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Sathya Bettadapura
Sathya Bettadapura
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
23 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Software engineer by profession. My other passion is South Indian Classical Music, quite possibly the most rhythmically complex music system. Live in Northern California. I have played more Nationals over the last ten years than regionals or sectionals as it's harder to take time off. I only have a little over 2.000 MP, but more than 300 Platinum Points.


I have played a fair amount of Spingold and Vanderbilt with peers and beaten seeds in the range of 19-29 consistently on the first day. But due to low seeding points, always forced to face a top seed the second day with predictable results except in Toronto, '01 when we beat seed#15 in a head-on match on day#1. In Toronto, 2011, we beat seed #19 on day#1, faced team Monaco on day#2 and lost to them by less than 15 IMPs.


That's the reason I love the Reisinger. No seeding. In addition to the 3 times I have made it to the semi-finals, in Boston, '99 we failed to qualify for second day after losing two tie-breakers !

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making it to 2nd day in NABC Fast Pairs 2011 after a 42.2% game in the first session
Bridge Accomplishments
Beat#15 in Spingold, Toronto, '01, Reisinger Semi Finals '02, '11, '12, Blue Ribbon Pairs Finals '98, '03, '06; LM '06, '15, Platinum Pairs Finals '17
Regular Bridge Partners
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Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
NABC Fall Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Good-Bad, Kickback, 3c Puppet over 1nt, Muppet over 2nt, Bergen (yes, the B word :)), 1m-2h bal 11-12
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Sathya and Krishnan
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Sathya Bettadapura & Danning Dong
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Jun
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Yanong
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya & Rajendra
2/1 except 1!d-2!c-2X-3!c
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Sathya and Madhu
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Sathya B & John Gilbert
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ACBL Scheduling: Adjusting Spring NABC Schedule to avoid excluding certain genders/ages
What if it does increase the size of the Platinum Pairs field a bit ? More people get a chance to play in a tough event for a day without jeopardizing their chances of playing in an event that they can fare better. World Championship schedule accommodates it by allowing drop-ins ...
ACBL Scheduling: Adjusting Spring NABC Schedule to avoid excluding certain genders/ages
One change I'd like to see is the starting day of IMP Pairs in the Spring Nationals. Platinum Pairs and IMP Pairs start the same day. If you don't get to the second day of Platinum Pairs, you have to wait two more days before you have something ...
Charley James 1952-2017
Andrea, Terribly sorry for your loss. He was my teammate when we won the GNT A in District 21 way back in 2001, the first year that GNT A came into existence. He was a great teammate and a lot of fun to be around. He'll be missed.
ATB - Doomed Grand
Michael, If you bid 3 it might look like you're asking for a stopper when you might be the one holding the only stopper in your combined hands. If partner had xx in and values elsewhere, he is end-played in the bidding and you can no ...
ATB - Doomed Grand
Given two strangers who agree to "4-card Majors, Stayman and Blackwood" it's not surprising that they misbid the daylights out of this hand. They almost stumbled upon a decent slam until North decided to bid one more for the road, confirming that the bidding sequence leading up to it ...
ATB - Doomed Grand
4 may be an overbid, but I don't like the idea of bidding 3nt which could be on any random 4333 or 4432 12-14 HCP hand. If the choice is between bidding 3nt and 4 I'd rather bid 4.
Michal Czerwonko's bidding problem: AQ85432 K432 8 7
If there's room for all those cards in partner's hand what cards do opponents have for their bids ? And besides most people who play fit-showing jumps define the fit bid to be below game in the overcalled suit, so he can evaluate the fit. Unless of course you ...
forcing? fit-showing?
When partner overcalls if 3 is a fit-jump it forces us to game regardless of partner's holding. That doesn't make Bridge sense.
forcing? fit-showing?
Barry, The first example of jump in other Major doesn't make Bridge sense Chances are your RHO a 4-bagger in the Major quite often, so most people attach conventional meaning to this bid rather than a natural one. In most partnerships I play this as a mixed raise of ...
forcing? fit-showing?
Exactly. There was an article a while ago by John Swanson the exact title which I don't recall now, something like "Fit jumps give me the fits" or something catchy. He suggests that you employ fit jumps when you have a broken suit like KJxxx not Axxxx because Qxx ...

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