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I have never been to Nusa Dua, and very likely never wiil; to frequent 5-star areas when in Asia is not my cup of tea. The real fun is to be found with the locals.

Still, I follow that you are stuck there, so:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Nusa_Dua

This has some cheap local-food places:
http://www.1stopbali.com/nusa_dua/restaurants

This next person has the right idea - they like the local scene “up the road in Tanjung Benoa, the finger of land stretching toward Benoa harbour”

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/indonesia/2011/06/30/cheap-places-to-eat-in-nusa-dua/

I can only say, make an effort to get out of the resort area and eat at a casual Indonesian home-style restaurant or street-stall.
Sept. 19, 2013
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Whatever those two directors have been smoking, I don't want any of it. It turns one's brains to rice pudding.
Sept. 16, 2013
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This is very close to an old Blue Team hand…
West (Forquet, from memory) got his ruff and Garozzo said, “From AQx, lead Queen!”

Regardless, there well may be a procedural penalty and maybe even a complete score change if EW are a coffee-housing pair not up to high-level defensive subtleties.

If EW are a weak pair it's no good saying, “A good pair would have done so-and-so” if NS have missed out on -500 because EW used table actions to resolve any ambiguity.

Alex:
I am all in favour of calling the director regardless of the score. Against a particularly unethical player of my acquaintance, I have called the director (before the advent of Recorders) and said:
“I am not asking for a score adjustment; I cannot get a bigger top. I want you to make a ruling and whatever it is, I will appeal it. I want this player's actions on file so that future committees can refer to it”.

You MUST call the director so that such pairs get known.
Sept. 15, 2013
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I agree with you. We need the whiteboard and the strap…
:)
Sept. 15, 2013
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I think this discussion is somewhat upside-down.

The question is not, “What conventions can we supply the responder that will prevent huddles”, the question must be, “What can be done about this 3 bidder who thinks it's ok to move on over sign-offs, based on partner's pause?”

No convention is going fix her bad habits. We all know the (invariably weak) players who resolve the junk-or-penalties hand type after, say, 1 2 ? with a quick pass or a slight dither.

It looks as though the 3 bidder is in this class. She needs a lesson in ethics, not conventions.
Sept. 11, 2013
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Smith is not popular in Australia, so:
No BIT = count. BIT = suit-preference.

If one runs into any “issues” with directors or committees, simply say “I was thinking about the whole hand”, and everything is fine.
Sept. 11, 2013
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Next time, pls ensure that the hand diagram is laid out correctly. Having to turn my 27" monitor upside down was quite a chore.
Sept. 10, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 11, 2013
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True, partner's K is a weird card. Maybe he thinks it's “obvious” that declarer has AJ bare and is trying to show Q. Dunno.
Sept. 10, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 10, 2013
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Yes, low on opening lead is essential. Most times you will not have a heart honor; count is far more valuable.

And Mr Woolsey is right; partner should return the 10 from KQ10xxx.
Sept. 10, 2013
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Are not both hands defeated by winning the spade and playing a club, along with another club when in with the A?
Sept. 10, 2013
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I agree that we are unlikely to be doubled on this particular auction. That is why I was careful to clearly separate the mentions of this particular hand and the odds of bidding vul games.

Just about all comments here approve of a 3 game try after a 2m overcall, and that is surely the right move.

Certainly in Australia, some pairs take bidding games to an absurd extreme. In the final of a recent National, both tables reached 3NT with a rubbish 11hcp opposite 8. Down 4, flat board.
Sept. 7, 2013
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As a general point, the usual odds provided for bidding a vulnerable game are fallacious.

They ignore:
- Going down more than one
- Being doubled

If you are playing against one of the many “bid any game at all” advocates, take your doubling cube along.

As far as the hand goes, AQxx Axx xxx xxx gives us sound play after a 2m overcall. So bidding 3 and respecting partner's decision is sensible.
Sept. 6, 2013
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They appear to be having a problem.

You can help by just leaving them to it. For sure and certain they are working on a fix right now.
Sept. 6, 2013
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Let them nitpick all they like! It's still a great hand.
Sept. 2, 2013
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Agree with Jeff… S is allowed to hope for a lucky roll of the dice. When both partners do that, the result is usually bad.
Sept. 1, 2013
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If the call is undefined, what is wrong with saying “undefined”?
Aug. 30, 2013
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A slow run through Kelsey's Killing Defence at Bridge and another 3 months later, and you will be correctly defending hands like your second example with ease.
Aug. 29, 2013
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Quite a few people have their doubts about Total Tricks.

http://www.newbridgelaw.com/
Aug. 29, 2013
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And most importantly, if we bid 4 and miss a slam, it's partner's fault… :)
Aug. 29, 2013
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True, the auction is unlikely to proceed with certainty. But if partner fails to bid 4 over 4, driving to slam as overcaller has some merit.
Aug. 29, 2013
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