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shows 4+ ♠s and enough strength to take a bid: expose possible psyche
can't vote for option 1 because I don't want to play 1X unless my RHO did psyche
April 8, 2019
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The bigger problem IMO is that the cachet of the title of life masterhood used to be accompanied by an appreciation of the beauty of advanced play and a desire to become even more competent.

Now it appears to be an end in itself and a few sessions in open competition lead to a realization that to really advance requires more time and concerted effort than many want to commit.

I think we don't celebrate milestones like your first Vienna Coup, strip squeeze, throw-in, dummy reversal, etc. enough. To become GOOD at the game you have to appreciate these small incremental gains like when you first realize you know the entire shape of all four hands after the first trick(s). You have to not only not mind, but actually appreciate, losing to stronger opponents…and learn from both your mistakes and their expertise.

It's more comfortable and may be more enjoyable to be competitive at your level. But a few decades of stratification and a myriad of other options for recreation are hurdles to overcome toward gaining significant mastery at bridge.

I'm reminded of the certificates that Josh Waitzkin earned from his mentor, Bruce Pandolfini, in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’. We should be doing more to recognize and encourage growth and excellence among less experienced players.

Some enjoy the social aspects of the club and are not going to become tournament players. Let's insure the club remains a fun place to play. But if we don't make an effort to ignite the desire for the appreciation of ‘the inner game of bridge’ among those who have potential we risk losing the base of the tournament player pyramid in the next decade.
April 8, 2019
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5 by you might just be a transfer to 6X
April 6, 2019
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Some might believe that it's important to start getting your suits in rather than claiming the balance of power.
Was hoping to get a read on how many would choose a bid rather than XX.
April 6, 2019
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Isn't that the truth?
If we don't find a way to keep Gold Rush graduates and Bronze LMs interested in growing in their knowledge and appreciation of the game the next decade or two are going to be disruptive.

Dilution is not the word that comes to mind. It's the coming decimation of experience and expertise.
April 6, 2019
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the arabesque backs on the Kem cards of yore also.
April 4, 2019
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Y, this exposes the weakness of flip-flop Jordan when you have LR+ values.
April 4, 2019
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my last comments:

C.C. was a theorist not a great player
He lived into the late ‘80s
His wife, Kathy, was a better player.
The system evolved from the ’60s
MP Precision was an iteration that spawned a series of Precision volumes.
AFAIK Forbidding 4 card majors in the NT opening had a very short-lived lifespan.
The reissue of MP precision offered two variants for 2 openings, one denying a 4 card major and one that did not.
Believe what you will re. 1=4=0=8. Opening that 1 is nonsensical and you just cannot be rigid re. the limited opening bid proscriptions.
AK K432 Q 9xxxxx doesn't have to be opened. or bid 2 if you must.
I bounce my precision Qs off a world class expert and will ask him about his experience with extreme off shape limited hands.
April 3, 2019
Mike Cassel edited this comment April 3, 2019
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CC Wei was the force behind each of the above versions.
There was an evolution, obviously, from the first iterations.
I think it interesting that the Jannersten's Swedish version was the first (at least in my early collection) to mention the Match Point Precision 2 opening that appeared a year later.

I don't think Match Point Precision was in vogue for very long because of the strictures against limited openings with 4 card majors that overloaded the 1 opening.

The ‘Black Book’ was much more advanced and detailed with it's asking bid structure, particularly after minor suit positive responses.
April 3, 2019
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the revised edition includes the standard ‘might have a four card major’ and ‘the new match point 2 opening’ denying a four card major.

CC Wei & Ron Andersen collaborated on this version and did not describe hands with LONG weak clubs. Not unusual to to avoid the problem shapes.

Personally, I would never distort a 4-2=1=6 with 1. I might open the chunky major, or bid 2 with a strong doubleton major.

Precision Bidding in Bridge, the story of the Cinderella Team by CC Wei in 1969 had 1 openings at least three long.

In Simplified Precision by C.C. Wei, edited by Bob Ewen in 1972
there was no 2 for short diamonds

In Eric Jannersten's 1972 Precision Bridge, however, the ‘Precision 2’ made an appearance.

In 1976, Bidding Precisely, Vol. 2, Making the most of limited openings was published by Wei & Andersen. It mentioned that the precision 2 opener handles the shorter diamond holdings, but that, on rare occasions in Match Point Precision, you might be ‘stuck’… It gave no examples.

interesting history but waay outdated by advances in the forcing club structure.
April 3, 2019
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What is declarer's bridge IQ? Why no duck at T1?
Is this a clue to a successful defense?
I voted for the low club but have a suspicion that the T might be better.
April 3, 2019
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chapter, verse, pg.# please
I have the revised 1978 edition. hole punched and held together with shoestrings because the binding wore out.
April 3, 2019
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A Match Point Precision 1 opener NEVER had 0-1 diamonds

C.C. Wei's Match Point Precision employed the 2 opening for 4=4=1=5 minus a card. The hcp range was originally 11-15. A 1 opening promised at least two diamonds.

The intermediate 1N opening, 13-15hcp, could not hold even one 4 card card major.

Belladonna & Garozzo's ‘Black Book’, Precision & SuperPrecision, did allow for 1 but not 2 4 card majors for the intermediate 1N opening and also employed C.C. Wei's 2 0or1 opener.
April 3, 2019
Mike Cassel edited this comment April 3, 2019
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there's a lot to be said for 2a = WJS
and for 3a to be a splinter raise.
April 2, 2019
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there is no GF club raise available
April 2, 2019
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Y, 4 folks, 9 nights, less than $60/pp/nt including food + 2 takeout BBQ feasts. we were less than 10' from the house to the playing site. Plus you only need a handful of days of clothes with a laundry onsite.

That freedom is worth an extra $5/session in entry fees.
April 2, 2019
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B&B or AirBnB?
April 1, 2019
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Yep. Motion 151-86 passed in New Orleans in 2015 for Reno for 2016

You might note that, even though the profit from NAP club qualifying games is a couple of hundred thousand bucks, the ACBL BOD would not bump the monetary award for NAP qualifiers to the spring NABC.

Prior to the 2015 Summer NABC, the Red Ribbon Pairs event was held at the Spring NABC.(Wikipedia)
Kevin raises an interesting point. Although there are many different NABC events offered, a more dedicated multi-session event as a lead in to the final weekend's NAP B & C finals might boost attendance.

I fondly remember doing a few stupid things that cost my rookie partner & I the President's Cup at the tiny Winnipeg NABC in 1985.

Why not reintroduce a National NLM 99r Pairs event for the second Thursday-Friday? Three flights? 99r,299r,499r
April 1, 2019
Mike Cassel edited this comment April 1, 2019
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Did the motion suggest that you could run a second CATG instead of no CATG?
If you look at how the sanction has been employed I think you'll soon find that instead of e.g. 35K CAPGs and 5K CATGs in an October you'll see many more pair games and not that many more team games.
Will team-oriented clubs pick up the slack from clubs who switch to 2 pair games? We shall see.

Maybe you were privy to the gist of the discussion before the BOD vote 10 days ago.
March 30, 2019
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It was much easier when you had your choice of red cards X or D

NOT?!
Why did they ever do that?
March 29, 2019
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