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I don't care about a score adjustment, but the director's license needs an adjustment.
May 22
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I think East is strong enough for 3 on the second round, but I think West underbid by even more.
May 22
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What a surprising conclusion!
May 22
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I'm hoping that after I retire and can have the luxury of non-playing days at an NABC, I will be able to do VG.

Back in the Dark Ages (1990), I was a recorder in the finals of the Women's KO, which is similar to being a VG operator except that there was no technology involved higher than a pencil sharpener. I believe that made it easier to keep up than keyboarding, especially because it was random access (you can fill in the spots when somebody tanks a few tricks later).
May 22
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@Ulrich–no, because with AK, he could discard either one without giving up a trick in that suit. With J5, the ending is different depending on which club he discards.
May 22
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The average attendance per game is positively correlated (39%) with the year number since the last expansion in 1998. The 2017 attendance is 99.6% of the average over that period. I don't see a decline.

I thought at first you were going to ask about other things the two games have in common, such as doubles, diamonds, relays, sacrifices, grand slams, and suicide squeezes.
May 21
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I suppose it is a matter of terminology. Although I now see that Wikipedia gives a comparable position with this name, my understanding had been that a normal strip squeeze would have required West to have a club holding like AK.
May 21
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And not surprisingly, eight of them are unbalanced.
May 21
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Which “this?” What jurisdiction, and what regulation did the director cite?
May 21
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Where you have East playing in a diamond game or slam, I would split those and say 1/2 and 1/2 .
May 19
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There was a hand in the USBC semis where a player held AKQJT97765432. Apologies for not recording the board number.
May 19
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I like this idea, though there are five possible hand types (two balanced and three long suits) for overcaller and only four bids available up to 4NT. Is 5 allowable as a response?
May 19
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We got a bottom once when the opponents passed out an opening 2.
May 17
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Even if they are 4-1 60% of the time, 3/7 of those cases either partner or the singleton will hold the jack. So you are still about 2/3. And maybe partner will hold the K or both T and Q. So I think it is an excellent slam.
May 17
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Assuming that opening leader will
1) always lead a singleton heart 7
2) otherwise lead a heart from the king half the time and would lead the 7 from K(9 or 8)7 plus 0, 1, or 3 lower spots
3) lead the 7 from (9 or 8)7632 infrequently enough not to affect the percentages, especially as you are likely to lose exactly one trick in the suit regardless–RHO can't have a stiff King.

There is one heart holding of a singleton 7 and ten holdings with the King, but West will lead from the latter only half the time, so the finesse is about 5/6 and if it's off, it is surely a singleton.

If you finesse, then you will almost surely make when it wins and let's say half the time when it loses, when West has the A, but you need to take off for some of the time trump are 5-0 so probably 88%. I think rising with the ace makes when trump are 3-2 (68%) or when trump are 4-1 (28%) and either minor suit finesse is on (75%), so 89% in all.

Misguesses, rounding error, etc. are enough that we can't really tell which line is better.
May 15
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@Andy–I recall two slams in fairly quick succession not reached in the other room. On one, Max guessed wrong for the jack; a commentator in another match suggested a mild reason to guess right. I think the other one was a pretty good slam that just went down on bad luck.
May 15
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I used to play it as penalty and did not particularly find it a problem. I'd be willing to play in any conditions it if my partner really wanted to, though I now think it's not as good.
May 15
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I agree with the cue bid on the second hand, but believe the first one is a reasonable 4 call, particularly as even that level is not ironclad.
May 15
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Depends. If I would rather defend their contract than raise partner, I'll pass. On the hand above, with shortness in overcaller's suit, a double looks good. With xxx xxx AKJx QJx, I'd pass.
May 14
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My count is one 7-1, three 6, and three 4-only-. All but two of the pairs also missed the excellent 7 on the previous hand, though a third pair reached the worthwhile 7NT.
May 14
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