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Never gonna force my wife to figure out what my bidding means on the fly. The reverse implied life odds are overwhelming. If it can be natural, it is. You are going to lose this post mortem, even (especially?) if you win it.

I have 1 trick. Partner should be assuming I have 1 trick on this auction. Partner knows there is no prize for +120 and would bid more strongly with anything that makes game here.

Given all the options that were bypassed I am passing.
Aug. 28
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It's even worse. But I assume she is used to him by now.
Aug. 28
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Be kind to everyone you meet. They are all fighting a hard battle.
Aug. 26
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Next time I stop playing bridge it will be because all the players complain all the time.

I think.
Aug. 25
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From a person that has contributed a lot to my understanding of bridge at highly general theoretical levels, this (which I have seen before) may be the most useful:

Each pair (and it's really junior pairs I am addressing) should have a “List of Penalty Double Situations”.
Aug. 21
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Synrey has two daily (free) tournaments (one MP and one IMP) and no best hand feature. Human declarer feature.

It is also great for teaching. You can upload hands and have the class practice on them and then go over them in lectures demonstrating the correct techniques. I have a bunch of “play of the hand” classes (and videos). We did get them to clean up a glitch (in a play of the hand problem, you don't want the robots (or students) screwing up the bidding) for a while but some other teachers complained about their fix and we were sent back to robot bidding purgatory.
Aug. 21
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When a player leads an honor I hold AJ I would have to have a very strong reason to be suspicious in order to place their partner with the other one.

And them telling me they have some agreement that this or that one denies the other is probably not strong enough for me.

Carding is an area where both forgetfulness and deceipt abound.
Aug. 16
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Or what? Go home? Because more than a few will.
Aug. 16
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Those that don't haven't talked about the proprieties of disclosure either. And don't want to. They are not trying to be world champions, or even competitors at that level.

They are just tired of looking at the same 4 walls of their . . . as my dad said last week . . . “cave” and want somewhere else to go.

“Two levels.” (at least) Peg K.
Aug. 16
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Jim's Dictionary of Bridge: "Standard: (adj) We didn't talk about leads."
Aug. 16
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And don't go to your accountant's office and demand ice cream. They don't know. They don't want to know. They don't want to be humiliated by admitting they don't know.

And soon they will be looking for a less legalistic, confrontational passtime. And the club will close. And you will have nowhere to play bridge.
Aug. 16
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I have stopped asking people questions that they don't know the answer to. It frustrates me to see them guess and quasi-cheat, looking to partner for help with their answer. Also, it embarrasses them to be asked something and not know when they think I expect them to.
Aug. 16
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(e) some other suit.

“What do you lead from KQ?” “I don't.”

However, if partner bid the suit – “always leads partner's suit, that way if it doesn't work out it will be her fault” – I would lead the 4.
Aug. 15
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Whatever approach is taken, I believe that getting them playing on their own, in their own homes/offices/student unions is what is best for the game.

1 to 2 formal lessons and then let them think that they are pros.
Aug. 15
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Since this was the Nebraska Regional . . . in Unit 214 we had at least 3 10 card suits in one year in the early 90s.

A player to remain unnamed who had something of a temper held 10s AKQ behind my modified precision 1 opening (could be zero s). He laid a trap by PASSing, and of course his partner, holding 6s could not find a balancing bid. The post mortem did not begin with, “Gee, I don't think you should PASS there in the balancing seat.”

A partner/mentor who was always extremely well-accessorized, picked up her 10 card suit and it was, obviously, s.

And finally, on The Sierra Network, but nevertheless while I was a member of U214, I picked up mine . . . s.

So, yes, I do think that there is something mystical about bridge.
Aug. 14
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Everything in Council Bluffs is nice. Even, after 35 years, ex-wifes. But especially grandchildren. And on this trip, Dads, brothers, Aunts and cousins.
Aug. 14
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@ Steve: Who is paying for the space in which to hold such a game and who is providing the equipment?
Aug. 12
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We don't have the kind of rent problem that Honors has, but we do have rent to pay . . .

Let me ask you Jeff, do you get any blowback from your hardcore competitors? How much floor space do you have? (We have only one main area (could hold 25 tables, but probably not in two sections of a different type of game) and a smaller room about 8 tables (7 is really almost too many, but in a pinch)).
Aug. 12
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War (ranks of cards)

Whist (mechanics of play and partnerships)

Duplicate whist (mechanics of competition in the same hands)
Aug. 12
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The Honors model might work but it's definitely a different model. It might be one that we are all forced to apply eventually. They are transitioning toward what I would call more of a general social club than just a bridge club. The food is definitely an upgrade from our club. But I feel they could attract even more attendees with jigsaw puzzles or, especially, mAh johng.
Aug. 12
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