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Jeff, kudos go to the U of MN professors who did such a fine job, especially Honors Program dean Matthew Bribitzer-Stull.
May 15
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Actually, a number of professors at the University of Minnesota had an honors, for credit class this last semester for bridge! Not only was it very well attended, but in addition, more than a few of the students really enjoyed it and are continuing to play bridge in various forms.

Here is a link to one of the stories on our Minnesota website about the classes. And - I am quite excited to report that the ACBL Bulletin will have a story about the classes, too, in the near future.

http://moot.typepad.com/minnesota_bridge/2017/02/game-on.html

I think this is evidence that if you have devoted, hard working bridge players willing to put in the time and commitment, and the proper venue, you can promote the greatest mind game to new generations!
May 15
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Rajesh, great point. When I first started going to tournaments, I often would kibitz as much as I played. Learned a ton from watching great players - and - still do!
May 14
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The bridge world is SO improved with BRONIA in it! Fabulous interview!

GO GET 'EM, Bronia & Team!
May 13
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I haven't had a chance yet to watch the interviews. But - I have watched Jan perform miracles for the bridge world for years. How she does all that she does - and, so incredibly well throughout - almost defies belief.

Jan surely is one of the most deserving Blackwood Award winners ever …. and on top of it all - superb player and friend, too.
May 13
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Yet another fine interview, Oren! And - great to hear both bridge and career stories from Jill - the woman who excels at everything she does!
May 10
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I can't recall which match it was, but another north did fail to make the play. And - while Ralph is one of the top players in the world, I would say that most playing that same day are pretty good.

So - please do not diminish Ralph's fine decision with a “ho hum.” Of course, on the other hand, there are very few “of Katz's ability” out there - so - not like we are talking about a large set of players :)
May 9
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Yes, in fact I think most today play that IF you have just a penalty double - you must pass. Double is “transferable values” - which is essentially what you have.

Not perfect - but about the best one can do on the auction.
May 8
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I love Oren! I don't think,however, that he was the “missing in action” operator.

And in any case - accidents happen. Just so sad that all the effort was made TO have the match online…. and then “operator error” (so to speak) prevented it from being viewed.
May 8
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Oy!!
May 8
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Adam, nothing prevents any women from entering the Open. The Open began on Friday, 4/28. The Women's did not begin until Thursday, 5/4. An all woman team could enter the Open, then be delighted if they were still playing there on Thursday. Or, individual women could judge to enter the Open, with the understanding that it was possible to not be available for the Women's. (Perhaps this would be problematic with seeding; if so, in future events that possibly could be addressed.)
May 7
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Plus, as some have mentioned, there are holdings when ducking would have been correct.

All one can really do is bow to the brilliance of one of the greatest players ever - and that he made this play smoothly and in tempo.
May 5
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These interviews are excellent in so many respects; thank you!

And - speaking of “respect” - very nice to see the admiration and acknowledgement of talent and accomplishment among the most elite in our game. Great to hear their opinions - and be able to watch them dazzle at the table, too.
May 4
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Steve, it's my understanding that the “only 4” crowd doesn't want to add a new event - but restrict one of the current team events (GNT?) to specifically 4.
May 4
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Adam - "MY preference:? You really think that I am the only player out there who likes the OPTION of being able to have a 5 or 6 man team? (BTW, still many times when I do play 4 handed.)

This is only a guess - but - my guess is that there are more people who would prefer to have the freedom to choose between 4-5-6 players versus those who think there ought to be an event that only allows 4.

And that restricting an event to only 4 would mean fewer players showing up; not more.
May 4
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Simple solution, guys. Multiple clones of Jan and the fabulous people that assist her! :)
May 3
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Jeff - we all have our preferences with treatments and conventions. I personally like invitational plus; each to their own.

But - to address your comment about “showing stoppers” - there is a very good reason; going plus! Sure, sometimes the opponents don't find the right lead and you make an unmakeable game. Other times, however, you are cold for 5 (or 6!) of a minor when 3NT fails. And - that is why some of us do like to check for stoppers!
May 3
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Adam - for some, it's not stamina; it's the ability to have the free time to be playing bridge all day and evening. Some of us have that luxury - some not.

You will be ruling out those who have work, kids, parents, or whatever other sorts of obligations and simply cannot play each session.

I understand the novelty of having different sorts of events. I just think that this concept is more limiting than it is intriguing….
May 3
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Of course. But it seems a rare hand where partner has passed and declarer has a hand where they think that 2NT will make on the button. Sometimes it will fail; sometimes 130 will be available instead of 120.

Without specific discussion, I would never play 2NT on that auction to be passable. Too narrow a window for me - irrespective of the scoring.
May 3
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Seems to me that while one can argue about what one ought to do over 2NT - the one thing 2NT cannot be is “sign off.”

We passed once. If partner wishes to “sign off” - he can pass!

If he doesn't want to make it easy for the opps to come in, then he can bid 3.

2NT as “sign off” seems irrational to me.
May 3
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