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Sam Dinkin
Sam Dinkin
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 23, 2012
Last Seen
Nov. 10
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
5th Place NA Swiss, Providence, RI, 2014; Silver Medal 2009 Venice Cup NPC; US Junior Team 1993
Regular Bridge Partners
Cenk Tuncok, JoAnna Stansby, Michael Shuster, Nancy Joe
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Sam Dinkin & Mike Shuster SC
Strong !D. Weak 1M 1st/2nd. Legend:½=1st/2nd seats,¾=3rd/4th
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Sam and Kalyan
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Sam and Nancy IM21 lite
Strong !D, Weak 1M We upgrade HCP with 10+cards in two suits
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Online entries for SF NABC?
Sorry I am out of the loop--I managed not to buy entries online for a few NABCs running. If I had found info about it on ACBL or BW, I wouldn't have asked.
Three Card Majors
My sense is that denying holdings that do not imply a sufficient minimum length in other suits is OK. That's a normal negative inference for 1 is 5+ and not longer than hearts for example. But saying promises no more than 9 cards in ++ at ...
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
In the full system, 5 and 4 would bid 1-2; 2-2; 3+ and the 4 and 5 would bid 1-2; 2-2; 2NT- It's like the symmetric relay semipositive or 2nd force track. In the Lite version ...
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
Sorry. We pass. Since partner has an average of 5.4-5.7 HCP depending on vulnerability, we leave the opponents to their own devices since it's probably their hand. Given we open nearly all 8 and 9 counts (70-88% depending on vulnerability), think of it as not opening 11 ...
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
If it's got a 4 card major, we open 1M. If it doesn't, we open 1NT. (That's assuming it doesn't have a 6-card suit in which case we might open 1).
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
The original Infernal Machine is a 17th century carriage bomb. Improvised explosive devices have been getting smaller and lighter by the 21st century. I find mosquitoes infernal and they are much smaller, especially when an opening pass is forcing.
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
We're not permitted to open certain calls with that kind of upgrade. E.g., we cannot agree to open AKT98x, T98, T98, x one of a major because the minimum strength on the ACBL chart for the agreement is "Rule of 17". We have found that adding atrocious hands ...
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
Yep. Can't fit everything so I use the quote as a "ditto". It's a hard habit to break. I believe more is more despite no positive reinforcement for that position.
Infernal Machine Lite (2021 beta test)
I played almost all of it on the old General Convention Chart. There are only a couple of changes for Open+ 6+boards. 2NT does not need to be 10+ HCP or 7-3. 1NT can have a small singleton if it's 4441/5431 or 6331 instead of just singleton ...
Senior Conditions of Contest Approval VOTE
I think the open should count for more than the Seniors, but putting a 1 or 2 point differential may be more trouble than it's worth. Maybe it can be a tie break. :)

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