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Got that, thanks. How do we force?
May 14
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What do you suggest with 5=2=3=3?
May 14
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1. Would have opened 1N (but thats a style issue).
2. Would have bid 3N over 3. That seems kind of clear to me actually.
3. No idea where the 6 call came from - other than some vague notion that 5m is already scoring poorly so damn the torpedoes!
May 14
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1 - 1 auctions in 2/1 suck. When I play 2/1, I really like 1 - 2 to simplay be a 2/1. It should deny primary heart support - you can make up a 2 call on a random 5 - 3 hand if necessary.

Here, we haven't even showed clubs since we have to create some silly force after 2.
May 14
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I'll let others question and complain about how the decision was made.

I say bravo.
May 13
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Thanks Mark.

Hopefully this thread can be refocused on its original purpose. ACBL governance is too important.

I love the idea that potential district board members should complete a position statement. This would give unit board members a better picture of who needs to serve.

Thread drift about who should be electing district board members is pointless.

That being said, I would wager that most unit board members do not have a clue about the dire straits the league is in. Before a candidate submits their position, some serious education should be done so that they understand the importance of their vote and getting reform-minded individuals in.

What about a national campaign directed at unit board members? Someone probably has the numbers, but here's a WAG -

I'd guess 250 units in the acbl. In Texas there are 4-5 large boards that pretty much hold the power. Other districts have power even more centralized than here.

I would also look at which districts are winnable; i.e., a targeted race. Normally you'd have the ability to poll, but that does not seem rational for this exercise. Instead, look at the win rates and see if there are opportunities, however, I do not know how much info the person that runs elections will divulge here.

That being said, I don't think it's going to make too much difference. A unit board will elect people they are familiar with, and those people are classically the district board members that have been in place for a long time. The typical board member is someone that has done a lot of volunteering so their face will be familiar to board members. And let's face it - we vote with what and who we know.

While these people provide a great service to their local tournaments and unit boards, this experience is far down the list of qualifications for being an effective board member of a national non profit organization.
May 13
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Depends on opening standards.

In my partnerships this would not be enough to game force.
May 13
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I really wanted to lead the J. But just could not pull the trigger, but it seems like a reasonable shot.

Sure enough, Qxx flopped in dummy……
May 12
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This is exactly the kind of hand that should be bidding 3N.

Sometimes the diamond hook works, you know :)
May 12
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With hearts 30, RHO can ruff the 4th diamond.
May 12
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Yes.
May 11
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I've given this hand some thought today. There are two main lines I can see:

1. Diamond establishment. K-A, AK (), diamond ruff. If RHO is 4=5=2=2, he can spoil the party by ditching a club here. But assume he's not. I ruff, ruff reducing to:

A9
2
xx



QTx


KT

Play a winning diamond. If ruffed, overruff, to A and last diamond. If ruffed, overruff (that's the last trump). The last two tricks are K and 9. RHO cannot thwart this effort by discarding either.

Aside from diamonds 3-2 (or RHO having 4 - unlikely since that gives LHO 12 round cards), I need RHO to hold a minimum of 3 and 2 or 2 and 3.

2. Squeeze. ruff, draw trump discarding two diamonds reducing to:


AK2
A9x



x
x
KT8
T

Assume RHO followed to the 3rd club. On the surface, I have a squeeze on LHO if he started with at least seven hearts and or any hand with at least three diamonds, so the only problem shape is exactly 0=6=Hx=5. In the six card ending, LHO needs to keep 0=3=2=1. On the final trump, He can't give up a club, and a diamond exposes partner to a finesse, so he ditches a heart and now RHO feels the pain in the red suits.

If RHO shows on the 3rd club, I have a similar problem above with LHO being 0=5=2=6.

The only way the squeeze loses is if LHO has 0=6=2=5 with a small doubleton of diamonds, so a squeeze is clearly best and makes me practically cold unless clubs are 7-1.

The challenge with the squeeze is I need some mad card reading skills. For instance, if LHO plays a diamond honor, did he pitch a diamond early from 0=5=3=5 or was he actually guard squeezed with 0=6=2=5?

I also don't know if I can resolve the 0=7=2=4 hand and may discard wrong from dummy on the last spade.

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Other lines like crossruffs and coups seem substantially worse and rely on 3-2 diamonds which cannot make them better than either of these lines.

So, even if the squeeze is right on paper, I might not get it right at the table. If I'm gassed, I might just play for the simpler Line 1 too.
May 10
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Edited - cross posted with others.
May 10
Phil Clayton edited this comment May 10
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I will do the following:

- downgrade for no aces
- downgrade for 4333 especially when the 4 looks like xxxx
- downgrade for doubleton honors like KJ.

- upgrade for a good five card suit
- upgrade for two aces or two tens

Rarely will I move more than one point in either direction. For instance a 13 is never a 15 and a 16 is never a 14, although I've made a 16 an 18 before.
May 9
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Keith if thats the case, I will edit my post.
May 9
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My reading of the Basic+ chart is the 1 opening does not appear to be legal. Not a huge loss for a tournament player.
May 8
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Eugene, this thread started as a noble stance that a few pairs plan on taking in Istanbul.

Instead a lot of the length of this thread is due to attacking and defending the consistency of their positions. While its (arguably) a legitimate subthread it is dominating the discussion and thats unfortunate.

Instead of warnings, I would kindly suggest splitting the thread into something separate where both can continue.
May 8
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I dont find it weird that a team didnt want to oppose them.

Edited per Keith Wells' reply below.
May 8
Phil Clayton edited this comment May 9
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There is a nice summary of Meckwell Lite in Forums/bridgebase.com (sorry dont have the link but I searched for it once and it came right up).

Not only is it a great structure but its commonly played and you can use it with others like you can 2/1.
May 8
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Unfortunately a lot of the ‘fertilizer’ in this thread doesn't seem to help the garden grow either.
May 8
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