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1N is also a difficult contract to defend well
April 17
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maybe LA referred to logical alternatives?
April 7
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how about

          AJ84
QT76 53
K92

If there is a surrounding play to let partner win 4 heart tricks
you have to start with the 9 not the 2. you aren't worried about overtricks and you would like the declarer to have to make a couple of discards from potential winners at tricks 3 & 4.

If the hearts are 4x3 partner should know and can make the right shift if there is one.

The 9 takes care of Tx in declarer's hand as well.
April 6
Mike Cassel edited this comment April 6
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Save your club
April 3
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I'm not sure what the issue is re. interface but I can, without reservation, state that OKB had features that I truly miss with BBO primarily:

1. You could join a tournament after x:00:00.
2. You could create a series of messages that could be saved,
i.e. hi opps, 2/1, UDCA, revSmith, 14-16NT that you could copy and paste
3. When a round ended you weren't bounced immediately into the next round.

That being said it's been a few years since I dropped my okb membership. I prefer pay as you go to a subscription fee.
April 2
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Just an hour at 90mph on I-29
April 1
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Sioux City isn't Sioux Falls
but the kudos for the idea
April 1
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Has anyone (not?) seen or listened to the Couch Choir?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HezxInuN1YA

with all of the xpertise among our erudite membership couldn't we come up with a a similar bridge-themed contribution to viral video posting?

the 59th Street Bridge Song

We can turn on the video on our phones and sing behind our favorite bridge hands.

send the images to someone who can compile them into a montage?

Slow Down
You Ain't Movin Too Fast

Just How Long Does the Morning Last
These Days?
April 1
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Marty, you thought this further than I did. I was focused on a vacant space analysis. Based on West holding a doubleton diamond and considering all of the high cards already seen, you don't have the dummy entries to take two spade finesses and it seemed more likely that Craig's #4 was likely.
April 1
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given these trying times
EVERYONE SHOULD BENDING TOWARD BEING GRACIOUS towards one another
March 30
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for the same reason i prefer the text of a podcast rather than spending the entire time listening.

for a smile I watch stray dog rescues on youtube at 1.25. Watching these dirty frightened sad creatures receive a bath and love that turns them into loving happy animals lifts my spirits

i have no trouble listening to the comments at 150% and can slow it down or backtrack if I miss something I really want to better hear.
March 29
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thank you SO much for the link.
i set the speed on 1.5
I never made it to shodan, but consider GO to be the pinnacle of a game that shows you yourself, too tight, too loose, too aggressive, too passive.

May you find an eye-stealing tesuji in your next endgame at the bridge table.
March 28
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if you play XYZ you can bypass 1 with an invitational hand (in NT) by bidding your 4 card major, bidding the XYZ 2, then “raising” 2 to 3.

1 1
1N 2
2 2Major would need a definition as well
March 28
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good point re. LHO if unpassed.
March 28
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you think it is judging.

when I play against opponents who have screen names that don't identify who they are I like to learn their names. i like the community part of the idea. played against savdisrish? and told him i liked his moniker. don't remember his skill level at all.
March 28
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The point of this post and the comments it might engender was not to criticize the SYC concept but to tweak it so that it would make for a better 2hr experience.

i would participate in a mentoring game format, or an 8 is enough type team game of moderate duration.

i would love a 2hr tough game against other strong players. my experience in two SYC games is that they are not of sufficient quality to encourage further participation and I WANT to continue to participate.

set games are great against friends of similar experience but they aren't duplicate pair games, imps or mps.

if you read the entire post I have no problem with people asking to play up. But splitting an open field in three partitions to award masterpoints may be an incentive for new players to play but is a disincentive for stronger players.

the ACBL has been stratifying and providing more peer-based events for 40 years to the point that becoming a life master has become an attendance-based, not competency-based achievement.

i certainly appreciate the SYC concept and the rapidity. coming up with a plan to segment these huge fields shouldn't be that difficult and would make regular participation by better players much more likely

Larger regionals now offer ‘mid-flight’ events.

My skill level is private because I don't want opponents doing ridiculous things when they notice I am an ‘expert’. Geoff Hampson played the other night with Finn and had a 69% game. When I compared their results with ours I couldn't help but wonder if some of their opponents went out of their way for a story about how they hornswoggled a world class player. I could be reading way too much into bizarre results, but identifying skill level seems more oriented to casual, unfamiliar players who just want to play a while with someone whose skill level is similar or better than their own.

Randy, you have no idea how much time and energy I have spent to encourage newer players. You are out of line to suggest I seek to gain advantage by hiding.
March 28
Mike Cassel edited this comment March 28
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Data mining:
recent hx on BBO
performance on ACBL Live and Live for Clubs
ACBLScore DB for MP hx perhaps weighted for avg MPs/yr giving more weight to recent performance and avg MPs earned/yr for lifetime achievement

tempered by personal appeal to play up/ or down if you feel you are in the wrong flight.
March 28
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With a GF hand you can qbid 2.
Partner opened but did not take a call over the passed hand's t.o.X.
I subscribe to fast arrival concept here.
The two step shows this hand: too good for simple rebid and not good enough for GF qbid.

that being said the opponents can muck up the works by complicating the auction with more calls

i would subscribe to the meta agreement that your initial double followed by 2 lets partner know you actually have hearts and longer diamonds and more than a 1-bid hand
this would not be the ‘ultrastrong’ double then cuebid being stronger than qbid alone
March 27
Mike Cassel edited this comment March 27
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Why double?
You are going to remove partner's spade call to diamonds
or raise partner's club rebid.
Any port in a storm allows you to pass their 1N call playing imps when there isn't a game?
Doubler is a passed hand and your RHO couldn't? didn't overcall.
You are too strong to make a simple rebid, too short in clubs to jump raise, and the wrong shape for NT.
Partner's pass denies a big hand so this two-step, double then something new, shows a hand too good for a simple rebid.

Does this double HAVE to promise 4 spades?
March 27
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would you really rebid 2 with this?

K Q 9 7 6 3
A 9
Q 4
A K 2

You can't jump to 4 with this suit
Rebidding 3N doesn't appeal

I cannot imagine anything other than 3.5 spades :)
March 19
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