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To rebid 2 is most unwise.

What, exactly, would that achieve, other than help the opponents when they ended up playing the hand?
April 19
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I don't have the issue, but it's in the August, 1963 BW.
April 9
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Indeed the South hand is above minimum.

Personally, I play a 4 rebid as 0-1 KCs; the need for better methods is clear. My (borrowed from Kokish) structure allows for showing a 5-2-2-4. Now a Q ask is easy.

In my view, a GF raise should always show 4+ support. A great many endplays require a trump in each hand…
April 9
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I am surprised by the number of opinions express so far that seem to ignore the chance of opponents bidding spades and partner being on lead.

Well, I guess if “40 years ago, we were told to open your longest suit first”, there is no need to think further.
April 2
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Not my choice of opening lead; on a bad day, they take the first eight tricks on some cross-ruff.
April 1
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As the joke goes, “Don't worry about the world ending tomorrow. It's already tomorrow in Australia”
April 1
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That layout makes partner's 4 bid a little thin…
March 28
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Anyone not playing 2XX has the spine of an earthworm.
March 24
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Tim Seres was one player who considered doubleton leads to be a last resort.

Upon his return from a tournament in Paris:
“It took me a few hands to realise, if they didn't lead a doubleton, they didn't have one!”
March 22
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newspapers.com is a pay site… I used it for several months while doing research for a book.

The free trial is kosher; you can easily cancel and you will not be billed.
March 20
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Walter the Walrus says, Passed-in.
March 20
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Clearly the Handys were not paying enough attention to the principle of “exceeding tolerance”.

Danny Kleinman, in an essay about Reese-Schapiro, wrote:

“To give and receive illicit signals in such a way as to escape detection and still show a profit is a delicate task. Few bridge players are up to it…”
March 19
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Don: You are quite right.

I have seen recent video of top-level events where a world-champion stood up and bellowed at his partner over the screen.

Nothing happened. Why? Well, sponsors were involved.

ZT is like taxes. “Only the little people pay taxes”.
March 17
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Down with TLAs!
March 17
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You are correct to seek clarification of Amir's meaning of “cheating”.

Fiddling about when RHO opens with 1NT, a pre-empt or whatever, in order to show values? Or, as you say, a violation of Law 73B2?

Formally-agreed collusive signalling must surely be slotted into a class of its own. I doubt that much of it goes on in club games
March 17
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http://www.worldbridge.org/people-finder/

M. Pascal has been a member of the WBF Executive Council since 2009.
March 16
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M. Pascal:

Thank you for telling us that “concrete progress is being achieved at all levels”. You may well be right that there is a “gap” between the standing of the progress and expert players' “perception”

I have an idea! The way that players' perceptions of what is being achieved can be made more accurate is to engage in a policy of information dissemination. If the WBF does something good and worthwhile, make it publicly known.

Mr WBF Official is a member of Bridge Winners; his last posting was in 2014. Why is this? Nothing of note to report? Too busy seeking Olympic accreditation?

Soon I will be releasing a book; a significant part of it concerns an unofficial WBF policy (in Ortiz-Patino's words): “Minimize the scandal”. It's a fact that cover-ups and secrecy have been standard WBF procedure since 1958.

For a fairly recent example, see Donna Compton's account:
http://www.pbb-webinars.com/behindthescenesgerman.html
and look for:
“One of the Committee members raised an eyebrow and said, “Video, what Video?””

We see that the WBF concealed critical information from a formal committee convened to hear charges of cheating.

If it is the case that, quite recently, the WBF has had a most refreshing change of policy, I am delighted.
March 15
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