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I was thinking about this while watching a movie tonight (Lion – highly recommended).

I am going to ask the BHBC manager if I can run the Wed. Nite pairs as not just mid-chart . . . but anything goes. Provided full disclosure is made.

Of course, I will check with my regulars first, but I can't imagine anyone of them complaining.
Nov. 27, 2016
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First: They're lying to you.

Then . . . I dunno . . . I don't know your particular skill set. Other than complaining on BW. I lobby my district director to open up the GCC or get rid of it altogether. I play my preferred methods wherever allowed. I ask club managers if we can play . . . in this case, Suction. And I periodically ask him (or her, but in the case of my two favorite clubs, him) again. I teach players to be flexible about bidding – a bid means whatever you and partner agree it means.
Nov. 26, 2016
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So the next logical extension (one can only hope) is the abandonment of BW.

btw – not picking on anyone in particular. I just always complain about complainers.

NOT ONE PERSON IN THE WORLD ANYWHERE CARES ONE WHIT ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD.

NO ONE.

ANYWHERE.

If you see a problem, do something about it.
Nov. 26, 2016
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South, sorry.
Nov. 26, 2016
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Yes. Sorry.
Nov. 26, 2016
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So donate to Boys and Girls Clubs of AmeriCa or sometHing like tHat. (Sorry about tHe Caps. Some kind of keyboard issue.)
Nov. 25, 2016
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So another two months must have passed and here we are complaining about the ACBL again. While DOING absolutely nothing.

If you don't like the ACBL product (enough), there is a great solution. Don't participate. If you do like it (mostly or even somewhat) but think it could be better, then instead of asking “why doesn't someone do something” get off of your laptop and do something yourself.

As for me, the ACBL brings together large groups against whom I can compete at a game that I love to the point of obsession. I am among the sliver of people that makes any money at all from bridge (nowhere near enough to live on, but more than travel expenses and entry fees) so without the ACBL I don't think I could have done that.

I think a better question, and one that was at one point posed in this forum, perhaps by the ACBL itself, would be “what do I want the ACBL to do for me?”

So here is my answer in two parts which are just subsets of one much larger mission:

1) Abandon the Alzheimer's Foundation as our charity of choice. Trust me I know first hand the struggle of patients and families afflicted with this brutal disease. But there are a lot of struggles in the world. And I suggest that we focus on after-school activities and clubs for students at high schools around the country where otherwise there would be no activities or clubs. Let's get out there and show that we really care. And not just about recruiting a new generation to the game. Although about that too.

2) Promote our best players, and not just on the cover of a magazine to our own members. There are so many talk shows (or even pod casts) these days that surely there is some media outlet desperate enough to have any world champion, even a bridge world champion, show up for an appearance. We need a “bridge publicity” department that puts stories in local newspapers (or on websites – like the ACBL did in the Beverly Hills “Patch” – which when I read it, I was surprised to discover that, like Jed Clampett (American TV reference for non-Yanks) I was a resident of Beverly Hills). If we don't get people to want to play the game, not just the ACBL, but the game itself will die. And that will be a shame.

I am interested in the future of bridge. Because it's my future. I want to go out like my friend Paul Smith. Who celebrated his 100th birthday at Barrington Bridge Club, then died peacefully in his sleep a few months later. In his last week of life, he played 5 sessions of bridge. 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 3rd. Not necessarily in that order. I think he finished second in the final session.

I will tell you what got me interested in bridge (besides playing a raft of other card games at Mom's kitchen table after dinner every night): somebody wrote something like you cannot be really good at bridge or chess unless you are the sort of person that will step on your OPPs throat as s/he lies in the gutter. That made me want to be great at the game. Not there yet, but still trying.
Nov. 24, 2016
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Or against.
Nov. 24, 2016
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Oy. I can see why so many newer players feel that the Laws of Duplicate Bridge are there to lay traps for the unwitting to fall into, to the advantage of all the bridge lawyers out there.

If the OPPs are leading poorly give them a free lesson. But only if they ask for one.

Draw inferences from the actions or explanations of inexperienced OPPs at your peril.

Yesterday I was doing duty as the local Bridge Mensch, playing with a player who wanted a pickup partner, who turned out to be me when the 199'er game didn't have enough tables to run and so I agreed with the open director to be a fill if he had a half table. We had a slam auction that obviously ended in disaster. LHO, a chronic bridge lawyer, called the director, when my partner's hand came down as dummy and in no way resembled what I thought her bidding meant. Director attempted to tell complainant that she was only entitled to know agreements not actual hands. To no avail.

At the end of the hand, down 3 in 6NT, I could no longer contain myself. “Tell me again how you were damaged here.”

You cannot be informed of the agreements of players that don't have any. Or poorly articulated ones at best. Live with it.
Nov. 24, 2016
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If you make it back in time, come on out to Palm Springs.
Nov. 24, 2016
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To all my friends in Orlando . . . go out and WIN!
Nov. 24, 2016
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Dave: I know this isn't your question but ATT (at the table), the OPPs silence over your 1 opener speaks volumes and for a certain sort of OPP pretty much denies any hand with any singleton or void, or any 4s, or any 6 card suit of any strain, or any 5-5 in the minors.

That takes a lot of any MAJ splitting poorly out of the mix.

And again, I know you were asking about the math “in the dark.”
Nov. 23, 2016
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I'm not sure I would call it takeout (my selection).

However, I am fairly certain that this shows around KKQ and shortness (0 or 1) in s.

I even have a rule: if we are playing a part score with 9 trump, the OPPs' trumps are 2-2.
Nov. 23, 2016
Jim Perkins edited this comment Nov. 23, 2016
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If there's a question, call for the director. If you disagree with the director's ruling . . . well, for the most part just be quiet about it. Or simply follow proper appeals procedures.
Nov. 23, 2016
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Call the director. Whatever s/he says goes (mostly). Calling the director is not an act of aggression nor an accusation. I had a player complain because I called the director after he said something I couldn't understand. He was dummy and shouldn't say anything. Which is why I called the director.

His partner told my partner he thought I was rude. She said, “I disagree.” Which is the only part of all the exchanges that I heard.
Nov. 23, 2016
Jim Perkins edited this comment Nov. 23, 2016
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I am too.
Nov. 18, 2016
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Thanks Ronald. Very helpful.
Nov. 14, 2016
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I am willing to trot out 3 with only 4 losers here.

If it comes back to me at 3 I will bid 4 in the balancing seat and PASS in direct. At 4 partner would have do her part to get me into the bidding at the 5 level.
Nov. 13, 2016
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I strongly prefer opening my longer suit. And here, I have only 4 losers (if we have a fit), so I am not embarrassed to reverse.
Nov. 12, 2016
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Balanced hands defend. For close situations. Which this is not.

Here's one that helps also: Make the call that makes it easiest to blame partner in the post-mortem.
Nov. 9, 2016
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