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It's worse for me, I have hotkeys in MS Word such that the suit symbols are <shift><Ctrl>c/d/h/s and I frequently edit bridge stuff in Google docs where you just have to enter suit symbols with a mouse. My head is going to explode soon.
April 26
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And what do we do with a stiff when partner opens 1?
April 24
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I think P-1M-2NT for clubs has been a pretty standard adjunct to Drury for many years.
April 24
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A considerable number of rooms were destroyed by the fire. I stayed in a timeshare complex that had lost about 40% of its units to the fire.

I suspect that at least some of those lost timeshare units caused regular attendees to skip this year, or to attend another event.
April 24
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fixed
April 24
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Another hand from Gatlinburg. You hold J9xx xx 9xxx Axx. Partner opens 2 with none vul in 1st seat. RHO doubles. Your call? (Hand and vulnerability edited at 4 PM EDT Mnday).

My partner passed, LHO bid 4, RHO bid 4, LHO 5, and now RHO bid 7. I failed to find the club lead from AQ8xxx Jx 10xxx x (again, only one winning lead, since dummy was void AK109 AKQJ6 KJ109. And the lead beats them TWO tricks.

Moral to the story - when partner has a brown thumb on leads, get those lead directors in!
April 23
Craig Biddle edited this comment April 24
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My pass may be forcing, but I think you have to be nuts not to just hit this and take what you can get. He'd probably have to be 6-6 to not go for 800, and bidding a slam over a weak 2 and a game raise by the opponents is not something that club game opponents do.
April 21
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As does Richard Pavlicek. And he has an article on his web site that makes a pretty good case for the treatment.
April 18
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Yes that's what it's supposed to be.
April 14
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No need for the lead director - when you underlead partner will have seen dummy and will know what to switch to.
April 9
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Bingo! Partner has to be aware that your opening bid here might be tactical. And your comment about lead direction is spot on.

S is very likely to pot some game since he can't have a normal auction. And your partner should NOT bid normally here if S overcalls in spades, they should be aware that your opening is likely tactical. I would think that they should bid as though you overcalled a natural 0 opening bid on your right when S just bids 1.
April 9
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Even if N knew you had, say, 8-11, he needs to find out about your doubleton diamond AND your Q AND your QJxx. If you had the machinery to do all that below game, you would have to give up something a lot more commonly useful to slam investigations.
April 9
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This looks too tough.
April 9
Craig Biddle edited this comment April 9
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I played Rusinow leads for years. We religiously alerted all potential 2nd highest from a sequence leads as, "That shows either , shortness, deceitfulness, or forgetfulness.“ After a while, people would recite our spiel along with us.

We did not play Rusinow leads in partner's suit. We alerted those as, ”This is a situation where we make standard honor leads, and Ace from AK."

I shudder to think how we would fill out the current leads section of a CC, it would take us half an hour.
April 7
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Claude was famous in the chess world at the time, as an unknown master. But, he was gaming the system.

He rigged the weekly prison chess tournaments so that the other players' performance (tournament) ratings fluctuated wildly. At the time, the ratings formula gave players a ratings bonus for performance ratings well above their long-term ratings, without a similar penalty for bad performance ratings.

Then he rigged his own pairings so that he played only people with inflated ratings. He was a good player, but certainly not worthy of his rating.
April 7
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IMPs probably had not been invented when Rixi played this hand.
April 7
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In my auction responder chose hearts when he knew opener had + so, yes, he has denied Hxxx. and his subsequent 6 bid, therefore, shows 4-4 in the rounded suits.
April 5
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2-2 (0-1 control)
2-2 (Kokish)
3 (+ GF)
-4 (no control, support)
5NT (pick a slam)
-6
Pass
April 5
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Fantunes lives! Or should we call it Mosca now?
April 5
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I direct a 299er game once a week. The pair that won this week came up to me after the game and asked how to bid this pair of hands:

Opener AKQJxx A9 AQJxx

Responder KJ10x Q1087xxx xx

Their auction?

2-2, 3-3(!!), 5-6, All pass. The opening lead was the A, ruffed and followed by two rounds of trump as the KJ fell together on the 2nd trick.

I shudder to think of the crimes that would be perpetrated when all auctions began with an artificial point count opening and reply.
April 4
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