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Yes, indeed, many thanks to Dale for posting that link.

Trivia time.. does anyone have any details about the “Duncan New Dimension System”? I can find only one other mention…

https://www.nytimes.com/1971/03/10/archives/bridge-touring-stars-in-first-loss-bowing-to-washington-team.html
June 11
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Steve Eginton writes:

Rather strange, since they were supposed to know each others hands, that they reached them in the first place.

Steve, can you name anyone who ever said that any Blue Team pair “knew each others (sic) hands”?
June 5
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New York Times Bridge Book:

As [Ira Rubin] began play [in the 1976 Bermuda Bowl final]… he noticed… Belladonna had a cigarette in his mouth… on the table in front of him was a cigarette lighter which he would click occasionally during the bidding. Rubin did not have a lighter, but he had a pen, and joined in with occasional clicks of his own.


Here is another Garozzo hand:

1965 Bermuda Bowl Final, bd 23, both vul.
KQ7 104 9843 A854

P P P 1

P 1 P P

X

With 4-4 in the opponent's suits, Garozzo doubled. Luckily, Forquet had a 5-5-1-2


And another Garozzo hand:

1967 Bermuda Bowl Final, bd 42, both vul.
J AQ1053 AKJ82 102

1 1
2 2
?

Garozzo rebid 3. Luckily, Forquet had a 6-3-0-4.


I'm prepared to bet that my list of Garozzo hands is longer than anyone's list of excuses.
June 5
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Agree - with a fit and insufficient high-cards for game, get to the three-level asap.
June 5
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Here is a hand:

1961 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 5; they are vul
QJ1063 !A932 A4 96
1H ?
Garozzo passed. Partner Forquet had one spade and a four-count.


Here is a comment from Mike Becker:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-talk-that-never-was-the-blue-team-rule/?cj=707221


Here is a related comment from Bobby Wolff:

Bobby Wolff:

A situation that I haven’t told yet occurred in 1983 in Stockholm. We were the finalist team playing [Italy] in a 176-board final. The scores were always close throughout, but with about 64 boards to go, I talked to Benito (after hearing G2 [military intelligence] from my spies) that when they weren’t playing against Hamman and me, both of them took cigarette lighters* to the screened tables. I asked Benito (in a stairwell between floors) to please stop bringing lighters to the table with them. He looked quizzical and I then offered, Bob and I also will promise to not making any noise whereupon he made what is to me a worthwhile quote, “I’m not worried about either one of you and never have been.” In any event, he agreed and the noises stopped and we were very happy and totally thrilled to have won the match by 5 IMP’s thanks to the last two hands of the match.
June 4
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But his partners have aged terribly,.,
June 4
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Well, there was a famous Seres hand at a world championship… he didn't bother making the final pass, he just led a trump to 1CXX.
June 4
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Are the doublers really content to defend 1X?
June 2
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It is my opinion that, from its inception in 1958 until today, the WBF has had zero interest in anti-cheating efforts.

On the other hand, it has a genuine interest meaningless platitudes and organizing cover-ups.


Here is Ortiz-Patiño’s response when Leandro Burgay played
his tape:

I understood the tape well and was in little doubt of its authenticity, the background noises and such like being thoroughly convincing… In places, my jaw literally dropped… smoke signals, pauses, commonplace words with coded meanings — all these came into the picture. How, I wondered, could we defend our championships from ridicule in the light of this?

What is Ortiz-Patiño’s concern? Not, “How can we best root out any cheats as soon as practicable?,” but, “How can we avoid being laughed at?”

His solution: organize a cover-up.
June 1
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Why leave Bridge Winners? It attends to your every bridge need…

Get your partner to think along with Phillip… his card-reading skills are sure to improve.

https://bridgewinners.com/article/series/gargoyle-chronicles/
May 29
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What about: 1 X XX P

Is the pass for takeout?
May 29
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And woe betide the bidders when opener also has a 6-6…
May 29
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Melatonin. Legal and (IMO) excellent.
May 29
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The options in the poll talk about “losers”. I think all preempts are about playing tricks, not losers.

I suspect I have just labelled myself as a very old man.
May 28
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Stop being silly ed randy is too busy looking for punctuation keys on his keyboard to answer questions why cant you see that
May 27
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I was making a small joke with the “3-3 fit” statement.

As for not raising spades with KQx xx AKxxx xxx …

If one rebids 2, what does responder do with:
xxxxx xxx x AQxx ?

Not raising spades has so many flaws I could write an article about it.

Oh wait, someone did!

http://www.australianbridge.com/article_39-5_raisingonthree.php
May 27
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Hmmm…

What is your rebid, after your side bids:
1D 1S
?

KQx xx AKxxx xxx
May 27
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https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-naoli1z92h/

I guess we should therefore be grateful that the Liam's auction did not result in a 3-3 fit.
May 27
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I see… I misread.

Thanks for pointing out my error.
May 27
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