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when i was a new player i used to love listening to the banter between Edgar Kaplan and Ron Andersen in a vugraph room. so those days are over, but I would still like to be able to sit in a darkened space watching the proceedings online with other friends onsite in PHX. More recently panels with George Jacobs & compadres carried the tune
why don't we get this re-established.
and not in an alcove of a hallway or in a high traffic area.

the pace of the KO competitions is such that you can be done playing in your event and still catch some of the action in the premier KOs, Reisinger, etc.

with a couple of flat screens and a login to bbo we could get their voice commentary
Dec. 4, 2013
Mike Cassel edited this comment Dec. 4, 2013
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The sponsoring organization at a sectional is typically a local unit. The league therefore is forcing units to tack on a $3 fee for nonmembers and then they retain the fee?
But the $4 fee at regionals goes to the ACBL?

Our unit held a two-session regionally rated pair game at a sectional. It paid over 22MPs, more than some of the 2-session pair games at our regional where KO play siphons table count from the pair games. The $4/table fee for the benefit of the Grass Roots Fund was not charged to the players (with a $1/pp surcharge) but was picked up by the unit. What a deal!

Forcing a unit to add a surcharge without offering the option to ‘eat it’ if they want to encourage non-ACBL members to play seems harsh and punitive.
Nov. 14, 2013
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of course…that's why the heart lead-inhibiting negative double, as a mis-directional bid, can pay dividends. you won't, however, be happy if opener has a strong x-4-x-6 shape and jumps to 4H over your tactical double. the bid is not without risk.

the fact that you have opening count and your RHO has made a call makes it less likely that your partner is going to jump in hearts
Oct. 22, 2013
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I'm a doubler, particularly because I have no heart stop. I'm hoping to hear partner bid hearts. Then I'll be much happier bidding 3N.

Playing IMPs we might be on for 5C when 3N is failing. A cuebid, doesn't hide the heart weakness either.
Oct. 21, 2013
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The concept of utilizing the 2 response to show multiple hand types, all of which are GF, is certainly GCC. However, if you add in a potential for a 3 card limit raise, the treatment becomes part of a relay system (midchart).
I have run into this problem where a 2 reply to 1 minor has multiple meanings one of which is a balanced invitational hand. My national partner and I received a clear message that the treatment is not GCC as David Bailey pointed out.

That being said, we employed the treatment last weekend in our NAP finals and the bid came up often (and, somewhat surprisingly, never as a 3 card limit raise). I particularly like the increased definition of 2M rebids promising 6+ pieces and the right siding of notrump contracts.

We did have issues with continuations and seek more clarification of sequences. I think Bob's idea of using the jump to 3M as a GF 3 card raise has merit for sure. I would welcome responses from anyone who has fleshed out continuations.
Oct. 7, 2013
Mike Cassel edited this comment Oct. 7, 2013
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what Bart Said!
LOL
Sept. 23, 2013
Mike Cassel edited this comment Sept. 23, 2013
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NOT FOR SERIOUS PARTNERS

3M promises extras (strength always & maybe trump length too)
3N is any balanced or semibalanced minimum
4M is a minimum with extra trump length
3any is stiff or void
4any is second 5 card suit with no worse than top 3 of 5

I use this for a mentoring team and with casual partners. We don't use jacoby when we have a 2/1 trick source.
When responder has extras and opener a balanced minimum we play 3N with lead coming into the good hand.

The mentoring team plays bi-weekly in a BAM club where the extra 10pts can win the board.

Sept. 22, 2013
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Opening a weak 2 with a 6 loser hand makes it very tough on an unpassed partner. We all have our predilections and I'm happy to open a weak twobid with a side 4 card major if I have 7 or 8 losers but not 6.
At my table the double negative 2H call was not doubled leading to a more favorable lead and a top board.
Sept. 15, 2013
Mike Cassel edited this comment Sept. 15, 2013
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Doesn't a 1 opening pose an insoluble problem when partner doubles 4M? Do all 1 openers plan to bid 4N over 4M or 4MX bringing clubs into the picture?
5 openers want EW to make the last guess? Are you 1 bid and done?
Aug. 26, 2013
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I was rooting for a diamond at trick 2. When the second club was cashed I thought Bessis might have been thinking the J was a singleton but that makes no sense. Would Bertheau double 4 with a stiff club? Certainly not.
Auction considerations re. whether South should transfer or declare had to have been factored in to East's deliberations. Once Bessis continued with a club does it not come down to percentages: doubleton club or AQ in West's hand.
Comments re. fatigue at the end of a 6 day event are so appropriate. We who have not been in their shoes have no idea.
Could Bertheau have possibly known that his double of 4 would not work out? South has to have 3 or more cards in both majors. Assuming the contract CAN be set is it a problem (think coded Ts & 9s) that the double solves a club lead problem?
Is this a poster child for Rusinow leads? I'm fatigued just thinking about this 1 hand!!

I look forward to hearing from the principles involved on this historic deal.

How many violations of propriety does it take to vote bad actors off the bridgewinners' island?
Aug. 12, 2013
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Dogs mark territory… why must you? You have been nothing if not provocative at almost every turn. Any chance of your reclaiming just a smidgeon of decency and letting go? I used to respect your wry commentary on any number of threads. I thoroughly enjoyed your demeanor when we played in Dallas many many moons ago. Thought you were a gentleman. You've burned me out on this one.
Does all of the invective bring you pleasure? I hope not.
July 10, 2013
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My opinion: safety takes priority when your team has the balance of power (and I don't mean hcp). the auction isn't necessarily over after you bid 4. if you SHOULD happen to lose a slam swing on this board you may still win the match on other boards
June 24, 2013
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how do you get to 5 if partner shows 2KC without the Q? Isn't 5 now a relay to 5N?
June 24, 2013
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would be very cool to see the decades segmented by current respondent's age. what % of the 2000's are younger players vs. recent retirees. is there hope, given our aging demographics, for our game to be sustained with younger players picking bridge up?
June 24, 2013
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“The Secrets of Winning Bridge” by Jeff Rubens. The principle of in & out evaluation is indispensable and just one of many chapters.
May 7, 2013
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To me there is only one major choice, does our parent organization, ACBL, develop strategies to recruit new members to learn duplicate, and turn existing members who play infrequently, or frequently, but only at the club level into tournament players? I believe the future of viable live bridge competitions depends on our success implementing these kinds of strategies.

I love bridge at the top, Platinum Pairs, etc. and watching VuGraph. NABC+ entries cull $3/day for the International Fund. Should the league match that amount? Players capable of competing in NABC+ events supporting international play. Fine. Why should the casual player be taxed as someone suggested?

I fail to see how devoting increased resources to a select few top echelon players will ignite interest in a broader, vibrant bridge future. Supporting international play is important, but high level bridge is not a legitimate spectator sport. Existing enthusiasts who don't mind often, agonizingly slow BBO VuGraph presentations learn vicariously from the best, but the subtleties of the game do not appeal to the masses.

The ACBL has missed the boat, in my opinion, by not securing corporate sponsorship, to promote an activity that as been proven? to promote brain health among senior citizens and better test scores among students who demonstrate increases in logical thought processes.

Will we be playing in our underwear on touchpads in 20 years or will we still have adequately attended sectionals, regionals,and NABCs? I don't see increasing support from the league for trials or internationalists contributing to my hope for the future of bridge.
April 30, 2013
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i suppose “obviously” was too strong…. none of the Flight A teams in the event reached slam, but maybe they didn't appreciate that 4N was almost surely safe holding three controls including the K
Feb. 9, 2013
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when i plugged this into KnR it came up as over 23 hcp, so I am surprised at the poll. I wonder how different it would be if control responses were employed (less likelihood of a 2D reply) or if the single suiter were other than diamonds. Partner's hand: ATxx xx Kx QTxx and the hand was actually cold for 7N on a major suit squeeze! board 30 http://clubresults.acbl.org/Results/262592/2013/02/130206E.HTM

only our opponents reached the slam, so that got me wondering if 2 was a reasonable opener. Obviously, a 3N rebid will not get the partnership to slam. Manufactured reverses or jump shifts ARE potentially dangerous.

thanks for the responses
Feb. 8, 2013
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absolutely, I don't think a 2 overcall will lose the spade suit when West couldn't overcall 1, but that was not my problem on this one.

well, we may not know what's going on after East bids 3, but we will be getting to the diamond game :)
Jan. 28, 2013
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thanx for your comments. the crux of my problem is whether my 2 cuebid fully expressed my values as a passed hand. You suggested a couple of hands I didn't really consider.

My issue, as you express in #1 is that, having made a game try, isn't East too strong to simply call 3!. I would have overcalled in diamonds myself, but given that I didn't, I think a 3 forward going ‘punt’ seeking West's clarification of handtype is superior to what i thought was a non-forward going advance to 3
Jan. 28, 2013
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