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The test for A2 is whether or not all hands which would make the comparable call would also make the withdrawn call, ie the comparable call is a strict subset of the original call. This isn't met here, because there are many hand types which would double 1 but would not open 1.
June 27
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sorry
June 19
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I'm tempted to rule one down even if clubs are 4-3 and K is singleton, although it's not clear to me. That would be consistent with declarer believing that the contract is 7NT, but that's only one of several possible explanations for the erroneous claim.
June 11
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Michael's initial comment had an extra layer
May 8
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It doesn't affect the rest of your post, but the regulation about not alerting any bid above 3NT specifically excludes opening bids. so an opening bid of 4 (assuming it doesn't show clubs) is alertable
March 13
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I bid 3 because I was unsure what 3 meant, and thought that it was probably a fit showing jump. the comment in the original post about 3 being described as 6 diamonds, possibly weak, is not correct - I was never asked what it meant, and if I had been asked I would have said that it was not discussed.
March 12
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hello tony! it was a fun match
March 12
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319 is the answer to another auction-related problem, but not this one
Feb. 23
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Feb. 8
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I was one of the BBO operators for the final, and it was a very exciting match to watch. but it sounds like it was even more exciting at the other table
Jan. 20
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John didn't hold this hand, which is a shame because he probably would have done something more sensible than my choice of 4
Jan. 3
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HOOL is pretty fun - I played a bit in China as well, although I don't think I ever met you, Michael

Something that I found very neat about the game was the scope to give tactical information to your partner about your hand, especially in the bidding. There was one particular hand where I held a 3343 shape and 12 HCP, with excellent diamonds (AKJT or something like that) but garbage in the other three suits. In the first phase, I showed my 4333 shape and my 12 HCP, while my partner showed the length of his two shortest suits to reveal as little as possible about his hand. In the bidding phase, it would clearly be pointless for me to attempt to place the contract, since I know nothing about our combined assets but partner knows a lot. Instead of passing, I decided to bid 1 - this had no hope of being the final contract, so I hoped that it had to be showing my longest and best suit, either to direct the lead or to help partner compete if we had a diamond fit.

That's a pretty simple example of the strategy of the game, and there are definitely much more sophisticated ways that you could use these types of bids. but I did enjoy that I got to describe my hand in such a perfect way, especially since I needed to plan it from the start.
Nov. 13, 2018
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the greatest game of all time is Stephen's Sausage Roll, but bridge is pretty good too
June 6, 2018
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That is true, and I'm not at all sure what the best line is. I certainly don't think the line you selected was a “clear error”, as you described it above.
May 15, 2018
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If you were going to try to squeeze North, would it be better to duck a spade instead of a heart? that would give you the 12th trick easily if spades are 3-3, and I don't think it damages your squeeze chances
May 15, 2018
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I run a Hesitation Mitchell when I have 6 tables and want to play 28 boards, but I've never tried using one in any other situation
March 19, 2018
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good job renee!!!!!!
Feb. 25, 2018
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Law 16B3 says

When a player has substantial reason to believe that an opponent who had a logical alternative has chosen an action suggested by such information, he should summon the Director when play ends. The Director shall assign an adjusted score (see Law 12C1) if he considers that an infraction of law has resulted in an advantage for the offender.

it is not the case that an infraction of law has resulted in an advantage for the offender, so the score should not be adjusted
Sept. 7, 2017
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did she bid 6?
March 21, 2016
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Encryption is one thing, but it'd be far harder to conceal the actual existence of a code. a good example is the Fantoni-Nunes case, where they would lead vertically to show strength and horizontally otherwise. It'd be possible to encrypt this code, to make it hard (or impossible) to determine the meaning of a vertical lead and a horizontal lead. However, when declaring, they would always face their cards horizontally, so it would still be suspicious that they played differently as declarer and defender.

In my opinion, if a player's mannerisms are noticeably different as defender than as declarer, and they often do unusual things as defender, that is strong evidence for cheating even if the code is encrypted and can't be deciphered at all. in this way, encryption wouldn't have helped F-N or F-S much
Nov. 12, 2015
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