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Failing fancy agreement, I am with the “What else?” school.

KQJ KQJxx Kx Jxx

Down in 4 on a club ruff… perhaps we should have defended 3.

Or maybe it's better to bid what's under our nose.
Sept. 29, 2017
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 29, 2017
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New Science, Edgar Kaplan, The Bridge World, Dec 1956.

Reprinted with Rubens' commentary, TBW, Dec 1997.
Sept. 29, 2017
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In my view, Negative Free Bids are fine with limited opening systems (Strong Club etc)… not fine with wide-range opening systems, ie, Standard. After a double, unscrambling two wide-range hands in a competitive auction could well be impossible.

As for the hand given, I think the hand is way underweight for 2
Sept. 25, 2017
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Mr Golding, can you tell us:

- under which NCBO you are registered?

- of which bridge club(s) do you consider yourself a paid-up member?

Many thanks for your reply.
Sept. 23, 2017
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Anthony Goldman? Are we certain this is not another Dean Pokorny (aka William Freeman) leg-pull?
Sept. 19, 2017
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And South is winning the club and playing one back? A very fine partner indeed.
Sept. 15, 2017
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Agree with Richard. With trump length:

- If you want to beat them one, lead your singleton

- If you want to beat them a heap, force them

How would North have gone, playing red suits at every opportunity?

And, while I am complaining, what a terrible overcall…
Sept. 15, 2017
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Maybe it is a different Anthony Golding who is really Dean Pokorny.
Sept. 14, 2017
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British Bridge World, Feb 1960. Editorial:

After the delays that seem to be endemic in the publishing world, my book “The Expert Game” is to appear in America under the title “Master Play”.

The publisher, George Coffin, writes to me:-
“As soon as ”Master Play“ is published, I will send you author's copies. You may not like some of the changes and bits of poetry”.

I'm sure I shall.
Sept. 11, 2017
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Master Play was Reese's The Expert Game edited by George Coffin.

Reese was furious at the addition of silly poetry and cartoons.
Sept. 11, 2017
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Franz Kafka:
In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world.

Oliver Cromwell:
I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.

Bertrand Russell’s rules for skeptics:
1. When the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain.

2. When they are not agreed, no opinion can be regarded as certain by a non-expert.

3. When they all hold that no sufficient grounds for a positive opinion exist, the ordinary man would do well to suspend his judgment.
Sept. 8, 2017
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Surely any Latin term (such as “sic” (sic erat scriptum)) is more antiquated,…
Aug. 31, 2017
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Fine. Using the free site given above, I invite you to supply your findings.
Aug. 27, 2017
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Julian:

Here is a quote from Bertrand Russell, about how to avoiud errors in thinking:

“If the matter is one that can be settled by observation, make the observation yourself. Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted. He did not do so because he thought he knew. Thinking that you know when in fact you don't is a fatal mistake, to which we are all prone.”

Here is a site that has the hand records of many world championships (look under “Tournamenents”):

http://www.bridgetoernooi.com/

Why don't you observe the last boards for yourself and let us know what you find?
Aug. 27, 2017
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As mentioned in another article, it's a little unusual for a finalist to have convictions for (the word, “ch**ting” causes this posting to be flagged; what is objectionable about fact, I do not know) and be barred from playing in the NCBO of his opponents.

http://www.eurobridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Appeals2005.pdf

http://web2.acbl.org/discipline/CurrentlyUnderDisciplineList.pdf

Gary Hann, above, mentions “prestige and honor”. Perhaps.
Aug. 25, 2017
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And there is England, post-WW2: “a modest attempt”, but “nobody was actually prepared to do anything.”
Aug. 24, 2017
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“Diamonds are always divided badly in this tournament.”

www.eurobridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Appeals2005.pdf
page 34.
Aug. 23, 2017
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Curious that, in the d'Orsi Trophy final, USA2 will have an opponent who has been expelled from the ACBL.

web2.acbl.org/discipline/CurrentlyUnderDisciplineList.pdf
Aug. 23, 2017
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