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Steve, you write:
People who cheat to win must know that they have won nothing.

While your integrity is apparent and commendable, I think it's important to appreciate that some people are very different.

There are people who class *any* win as a wonderful thing, and will do just about anything, legal or otherwise, to get it. Such people do not class their victory as “maddening” at all.

There is a term used by some psychotherapists:
An exaggerated sense of entitlement…
Jan. 23
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Some years ago I played in a State-level teams event in Sydney.

My LHO was declarer in some contract that he correctly claimed. There had been no possibility of a revoke.

We put our cards away and moved on to the next board. My LHO was the dealer.

LHO: How many hearts did you have on the last hand?

AW: (no reply)

LHO: How many hearts did you have on the last hand?

AW: (no reply)

LHO: I'm not going to bid until you tell me how many hearts you had on the last hand.

AW: (no response)

LHO: You need to tell me how many hearts you had on the last hand. We can sit here all night if you want.

AW (gets out two copies of New Scientist from his bag, hands one to his partner and reads the other)

LHO: I'm not going to bid until you tell me how many hearts you had on the last hand.

AW: (no response)

Director: What's going on here? Why are you two reading magazines?

LHO: I want to know how many hearts he had on the last hand and he won't tell me.

Director: What??

LHO: I want to know how many hearts he had on the last hand and he won't tell me.

Director: Your opponents don't have to tell you anything about previous deals. Now get on with the game.

LHO: No. Not until I know how many hearts he had on the last hand.

Director: I am instructing you to commence playing the board in front of you.

LHO: No.

Director: Are you refusing to comply with my instructions?

LHO: Yes, and I'm going home.

RHO: So am I.


My opponents left the room, forfeited the match and incurred a suspension.
Jan. 23
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Yes, correct. My mistake…
Jan. 16
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Garozzo joined in 1961, replacing Siniscalco.

Pabis-Ticci joined in 1964, replacing Chiaradia.

The same team (Forquet - Garozzo, Avarelli - Belladonna, Pabis-Ticci - D'Alelio) played from 1964-1969 and returned for the 1972 Olympiad.


New York Times, 15 April 1961:
The player selected to replace Sr Siniscalco, a Sr Garozzo of Naples, is not known to American players, so it is difficult to estimate by how much the Italian team has been weakened.
Jan. 16
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“Filling a Gap” parts 1 and 2, TBW March and April 1971, Edwin B Kantar.
Jan. 14
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Partner of cue bidder is not allowed to PASS.

In a tournament, I once had this auction with Tim Seres, he being dealer at favourable:

TS
1D 1S 2S P
P

And I was asked what Seres' pass showed.

I replied that we had no arrangement, that it had never occurred in this partnership before, but, from observation and reading, I knew that Seres sometimes pysched as dealer, not vul vs not, and invariably he held a suit he would like led, such as KJ10xx, and no other high cards.

And that's what he had.
Jan. 14
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Paul Lavings is knowledgeable about, and stocks, antique bridge items…

http://www.bridgegear.com/
Jan. 13
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Yes, there is much to be said for that…
Jan. 13
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Are we being asked to speculate that LHO might have Qx and be advertising it with chit-chat?

Too bizarre… just finesse.

And, after the play, call the director and ask his view of gratuitous comments during the play of a hand.
Jan. 13
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Bertrand Russell:
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues…
Jan. 11
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or swap the H9 and H8…
Jan. 11
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Take a hand like this:

AKJxxx AQxxx x x.

Innumerable Yarboroughs opposite give us excellent play for game, and, as dealer, we have every right to be optimistic.

Now, suppose we are in 4th seat:
1 2NT X ?

It's only a question of how big the penalty…


Edit: typo repair
Jan. 9
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Jan. 9
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A truly great book… amusing, enlightening and very readable.
Jan. 9
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Well, it's been 40 years since I read the magnificent EPDatMoC.. so you may well be right.
Jan. 8
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I'm interested in speaking with you about a profitable Project that will be of great benefit to you.

During the South Sea Bubble, a prospectus was released, seeking investors in “an enterprise of great benefit, but so secret that no one is to know what it is.”

The float closed oversubscribed. Unfortunately, the funds and the person behind the float haven't been seen since.
Jan. 7
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3, NF, is a monstrous underbid.

4 violates one of Wilsmore's Laws:

If partner makes an unsolicited slam try and you hold either three aces or the AKQ of trumps, drive to slam.
Jan. 5
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99.99% Franco, 0.01% Avon.
Jan. 5
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Good hand.

Curiously, in the ending on p6, South can ruff the CJ in dummy and still squeeze West…


Edit: Corrected typo; changed “East” to “West”.
Jan. 4
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Your partner passed their 2NT after you showed reasonable values. Did that not give you cause to suspect he was very much underweight for his opening?

If it were ruled that passing 3NT was somehow improper, I'd be fighting that most vigorously.
Jan. 2
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I know this will be regarded as nutty beyond words by any youth player, but I think there is sometimes a case for a downgrade.

Maybe 20 years ago I had:
AKQ KQ Qxxx Qxxx and opened 1NT.

One of AU's best players was on my left; he counted my values carefully and handed me my 9th trick in 3NT.

“Can't you count?” he barked at me at the end of the hand.
Jan. 2
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