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What are the doublers going to say when their partner has to write down -670, -870, or -1070? This hand does not have the defense for a double. A natural 2N is a mighty small target, a competitive two-suiter much more frequent. In unfamiliar sequences I make the assumption that my partner's bid takes into account the more likely construction.

My partner, with nearly a handful of spades, is going to be considering a white vs. red pass of my double 2 spade tricks and an outside defensive trick.

With a student I would bid 3, with a good partner I'm NOT doubling.
Dec. 26, 2013
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Winds of change are blowing fresh air into the ACBL Board. I hope that Russ Jones, Dennis Carman, and Jay Whipple will be valuable voices supporting a more grass roots up rather than top echelon down approach to the league. Having known or spoken with each of them, I have reason to be hopeful.

Bridge may not die, but the future of viable tournament play is going to be dependent on efforts to encourage club players to venture onto a path that will lead them to travel to tournaments.

Many bridge players are not ACBL members, how do we encourage them to give the league a try? We may need to consider hosting tournament events that do not cater only to masterpoint hunter/gatherers, but to those who value social aspects of the game under less stringent conditions.

I continue to advocate for a new grass roots team event that focuses on club players, one that will offer a destination prize: winning a trip to the NABC. We don't need to subsidize players who are already coming. We do need to reach out to the many many members who haven't been to a NABC.
Dec. 25, 2013
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assuming that 2 after 1 - 1, 1 is 4SF why would you not start with 1 and rebid spades twice? on another note I like to play that you always show hearts before 3 card support after NMF… responder can always look for 3 spades by rebidding the suit. on a further note you've been around long enough to add 2 way checkback after your 1N rebids so you can distinguish between invitational and GF hands. i think your creation cries out for better methods.
Dec. 25, 2013
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Predealt hands for all swiss events would be REALLY expensive.
Dec. 17, 2013
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I've played in Swiss Team events that were scored with bridgepads. new matches come up quickly, sometimes too quickly for my taste. If these devices were used in the finals of the No. American Swiss you would be able to see recaps of scores of each of the 23 matches for each board. Even better would be a board by board traveler with contracts and results.
One of the best ways to improve is to watch better players. You can download hand records from the Reisinger and look at online recaps. Why not for the finals of the No Amer Swiss?
Dec. 17, 2013
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i don't know the point either. but that's not the issue. do you have methods to disclose or deny club cards, show your strength as responder, etc?
Dec. 14, 2013
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the stolen bid double gives you all of the advantages of the useful space principle available after a jacoby transfer: invitation in NT with 5 card suit, choice of game (major or NT), bidding a second suit fcg or NF as your partnership agrees, as well as the ability to play in your suit from the strong hand. some partnerships have super accepts after 4 suit transfers to a minor which is facilitated by a system on approach. i'm not convinced of the case for card showing doubles vs stolen bid.

stolen bid doubles may not be superior but, in very casual partnerships, they are quite simple to understand. in any case, partnerships need to discuss direct vs. delayed actions and what each means. thanks
Dec. 11, 2013
Mike Cassel edited this comment Dec. 11, 2013
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The one place the flow was really bad was outside the NABC+ playing area on the third floor where the concession stand was located. As always much milling around, particularly on days when the seeded pairs/teams were waiting assignment. I found myself having to skirt this problem by walking through the concession area.

I can understand wanting to locate concessions near traffic, but it would have been so much better to locate it in a half circle at one end of that corridor or the other. I don't think concession sales are point of sale impulse generated.
Dec. 10, 2013
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as an undiscussed sequence this is a curve ball. my first thought was a superaccept for hearts with shortness in opener's first bid suit.
i'd never toss this bid in without prior discussion.

i had a GF hand in PHX with diamonds and longer clubs. We have a treatment where a 2/1 in clubs might by GF in clubs or a balanced GF hand or a 3 card limit raise. I wanted to bid 3 to show a GF 2 suiter but it was undiscussed. We might have reached I grand slam in diamonds had I done so but we might have had a disaster. I took the more well worn path and we basically pushed in 6. But now we have added GF 2 suiter with primary clubs to the description.



Dec. 10, 2013
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If your attitude and enthusiasm could be injected into other relative newcomers to the game I wouldn't be as concerned about the future of live tournament bridge.

Without spilling any further beans it was nice to see you on Sunday.

p.s. it was nice to meet John too
Dec. 10, 2013
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It seems to me that lebensohl is rather unnecessary after (1x) 1N (2x) as the chances of partner having a forward going bid seems pretty slim particularly if opps are vulnerable. What points are left in the deck for pd?



Dec. 6, 2013
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If partner opens 1N and RHO bid 2 promising a major…
is double best played as a xfr to hearts or negative?

if you pass then double in the passout seat or over RHO's 2 is that not a negative double?

what is the best defense against the 2 = 1 major defense?
Dec. 6, 2013
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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
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