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One other thought. I don't play support redoubles or doubles of 1NT – whatever the 1NT means. Why would I want to show three trumps and minimum when the opponents are telling me trumps arent breaking (or partner probably doesnt have the values for his initial response)
And there are the two sequences:

1C-(Pass/x)-1D-(1H/S)

What are the popular uses of these sequences?
Aug. 16, 2011
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Strongly agree with optional use of support x. I think the French regard the sequence as simply a non minimum, take-out, by the way.

Danny might remember a deal from the Mixed Teams in Toronto where in response to an opening bid:

1C 1H 1S 2H
Pass Pass ??

I held KQxxx/Q/xx/xxxxx or the like and even at BAM thought 3C a stand out…no ‘optional’ support x…. so partner has 4+ clubs
but partner had xxx/K9xx/Kxx/AQx.
Oh well, omelets and eggs I suppose.

I also had a hand where I made a four-card raise with only three trumps

KQJ/xx/xx/KQJxxx

After 1C-Pass-1S-2H

2S seems a better description than a support x. Also from Toronto –dont remember whether it was good or bad….neutral I think.
Aug. 16, 2011
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If you bid 3H then 4S with all ‘good’ spade hands, then what is 4S and x except ‘I bid 4S to make do something intelligent’ (since you cant have two tricks on the side and have bid 4S)?
I think the template for the hand is solid/semi-solid spades and a trick on the side in the latter case.
Aug. 13, 2011
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Maybe a sneaky DQ at trick two; might be your chance for the newspaper prize!
Aug. 6, 2011
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Add my comments to those people hating the split venues.

Restaurants were great; Marche was one of those ‘pick-and-mix’ venues catering for all prices.
The hotel itself is run down – I know of at least one person who checked in then checked out at once.
We stayed at the Marriott residence –10 minute walk away but a pleasant change of tempo from usual hotels.
Aug. 2, 2011
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It is remarkable given that teams 32-56 were so tough that the seeding committee could find many teams they wanted to move up a bracket…but virtually none they wanted to move down!
July 27, 2011
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I'm not disagreeing with anything written here but I'd be interested to know what hand South should hold to bid 3NT over 3S at her final turn (which might have been my choice) …. and perhaps in a linked issue whether North could ever convert 3NT then to 4S with
2-2-4-5 shape, say.
July 8, 2011
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Re the above….Wouldn't 2H over 2C suggest spades and hearts and values or both majors and real extra shape since one would respond 1H with a bust (and pass 2C with eg 5-4-3-1 and 0-4 HCP?).
You might miss 3NT but only if partner has a really good hand!
Over 2D-2S (OK by me)-3H why not 4H…surely North would have raised clubs by now if clubs were trumps?
June 20, 2011
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You could have got big odds on at least one of the two finalists!
June 10, 2011
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Holding the tournament in Indonesia will go some way towards removing the number one grudge my wife has had hanging over my head since 1995 when I went to Bali to commentate on the Junior Championsips without her.
When 2001 was going to be in Indonesia I thought I would have cleared that one off the list…but no.
The reason the event was not held in Indonesia was that the US team(s) refused to go after 9/11. The Nightclub bombing happened (as I recall) about 4-5 years later. No other incident of any magnitude has happened in Bali that I know of.

The Istanbul situation occurred when the State Dept put Turkey on the danger list after one shooting, I think. Nickell opted to go to Estoril in 2005 after winning the 2004 trials, letting Welland as losing-finals team go to Turkey.

One down – only 999 grudges left on the list….
May 27, 2011
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Yes the club suit was

KQJ9xx

xx

Dummy was entryless but the first club lost to Kay's ace so Kaplan finessed on the second round.
No doubt with the club eight in dummy instead of the nine Kaplan would have LED initially to the eight….
:)
May 27, 2011
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Great interview (well done BW for asking the right questions and MF for giving honest answers).

And it is nice to see that even in a serious interview both parties can keep their tongue firmly in their cheek….
May 12, 2011
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That's a very nice story. we probably all miss moments to give somebody else that feeling.
May 4, 2011
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I suppose you could use deals from a major event with an established par?
Say the finals of the IMP pairs from a Nationals 5-10 years ago?
Like a simul pairs with assigned MP scores like the Epson?
May 1, 2011
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Playing in my youth with a very very pretty young lady I was sufficiently distracted to open an Acol two hearts out of turn.
The action reverted to me and I had one shot at the right contract. I took three coins out of my pocket and tossed them figuring that if no heads came up I would settle for partscore, one I'd bid game, two I'd bid slam, three the grand.
Two came up so I bid slam and bought an 8/9 count, making on a simple squeeze for all the MP.
My partner congratulated the coins.
April 29, 2011
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After 24 deals the Lavazza juggernaut continues; they still have not quite managed to pitch a shut out…but in each of the first two sets they basically conceded one double figure swing and the equivalent of an overtrick. They lead 145-27.
Awesome!
April 21, 2011
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In the semi-final Hampson suffered at the hands of the A.
In the first half the Japanese led it and took a ruff against a 5-4 club fit slam (missing five spades).
In the second Hampson did not lead it from Ax in an unbid suit (and lost his ruff against a slam).
Had they got on the right ends of these two slams I think they would have won both matches instead of losing both.
April 21, 2011
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Three way matches…..

Lavazza crushed Japan conceding IMPs on only one deal in the second stanza.

They have the night off and tomorrow meet the winner of the three-way
Japan
Sweden
Hampson – Gitelman, Grue, Cheek.
Hampson were tied at the half wth Israel and won the only swing of the second set when Cheek held a 2-2-5-4 with the minor suit jacks, Both Vul, and responded 1NT to 1H.
Double, pass pass back to him so he tried 2D, which was loudly doubled. They did not lead trumps; he bought a 4-5-3-1 with HA and DAK and escaped for -500; they went down 1100 in the safety of 1H in the other room.
April 20, 2011
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First there was a two-board playoff which ended at 6-6.
Then we went to total points; everyone agrees the Japanese won it but the margin is open to some doubt.
I've seen 10 points and 510 quoted; but a win is a win.
If that lazy bulletin editor pulls his finger out no doubt we will see the boards (but not in tomorrow's bulletin).

The conditions of contest referred to a tied match; it was deemed that the match was not complete because of the fouled boards. The word ‘pilpul’ springs to mind. :)
April 20, 2011
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After the ten qualifying matches were over Zhejiang Huamen were in seventh place. Hampson was eighth, and with Mr Yeh's team given the number one spot Hampson (including Joe Boo) was due to drop into the second once-defeated bracket.
At this point (still within the score correction period) an operator error that had given ZH two extra IMPs was spotted. That switched the teams places and also switched Australia's opponents in the once defeated pool. Being seeded eighth (finishing seventh) lets you play Mr Yeh next – not a bad draw customarily, and as at half-time Hampson was up 78-17.
April 19, 2011
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