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Very interesting article… please keep us posted.
July 17
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Most interesting… thanks for posting.
July 8
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It's hard to find any details of the International Bridge League… no one seems to have documented the affairs of the day.
July 7
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I like 2 and regard it as the best call for reasons given here:
http://www.australianbridge.com/article_39-5_raisingonthree.php

Those enlightened folk who raise liberally with three-card support generally use 2NT as an enquiry, not a natural invite.

A simple scheme:
3m = three trumps, natural
3M = 4 trumps, min
>3M = 4 trumps, max
3NT = three trumps, 13+ - 14 flat.

Responder, having bid 1 with 4-4 in the majors, should rebid 2 to get back to a 4-4 fit when opener has, say, 4-3-5-1
July 4
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I believe Siniscalco has a doctorate in civil engineering.
June 29
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Well, Forquet and Dr Siniscalco (BB 1957-1959) are still alive, so if they draft one of those nouveux blow-ins like Arturo Franco (1974) or Vito Pittala (1973), they have a team.
June 29
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I am old enough to remember when, if a politician said, “I accept full responsibility”, it meant he was about to tender his resignation.

Nowadays it means, “I am making some meaningless noises and hope that people forget about this current stuff-up quite quickly.”
June 26
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Curiously, I recall when Tim Seres returned from a big tournament in Paris.

“It took me only a few hands to realise, if they didn't lead a doubleton, they didn't have one.”
June 26
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And anyone who thinks Reese-Schapiro were *not* signalling heart length at the 1965 Bowl is referred to Danny Kleinman's devastating analysis of the available hands.

It forms the last third of his book, Bridge Internationals, Famous and Infamous.
June 26
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I gather Mr Chakraborty is Italian and learnt his bridge in the 60s.
June 23
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I.
June 23
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And “Case 1: I need to switch to the ♠A”, is false.

West is way odds-on to have a void; why else skip a standard response to Key Card?

As I noted above, a second diamond is required when West is 0-7-2-4.
June 22
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Anyone with two key cards and a void who,rightly or wrongly,doesn't want to be passed out in 5H.
June 22
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If we are playing standard count, partner may have 1084 and declarer 32.

I am not able to come up with a good reason for OP not to say what his partnership's signals are.
June 22
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That's nice.

Now, what sort of count?
June 22
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I play for West to be 0-7-2-4, say:
AKJxxxx xx J10xx

We will get squeezed in spades and diamonds unless I play a diamond now.

It would have been useful to know more about our signalling methods.
June 22
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Ron Klinger wrote this:

https://www.amazon.com/Better-Bridge-Memory-Master/dp/0304364762/

I haven't read it, so can't comment on its worth.
June 21
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As for the EC in Montecatini:

- Enza Rossano played the Women's Pairs with Sara Cividin De Sario

- Antonio Vivaldi played the Senior Pairs with Lorenzo Savelli

Something very strange is going on.
June 21
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