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I kibitzed Dennis for a couple of sets in the EBU Spring Fours last year, and it was such fun! If there were more players like him, Bridge might even become a spectator sport. Congratulations :)
Dec. 8
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I wonder about misclicks and how this will work. Is there an “undo” as in traditional BBO? And if so,is there a time limit so that the genuine error can be corrected?
Dec. 4, 2015
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Eugene, I agree. “Semi-forcing” is a pet peeve of mine
Nov. 20, 2015
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Sarah, I'm with you on this one. I've tried ordinary and reverse ( Peter Smiths?) and both failed on the “3 and out rule”, that is if either of us, usually me, forgets 3 times, it's off the card.
Nov. 19, 2015
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We were missing a card one evening, and checked with the next table who had passed the board. They had definitely played with a complete deck. Searches of floor, handbags and clothing ensued but - no card. Well, it couldn't have disappeared in such a short time/space!

After a careful reconstruction we discovered dummy had brought a tray of coffees just as the hand was finishing. Sure enough, the card was stuck to the bottom of the tray, which was stacked in the kitchen.
Oct. 23, 2015
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I used to help out at the beginners class at our local club. There were 3 or 4 tables of mostly individuals who paired up randomly each week.

One evening, I was watching a table bid a hand, standing behind a lady with a flat 6 count. Her RHO opened 1S, and I noticed her thinking….before pulling out 1NT. I decided to intervene:
“Sorry to interrupt, but why do you want to bid 1NT here?”

“Well, we learned last week that you bid 1NT with 6 to 9 points and a balanced hand”

“Ah, I understand, but that was in a different situation - it is when you are responding to your partner's opening bid”

She looked at RHO then back at me: “ Oh, she was my partner last week…….”
Oct. 21, 2015
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I found it amusing that after the electronic toss-up confusion, not one of the four officials had a coin in their pocket!
Oct. 3, 2015
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This seems harsh. When playing in the second day of the Roth Swiss, one of our opps turned up 20 minutes late ( having got the start time wrong). My partner informed a director after waiting for about 18 minutes but was waved away as they had other scoring/assignment issues, and many tables started late. We finished in plenty of time, so did not think it mattered, BUT it was a bit annoying that the start time for the second session was put back 15 minutes. This was probably because of the other technical issues, but it seemed that a late start was rewarded, and those of us who were punctual ( and had dinner reservations!) were punished.
July 31, 2014
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Many thanks to Sol Weinstein( the director I pestered), for taking the time and trouble to find the necessary defence (written, I believe, by Chip) and make several copies for me.
July 31, 2014
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Really interesting Shireen, thanks for posting
May 10, 2014
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I doubt it - A is not her initial btw. She hasn't been playing so much in recent years, so you may not have met her :)
April 10, 2014
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My vote would be for Robert Downey Jr
April 10, 2014
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Hi Bobby,

One of my favourite funny stories involves you and you don't know anything about it.

Many years ago some friends of mine were in the USA and played at one of the Nationals. Ms“A” had a big crush on you and swooned every time she saw you, although you never knew of her existence. Ms A was having a lot of dental problems and was wearing full temporary dentures which were sometimes painful. One day her friend's husband offered to try and adjust them so they went up to her room, where she removed both dentures for him to look at. After a few minutes, there was a knock on the door, and thinking it was her friend coming to check on her husband, Ms A ran, laughing, toothless mouth wide, and opened the door.

Imagine her shock when you were standing there!!

Now, we have no idea why you were there ( mistaken room perhaps?) as she screamed in horror and immediately slammed the door!

After all these years, we are still curious - can you remember this strange incident? And more importantly - why WERE you there?

Thanks for being in the well:)

Anne

April 10, 2014
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I bid the same when Julia gave it to me - honest!
Feb. 4, 2014
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I had to come back and read this post again, as there were tears of laughter blurring my vision the first time. Thanks for sharing Greg - this has been a really fun thread.
Jan. 7, 2014
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What if we agreed that 4NT is quantitative, as I think most of us have, then if opener accepts the invitation, he can show Aces, (or Keycards in last suit bid if you prefer), on the way?
This could solve the problem of bidding a slam off 2 aces.
Dec. 18, 2013
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4NT is definitely quantitative for me. I think I'm max for this, but lack of Aces persuades me to be cautious
Dec. 17, 2013
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Fun article Polly :) I like to use a pen and have had a few lucky ones over the years, which I've tried to keep for important events. Unfortunately, there have been many more that couldn't play Bridge at all, indeed could barely count to thirteen - these have been consigned to the bin immediately after play.
I am also a bit superstitious about some items of jewellery, which is, I know, silly. At least it's not underwear- I have heard of women having lucky pants! This could get very embarrassing over a long tournament :)
Oct. 11, 2013
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I thought the coverage was fantastic and watched as often as I could, as I do when any high quality event is broadcast. How lucky we are to have BBO provide this amazing service, allowing us to watch every card played by our Bridge Heroes, from across the world! I really appreciate the efforts of all the organisers, operators and commentators. What concerns me is that we are now so used to this, we begin to take it for granted. I hope not! It would undoubtedly drive people away if it was pay per view, but I think I'd be prepared to make a contribution to BBO if they felt they couldn't continue without some financial support.
Oct. 2, 2013
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Thank you Sartaj, for writing up these hands. Hope you can find some more little gems.
Sept. 21, 2013
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