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It would be too depressing to me as someone who delayed / abrogated my college education without playing bridge! I did manage to play a fair bit of Go so it wasn't a complete waste ;)
March 28, 2016
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Sarah, our messages crossed in transit, mine was in response to Keiran who acknowledged only Roy.
March 28, 2016
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At the risk of starting an argument about the relative worth of women's events, in addition to a few of those world championships Tobi has also won the life master pairs and a world individual, seems hard to argue with that.
March 28, 2016
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I have heard (not in this poll) that Roy Welland and Tobi Sokolow learned later in life. A few answered this poll indicating expert level play learning in their 30s or later, I don't know them so I can't say whether they meet your definition of “truly” expert but I think Roy and Tobi should if indeed they learned after college.
March 28, 2016
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Haven't thought it through 100% but it seems:
- either line picks up 10 holdings for no diamond losers
- playing for the drop gives me the endplay on Qxx offside vs the finesse gives me the endplay on Qxx onside; since when the Q is offside the CK is more likely onside I think that is a significant advantage to the finesse

I will confess I did not fully work through the diamond suit at the table (and thus misplayed, giving up on either droppong a stiff Q or sneaking a T) but I did expect that if I lost the diamond finesse I could nearly take the club finesse to the bank.
March 28, 2016
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Perhaps I should have, I felt like my bid was a bit of a stretch but it could also win by pushing you guys to a bad 4S contract. I was definitely worried when I saw 4NT!
March 28, 2016
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Chris,

Your analysis is encouraging and consistent with the data.

Fwiw I never felt that precedent would be determinative in either direction but I was curious to see how uncommon it was to get a late start and become strong.
March 28, 2016
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I wish there was a rating system in bridge that would make expert / world class objective!
March 28, 2016
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The table talk was part of the fun, during which the K of clubs bounced around a little in my picture of the hand:
- after E showed the KS on trick one I thought W most likely had the KC
- after trick 8, east conceded 12 tricks; at that point I assumed he was conceding because he didn't have the KC and so the finesse was working. Had I thought a bit more carefully I would have realized that a concession of 12 tricks didn't make sense as without the KC he could not be sure I didn't have all the tricks…
- as I was accepting the concession W said no, I don't concede; at that point I knew the finesse was not working and E, knowing my hand except for the exact clubs, conceded in anticipation of the loser on loser endplay!

For those who have not played the zips, as you can see the standard of formality is much lower than in the regular events.
March 28, 2016
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Ah, so that is the problem with starting the diamonds with the T!
March 28, 2016
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I think not quite, got the initial diamond play wrong, can't hurt to try the T instead of the J.
March 28, 2016
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Thanks Phil, don't know how I missed that. Some good comments there. Still looking forward to poll results.
March 28, 2016
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I play:
- 2NT by responder for hearts, 7+HCP, 5+ hearts with a good suit (usually 2 of top 3 but could be AJTxxx for example)
- 2D 4+ GF
- 2S similar strength/suit to 2NT heart bid
That's about it. Not sure it's a great system but it works well enough.
March 26, 2016
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Depending on how the hand develops it seems reasonably likely that declarer might misguess the clubs? Cash the K then finesse seems natural to me but it could easily be wrong.
March 26, 2016
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Greg - and we would never have woN the zips if you guys were synced! Congrats again on an amazing win and happy to provide some warm up.
March 22, 2016
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Just got a note from someone at the ACBL, they saw this post and update the AX pairs result. Still looking for the zip results. Apologized very nicely for the indifference.

Ideally the issues wouldn't have happened and it wouldn't have taken a bridgewinners post to get someone to notice but at least there is effort. I feel better.
March 21, 2016
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My experience was also almost comically bad:

1. Win in Saturday zips not recorded (extra cool win because we had to play Greg and Jenni twice not far before they won the mixed pairs)
2. A score correction from Sunday AX pairs that moved us to 13th from 23rd overall and another pair from 4th to 3rd in X was not online after a week despite reminders
3. When I stopped by tournament ops I got absolute indifference to the correctness of the acbl live site and was told it was elsewhere on the ACBL site. There is a link buried somewhere that shows the overalls for all events… but I don't know anyone who looks there.

I know they have a lot to process but it feels like they could do a lot better. The indifference (although to be fair a sample of one person) bothered me more than the errors. Instinct says they are related.
March 21, 2016
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Wow. Not much else to say.
March 17, 2016
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Yeah I was looking online but the overalls only go down to #104 at 1426 and that is still too high!

Congrats on another amazing session Jenni and Greg!
March 16, 2016
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I generally agree with Benoit. I think current AI technology is well suited to assessing the likely distribution of the hidden cards based on bidding and play, including the possibility of falsecards.
March 16, 2016
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