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Michael Botwin
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about me

Becoming more active again in bridge after years of playing very little.  Sapphire Life Master splitting his time between NYC area and Las Vegas.  Not a total mad scientist, but I do prefer strong club systems, although I will reluctantly play "2/1" (technically a treatment rather than a system IMHO).  If you're a serious yet festive strong clubber or otherwise think we might be compatible at the table, shoot me a PM.

Currently fooling around with MeckLite as written up in Dan Neill's Standard Modern Precision.  Also playing Ken Rexford's MICS system in one partnership.  Interested in Granville and Burn's new "MOSSO" system.

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Mini-NT when?
Richard has it right. I despise all "pass forces redouble" approaches. I want 4th hand to commit immediately, rather than give him the option to pass and back in later.
Mini-NT when?
I won't ever play 1N doubled? Really? Isn't 1N doubled a great spot to be in if you know you're good for at least six tricks? Often an excellent spot at MPs, and a pretty good one even at IMPs.
2/1 T-Walsh
If you're willing to spend a few bucks, you can buy Dan Neill's summation of the Welland-Auken system (a very complex T-Walsh approach) here: https://bridgewithdan.com/product/welland-auken-system/
An Unusual Big Club System
+1 for MICS. My pard and I may be the only pair in the world playing the system, but we think it's a lot of fun.
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
My own experience with this sort of thing at this NABC: Much to my annoyance, my team was relegated to Bracket 3 of a Regionally-rated bracketed KO, even though we had requested to be placed in the top bracket. We lost our quarter-final match to a team of foreign players ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Do we know yet where/what floor the playing area is?
Two Colors or Four
This topic comes up in the poker world also--four color decks are common in online play, but I'm opposed to their use in live play in either game for the same reason: If a card flashes for a moment, it's one thing if it flashes red or black ...
James on Jeopardy TV show
I believe Jeopardy shows are taped well in advance of airdate. If so, this may be a clue that his reign on the show may have already come to an end--we just haven't seen it yet.
A thought experiment...how much would it be worth to see dummy before the lead?
Something similar to this thought experiment has been conducted several times, hasn't it? Many of the cheating scandals (both recent and in decades past) have revolved around the opening leader having clues as to the correct lead, based on placement of pencils, coffee cups, deployment of cards from the ...
MOSSO--anyone have any insight as to whether this is Open-chart legal?
Thanks for clarification, Richard. A related question for those of us in ACBL-land: What would be considered to be a satisfactory pre-alert? How should the opening bids be alerted? Or perhaps some of them (such as the 1 opening) should merely be announced? I'm trying to picture how ...
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