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I've lost count of the number of auctions from pairs who play those methods that go 2C-point response-Blackwood-Aces-…. *long pause, realise they haven't actually got a clue about the hand…* 6NT.

One off or cold grand in a suit.
June 23
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FOXU too
June 23
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Vienna - it means nothing to me…
June 20
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You only need play an average session of bridge to see most players are taking vast quantities of narcotics. Don't need testing to prove that!
June 15
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I knew Coops would mention these!

There was a whole extra suite of Gerbers we'd added to this including Exclusion versions and the ability for both players being able to bid Gerber in the same auction. An amazing Speedball system!

One note about the XX is that it doesn't work online. You think the oppo is hesitating because they're unsure of whether to stick it or pull. In reality they've just got a crap internet connection and you've just gone for 2200…
June 11
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It's also incumbent on the people making the bloopers not to try and shame people into showing them ‘sportsmanship’. You make a screw-up, however inadvertent, you take the consequences of the rules. It's far more sporting to call the rules against yourself in such situations.
May 25
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About 10 years.
May 22
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Florian. No guess is required in the end position. Whichever opponent ends up winning the third diamond can only cash one winner before being forced to concede the rest. I really should have included that diagram…
May 20
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Yup, he was born in 1993.

DanMac would have been 20 or 21 when he won it in 2011.
May 16
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You wouldn't have done that Big Man.
May 16
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MGB may claim he's only 21, but he's been saying that for the last 15 years.
May 16
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I said team and squad because I didn't know exactly how long the squad itself had been in place and I'm aware that it was obviously a British squad before 1999. Bear in mind that ARF won the Junior Euros in 1978 and he has represented England at Senior level. There are others who won the JC in the early 70s and who are now playing at senior level.

Actually Richard, you might be the man to answer this. The EBL junior euro pages are incomplete for the team rosters going backwards from the inception in 1968 to 1976. Would you know who was selected for GB in those events?
May 15
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And further, juniors invariably do make up a good proportion of VG operators when they are available.
May 15
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Almost every current England international player (including some of those now in the Seniors) had some kind of development from being part of the Junior team/squad. I have found from those I have asked to help with the current generation, that all of them know it, appreciate it and are more than happy to give freely of their time and knowledge to repay it.
May 15
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Mike, how much of this improved success would you put down to no longer playing Siege?
May 3
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Ship
verb /ʃɪp/

To send something, usually a large quantity of IMPs or MPs, to a place far away - usually the Polish juniors.

Ship it in - get them coming back twice as fast.

Shipper - someone who ships lots of IMPs out.

A bit shippy - someone who ends up in high variance matches on a regular basis.
May 3
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Nonnenmacher lost to Robertson after being 18 up with 8 to play. Decent effort by the junior pair to almost make the QFs.
May 1
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I'm interested in this too. Other half's family live in Basel. Interested in seeing if there are some fun new events I can find to play in. I've already had a look on the Swiss website.
May 1
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Not even close. The best banter will definitely be 11 vs 16.
May 1
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I so wanted to use that quote on the German doctors thread. Glad it's managed to make an appearance on BW somewhere.
April 30
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