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Sathya Bettadapura
Sathya Bettadapura
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
5 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, '17. Blue Ribbon Pairs Finals '98, '03, '06; LM Pairs Finals '06, '15, '17, Platinum Pairs Finals '17
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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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Sathya- Mike Schneider
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Sathya- Ping Hu
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How many spades?
David, May be you meant one of the rounded suits be a stiff ? If so why not bid 4X in that suit ?
Why did partner unblock ?
Rich, Re-reading this thread after a long time. Yes, when declarer plays K and another, you now know that partner has a trick. But at T2 when partner returned the 9, declarer playing the King is when you had to decide whether to play a high and if ...
How to not Win at Pairs
Defense against 3 is interesting. Partner's suit preference is a suggestion not a command, so you were quite right to explore the alternative of returning a instead of a semi-automatic . But regardless of whether declarer's trumps were AKxxx or AJTxx you can see a ...
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
Allan, You're right. There's only one way in which you can pick Q9 from the defender's s and the same is true for QJ9. Based strictly on one suit, it appears that one is just as probable as the other. I wonder if there are any other ...
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
South can't have J9 doubleton any more as we've already seen Q and 9 from him. It's just between Q9 and QJ9. But QJ9x and QJ9xx are also possibilities. Looking at dummy's void it's safe for South to play Q9 from QJ9x or even QJ9xx ...
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
When you gamble a bid like 7 and land in a really poor grand, it's all about maximizing your chances however slim they are. In such instances it's more about Statistics and Probability than Bridge. But it's all your own making, opponents didn't push you ...
Oren Kriegel's lead problem: KJ2 T86 K942 T98
I most likely have two tricks. lead could easily be their 9th trick. I’ll go passive and lead a . Declarer has utmost 3 , so I’m likely to hit parter with some s.
Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
People are focusing on the last deal because the match was tied after 119 boards and it was an exciting deal that provided an opportunity for declarer to shine. Imagine winning a 120-board match by executing a compound squeeze on the last board, that's what most Bridge players live ...
Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
Wouldn't East continue with a small if he had led from KQTxx when the first trick held ?
Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
What Kit was saying was that the trump leaves you a trick short if you try cross-ruff. So the only choice is to play for a favorable lie in s. So play two trumps ending in hand and run s from the top, taking a ruffing finesse when you see ...

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