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I keep half an eye out for a deal where the double dummy analysis tells me that a contract (most likely 1NT) can be made in both directions. I have yet to see it.
Oct. 8
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Excellent article. Thank you for taking the time to research and write it. It is so helpful to have the full background of their systems, and the state/story of the match, backgrounds when trying to understand these hands from this distance.
Dec. 21, 2018
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In how many sports is England Manager / Head Coach / Chairman of Selectors anything other than a poisoned chalice? By the way, that is not to say that I agree or disagree with having one.
June 28, 2018
Alex Adamson edited this comment June 28, 2018
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I accept that I overstated the number of professionals. What is more significant is the gap between the top quarter of the field and the bottom quarter, and the discouraging effect that can have. I think Tom's point is very valid. With two divisions, more teams would have something to play for in the last couple of days.
June 26, 2018
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Of course, it would be sensible to have rules in place in advance, but we always seem to be caught out (sometimes by the obvious). Whatever the selectors do, some people will be very clear that they are WRONG. There is no single right answer. Partly, it comes down to expectation. For some countries, failure to qualify would be seen as a disaster, and scraping through could be seen as a below par performance, perhaps leading them to reassess the team. For others, any qualification is a major triumph. The performance of the individual pairs can also change things. If one pair comes top of the cross-imping and another has a disaster, should both go straight into the World Championship team, should one be pre-selected or should both have to face trials? All sorts of arguments can be made.
June 23, 2018
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Thanks for this post, Jim. The team spirit in the Scottish Open team was exemplary throughout. Well done.

A number of Scotland's better players have decided that the Open category in the Europeans is not for them any more. One can see why, and one can see why few of the small NBOs take part. I think it would be worth thinking about running the Open as two divisions, with promotion and relegation. When teams in the second division improve to the extent that they can compete against the pros then they have the chance to be promoted. Until then they can play in an event where they have more competitive matches and fewer hammerings. Meanwhile, the first division would be a mouthwatering prospect for those involved, with the winners having played strong opposition throughout.
June 22, 2018
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Possibly three times? It was a while ago. I am much closer to being a senior than a junior now.
Feb. 1, 2018
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Richard was also a supporter of junior players, which was also much appreciated. Congratulations.
Jan. 31, 2018
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I remember an aggregate (yes really) tournament over 24 boards where a couple of E/W pairs scored over +10,000, with the average score that way being about +6,000. The winning score N/S was about -2,500.
Oct. 13, 2017
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Since I am, on my better days, an okay player, I tend to think of a good player(bidder, defender, declarer) as one of the many people that I know is better than me. Some are very good.
Sept. 14, 2017
Alex Adamson edited this comment Sept. 14, 2017
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Yes. Thanks for the fun, Richard. The library in Dumfries is called the Ewart, but sadly there is no connection.
May 8, 2017
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As someone from Dumfries, I am very intrigued. I think I know the answer but will not spoil the fun for others (or show my ignorance)!
April 26, 2017
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Richard, they were told that it was Kaplan-Sheinwold, but no-one would recognise it as such. What was good was that Inverness produced a number of keen players at that time. One of them, Andrew McIntosh, has gone to great things.

I remain grateful for having been one of the people that you put up in these years.
Sept. 30, 2016
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Sabine, thanks for writing this.

I left early in the second week, while pairs qualifying was underway. I am glad to see what you wrote about the event. My own experience, as a player and a captain, was that the atmosphere was good and that the teams competitions were pretty well run. While there have obviously been a number of high profile issues, and there are lessons to be learnt, I would hope that most participants would feel that it was an enjoyable event to play in.
Sept. 26, 2016
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They must have realised that they had to do better! Nice team to play against, though.
Sept. 19, 2016
Alex Adamson edited this comment Sept. 19, 2016
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Hi, Richard.

Funding was the main issue. Also, with the Europeans in Budapest and the Chairman's Cup in Sweden, Scottish Open Team players (all amateurs) have had a lot of calls on their time this summer.

A team of six would have made a big difference to us as playing four-handed took its toll in the second half. We won 4 matches out of the first 9 and only 1 of the last 7. That said, it did make picking our line-ups non-contentious!
Sept. 19, 2016
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Congratulations to the Scottish Women's team for reaching the semi-final, where they lost a very close match.

As predicted, we in the Scottish Open team did not threaten, but we did beat the Dutch in the Group RR.
Sept. 19, 2016
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I'll be playing for the first time, and look forward to meeting some of the people I read on this site. Having watched such events (online) for many years as a fan, I am just delighted to be taking part. I see that Scotland didn't make it into the poll, but I'm not taking it personally.
Aug. 26, 2016
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Yuan, your scheme has remarkable similarities to my own.

For me, 1D-1M-1NT shows the big hand or any hand which in normal methods would rebid 2D, so after 1D-1S, 1NT could be below reversing strength with Hearts.

I play 1D-1H-1S as wide ranging, which seems to work okay, but it could be limited as you suggest.

I play:

1D-1H-2S
1D-1S-2H and
1D-1M-3C

as splinters, non-minimum but below the strength for the strong version of 1NT (typically a 6-loser hand). These help us to find good fit, low point count games. This also has the benefit of allowing you stop more easily after 1D-1M-2M as Opener will either not have shortage or be minimal strength (c11-12 for me). Yes, the downside can be playing at the three level on an 8-card fit when Opener is, say, 3-4-5-1, but that is not always a bad thing.

Of course, 1D-1M-3D denies three of Responder's Major since we didn't rebid 2D.
Nov. 26, 2015
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I've been following the Bermuda Bowl for 30 years and I can't remember a more open field.
Sept. 24, 2015
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