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Yes, indeed, my error. Corrected.
Jan. 5
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TBW, October 1980.

From memory: KQJx AQJx AK AKQ

After partner responds 2 (3 controls), Rubens espouses 3, then 4, then 7NT.
Jan. 5
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From The First 50 Years of the WBF; J O-P writes:

“I drove to the Italian end of the Mont Blanc Tunnel and, in the Restaurant Mont Blanc, listened to the original tape. This contained none of the splicing effects which apparently he had added to the version submitted to the WBF in order to lure Bianchi into admitting to the conversation.

I understood the tape well and was in little doubt of its authenticity, the background noises and such like being thoroughly convincing. The tape was recorded on a Sunday and indeed one could hear church bells sounding on the tape. In places, my jaw literally dropped. The media would have loved it: 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? … Burgay told me his partner had gone into hiding.”
Jan. 3
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Perhaps not.
Dec. 28, 2017
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For the avoidance of doubt, we agree that your intentions were intelligent and honorable - an enquiry as to the facts.
Dec. 24, 2017
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Curiously, the author of this article emailed me a few days ago, seeking an opinion as to what was going on in the two auctions.

The first thing I did was confirm the facts.

http://www.bridgetoernooi.com/index.php/home/pbn2deal/2772
http://www.bridgetoernooi.com/index.php/home/pbn2deal/2773

Having no idea as to what the auctions were about, I emailed someone who was actually at the table.

John Swanson replied to me:
“N-S- were using two-way two bids (at both tables) so the 2C opening was either a standard artificial opening or a weak two-bid in diamonds. Thus 5D was bid as if the opening was a weak two.”

I passed that on to Mike Lipkin.

Note the methodology:
- Confirm the facts
- Conduct research
- Come to a conclusion
Dec. 24, 2017
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A player of each gender and rotating partnerships?

I don't think I will sleep well tonight.
Dec. 22, 2017
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Did Belladonna-Avarelli play takeout doubles over three-bids?

The 1969 system book is unambiguous - that was their method.

1966 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 93.

Belladonna:
J104 AK98 4 KQ1065

Avarelli:
KQ652 7432 32 A8

Mathe opened 3 and Belladonna DOUBLED.

Hamman tried 3NT and Avarelli bid 4; down one on good defense.
Dec. 18, 2017
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Dec. 18, 2017
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Nick is right - Kaplan did have a set of terms to mark his approval rating of actions.

Of this raise:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/showing-the-nine-of-spades/

Kaplan was more blunt than usual:
“It would not occur to me…”
Dec. 18, 2017
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1959 Final, bd 78

Belladonna, North:
A4 AKJ7 K1063 AK3

Avarelli, South:
J108762 84 87 1092

I am unable to make a clear bidding diagram, so:

A weak 1NT on Avarelli's right, Stayman on his left, 2D from the 1NT opener.

This was passed around to Belladonna, who doubled. All pass.

8 opening lead, +700 for N-S.
Dec. 18, 2017
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That board was discussed here:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/avarellis-pass/

Despite what we read in the comments, Belladonna & Avarelli played plain takeout doubles over three-bids.

Their Roman Club (1969) system notes state:

“Partner… bids game directly, with a one-suited hand, assuming partner has an average double.”
Dec. 18, 2017
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Yes, I was present at the Captain's meeting in 1999 and recall some clown threatening legal action if his scores were annulled.
Dec. 18, 2017
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We do not agree that “A psyche is an opening bid made with no more than 6 HCP”

I suggest you seek the opinion of a qualified director.


We do agree that, “The bottom line is that showing one single hand… has absolutely no statistical significance.”

I draw your attention to a sentence in the current article:

“Now, this examination of a few hands, in itself, shows little or nothing. We would all agree that it's just too small a data-set.”
Dec. 16, 2017
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You have indeed asked the right question.

Where are the bad boards?

I am not at all convinced that simulations provide useful answers in this situation.
Dec. 15, 2017
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I refer you to the question on page 3.
Dec. 14, 2017
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Edgar Kaplan, writing on Herbert Negatives, provides this example as a minimum (not next-step) 2 response:

Kxx xxx xx Q10xxx

As for upper limits… you may very well think that, but I couldn't possibly comment.
Dec. 14, 2017
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I cover this deal, and other related deals, in a later work.
Dec. 14, 2017
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