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AQx KJxx x AQJxx too strong for qbid then 4 over 3. Ambiguity to be resolved when 3 is revealed as an advanced qbid. am i out in left field?
April 28, 2015
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With a slammish type hand you can cuebid 3 of anything and then bid 4 minorwood. I would assume this is highly invitational and very unbalanced. No cuebid? then no Minorwood

A good meta rule is that slower routes to any given spot promise extra values
April 28, 2015
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why would i study the link instead of just pasting it. have i offended you in some way….jeez
i am not a subscriber to the NYT and have no idea how often a bridge column is published

iirc in our community there was a notice of intent to abandon the bridge column. A concerted effort by local subscribers caused the paper to reconsider.

my aunt, who never played bridge, read the daily bridge column. She also finished the NYT Sunday crossword before lunch! I suspect there are thousands of NYT readers who may not be ACBL members but who follow bridge columns

April 27, 2015
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The date on the article was 4/26. I assumed it was already published Sunday morning.
April 27, 2015
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5 can't abstain
April 14, 2015
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Congrats to Team Todd for your Vanderbilt performance. AFAIK there have been no GNT or NAP qualifiers online, but there have been GNT district finals held in D20, D18 and as Bob noted in D2. Districts with large geographical footprints are best suited to take advantage of this opportunity.

There are a number of logistical hurdles. In my attempts (as D14 GNT coordinator) to hold an online district final in D14 (MN ND SD IA NE) I had a number of issues. One that comes to mind was a request that all three bids in front of you appear simultaneously at your turn to bid so that delays (tempo breaks) could not be ‘assigned’. Who knows when an internet connection is interrupted?

The ACBL has rigorous special conditions of contest for online play: http://www.acbl.org/acbl-content/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/GRAND-NATIONAL-TEAMS-2014-2015.pdf pg 10

Points awarded for online competition are Gold for the upper flights.

The OP had a post on last August's thread on 8/20 referring to his online bridge future. Many fine ideas; however how do you run a par contest, timed or otherwise, if a participant has a double dummy analyzer running on a second screen? Does every participant have to have Skype running and someone watching his eye movements?

I believe there are bridge activities online that certainly are worthy of ACBL masterpoint awards. And maybe new forms of bridge play to come that could award MPs. However, in the case of Individual ACBL duplicate robot tournaments where you are competing against other humans playing with the best hand against 3 robots I do not believe that knowing how to defeat them via hand misdescription is bridge worthy of ACBL masterpoints.




March 28, 2015
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One's accumulated masterpoints is not a particularly accurate gauge of bridge acumen and augmenting one's total via robotic online activity only complicates the issue. We can appreciate the accomplishments of serious online players by noting their prowess as a separate and admittedly not equal component.

I believe robotic play is a different game. Why should these points carry the same cache as F2F? guess I'll have to review the aforementioned thread to see how redundant my thoughts are
March 26, 2015
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My partner & I could have played near flawlessly in the Silodor 2nd final (of course we didn't) to garner maybe a 56% game. Is there any chance of twisting either Bobby or Steve's arm to do a “Road to Victory” video like Gavin did from 2011 in Louisville?

Looking over the expert shoulder via a recounting of the session could be really inspiring to many of us. When I get home I'm going to copy their scores onto my scoresheet for comparison, but an audio recording would be so illuminating.

How much of a 65% game are the result of pressure vs. accurate bidding decisions, excellent card play, or opponent generosity?
March 23, 2015
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If you enjoy good cheap BBQ the Blue Oak is a concession in Chicki Wah-Wah at 2828 Canal just a couple of miles up the trolley or by cab. Four of us shared a rack of pork ribs (12) and a dozen (really large) wings with terrific sides of roasted brussel sprouts and a gingery cole slaw. cost: $13pp. A jazz guitarist was on the stage.

If you don't mind unfancy it's unbeatable.

Cafe Dauphine was terrific, but it's not around the corner. No head lettuce in the salad. We had redfish florentine with a white sauce that had crawfish and shrimp creole that put Mandina's to shame. Consider patronizing a true neighborhood gem.

The Garlic Shrimp appetizer at Lola's up Esplanade was SUPER!! as was the crabmeat tropicale. Next time I am in NOLA I'm getting 2 shrimp appetizers as an entree. We had a seafood paella that I wish had more garlic and saffron, but was delicious anyway.

ESCAPE the Quarter and get into the neighborhoods.
March 20, 2015
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well done friends
March 19, 2015
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Had 3N been an option I'd wager some of the 2 bidders would wake up like John, Kit, & Michael have.

Feb. 22, 2015
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This is a maximal double for me and I've already underbid my hand by not cuebidding 2. I'm bidding game. A case could even be made for cuebidding 4 on the way to game. If partner bids 4 I will cuebid 4.
Feb. 22, 2015
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One of the benefits of playing a forcing club system is the ability to pass opener with hands that have no game potential and are misfits.

I doubt that I would ever pass with 8hcp unless it had no controls.
Your opening NT range and whether you ever open 1N with a 5 card major are factors to be considered

Some forcing club players do not play 1N as forcing.

All this being said, you may have heard the adage: “pass at the first sign of a misfit”. You have an advantage over standard bidders who will always be responding. There's much to be said for passing which is wrong only if a minor suit fit is never found when the auction dies right there.

If your partner opens 1H, and you play 1N fcg, and your partner rebids 2H, you might risk the ‘impossible spade’ bid and pray you have an 8 card minor suit fit. I wouldn't go this route if vulnerable. Any time you can avoid -200 on a part score deal playing matchpoints when the hcp are fairly balanced NS & EW you may score above average. If it is the opponents who own the spade suit you may steal a smaller minus by bidding on a misfit.

If it's your partner who owns the spade suit you may get to back into a minor suit fit: 1 P P 2, P P 2N (minors).

Good luck in NOLA



Feb. 20, 2015
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One of the big unanswered questions is how to sign off in 3 and whether responder's 2N rebid should be natural. I've heard arguments that going through 2 and rebidding 2N shows a different level of “clubiness”
Count me as a fan of 1 route to 2N (through 2) and using 2N as a relay to 3 for signoff or,
much more rarely, slammish hands with singletons.


Feb. 18, 2015
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1m - 1, 1 - 2, 2 - 2 making two when
1m - 1, 1 - 3, P goes down.
same goes for
1m - 1, 1 - 2, 2 - 2 instead of
1m - 1, 1 - 3
As opening bids seem to get weaker & weaker it's nice to have an invitational sequence that allows for a 2 level contract.

I also have the heretical view that secondary jumps should be for pure invitational hands (not slammish ones which are much more rare) so that jumps after the 2 marionette can be used to show invitational hands with long suits and more scattered values

I'm more than willing to give up 2 as a playable spot. How often is a 2 contract passed out?

Feb. 18, 2015
Mike Cassel edited this comment Feb. 18, 2015
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Plugging this one into DF i get only a low 7 as a losing lead against 6. Where are declarer's 12 tricks?
Feb. 17, 2015
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sorry….reposted
Feb. 10, 2015
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put the double in wrong on previous auction
Feb. 10, 2015
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A 2N response to 2 is not natural but a relay to 3 to get out or show various stronger hands
Feb. 10, 2015
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If you are willing for the 1 opener to be as few as 1 diamond (not my preference) you can have a 2 opener mean almost anything.
I have friends who like mini-Roman (not nec. short in diamonds)

The bigger controversy in my neck of the woods is whether you should promise 4=4 in majors or also allow for 4=3=1=5 or 3=4=1=5.
I like the old matchpoint precision treatment because it frees up the 2 opener to promise decent clubs if 5 long. With crappy clubs and 4-3 major suit shape you can open open 2
Feb. 2, 2015
Mike Cassel edited this comment Feb. 2, 2015
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