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Steven Mcgrahan
Steven Mcgrahan
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Member Since
June 8, 2013
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Bridge Player
about me

Learned weak NT to start then Acol, then SA, then Precision and then 2/1 (the easiest to learn as more of a treatment). Now try for 2/1 and Precision but often get stuck with SAYC.

Book i learned bidding most from Precision Bidding in Acol by Eric Crowhurst

Redoubled with overtricks:

2D+2, 3N+2, 4S+2, 2S+3, 1N+3, 1S+3, 2H+4, 4S+1, 4N+2


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Bridge Accomplishments
Top 2015 Online pts U1000 for ACBL Unit 166
Favorite Tournaments
Hamilton Sectional
Favorite Conventions
fourth suit forcing
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ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
Laura & Steve
Standard American
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Mosca Club - with transfers and Canape
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Changes to ACBL rules on announcement of 1NT range.
Mp are a draw for some even if they don't go to tournaments. Maybe it's not the points per sea but getting points means you did well.
Fourth-suit (artificial) Forcing
Ok bad bidding wrong phrase. But some people don't redouble on all hands 10+ and use 1 suit as forcing after a double and that's the point.
Fourth-suit (artificial) Forcing
Many people play new suits at the 1-level forcing after an opponent's takeout double. Some think that redoubling on all hands with 10+ hcp except for raises is bad bidding.
Fourth-suit (artificial) Forcing
This situation is different, opener has shown a second suit. Do you really want to start fighting over who's suit is better. Pick one of opener's suit unless you have forcing hand.
Why are there round robins in the World Team Championships?
In chess they stopped using RR for world championship qualifications as there was collusion between players of the same country. Sometimes players from different countries would agree to easy draw to save strength. Dumping is to lose on purpose. Collusion and dumping are against the rules. I believe what you ...
Why are there round robins in the World Team Championships?
Swiss is very good at handling large number of players (in chess) or teams. At 120+ it is the only way to go. The WC uses RR to determine who qualifies for a knockout. Swiss does not determine up to 8th place or 16th place with very much accuracy. RR ...
Fourth-suit (artificial) Forcing
John what you say is likely true a NT probe. But if 1 is forcing. 2 being 4th suit could be almost anything. It could be the start of a forcing sequence in or a slam try in for example.
Why are there round robins in the World Team Championships?
This is hypothetical but similar situations are a real possibility in Swiss. Last round 4 teams are in contention A, B, C & D with fairly similar scores going into last round. Team D is be considered weaker or is tired. The only possible pairing is A vs B and C vs D. AB is close match, C takes all VP's vs D. C has easy victory. Worse there are 2 possible pairings for the last round A vs B & C vs D; or A vs C & B vs D. Whoever plays D has best chance to win World Championship and the TD or pairing program will decide who plays ...
Why are there round robins in the World Team Championships?
You say Swiss is better with less luck. No facts. RR you play all other teams so all teams face the same opponent with each round having equal weight. Yes you can swing in later rounds but that can happen in Swiss too. Standings should be relatively accurate from 1st ...
Regulation of Strong 2C opening bid
Yes there should be a bid that says I have 10 tricks but no defense so feel free to bid over us. Then everyone would be happy.

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