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We are examining calls that *were* made, not calls that weren't.
Dec. 7
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Danny Kleinman's Bridge Scandal in Houston (4th ed, 2005), dissecting the Katz-Cohen affair is an excellent work, well worth studying.
Dec. 6
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Curiously, Mr Fleet overcalled 1, when polled.

Perhaps he was feeling gay and frisky that day.
Dec. 6
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Thanks, repaired.
Dec. 6
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I am a few Halls of Infamy. I seek no further awards.
Dec. 4
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I am guessing you want proof beyond reasonable doubt.

I believe (as do the many world-class players who have studied my work) that I have done that, in abundance.

I'll do you a deal. When you have done a few thousand hours of tedious, pain-staking work, you can present your findings your way. In the meantime…
Dec. 4
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Dot matrix printers never lie!
Dec. 4
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Thanks… I have re-inserted it.

Let us pray to the Code Gods.
Dec. 4
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Ramen is like Pho… seldom anything but cheap, almost always very good.
Dec. 3
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Many thanks; corrected.
Dec. 2
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The contempt I have for the ubermensch philosophies cannot be overstated.

Never once, in the history of mankind, has it occurred to any Machiavellian / Nietzschien / Randian that, for every uber, there must be many unters.

One day, the jackboots coming up the stairs are for you, not sent by you.
Dec. 1
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Where is the bar?
Dec. 1
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Dec. 1
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Many years ago I played Negative Free Bids. I discarded them; while they are useful in a Big Club structure, I think that to have a wide-ranging opening with an unlimited and ambiguous response in an auction that may be highly competitive is asking for trouble.

In any event, when I played NFBs, a hand of mine was written in in a newspaper column.

xx Ax AKQxxxxx x

My partner opened 1, RHO overcalled 1 and I had to double. The columnist put an explanatory asterisk next to the double.

“* Shows nine cards in the minors.”

This hand should illustrate why the double has to be alerted.
Nov. 28
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Mike Lawrence covers the subject in How to Read Your Opponents' Cards, and has two CDs, Counting at Bridge and Counting at Bridge Two.

For advanced exercises in counting, Kelsey's Killing Defense at Bridge is excellent… every second chapter is about counting.
Nov. 27
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Yes, Rubens' Theatre of the Absurd I and II, (Bridge World, Oct 1980 and Oct 1981) were excellent.
Nov. 17
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I am looking forward to the day that countries other than the USA play bridge.
Nov. 17
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Please, enough with the jokes. Any moment now, you'll expect us to believe you provide hand records…
Nov. 17
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“But this does not justify being patronising.”
Nov. 17
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John:

How about if Ray waits for some facts.
Nov. 16
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