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Well, as I said upthread, in a J2NT auction, I would expect the J2NT bidder to almost always be the captain/asker. So this auction seems a bit strange in that the party bidding 6 is typically showing . . . but in the sequence provided would be, generally, asking.
Jan. 3, 2017
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I don't know about quantity or “teach” exactly, but I introduced two of the stronger under age 50 players in the unit to duplicate.

Neither in the last year, however.
Jan. 2, 2017
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Count your tricks, subtract from 13, divide by 3, add to your tricks. Offer to take that many tricks. Back to Kresh's naturalism.
Jan. 2, 2017
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My line which has limited success is “Learn bridge while you are young. Otherwise you will have a miserable old age.”
Jan. 2, 2017
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I wish to repeat that Kresh's naturalistic ideas are perhaps not the absolute nth degree best for dealing with exotic methods but they have the advantage of being fast and easy to remember.

And pretty much the best way to defeat the Kresh defense is to play naturalistic yourself.

Full circle.
Jan. 2, 2017
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@ Alan: Too soon?
Jan. 2, 2017
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@ Gene: I firmly believe that if the card game can offer (even a mainly illusory) the opportunity to escape the drudgery of what passes for work/career/vocation in today's world, many sins of the people that play and administer it will be forgiven.
Jan. 2, 2017
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More than a few historical documentaries have been transformed into feature films. With success.
Jan. 2, 2017
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I am introducing my grandchildren (8 and 4) to bridge. Since their hands are so small, we hold only 5 cards at a time and draw after each of the first twelve tricks.

Because there are only 3 of us (two of them and me), we play a 17 trick hand, cut-throat (every man for herself).

The winner is the player that takes the most tricks.

Then we shuffle and deal again.

The 8 year old is probably ready for the real game. And the 4 year old will be soon.
Jan. 2, 2017
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So Adam, in response to Yu's (implicit) suggestion that I read the OP before commenting on the comments . . .

Can you show me the opening hand that elected an immediately RKC sequence over the more mundane and typical responses to J2NT?
Jan. 2, 2017
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On that I cannot speak. I am something of a legal expert. And compared to the world at large, something of a card expert.

But not a legalities of cards expert at all.
Jan. 2, 2017
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@ Richard: The rules for scoring are pretty clear. But the answer is 0 if I have done my math correctly.

Anyway, in Mr. Fox's world the forcing PASS, remains forcing (presumably by force of law, not bidding convention) despite the x, so your concern would require the director to rule on an illegal call issue.
Jan. 2, 2017
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Disagree at least as to the colonies.

Card games are as popular as ever. Pokemon, Magic, etc. have replaced the original 52 card deck games. But the juveniles are still playing with cards.
Jan. 2, 2017
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@ Yu. Kresh has some good ideas which I was in the process of studying when my bridge life got derailed. Well sort of. Went from struggling to succeeding in a way.

Anyway in Kresh's system x means you are going down and NT means I have nothing in that suit so please bid something else that you have.
Jan. 2, 2017
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No good idea backed with passion ever went unfunded. And plenty of bad ones get funding too.
Jan. 2, 2017
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Night games. I swear I am going to start offering Molly if that's what it takes. LOL. Not really. But I swore before. Well Mr. Law and Order, I swear now too.
Jan. 1, 2017
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Hey, Yu! How did the holiday party, bridge party turn out? BW wants to know. here if not so good. In your own thread if a success.
Jan. 1, 2017
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So somebody sent me a private message about 1997, which was supposed to be the year that bridge became YUGE.

I pointed out to him that no fewer than 3 huge card playing booms were percolating in 1997: Poker, Pokemon and (to prove it's not the “P”) Magic, the Gathering.
Jan. 1, 2017
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Here's my 2 cents (and for my 25 cents, see my own thread started just minutes ago):

We need to have bridge tournaments with significant buy-ins for big cash prizes. Or stated differently, bridge needs to offer a rebellious young person the opportunity to tell her boss to go . . . away (before I get banned for language).

We need a movie about bridge. Boye's Revenge would be a good title. I think that there are enough facts that cut against Boye the Saint to create great tension in the script. Please be clear, I think Boye is a saint. There are just a few inconvenient facts about the case . . . which is tough on Boye, but great for a movie script.

We need someone with boundless energy and a passion for bridge that will not quit. Someone who will promote the game every day, to everyone she meets, and never get discouraged if no one matches her passion. And who is not . . . uh . . . contemporary with the most of us here. Someone that thinks of bridge as fun.

Finally, we need a producer. Someone like that CourTV guy (again, see my thread) with a knack for finding the angle that grabs the public. Even though we see it all in real time in our online community, most of the world doesn't. Reality can be edited and arranged to be highly appealing to the general public. We need that guy that will do that for us. And he may expect a payday.
Jan. 1, 2017
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The cheating scandals could be the best thing to ever happen to bridge. If someone would front me the money to hire a screenwriter.
Jan. 1, 2017
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