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All comments by Avon Wilsmore
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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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The South player who took six tricks in 2 was having the second-worst off-day I have ever seen.
May 27
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Thanks… indeed, I meant the active player - West.
May 27
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South should be taken aside and told that if anything like that happens again, he will be spending more time with his family.
May 27
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Is not the queen an entry?

Leading to the closed hand does a fraction more to hide one's holding…
May 27
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I would win the K and play a diamond. Looks like the safest route for 8 (or more) tricks.
May 26
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