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Partner didn't double 4H and remove 4S to 5C. why is 6C making?
Oct. 24, 2012
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not stated by Tom, but supporting his position re. 5C, is that you have a 5H call in reserve if partner has the reds. This seems like a rare case where you can ignore the adage to bid the best of your worst.
Oct. 23, 2012
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I'm a passer. You've already done a lot of damage. Your opponents may be on a guess, and if partner has a trick and 2+ diamonds, declarer may not be able to ruff his spade losers to make the slam after trump leads.
Oct. 23, 2012
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Unsportsmanlike Dumping in Olympics Badminton leads to disqualifications of four top pairs…. Don't you think it is incumbent upon event organizers to try to structure preliminary play in such a fashion that there is no payoff for losing?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120802/oly-john-leicester-010812/
Aug. 1, 2012
Mike Cassel edited this comment Aug. 2, 2012
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Item 122-55: Establish and Define Purposes of the Grass Roots Fund
The ACBL hereby establishes a Grass Roots Fund. The month of December is designated as “Grass Roots Fund Month”. Clubs may hold special games under the same rules and regulations applicable to the other special fund months (currently benefiting the Charity Foundation and Junior and International Funds.) Funds raised shall be returned annually no later than March 31 to the individual District in which those funds were raised, and shall be used by the District to help fund Grass Roots Events. Grass Roots events are defined as the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. The ACBL shall not charge the Districts any fee for the cost of collecting and disbursing these funds.

The Grass Roots Fund shall be considered an additional, eligible beneficiary from regionally rated games at sectionals along with the ACBL Charity, Educational, International and Junior Funds (Item 112-58).

For 14, Against 10, Abstain 1

The Special Events Task Force proposed that the substantial net revenues from the NAP be commingled with GNT revenues as the initial funding for the Grass Roots Fund (see June 15 comment), but the Governance Committee currently views NAP profits as a source for general operating expenses and a buffer against increased membership fees.

It is terrific that we now have a ‘vehicle’ to better support grass roots district champions and I hope districts quickly get on board to run their special fund games with the Grass Roots Fund as the beneficiary and take advantage of boosting their masterpoint awards to regional rating at 2 of their sectionals' sessions as well.

I am still hoping that the Board will support the Special Events Task Force by developing revenue streams that will give the ACBL the power to match district subsidies in those districts who support the GNT event by reaching out to the real grass roots with club qualifying play.

Our mission to develop grass roots programs that encourage participation in bridge will be more easily reached (in my opinion) if our district champions actually win a trip… not the right to pay for one. That's going to require more resources than districts currently can afford.

“Small moves, Ellie, small moves.”- from the movie CONTACT
A glass half full beats no glass at all..that's for sure.
July 24, 2012
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If pd has HKx and stoppers outside and it is a pair event then 3N may be a top score… if this is an IMP event safest plus is probably in my long suit. Partner's tank makes life difficult. Will a preponderance of one's peers make 4H the logical alternative? Surely not.
July 24, 2012
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In my partnerships I have changed responder's 3 level jump rebids to show a “pure” invitational hand: a suit with no more than 1 or possibly 1.5 losers (e.g. AQT9xxx + a likely entry).

With a weaker 6 card suit and an invitational hand we relay through 2C and rebid 3 of the major. With a really ratty 6 card suit you can relay through 2C and rebid 2 of your major.

When you are far far more likely to hold hands with invitational values than slam-going values it makes much more sense (to me, anyway) to better define pure hands vs. scattered value hands than to set trumps on the way to slam….

You can always set a game force with 2D, and then rebid your good slammish suit.

My view is clearly in the minority but the first time you get a top for stopping in 2 of your major opposite your partner's ill fitting minimum you will be a convert.

3 level jump shifts remain strong as well as jump rebids of 3 of opener's minor.
July 24, 2012
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One problem is that we don't live in the world of Alvin Roth any more. 1N is being opened on 13hcp hands with 6cd suits and semisolid diamonds and all kinds of 14hcp hands.
I'm a 3N bidder at imps but don't see any problem with a range ask opposite frisky partners.
I'd like to see a simulation of 14 & 15 pt hands opposite this one with the SQ instead of the SK.
June 30, 2012
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The winning call at the table was 3D. Your partner's hand is
? A 9 6
? Q 3
? K Q 7 4
? K 10 9 7

Spades were 5-1 so 2S might have also led to a plus if you played carefully (luckily) as RHO held the stiff K.
Diamonds is making 4 without breathing too hard.
June 25, 2012
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A reasonable “other”, stayman with stopper, though if partner bids 4 minor are we going further? What happens when partner's double is protecting some of your previously unbiddable values?
June 19, 2012
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Item 122-55: Establish and Define Purposes of the Grass Roots Fund
Upon approval of the ACBL Board of Directors, an ACBL Grass Roots Fund shall be
established. The Grass Roots Fund shall be used to augment individual district support
of the existing (GNTs and NAPs), support new grass roots events, and promote grass
roots programs that encourage participation in bridge both at the local level and in
tournaments/NABCs.

Initial sources of income for the Grass Roots Fund will include:
• Net revenues from ACBL GNT sanction fees and ACBL NAP table fees. Fees
shall be at current levels with no change.
• Table fees from Grass Roots Fund Month club games. A Grass Roots Fund
Month (specific month yet to be determined), with club games to have the same
masterpoint awards and table fees as the Junior and International Fund months,
shall be designated to provide an additional revenue source for grass roots events.
• Table fees from enhanced, regionally rated games at sectionals. The Grass Roots
Fund shall be considered an additional, eligible beneficiary from these games
under Item 112-58 along with the ACBL Charity, Educational, International and
Junior Funds.
Management shall indicate income and expenses for grass roots events as separate line
items in the budget and financial statements. It will be the duty of the Special Events
Task Force working with ACBL Special Events staff to administer Grass Roots Fund
resources in furtherance of the Fund's purposes.
Note: Italicized phrases indicate three distinct new items requiring BOD approval.
http://web2.acbl.org/documentlibrary/about/PhiladelphiaMotions.pdf
June 15, 2012
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partner could have made any forward going cue bid and didn't. even if 3N was only to play, not serious, frivelous,or waiting (to hear about a club honor, he had at least heart tolerance and nothing more to say.
June 7, 2012
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My very rudimentary understanding of their system is that they can open light and rebid 1N to show a balanced 11-13, although on this auction, opener's pass showed the weak NT after RHO competed. I see it as playing a weak NT opener without opening a weak NT. Like the inverse of K-S where opening a minor and rebidding a NT is a strong NT.
I would never open that hand in 1st or 2nd chair without quick tricks and holding DQJ tight.
http://usbf.org/docs/vugraphs/USWBC2012/html/USWBC2012_F_1_s6.htm#bd96 shows the alerts and the specificity of South's GF hand.
It was a real coup.
June 6, 2012
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One of the start to finish tightest battles I've had the privilege to watch. Couldn't begin to count the number of lead changes.

The board that would keep me up was 77: http://usbf.org/docs/vugraphs/USWBC2012/html/USWBC2012_F_1_s5.htm#bd77 I don't know what kind of hand my partner might have to splinter with 4C, but what does my partner have besides a stiff club and Kxxx in hearts to make this call?

The winning declarer was said to have taken another train after her last train was met with a 4H signoff. Well done.

Noone deserved to lose. thanks for the rapid recap.

June 6, 2012
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the confusion on BBO on this one was disheartening with a tie in the match in the balance. Evidently Hamilton got locked out of his hand by playing a diamond to the ten.
but it was quite unclear in real time.

am glad you publicized this quite critical last hand.
June 4, 2012
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The first Task Force report to the ACBL Board: http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/1201-exhibits/2012_1_Memphis_GNT_NAP_Special.pdf
June 4, 2012
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abstained 4C is RKC… partner could have bid 3N to play… i showed 2KC and CQ… partner wanted 3KC? trust partner and if pard was responding to 4N with 3014 in minors we need to take a deeep breath
June 4, 2012
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so far 10 vote for “other” but none comment on what the “other” is??
May 31, 2012
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Yes, we went for 1100 in 4HX. I could have held it to 800. I'm most interested in how to reach the par contract of 2N on hands where doubling 2S may be risky.
May 31, 2012
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Bridge movies like this and Kit's Korner are what make this site so richly rewarding. thank you for a fine submission.
May 3, 2012
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