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From “Under the Table”:

1966 Bermuda Bowl, GB vs Italy, Board 21. E-W vul.


Bit of a guess, yes? We could be facing:
♠ A 10 6 2 ♥ 10 7 5 2 ♦ K 7 4 ♣ K 3
Make 4♠.

Or maybe partner has:
♠ 10 9 ♥ J 9 7 6 5 ♦ 10 6 5 3 ♣ K 3
Not so good.

The average expert just makes a choice and lives with it, knowing full-well that some of the time he will be wrong, some of the time his choice will be the cause of a big loss.

And what of the outcome on the hand above? Partner had the second hand — junk. Avarelli passed over 1NT.
Nov. 26
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Well, most encouraging has been the response by world-class players, via email and and personal interaction in Wuhan. In every instance they agreed the Blue Team used illicit signals. If there are nay-sayers, they have kept quiet.

I agree it's undesirable for this to be seen as a one-man campaign; regardless, I will soldier on.

I will stop when the WBF issues a statement along the lines of:

- Yes, the BT cheated and we apologise for the terrible cover-ups and inaction that ruined top-level bridge for decades

or

- Your thesis that the BT cheated has been reviewed and rejected for the following reasons…
Nov. 26
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Richard?

Why do you suppose there is silence from FIGB, the WBF, Forquet, Garozzo and Siniscalco?

What's the reason that your suggestion in your review of my book has been ignored?


On the topic of 1963, consider these deals:

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 9. N-S vul.
Garozzo Forquet
A54 KJ63
1065 A3
KQ32 A1075
943 Q108
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Garozzo Jacoby Forquet Nail
1 pass
1NT 3 pass pass
3 all pass
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1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 56. Neither vul.
Pabis-Ticci Belladonna
AQ873 J105
75 92
KQ6 A543
KJ8 Q42
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pabis-Ticci Jordan Belladonna Robinson
pass 1
dbl 3 pass pass
?

From Under the Table:
Pabis-Ticci bid 3 and Belladonna passed. 3 was passed out in the other room after the same start. How did Pabis-Ticci justify acting with so little? Why did Belladonna pass a strong bid with such useful assets? Would you have passed 3?


On the topic of overcalls:

1961 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 5. N-S vul.
Garozzo Forquet
QJ1063 9
A932 7
A4 QJ87652
96 J432
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Garozzo Gerber Forquet Hodge
1
pass

This was Garozzo' fifth hand in world championships. Later, he did a better job in showing and understanding of the concept of “exceeding tolerance.”


Meanwhile, I've written at length in response in response to Mr Yates' articles:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-reply-to-david-yates-articles/


EDIT: typo
Nov. 26
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3 is mandatory, in my view…
Nov. 25
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“…the opponents may well have a make in 3NT”?

After partner passes 1, I'd be worried about them making 6m.

This problem is bordering on impossible; how can partner pass 1 and the opponents bid so little?

In my opinion, bidding 2 is futile; we will never play and make a heart contract.

Give partner: xx J10xxx xxx xxx

We can make 2, they can make three grand slams.
Nov. 23
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Interesting… I am looking at this article as part of some research… meanwhile:

From Vanity Fair:
Fisher and Schwartz won the Cavendish, one of bridge’s most coveted titles, but under circumstances suspicious enough that other top players refused to play in the tournament the following year if Fisher and Schwartz played.

We see in a comment above that Versace bought F-S… a wise investment indeed!
Nov. 22
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Of course it is! And you can have two if you want.

We can admire Lotan Fisher's wonderful record here:
http://www.worldbridge.org/people-finder/

This includes a win in the 2011 Transnational Teams.
Nov. 21
ATB
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I despise LTC and other rule-based methods…

There's much merit in such a view. Even so, I have always liked Culbertson's Rule…

http://csbnews.org/culbertsons-rule-of-hand-evaluation-by-jeff-lehman/?lang=en
Nov. 20
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A bold youth player would open 2NT…
Nov. 17
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I borrowed “courageous” from Yes, Minister, a fine English TV political satire of the 80s.

In summary, a “bold” policy or decision will cause the loss of votes, a “courageous” policy or decision will cause the loss of an election.
Nov. 17
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Yes, 3 is superior and South's actions after 4 are bizarre.

And a courageous double of 6… not so easy to shoot 6.
Nov. 15
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The Weaker Suit For Trumps, Felix Vondracek, Bridge World Feb 1956.


https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/readingroom/bridgedictionary.html

Vondracek phenomenon

The occasional deal on which the weaker of two (or the weakest of three) identically distributed potential trump suits offers the superior contract. Named for Felix Vondracek (VON-druh-check), who wrote an article about the possibility. Example:

WEST
♠ A K Q J 10
♥ A K 7 6 5
♦ A K 5
♣ —

EAST
♠ 4 3 2
♥ 4 3 2
♦ 4 3 2
♣ 5 4 3 2

East-West can make six hearts if hearts break three-two, but except for weak defense there is no play for six spades.
Nov. 15
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Remind me to lead from Kxx trump against that East…
Nov. 11
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The original Responsive Double was devised in 1954 by Dr Fielding-Reid, and applied to suit-X-raise-X only.
Nov. 10
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Shireen: Try https://www.newspapers.com/

Subscription-based, not expensive, and their articles were a great help in my Blue Team research.

Putting in:
culbertson match “madison square gardens”
gets nearly 8000 hits (many will be duplicates) and you can filter by date.
Nov. 10
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Bridge For Beginners: A Complete Course, Mahmood, Grant, Sharif, chapter 6

When Ely Culbertson staged a bridge match between his American team and Great Britain, he had actors in Madison Square Garden dress up as playing cards and duplicate the plays made before a packed crowd of spectators.
Nov. 8
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If “A simple overcall in a suit shows 8 - 12 points…”, a two-level overcall cannot be forcing.


1957/134
This is Avarelli's 2 overcall, 2nd seat, fav, over 1S:
8 KJ54 J108743 Q2


1959 Final/24
This is Belladonna's 2 overcall, 2nd seat, nil vul, over 1:

K87 Q7 AKJ854 53

Avarelli passed with a 2-4-3-4 seven-count.
Nov. 6
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Charles, I think you are making an error here.

The text says:

DEFENSIVE BIDS AFTER AN OPENING BID AT THE ONE LEVEL
(1) SUIT BID – A simple overcall in a suit shows 8 - 12 points and a one-suited hand, intended particularly to give partner a good lead if opponents buy the contract. Partner is not obliged to bid and a simple rebid of the same suit is not forcing. Naturally a bid at the two level requires more strength and is forcing for one round.


It is my view that the “bid at the two level” refers to the Advancer's move, not to the overcall.

Indeed, I have checked WC records and there are deals where the Roman Club two-level overcaller has modest values and Advancer passes.
Nov. 6
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I can help with 1969… PM me…
Nov. 6
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