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Vil Gravis on Weak Twos and Transfers

So much for taking a break over Christmas! The man can't sleep without a pen in his hand. Vil is favouring us with his thoughts on Weak Twos and Transfers in a new series of articles. This blog will be updated as he sends more articles. For the present we have:

  1. An Overview of Acol basics
  2. Basic Weak Twos
  3. No Trumps and Transfers
  4. No Trump Rebids
  5. Transfers and More
  6. Transfers after 2NT
  7. Opposition 1NT
  8. SSS: A Simple System Summary
  9. Bonus Article on play at No Trumps

If you wish to receive these articles via direct email when they're hot off the press just let Vil (villyn@xtra.co.nz) know and he'll add you to his mailing list.

Vil's Christmas Wishes

Here is an interesting Double Dummy problem from a recent session, Friday 29 November.

Dealer N, NS Vul

T74
JT652
93
KJ7
AJ532
9
7542
T43
KQ986
Q843
QT
Q5
AK7
AKJ86
A9862

Say It Once, Say It Right

AKJ93
T764
KJ32
QT7652
A983
Q7
5
QJ2
J863
AQT986
84
K5
AKT9542
74

From 48WED

The following deal gave me quite a shock when I went through the resulting contracts, not only at our
club but also all the other clubs across X-Clubs last Wednesday night.

A64
AT8762
QT9
7
KJ85
KQJ9
75
AJ3
Q73
4
KJ864
Q542
T92
53
A32
KT986

Vil Returns ...

... he never really went away. Just left me off his mailing list when he started a new series a few weeks ago! My apologies to all his loyal and devoted fans. It's nice to have our front page ticking over again.

Vil's new series deals to questions submitted by players of X-Club deals. Here's a dilly:

Board 24 from 48MOND
Dealer West, nil Vul

Q9
T9764
J
KJ965
AT7
AJ532
AKT8
7
J84
Q76432
QT42
K6532
KQ8
95
A83

We have a Wrap at 1:30PM. Results FINAL at 5pm.

Yep - all 57 clubs are in after 14 hours. Golden Bay's six tables takes us to 1012 pairs for this year's event. Trish Stevens and Ruth Lewis of Rotorua held on to top spot while Richard Solomon did some in-depth scrutineering. The full set of results is NOW PUBLISHED AND WILL BE DECLARED FINAL AT 5PM TODAY (Saturday 2nd Nov). Please advise Richard Solomon (Richardharoldsolomon@gmail.com) of any scoring corrections before then.

Update at 10:30AM

The X-Clubs results site is now working. We are posting just the Overall ladder for now - Overall and club sections containing full drill-down capability will follow. The ladder you see is sortable by clicking on any green column header. We have 55 of 57 clubs in totalling 982 pairs - just waiting for Marlborough and Golden Bay who had problems in getting a result out on the night.

Update at 2AM

We had 50 of 56 club results - 870 pairs. We hadn't heard from Golden Bay, Marlborough, Marton, Oamaru, Queenstown or Wellington. The website server in Sydney is undergoing some attention to upload the XML. A temporary result is uploaded to the Cambridge website.

How to See Your BABICH Results

Publishing soon after maybe 30 of the 57 results that we expect come in, the team at X-Clubs will be constantly updating the ladder as we work. As the evening goes on we would expect to have about 50 clubs ready to publish around midnight .. maybe ALL of them this year. Who knows? 2019 could be the first year when we don't have to chase a few people up on their Saturday.

To see your results click on the Wide View tab above and either go direct to your club or search for your name using CTRL-F (hold down CTRL and push the F key) in the Ladder or the Overall items. The Ladder is sortable by clicking on any green column header while you can drill down in the Overall and the club Section items. Take advantage of the Replay and Analyse feature powered by Bridge Solver On Line (BSOL)when you're looking at the display that lists what everyone did on any particular hand.

.. while you're waiting for the Babich results ...

"Mr X-Clubs" aka Michael Neels of Cambridge gets interviewed by Barry and Mereana on The Bridge Zone Show - THREE times!!

  1. About X-Clubs from the 3-minute mark on 16th October
  2. About XG Ratings from the 24-minute mark on 23rd October
  3. About Bob Fearn and the Babich from the 20-minute mark on 30th October
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