fun. And wish that I had a bridge team or club at my university. If my peers had had the chance to compete in high school and earn scholarships I'm sure they would have been many who might have found a hidden talent for this great game.

Also, can we just imitate what Patty Tucker has done in Atlanta?

March 16, 2012
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What initially drew you to the game/what keeps you coming back?
March 8, 2012
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