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Best advice, play with great players. Seriously though, when we were young you could rely on the average Joe to misbid and misplay. Those days are long gone. You have to be more active in the auctions, giving the opposition novel problems. I like Precision, and that makes many of our auctions different than the field. So with light openers and the club or diamond openers we get plenty of action. After that, we try to play down the middle, with just a tad more aggressiveness.
Aug. 27, 2018
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I think I live to deceive, anyone can be a techie,I like the artistry.
Have to go with the JETS jets jets jets. Been so long. As Larry and I agree being a Jet fan is a lifetime of misery and suffering.
Aug. 27, 2018
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As I remember in a Vandy 30 or so years ago, one of the sponsors walked in with a lady of the evening on each arm, dressed in full battle gear. What a sight
Aug. 27, 2018
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6 months ago easy, golf unfortunately one of my buddies ran me over in a golf cart, and my knees still shaky, so now the bridge table it it.
Aug. 27, 2018
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thats politics for you
Aug. 27, 2018
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I have heard it said that the D9 final is tougher than the National final. That was certainly the case this year when we were slaughtered by Coren Bathust Wolpert and Ekeblad. I dont think we were subsidized to Atlanta. The grass root aspect is still available for the other flight of the GNT and those players do get their subsidies.

As for Larry and I, competitive bidding was so much easier before he wrote his Law books, nobody knew how to compete.
Aug. 27, 2018
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My preferred game is single deck with 4 players. That's what I played as a kid. However on the train going to wall street, I played 3 handed
Aug. 27, 2018
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OH I see, sorry. When I lecture I talk of my system with my mother. Of course it wasn't true, my mother doesn't play bridge. I did play with your grandfather though
Aug. 27, 2018
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Where did we go wrong in your education process? If I can read my writing it says in there somewhere that Mom is my favorite partner

Maybe you are better off trying to get you sister (our favorite, according to you), trip me up or embarrass me
Aug. 27, 2018
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Nick

Absolutely not. We had our methods and were very reluctant to alter them. Changing your system is the surest path to calamity, one partner remembers the other…

I have put it out of my mind. I only keep recent catastrophes (2018 Spingold)in my mind
Aug. 27, 2018
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I would say relax, take a deep breath, and most importantly play your own game. I cannot tell you how many good results I get because my opponents feel they have to “do something” to beat me.

Just play your own game, you will do fine
Aug. 27, 2018
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We had that seminar because our good friend, Marvin Deneroff, a member of Maywood asked us there. These days we don't teach that much, but rumor has it that we will be cruising the eastern Mediterranean next April26-May 4, on a Regent cruise. We cannot let Larry have all the fun.
Aug. 27, 2018
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Steve and Richard

Thats easy, 8 billion people in the world can do it why couldn't I. I don't want to worry you but Levin seemed happy with his new Greek partner at the PGA regional
Aug. 27, 2018
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steve, he is talking about transfer openings, like Reeses Little Major
Aug. 27, 2018
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Chris,

Thanks for the kind words, but you really did play well.
Aug. 27, 2018
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Richard,

These are the same rules makers that prohibit Multi, despite the fact that probably half the world plays it. Also a pity.
Aug. 27, 2018
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Hi Eric,
Even if Meckwell's system were available, I think it is too complex for the modern man
Eric once opined that they were not great natural bidders (I think they are), and so he liked to have a slot for every call

A simple aspect of Meckwell is that after 1C they flip the major suit responses. Larry and I tried it for a week, but our heads were aching so, we gave it up

There is a simple version, Meckwell Lite played by many top pairs (I think Greco-Hampson, Bathurst Lall and others) where 1C 1H is usually 8-11 ish any shape. This may be available somewhere, although I don't have it, they seem to share

I think the future of Precision and bidding in general is transfers, It seems so right to have the strong hand playing the hand. I steal from anyone. My friend Stan Tulin, turned me on to this one. After 1NT (3H) play X= 4 or 5 spades. Opener bids 3S with 3, 4 spades with4

That leaves 3 spades as a 3N bid without a heart stop and a 3NT bid as a heart stop. Not only do you play spades from the right side you don't have to guess 3NT. A win-win I'd say.
Aug. 27, 2018
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Bridge with Dad 2 may be a long way off, but one never knows. Growing up our kids were not interested in bridge. I think we had pay them a quarter every time we discussed a deal. When they got to the 9-11 year old stage, they started to play, mostly with each other. Like most kids, they weren't interested in rules or lessons they just wanted to play cards. When problems arose, we consulted, tried to be supportive, and being naturally inclined to be good bridge players they got better.

Maybe 15 years ago Lisa was playing with Mike at Jourdans in Fl. He did something pretty bad, and mom said “what were you thinking”

Quick as a flash he retorted that he was thinking that after that day he wouldn't have to play bridge with her ever again.

Now he looks forward to their games.
Aug. 27, 2018
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A great episode. In those days smoking was rampant at our tournaments. In Halifax (a wonderful place BTW) one opponent was being particularly smoky. Despite our pleas, he continued unabated. Kathie, a non-smoker went and bought a pack and started puffing in the guys face.

Kathie and I were playing in Puerto Rico. The opponents opened 2C she psyched her shorter major. The opponents went off the rails a top for us. Later they came by and asked how we did. Not so hot we said. “GOOD” they responded

Kathie had a strict no alcohol rule during tournaments. One night at dinner she came over to her teams table and deposited Sonty's glass of wine into his glass of water

She is still going strong in south Florida
Aug. 27, 2018
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Ercan,
Good question. Playing the top players in the world one expects a very high level of play. The great ones often make it look so easy. I remember my first regional, circa 1970, I defended a hand against a guy who played 4H+1 in about 5 seconds, no sweat, no fuss, no misdefense.
Looked so easy, we got 1/2 out of 25. Went to sheets to get name of player, it was Vic Mitchell, what a natural.

While it is nice to see some of the great plays and coups, I seem to derive more pleasure from having a lesser player do something special against me. One should never forget to acknowledge good plays by the opposition.
Aug. 27, 2018
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