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All comments by Jonathan Cohn
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I didn't think long enough at the table and started 3 which lead to 5 after some competition. Its much easier to get to the cold 6 if I start with 4.
May 20, 2019
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Partner had the 9 trick hand with clubs. I got this wrong. Next time!
May 20, 2019
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I am a huge fan of system stuff and started playing a big club very early in my bridge life. That being said, I don't think I'd recommend it for most advancing players. Here are some reasons not to play Precision:

1. Mentors. There are lots of bridge experts around but most of them will not be big clubbers. That means you will have a harder time asking around about auctions and bidding sequences. Playing a standard 2/1 system, almost any good player can look at a hand with you and get most of the inferences. Playing a big club, not so much.

2. System. Playing an off the shelf system is fine but as you tweak and refine it, you'll change it to meet your preferences. Soon it won't look like simple Precision Today or Meckwell light. Your tweaks might be good or you might do something really silly. Sticking to a 2/1 system done by someone else (Eastern Scientific, Hardy, Etc.) makes it harder for you to build something in that doesn't make sense. It also helps with number one above.

3. Playing Time. If you have several partners and only one wants to play Precision, you will have a burden of playing a different system much of the time. This will make it harder for you to learn the inferences you need in both systems.

None of this may apply to the opening poster but I thought it might to someone else looking at the thread. The best reason to play a big club is that it is fun and different. After a lot of time and work, I also think it performs better than 2/1 but that is my opinion. Geir Helgemo told me (while playing blackjack) that he thinks big club systems stink and I should stick to natural. :-) To each their own. I think I'd be a better player today if I had held off on Precision a little while when I first started playing.
May 8, 2019
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If you are new to Precision, I would recommend either the Berkowitz-Manley book “Precision Today” or the Dan Neil Book “Standard Modern Precision”. Both lay out basic systems and then in later chapters give you some more complex options. SMP is based on Meckwell Light.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0964258455/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all

https://www.amazon.com/Standard-Modern-Precision-Getting-There/dp/1771401796
May 8, 2019
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I doubled because partner and I have agreed the delayed double here is penalty. If I didn't have an agreement or double was take out, I would pass.
April 29, 2019
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I like to play the impossible 2 as the 4-card raise and the direct raise as 5+ cards. In a 2/1 context some play that the impossible 2 is the “courtesy” raise and 3m is the real invitational raise. I don't bother with this as I am usually playing Precision but I think both treatments are worth thinking about.
April 27, 2019
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The ACBL could target players who play regularly in non-NABC games with some kind of a coupon for a discounted entry at the NABC. No need to target Michael Bodell or Jonathan Cohn, but aiming to bring in Joe Club and Mary Sectional who haven't attended an NABC seems smart.

Perhaps an email with a letter from the ACBL President. “In recognition of your play at XYZ club or ABC sectional, we invite you to attend the upcoming Las Vegas North American Bridge Championship. Please enjoy one free session on me.”
April 16, 2019
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I have been using this software and it is impressive. The finished product is much more polished than I expected and the front end that allows searching the database is well done. For searches of specific auctions by partnership it is very fast. A search for all 1C-1D-1H auctions by Rodwell takes about 4 seconds and brings up 19 hands.

Its fun to search for specific hand types, bid them with partner, and then compare to the actual results at the table.
April 9, 2019
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Perspective is important. The best players at the clubs I attend are not very competitive in open NABC events.
April 8, 2019
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I immediately grab for rho's convention card and and simultaneously ask in disgust if they are playing 4-card majors. Whatever they say, I pass irritably. Partner should understand I have decent spades if I bid them later, or if partner has a close call on whether to double back in or bid. Please wait to email Rob Gordon until AFTER the hand.
April 8, 2019
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We had four decent pairs for the team match. Everyone was playing a different system. 2/1, Montreal Relay with weak Nt's, Precision, and a big club based relay system with weak nt's. PM me if you and a partner would be interested in playing in the future. I think it was more fun than the BBO Forum vs. JEC matches.
April 6, 2019
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You might also consider the “wheelerdealer”. It lets you make constraints and if you and partner use the same settings and the same seed (one partners birthdate or something easy to remember) it will give you the same hands. I like the format better than plabridge. Check it out at:

http://www.rpbridge.net/cgi-bin/xwd1.pl
April 5, 2019
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A lot for me depends on if we upgrade some 14's. If we do, I think its an easy pass. Those jacks aren't pulling their weight.
April 5, 2019
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Sorry, an overbid by me. I just spot checked and must have hit too many positives. For my purposes I only want “modern” deals anyway, so I'm not too worried about what is missing.
April 5, 2019
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It looks like between the following two sites they have almost all the Bermuda Bowl Finals. The Vanderbilt and Spingold Finals are available from 1996 or so onward. Earlier rounds of the Spinderbilt are now often archived as well.

https://www.bridgebase.com/vugraph_archives/vugraph_archives.php

https://www.sarantakos.com/bridge/vugraph.html
April 5, 2019
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Does it allow searching by auction and player name? What is the process like to import the .lin files? Is there a front end for the database queries? Where can I buy? :)
April 4, 2019
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If the tree cats won't drink it, neither will I.
April 4, 2019
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I wish I had only bid 3 so I could cue at the 4 level know. I would also have some information from partner's 3 or 4 bid. At this point I think its a guess. 5-level safety seems unsure.
April 3, 2019
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I think that's a worthwhile trade off, if it happens. I think Swiss teams are way more fair and balanced if everyone plays the same hands. The Aussies do it, local sectionals do it, and we can too!
April 2, 2019
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It goes without saying that the costs vary a lot depending on whether you include opportunity costs. How much more could you have made working? Did you have to pay extra for child care? If you have paid vacation, what did you lose by using those days for bridge, etc.

I played 4 days but traveled a day on either side. I generally share a room and eat well. I come from a small town so my airfare is expensive. For the Memphis NABC I spent $100 a day for the room, 500$; about $50 a day for food, $200; $900 for airfare; and $1000 for child care. Total: $2600 plus entry fees. If I managed all national events, that'd be another $200 or 8%.

Note that my two largest expenses, airfare and childcare, have nothing to do with the ACBL.
April 2, 2019
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