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The Asia Pacific Bridge Federation runs the PABF, an event that replaces the old Far East Bridge Championships.

The WBF tells us, “Currently, the APBF comprises 12 member countries, totalling 89,672 registered players”

The APBF is Zone 6; the countries are listed here:
http://www.worldbridge.org/Repository/zones/zonelist.asp?qzone=6
Sept. 3, 2014
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There was a PABF some years ago where NZ lost the final of the open teams. They refused to attend the Victory Dinner, instead heading for the airport in a huff.

Disgraceful.
Sept. 3, 2014
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Yes, that is part of a rule I have used for a long time:

If partner makes an unsolicited slam try and you hold either three aces or the AKQ of trumps, drive to slam.
Sept. 2, 2014
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Yes, a mighty oak will not grow out of this acorn.
Sept. 2, 2014
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Agree.
Sept. 2, 2014
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If a sound partner has stepped in at the two level with a jack-high suit, vul vs not, pass is not an option.

There is nothing intelligent we can do other than 5. Double is silly.

Sept. 2, 2014
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Count me in the Michael Kopera camp.
Sept. 2, 2014
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The fact that you hold one spade significantly alters partner's expected spade length.

Both your articles contain serious fallacies. Try these:

Bridge Odds for Practical Players, Kelsey & Glauert

Expert Bridge Simplified, Jeff Rubens

Sept. 2, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 2, 2014
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Tim played rubber bridge most days of his adult life; 80-100 hands a day were common. And so were conversations like this:

Someone: Tim, do you remember that 3NT you played last week? The lead was the J and you had KQx…

TS: Oh, yes! That was an interesting ending…

and he would then reel off the other hands, spot-for-spot and never made a mistake.

For an insight into his skills, take a look at:

The First Millionaire, Michael Courtney, Bridge World, June 2008

Play Cards with Tim Seres, also by MC


Sept. 1, 2014
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There is a Yes, Minister episode where the Minister is pressured by the European Economic Community to standardise upon certain names and terms.

The orders are that from now on, a sausage is to be called a “emulsified high-fat offal tube.”

The Minister becomes Prime Minister following a wave of popular support for opposing the name change…
Aug. 31, 2014
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Srsly? R U freel? smh
Aug. 30, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 30, 2014
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I have to agree with Mario.

In ‘The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989)’, Bill Bryson end up in Holcom, Kansas. This is the location of some murders in 1959, written up by Truman Capote in ‘In Cold Blood’.

Bryson chats to some teenagers about Capote’s book… they have no idea what he is talking about. A local schoolteacher sets Bryson right; something like, “Kids nowadays are not like we were. Many of these kids have never read a book. Many of them are illiterate”.
Aug. 30, 2014
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Kelsey describes his preferred method of counting suits in the introduction to Killing Defence at Bridge
Aug. 29, 2014
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Having seen first-hand what passes for education in the US, I have to agree with Vlad. Of course the Harvard/Yale/MIT brigade are top-notch, and that causes an influx of “the world's elite” who wish to participate therein.

However, the average is anything but high-end.

From: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_16916435

“Nearly one-fourth of recent high school graduates who try to join the Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a study released Tuesday…

The report found that 23 percent of recent high school graduates applying for the Army don't get the minimum score needed on the enlistment test. Questions are often basic, such as: ”If 2 plus x equals 4, what is the value of x?“ ”

And those are graduates!
Aug. 29, 2014
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Tom: Not only is there a “pol” in your surname, but you and Pol Pot have first names containing three letters and the middle is “o”!

Clearly there is something sinister going on and Dean is on the case.
Aug. 29, 2014
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To be patriotic, hate all nations but your own; to be religious, all sects but your own; to be moral, all pretences but your own.

Lionel Strachey
Aug. 27, 2014
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ok, all clear now. Thanks for the clarification.

As you see from my pic, I am small with a white muzzle and brown ears.
Aug. 25, 2014
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The bidding diagram at the top of page 3 needs tidying up, but great work so far.

BTW, in the page 1 photo you look quite different to your BW pic… puzzling.
Aug. 25, 2014
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AQ xxx AQJx AQxx ?
Aug. 24, 2014
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