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I will just say this . . . sometimes, back in the day I was heading home around 6, to shave, shower and get ready for work before the next evening session.

However, that sort of thing is not quite as appealing these days.
July 5
Jim Perkins edited this comment July 5
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Not starting with GR. Starting with bracketed KOs.
July 4
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Not just play it out, but agonize over which card to play.

Trick …..

after …..

Trick.
July 4
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Poker could take a very, very long time, I would say. A player playing an overall losing strategy could easily still be a net winner after 3 years or more of full time play.

And virtually 100% of the poker playing universe is “playing too close to their bankroll” – that is, playing stakes that are too high to far too high for them to afford with the financial resources available to them. Hedge fund guys and tech tycoons, like Einhorn or Gates excluded (Gates plays $3/$6 limit because it's the same as $3,000/$6,000 to him).
July 4
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In all seriousness Bracketed KOs were the beginning of the end of tournaments. 1 huge KO and a bunch of consolation events for those that don't cut it for whatever reason. (Yes, “you darn kids get off my lawn!”)

Also, why is it that mine (currently approaching age 62) was the last generation of significant bridge participation?
July 4
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“You darn kids get off my lawn.”
July 4
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I am not that familiar with Fantunes but was introduced to a variation that Kresh calls Naturelle. I can't even tell you how much one resembles the other, but in the Naturelle system, opening 1 bids show 15+ and in that context, the transfer principles of Reese's Little Major appear to be both legal and effective.

I find 2 under transfers to be tremendously more effective than one unders as now the transferee has an extra bid to indicate “yeah” or “nay” to the offered suit.
July 1
Jim Perkins edited this comment July 1
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Overheard at the compare: “What was the contract?” “N dealt and played 1.” “How did the auction go?”
July 1
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I try not to override pollers systems as much as possible. But the failure to start with 3 has put us into this awful situation. I have this theory that auctions do not always take the worst possible turn so I will punt with 3 which I hope partner reads as nothing more than not wanting to unilaterally bypass 3NT at this point.

On the upside the 2 . . . 3 sequence tends to show super GF strength, so maybe partner will be slam seeking in s soon.
July 1
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S bid 4NT (at least in my diagram).
June 30
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If partner is looking for keycards, I got ‘em. To spare.

I don’t think I'm losing this post mortem.

If this were a pure ATB, I would blame S for taking over with no idea what she is doing. As posed, N cannot allow the partnership to languish in 5. N has first round control of every suit and second round control in three. What would it take to make a slam with this partner bidding KC?

I might not even bother to answer with a player of S's caliber (given this auction at least which is all I have to judge on). 4NT 6.
June 30
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Not every student is trying to get better at bridge. There are many reasons people play bridge and many reasons people hire a teacher (or even partner).

One of my biggest challenges is reaching the student that does not (like me) have 12 hours a day to devote to bridge. Since my approach to learning the game has been drill-based (repeating the same hands and themes over and over and over and over and over until they become a part of the way I think), I often have a hard time working with students who want to drop in on TH for one session of duplicate, forget about the game until next week, and expect to make progress.
June 30
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I wish I had something stronger, something that said, “Unless you are unusually rich in losers we should be making slam” but I don't think hands like this come up that often and 2 4 is the best we have.

Is the five level safe? Well we are missing about 23 HCP outside of s so that means the OPPs don't have AKA. But on a bad day there could be 3 off-side Ks.

Would like to know more about my OPPs. I want to be doing whatever I think they will be doing here. So if they are more aggressive, I want to be too.
June 29
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“Can you have 4 s?” I try to answer (after getting frowned at a few times when partners have been off script) “We can always have anything. However, our agreement is . . . ” or “However, we have no agreement here.”

Last night, (1) P (3) 4NT . . . . “What is 4NT?” “Well technically we have no agreement but I assume it shows minors.” Which was probably better than “technically . . . no agreement, but anyone that has played bridge longer than 5 minutes (you idiot) would interpret that as minors.”
June 25
Jim Perkins edited this comment June 25
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The Q is not restricted.
June 22
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Discussions of possible or even proven cheating generate so much traffic that one wonders whether BW pays to have them posted.
June 19
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@ Ellis: Estate Planning. PM me. LOL.
June 19
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What I have is usable for me, but that's because I know how to drive it. For example, you have to manually enter the number of board sets in cell B26 or you get a confusing error message. etc.

I am not really willing to spend any more time tinkering on a volunteer basis.

As reported above, with just two sets of pre-dealt boards it can pretty much handle four 6 board matches in a 20 team section in swiss if the contestants are ready to shuffle, deal and play a few tables on the final 2 rounds or so. Not every table by any means but perhaps 3 total (that the most I have seen in any of my sims).
June 18
Jim Perkins edited this comment June 18
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Last Friday I had 4442 distribution and when I recognized it in the middle of the OPPs auction I called the director.
June 18
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I don't know if Roy Welland and Sabine Auken rate as experienced players to you Richard. I do know that they play a system that differs according to Vulnerability and Roy missed the fact that they were Vulnerable due to the lack of a red sticker on the bottom of the hand slot.

Against us.

Which, I guess is one way to a top. But not one in which I take particular pride.
June 17
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