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A unified theory of bidding!!
Einstein didn't even try tackling this.
From beginners on up I build on, “a trick is three points”.
That may not seem like much, but when trying to decide on mid-auction bids, choosing between levels often comes down to the student trying to make use of that simple fact.
1C - 1H
1S - ?
If 3S shows 10-12, then 4S would have to show the next higher range of 13 -15. So far so good. Now, what would you bid with more 16 plus?

Among the first to give it a try was Bill Root. His “Commonsense Bidding” proved to be anything but. However, it did show how almost impossible it was, even back then, to make teaching bidding both simple and logical.
I don't believe anyone's done a much better job of it since.
Dec. 15, 2019
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Yet, according to Michael Rosenberg this rule has been in effect for many years now.
Dec. 11, 2019
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Let's just see how we can make the game even less attractive to all but the elite players. I have an idea. Make it even more artificial than it already is and also make it so that unsuspecting and less sophisticated players have even less of a chance against these players.
Like the Flip Wilson routine of old. David meats Goliath. Flip wants to know what a giant needs with a club.
When a rule contradicts active ethics, it's the later that should take preference. You have an agreement, whether it's Red or Blue or Black on the card, that you know your opponents will never suspect to even ask about, active ethics should take over. It does at the clubs.
Maybe that's one reason why Aviv and I prefer to run Honors, Cavendish, and Aces and not Regionals or National events.
Dec. 10, 2019
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We still are required to alert 2D when partner opens 1NT, but not in this situation? Where's Edgar when you need him?
Dec. 10, 2019
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I couldn't have said it better myself.
Dec. 6, 2019
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Remains to be seen. But thanks.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Both of you are bridge centers in the truest sense of the word.
Welcome aboard.
Dec. 5, 2019
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OK.
Dec. 4, 2019
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Don,
That's also the problem with why not allowing new clubs into areas where older, established clubs already exist, is problematic.
Dec. 4, 2019
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Nothing facetious. Which motion failed?
Dec. 4, 2019
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A lovely lady, indeed.
Dec. 4, 2019
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Don,
Jeff L. is dead on. Jimmy Becker, Aaron Silverstein, Gail Moss-Greenberg, Jared Lilienstein, Bjorn Fallenius, and me, NYC club owners all, could not have been elected dog catcher in our Unit, and we weren't.
What does 25 out of 25 non large bridge club owners tell you? Does it tell me that club owners don't care about helping to run the organization that they depend on for their livelihood, maybe even their club's very existence, or that the system is rigged against them? There is a deep state conspiracy, only it's not in Washington, and it's right there out in the open.
Dec. 3, 2019
Jeff Bayone edited this comment Dec. 3, 2019
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“Former glory”, Ellis, is where I disagree. New era, new needs.
What exactly do expert tournament bridge players know about problems in the club end of the business? Or in the promotion end? Or the creating new members end?
We need diversity. A few experts, a few teachers, a few club owners, a few Unit officials, a few from the business world, etc.
Right now it's 25 from the Units, zero from anywhere else. Maybe that number will soon to be reduced to 13. Big deal. Then it will be 13 from the Units, zero from anywhere else. I'm glad a few members on the BoD saw it that way and refused to vote for change unless it meant change.
Dec. 3, 2019
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Don't forget a shout out to players from your District who finished second!
Dec. 3, 2019
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It still works for political candidates.
Dec. 3, 2019
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I know. One of my biggest thrills was getting to the third day of the Blue Ribbons. I'd been playing for just three years. I remember playing against so many people whose books I had just read. Al Roth buried us on two straight boards. Learned a lot about card play misdirection from that experience.
Dec. 3, 2019
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On the other hand Peg, it is one way of separating the professional players from the amateurs. Perhaps having two major team events at every Nationals might actually be a boon to bridge attendance. Not everyone feels fiftieth in a pro-heavy event is as rewarding as fifth in a field of their peers. Not only that, but in a non-pro field, everyone going in may feel that they at least have a chance at the brass ring.
Dec. 3, 2019
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That's the point exactly. We, not just Honors, but the whole bridge community, aren't doing more than easy pickings. I wonder what more can be done here.
Dec. 3, 2019
Jeff Bayone edited this comment Dec. 3, 2019
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That's my point!
It's not about age it's about percentage. What percent of the League constitutes senior and super-senior? By 2040 people may have to be 110 before they get their picture in the Bulletin under “Club News”.
Dec. 2, 2019
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I can't accept your position because I know better. I know that upwards of 75% of new people coming to us come through word of mouth. We just need to rev it up a bit.
Dec. 2, 2019
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