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Michael Bodell
Michael Bodell
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Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
Oct. 20
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Project Manager of Silicon Valley Youth Bridge (SiVY)

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Bridge Accomplishments
Real success in limited national events (1st NAP C, 2nd 0-1500 LM Pairs, 3/4 GNT B, 4th 0-5000 Blue Ribbons) and limited success in real national events (11th national 2-day swiss, 22nd mixed swiss, 22nd 3-day swiss, 26th fast pairs, and other low overalls)
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Learn Bidding in 15 Minutes?
I think Spades is clearly good. Another good game is the Oh Hell/Screw the Dealer/Wizard type game. Has trick taking games, trump suits, and a need to estimate how many tricks you take. It can be easier to develop some of the basic trick taking skills when people ...
Learn Bidding in 15 Minutes?
For 15 or less minutes, here are the main points (this assumes they already know trick taking games and trick taking games with a trump suit - otherwise work on that first): 1. Each bid must be higher than the previous bid either in level, or suit, or both. The suits ...
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
Yeah, I'm convinced by the discussion that I was wrong that partner must have had better spades. But I'm also evidence to David's point that there are some people who will think partner has shown spades, and thus for me 4 was a LA when this ...
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
I'm willing to be wrong (and if Michael R is on the other side then extremely likely to be wrong), but I can't see bidding 2 then 3 with the strong 4=5=0=4 hand because on any hand I'd be comfortable to be ...
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
The crux of this is has partner already shown a preference for spades over hearts? If you think yes (or even if you think maybe) then 4 is clear over 4 so 4 isn't allowed. If you think no then 4 isn't a LA ...
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
The reason why I think it more likely that partner had spades is our 2 preference call made partner more excited. 2 was non-forcing as was 2 and partner has chosen to make the non-forcing 2 call but then act over 2. Catering to hearts ...
Are system psych allowed?
I think S can pass if he prefers diamonds, so a weak hand with 3 (or less if the 2 was a psych!) or even a weak hand with 4 if he held 6 or 7 diamonds with it.
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
If partner had shown no discomfort, you are allowed to work it out. Once partner shows discomfort you are required to choose from all possible LA the absolute worst LA. If partner had been able to legally describe the 2 bid to the table and had described it as ...
Lecture for Flight B players
I agree. I suspect that the hands that make good puzzle combine your chances hands aren't good teaching hands. For teaching hands you want easier clear hands, and one of the main points is where the "right" play in a suit in isolation becomes wrong when you combine it ...
Did anyone ask for their money back?
In a regional pairs event I had 3 positive scores out of 26 boards and end up around 55% on the session.

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