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This is the same as playing in a club game where there is a travelling score sheet. You get to see the results on a board when you enter your score.

I believe that the ability to let the pairs see their current score on the board just completed is an option and is up to the TD or club manager.
April 13, 2015
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I don't understand this comment.

Advancer bids the same regardless. If it works out badly, that is due to his partner's action. The overcaller knew that he was taking a risk in overcalling a 4-card suit. That is the nature of the beast. Advancer should not alter his approach to bidding opposite an overcall due to one or two bad results (unless what Advancer is doing is the cause of the bad results).
April 12, 2015
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I voted other, because I like the first sentence of your third choice (“The 4 card overcall had more to gain that to lose in this case.”) but not the second sentence (“Perhaps East should take that into account before bidding 3”). Whether East should bid 3 is an interesting question, but the decision should not take into account the possibility that the overcall might be on 4 cards.

I suspect that I would have gotten the same result that you did.
April 10, 2015
Art Korth edited this comment April 10, 2015
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I use U/U for Unusual over Unusual.
April 10, 2015
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You have RHO and LHO. Whether you want to include CHO (Center Hand Opponent, sometimes referred to as “partner”) is a matter for discussion. I would - it comes in handy.
April 9, 2015
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Yes, but as they used to say on NBC about reruns, if you haven't seen it, it's new to you!
April 8, 2015
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Long hearts and a game forcing hand?
April 8, 2015
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My father retired from dentistry about 25 years ago. He sold his practice to a dentist who worked for him for a few years. During the time they were working together, there was one of those large lottery jackpots where everyone buys tickets. My father asked his associate whether he bought any lottery tickets. “No,” he said. “Your chances of winning are less than being hit by lightning.”

After my father retired and sold the practice to his associate, the associate was leaving the office one day and he was hit by lightening.
April 4, 2015
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Many years ago there was an article in The Bridge World on forcing pass sitautions. Since 4 was bid to make on this auction, this should be a forcing pass situation. We are told that South actually doubled 5, despite the bidding diagram. Per the article in TBW, the double should indicate two (or more) quick losers in the opponents' suit - hearts. So, with North having two small hearts, his best action should be to pass 5x and not to bid on to 5. With a singleton heart, South would have made a forcing pass.

Defending 5x works out well here.
March 31, 2015
ATB
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More South than North. Hard to conceive of a better South hand for a club contract within the parameters of a 1NT initial call. South should make a stronger move than 3.
March 26, 2015
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Playing in the District 4 NAP about 6 years ago, my opponents called the TD about an issue regarding the explanation of an opening lead. While dealing with that issue, the TD asked to see my partner's cc. He didn't have one. 1/4 board penalty.
March 23, 2015
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I was on BBO last night at about 10:00 p.m. EDT and there was a message that there were issues. I signed off and have not yet been able to get back on.

However, I was able to get back on using the old download version. I use the web version exclusively except in situations like this. There is limited service available on the download version. Many aspects of the site are not working.
March 16, 2015
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I attended an in-house seminar last night on Bullying, Intimitation and Harassment in public schools. Many cases in this area are due to posts on an individual's Facebook page. Legally, if consequences arise from a post on an individual's own Facebook page that fall within the language of the statute, the posts are actionable - meaning that the person who put up the post on his or her own page may be found to have violated the law.

Now, I don't pretend that I am an expert on school law (I was attending the seminar, not giving it), but it seems to me that Facebook posts are not private unless they are restricted. And even then, if the content of the post becomes public, by readers telling others about it, the posts will not be considered to be private. If anyone can view a post, it is equivalent to publication.

I also note that first amendment defenses (free speech) to being held accountable for Facebook posts have not succeeded.
Jan. 30, 2015
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There was a time when this question was debated seriously and with some venom. Those who opened 1 would argue that it gave them an easy rebid of 1. While those who opened 1 would argue that getting the spades into play quickly was much more important.

Since about 1990 (maybe even earlier), the 1 bidders had won the day. I have not heard any discussion of this issue in years. But it seems that there is still a small group of supporters for opening 1 on 5-5 in the blacks.
Jan. 20, 2015
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I find it hard to believe that anyone would lead a singleton small club against a grand slam.
Dec. 31, 2014
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I 56%
S 1%
T 25%
J 56%

Seems reasonable.
Aug. 15, 2014
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Assuming that your 4 response to 1NT has no meaning (because you play transfers or for any other reason) you can use 4 as either a minimum quantitative raise or a maximum quantitative raise and 4NT as the other. So, with 16 balanced, you make the minimum quantitative raise and partner bids 6 only with a maximum.
July 23, 2014
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It is impossible to double 5 after the 2 call. As for the opening lead of the A, that is not the best opening lead I have ever seen. But it could have worked. And has South opened 2, it would have been inevitable.
June 19, 2014
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I would go further to say that it is hard to find any numerical system which would define 20-21 as a range of 3 natural numbers.
June 13, 2014
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This is one variation on The Bridge World hand of death. The same problem comes up every 12 months or so.
May 2, 2014
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