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“Play” is unfortunately quite common in the US. This case isexactly why it is a poor practice. When just following, low is just as easy to say, and unambiguous.
Aug. 17
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Barry M: Just because partners UI makes your bidding safer does not make it illegal.
Aug. 12
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Rebid 1NT. You might want to add 3 as an option. I know at least one World Class pair raises 4th suit with xxx…
Aug. 11
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Talk about a currency that has widely fluctuating value…
Aug. 7
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I'd assume that would be keep penalty as is. I thought about adding or worse to the first option…
Aug. 7
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See Board 3 of Spingold final…
Aug. 5
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I'd open 1NT if it were in range. 25 or 52 in majors is just not that big a deal.
Aug. 5
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Huge conspiracy? Have you been watching bridge the last 5 years?
Aug. 5
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Is ignoring hearts really right if partner opens 1NT?
Aug. 5
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Agree with the penalty. Well known and publicized rule.

There were 3 or 4 cell phone rings WITH a Draconian penalty. How many more would there be if there was no penalty?
Aug. 5
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The moment that declarer routinely considers for a good amount of time before playing time trick one. There is a double asymmetry here. Declarer gets to control the tempo, and has no jeopardy for UI transmission.
Aug. 1
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I voted for 10 even though we won't be playing Mahaffey as both lower seeded teams won in the afternoon.
July 24
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Kit:

I think you are off by an order of magnitude here. Deep Blue that beat chess was built by IBM at a cost of $100 Million pre 2000 dollars. The company that has beaten go(Alpha Go)was recently purchased for $500 Million.

I don't think that there has been close to that amount of resources put into bridge. I also do think, for $500 Million, IBM or another company could create a better declarer than the best in the world. Teaching it to bid, however…
July 10
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I don't think there is any question that a computer with sufficient resources could become a better declarer (than the best humans) fairly quickly.

Defense, with signalling and cooperation is a step higher in order of difficulty.

Bidding is several steps higher, especially competitive bidding.
July 10
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I think the description of 2 is not best. I'd prefer ‘interest in game opposite a passed hand’

North is maximum in high cards, has a pure doubleton, but only 3 trumps. He should make one move. Opposite an ordinary 10 HCP, game figures to be a slight underdog.
July 10
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The inference when you hold 11 HCP is that partner is always a passed hand. Of course they could hold enough shape to make a game, but passing must be percentage
July 7
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Can we pay for the GNT's?
July 7
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Bo A/X is open. A novice can enter.
July 3
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There is a hybrid that is often used. Open Swiss; bracketed teams for the rest. This allows everyone to play up if desired. It maintains the ability for those want to play against similar level players to do so.
July 3
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