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Looks like Grad students and etc will have to join the Harvard College Association for the Promotion of Interplanetary Expansion if they want to play bridge :).
Nov. 6
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Dave, what are you thoughts then about switching to a low diamond here? Does it tend to be a doubleton, if low is meant to encourage?
Nov. 1
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Definitely not quite common by any means, but I once played this approach at a national with an Australian player who suggested we try it, and I found it to be actually quite interesting. It definitely opens up a world of implications for your 1M openings. Will have to revisit the concept in ACBL land soon when Xfers over a short club become normalized.
Nov. 1
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Bridge is a mind sport just like Chess or any other similar club. I would make that analogy.

Try to get in to your school's recruitment fair. Make flyers. Spam flyers.

You'll probably not going to find many more addicted duplicate people but that's okay. You can probably expect to find a few more casual players to form a base club.

How the club will last is really up to the people you get involved. Luckily you should have plenty of time to find and shape new dedicated club members before you graduate, just like any club. Just be ready to mentor new friends as they get into bridge, and you should be able to develop a few new addicts to carry on the club name.

Don't focus on steep learning curve in any point of the application. Yes its hard to become fluent in bridge, as it is to become an expert in any activity.

Feel free to PM me with any questions, idk how much of my experience will directly translate, but can certainly provide more details on the process of building up Northwestern's bridge club the past 4 years.
Oct. 29
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I think the chart was written with the intent that you still need 10 HCPs to agree to open 1NT in 3rd/4th.

“*** Any bid that requires Average Strength to be legal may be made with Near Average Strength in 3rd and 4th seats. Bids with High Card Point minimums do not change.”
Is quote given.

For opening 1NT, note the description says: “*** A Natural 1NT opening bid that could contain fewer than 10 HCP.” 1NT is defined in terms of a HCP min, not in terms of “a average strength hand or better”. So I think they are specifically restricting the 1NT at 10+ even in 3rd/4th.
Oct. 25
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2NT's available as wk takeout, no?
Oct. 18
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If not playing mini-splinters, I like to put them in my forcing LR (usually 3) and then raise to game (think like 5 card support, a stiff, and 8-9 HCPs). I rather keep my other bids (especially responder's splinters) pure than compromise elsewhere with those hands.
Oct. 10
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I like this sequence to show an unbalanced hand, but you really need to play full 2-way NMF to take advantage of it (mostly to help responder pattern out if he is 4-4 in the Majors versus 5-4 in the majors, if he has 4s). I usually define 1!m-1-1NT-2 as either 4-4 inv or GF, then it's easy to fill in the gaps.

There are some purists who will complain about playing 1NT with a 4-4 spade fit if responder is sub invitational (and there will be hands where 2 could be better), but personally I find that lack of information about your spade holding to the defenders, + the benefits of knowing partner is unbalanced after 1m-1-1 for finding the best game/slam worth the trade off.
Oct. 8
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The best I've found from experience is just Peter Hollands' Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOaZnFbFH1OlbhVm25z4rLQ.

I don't think the ACBL or any others have been too successful in creating a marketing video that is actually appealing to teens. Avoid something too cringe worthy (e.g. the failed ACBL “Bridge is Cool” campaign) would be my main advice.

Reading Louis Sachar's amazing book The Cardturner is a MUST– that is the only thing targeted for young ppl that has worked well in recent experience.

Good luck Jeff! Hope it goes fantastically!
Oct. 7
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Congrats!
Oct. 7
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Sounds awful Jonathan! Let me know if there's anything to do to help. I would try to get district officials, Education ACBL, alumni involved, try to blow it up as much as possible (maybe try to get an article about it?). Maybe check Ben's thread from the UNC drama from a year or two ago, probably some great ideas in there.
Sept. 23
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I submitted the issue of not being able to see the poll results to bridgewinners support. A few others have notified me of the same issue.
Sept. 20
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The 3rd hand diagram cut off, posting as a separate article and trying to fix things.
Sept. 20
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One of my favorite things to do is to put photos of bridges at the end of club emails and promotional materials ironically ;). Eventually people get it.
Sept. 6
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The game's design (pace, rules, scoring, duplicate versus non–duplicate) isn't the problem. It's exposure. At Northwestern, we have a zillion Freshman pass by our booth at the activity fair every year, and like maybe 5 people out of 4000-5000 freshman know what bridge is (and is all likelihood, their reference is “isn't that the game grandma plays?”). Once we get people to our actual club meeting, I'd say our actual recruitment yield is about the same as any other activity. It's very hard to appeal to a crowd that doesn't know what you even are. Efforts need to spent first on getting into Middle schools and High schools, then sustaining and growing the college groups. Education ACBL has been doing some fantastic stuff with the college groups the past few years, but the problem is in terms of raw numbers, colleges don't have enough of a base population of players to work with.
Sept. 6
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Why play 1 making 3 when you can be in 2NT down 2? ;-)
Aug. 29
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@Phil You're just mad cuz I'm winning the poll ;-)
July 30
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We play a different structure with a strong club than precision. This hand does not meet the definition for our 1 opener (don’t want to get into the structure— it’s a lot), so for argument’s sake I’m forcing 1 as the opening bid for the sake of this poll.
July 29
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4M /3NT is the best game contract double dummy (all down two alas, but still the best game contracts). 3NT would be clearly better than 4NT, regardless of the defense. As it happens the limit of the hand is in partscore. What defines a better contract is subjective (and given this is an ATB poll, I was purposely trying not to bias by implying any particular contract is the correct direction).
July 26
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Instead of phrasing it as original count versus current/present count, I find it easier to word the debate as “standard versus upside-down present/current count”, but thinking about it from either schema works.

I think most people think of the situation through the current count schema. Current count should be a separate agreement for each partnership. Most of my partners prefer a current count card should mirror our other primary count agreements (i.e. if you play UD count normally, play upside-down current count), while some of my partners insist that standard current count is somehow superior. Above all else, what matters is that you are on the same page.
July 22
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