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Diamond finesse for me, too.
Oct. 22, 2019
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I think part of the problem is that some of our beginning classes rush beginners through the basics and students come out of these classes with no idea there is a difference between opener and responder or between opening and overcalling.

They learn Stayman in one or two lessons and two weeks later, they learn to open a week two bid and in another couple of weeks, 2C, strong, artificial and forcing. And they get these two 2-C bids mixed up. To them, 2C is 2C whether they are opening, responding, or overcalling.

I think sticking with all natural bids in the first eight or so lessons would help them build a stronger foundation. No Stayman, no Blackwood, no transfers and no artificial 2C openers, until they understand the difference between opener and responder and until they learn to invite game and accept an invitation.

Just last week, two players in my 0-199 game had the following auction:

1C Pass 1NT All Pass.

And while waiting for the other tables to finish, they asked how they could have reached game with their 12 hcpts opposite 17.
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The 1C opener said she opened a short club (with Kxxxx AQx xx Kxx). Responder said she had then opened her 5-3-3-2 and 17 hcpts with 1NT.

Both have taken beginner lessons and one is now enrolled in a class where the students learn a convention a week. (They LOVE conventions.)
Oct. 22, 2019
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By the way, before our club moved to a new location, I probably played an average of once or twice a month and directed twice a week, two games each. But, since the move, we have lost a good portion of our membership, and our club needs lots of help to pay the rent, so my husband played 22 sessions in August and I played 16. And I've never enjoyed club bridge more.
Sept. 2, 2019
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I play because I like taking tricks on offense and defense. I enjoy evaluating my hand. I like the languages of bidding and of signaling with the cards.
Sept. 2, 2019
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Y'all are the bomb!!
Aug. 31, 2019
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will use many of them.
Aug. 30, 2019
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Jeff, thanks. Will do.
Aug. 30, 2019
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Ian, I considered teaching the LTC to beginners or intermediates, but wasn't sure if it would help or further confuse them—had no idea the LTC was used in miniBridge.
Aug. 30, 2019
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From an elementary ACBL lesson, I learned something I had never thought about.

Hand pattern percentages are equal to the frequency of suit divisions around the table.

For instance, a hand pattern such as 4-4-3-2 appears 21.55 % of the time. And each suit will divide into the four hands as 4-4-3-2, the same 21.55 % of the time.
Aug. 30, 2019
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Jeff Lehman, how is the contract determined in minibridge?
Aug. 30, 2019
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When teaching a play such as a finesse, I shorten the hand to a few cards in one or two suits. First, they play AQ opposite xx. And when they get that, they get to play AQ and xx opposite xx and AQ. Then I give them a hand such as AQJ and xx opposite xxx and AK. At this point, some finesse successfully and then cash the ace.

Eventually, I build this into a 13-card hand full of finesses for kings. (I also teach 2nd low at this point, or lho will invariably fly with the King.)

To teach ducking to establish a long suit, I would first give AK5432 and 2 and 2 opposite 67 and AK3 and AK3 and have the table figure how to take 9 tricks with a 3-2 break in the long suit.
Aug. 30, 2019
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Duck.
Aug. 25, 2019
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With a very good opener and nothing wasted in the opponent's suit, I would not consider passing.

To me, the one spade rebid promises at least four spades and only the three clubs I promised originally. I do not see how passing can gain, but I do see how it might lose.

If partner had passed my 1C bid and rho had balanced with 1H, I would play as Richard mentioned, that my 1S bid showed longer clubs or a 5-5 hand, if our agreement was to open 1C on a 5-5 black hand.
Aug. 25, 2019
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The teacher who will teach my workshop students wants to do a supervised play game that awards no master points.
Aug. 18, 2019
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Tom, you surely keep a high percentage of your EZ Bridge students! And they are all play outside the lessons. Way to go!!
Aug. 18, 2019
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So many useful suggestions! Thanks, y'all.
Aug. 17, 2019
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This may well be happening at my club, Dan. I often find results for a Section C in the Bridge Mates. They don't always clear when I reset/kill after my game and then kill twice before the next game.

Ping, thanks for that tip. I have never turned off the box. I'll add that to my pre-game and post-game to-do list.
Aug. 17, 2019
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 17, 2019
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Jeff and Randy,

I appreciate your input.

I was planning for a zero to five game after the lessons, while some others think a 0-20 game would be better.

Is it possible for you guys to weigh in on a choice between these two upper limits?

I have serious doubts about my club allowing social bridge players, but I will discuss that with some of the board members.

Do you charge the same entry fee for social bridge, as for duplicate? Does a director make rulings of any type? And, if so, what law book do they use?

Thanks.
Aug. 17, 2019
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Thanks for your input, Joyce. I'm a fellow member of the ABTA.
Aug. 17, 2019
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 17, 2019
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Maybe I'm wrong, Chris. I've never taught it, but someone ran an E-Z Bridge class opposite one of my games. The players in my game got credit for the number of tables in E-Z bridge. And, I was told that the students could win master points (rating points). I've never checked out that info.
Aug. 17, 2019
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