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Jane,
It is quite stunning to read through this thread and not find a single suggestion that's not on the money. I like to include match-point tactics and especially a lesson or two on scoring. You would not believe how many experienced duplicate players have no clue what doubled down 2 vulnerable is. Also, a half hour may be too long. Our four 99er and under games all offer lectures beforehand. We find that 20 minutes is about right. It almost doesn't matter the content. How engaging the lecturer is is key.
Aug. 31
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Is double for the majors now considered standard in this auction?
Aug. 31
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Bruce,
All my students are asked to count shape not sheep at night.
I give them the nine most common shapes and ask that they say them, often, and all nine in the exact same order every time:
The 4's
four triple three
four four three two
four four four one
The 5's
five three three two
etc

I also have them say the shape every time they sort their hand, every time the dummy comes down, and every time they figure out the trump suit.

Can't hurt.
Aug. 30
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Unreal! My “insight” is twenty years old.
Aug. 30
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Max, Jeff,
Sounds like there may be a wider gap between teaching children and teaching adults than I appreciated especially in the area of work done on their own between classes. Many of our adult students hunger for homework. It's one reason Best e-Bridge is so very popular.
And Max, having tried to teach play for forty years I fully understand the uphill battle you face. Even I feel I came late to the game. I didn't give up chess for bridge until my early twenties. Talk about a wasted youth!
Aug. 30
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The part about rote play not being wrong is so true. Though I am not a proponent of it, it IS the way a lot of our players need to start out. It is how they begin to learn. Not everyone is gifted.
Aug. 30
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EHAA
Aug. 29
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Only two choices so far. 17 for 4H, 5 for 5H. At the table my LHO found an interesting sequence. She doubled my 2D response then followed with up with 4H when it came around to her. Not bad…got the lead in and showed something like this.
Aug. 29
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How'd that partnership work out?
Aug. 29
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You can?
Aug. 29
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Every hand's an adventure.
Aug. 29
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I don't think 15 to 17 is standard. In NYC it IS standard…period.
Aug. 27
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Ian,
Then with 12 -14 no one alerts.
Aug. 27
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Again…if it is the “standard” 15 - 17 then it need not be alerted.
Aug. 27
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Just not 15 to 17 if that's what it is.
Aug. 27
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Bridge evolves. I remember having to say “alert” first after a transfer. Then, when asked, saying,“transfer”. Then it became just “transfer”. When will it evolve to saying nothing? I've waited way too long.
My pet peeve is having to announce, “15 to 17”. If it isn't, announce it. I hate feeling like a puppet. If I'm forced to announce 15 - 17 why not be consistent. 1S, “A good 11 to as much as a bad 22”. Or 2H, “5 to 11 HCP and a good 6-card suit.” And so on.
Aug. 27
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Steve, to your point.
Seems I'm not alone.
From personal experience I do not believe that artificially induced “alertness” improves thinking. Just the opposite. A calm mind, a mind at rest, analyzes best. Speed kills.
“Going over something in my mind” and “looking at something from every angle” are more than just common expressions.
While coffee may help with assembly line thinking or dredging up stored facts for an SAT test, all it does for me is get my brain racing. I find I can't stay with a thought as easily as I'd like. Can't follow it through methodically, relaxed. Can't turn it over and over. I feel it. It's like the part of the brain, the muscle part, is stimulated, but it wants to race ahead. Synapses aren't muscle. They fire differently. Making them race, to jump from one thought to another, is a barrier to “deep thinking”. I want to control the speed at which my brain works. I don't want caffeine or anything else messing with it. It works perfectly, left alone, just the way it has evolved.
On the other hand, I drink about six cups of coffee a day. I run a bridge club. I need to stay alert. No deep thinking needed during business hours. I leave that for between 4 and 5 am. That's about as deep as I get.
Aug. 27
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Barry,
Cocaine? Really? No side effects? Try getting inferences when your brain is going a mile a minute.
Aug. 26
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Nothing beats nothing. Unless you need something. Then it's probably each to his or her own.
Aug. 26
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Rather than giving this part of the course to beginners, I'd give it to the experienced players you encounter that seem to really need it.
Aug. 24
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