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Off-topic, but 1NT is a genuine underbid.

Meanwhile, East must compete and West had nowhere to go. Bad luck.
Sept. 6, 2019
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Does adopting a new “core principle” mean that anything changes? Or is it just more waffle?

How about:

- Releasing the board details where Bruce Keidan observed foot-tapping, 1975 Bowl, R1. We know board 7; what about the rest?

- Release the Burgay Tape

- What were the recent deliberations regarding an Indonesian pair?

Enough with the cover-ups.
Sept. 6, 2019
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Not quite… I'm in Thailand until I head to Wuhan.
Sept. 5, 2019
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There was, in fact, an article entitled:
Tales From the Past, Part 1: I'm Mad

It was removed on the grounds that it named a particular person.
Sept. 5, 2019
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Thanks for the offer… however, Jerry Lie at PD Times has been kind enough to arrange Chinese teammates for us.
Sept. 4, 2019
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Yes, Tim disliked doubleton leads, viewing them as a last resort.

He said once, upon returning from a big tournament in Paris:

It took me a few hands to realise, if they didn't lead a doubleton, they didn't have one!
Aug. 28, 2019
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So what shape does responder have, with three spades and finds himself “on the third level w/o a fit”?
Aug. 27, 2019
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The “toilet rumours” are more fact than fiction.

Players from a particular country would play in big-money European events of the 1970s, and leave slips of paper with a board number and optimum contract/lead/defence secreted about the men's loo.

Later, they would split the prize-money.

How do I know?

In 1982, one of the players who participated in this scheme spent some time telling me the details over a few beers…
Aug. 26, 2019
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unless partner shows out…
Aug. 26, 2019
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Agree with MR.

Suppose responder has: xxxxx xxxx Axxx

After
1D 1S
2D ?

What can he do but pass?

Better to raise spades and leave matters to partner.

Denialists are referred to Rubens' excellent article mentioned above:

http://www.australianbridge.com/article_39-5_raisingonthree.php
Aug. 26, 2019
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I found what I was looking for…

Many thanks to Henk and the boys at http://bridgedailybulletins.nl/index.php/en/ (Frank and Hans).
Aug. 25, 2019
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Andrzej,I cannot agree with what you have done here.

Clearly, you have some thoughts about what bid (non-pass) South should choose.

I think it is proper that you:
- say what that bid is
- put forward your reasoning as to why bid should be found
- optionally (but preferably) provide partner's hand
Aug. 25, 2019
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Playing in diamonds, you take heart ruffs in the long hand; playing in spades you take ruffs in the short hand.

This is a serious matter.

The only reason for bidding 2 and passing 2NT is that you like (as we surely all do) to watch partner suffer and squirm.
Aug. 24, 2019
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Funny you should mention that…

As I said, the methods at the club were very basic, including high encourage/low discourage and high-low = even.

No variations, no extra partnership arrangements.

One day I declared a hand against two Poles. At the end of the hand:

P1: Why did you play a spade? My nine of hearts asked for a club

P2: (Something in Polish)

P1: Oops!
Aug. 24, 2019
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With 2 1/2 Quick Tricks (yes, I am a very old man) I think opening is clear.

What do the 2 bidders intend to do when partner gives presference back to diamonds?

http://www.australianbridge.com/article_39-5_raisingonthree.php
Aug. 24, 2019
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Hamish: After continuing spades, West does not win the first diamond… South abandons diamonds and gives the game away, or East will get the chance to discourage clubs.
Aug. 22, 2019
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Delete… error.
Aug. 21, 2019
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 21, 2019
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I am going to play declarer for two spades, three diamonds and the club KJ… and play a spade. This is consistent with partner's S2.

Yes, declarer could have played diamonds earlier, but that risks the fourth spade crushing their hand.
Aug. 21, 2019
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Ian Grant:

So one E/W pair had a net gain of 23 imps relative to another pair (on this single hand) simply through an accident of seating…
There is a solution to the IMPed pairs problems, play matchpoints!



Ok, so I play matchpoints.

I play against a relay pair; they know one hand down to jacks and bid a double-dummy grand. I get a bottom.

That same pair moves to the next table and relays again; knowing declarer's precise hand allows the defenders to defend amazingly-well; the relay pair gets a bottom.

There is no “solution” to any of this; bridge is a volatile game with a chunk of luck and that's that.
Aug. 17, 2019
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Interesting news… many thanks.

I'll PM you.
Aug. 16, 2019
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