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Michael, Couldn't all of your concerns about tempo be allayed by playing on computers with built-in randomized delays (correcting both slow and fast play, albeit possibly adding a little to the total time consumed)?
June 29, 2014
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I voted for “poor” but I'm not sure the way you posed the question will get you the referendum you are looking for. Any bid, good or bad, *might* work out. From the order of the options, it looks like you meant “Not my choice…” to be a more favorable option than “slightly against the odds,” but it's unclear how many of the “not my choice” folks think that the bid is more than slightly against the odds.

Leo summed up my feelings about the bid. It's not close to among the worst bids I've ever seen.
June 15, 2014
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Hi Larry,

Well done in the Well!

Usually, theoretical books are not commercially successful. Do you have a feel for why The Law of Total Tricks was not only so influential but a bestseller?
June 14, 2014
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It was great fun to spec this match, and I enjoyed the obvious camaraderie. The chatting among the players was particularly entertaining.
June 9, 2014
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I agree that a takeout double would seem to be a standout. As Roger says, I think playing a top and bottom where the cue-bidder might have four or five trumps is unplayable. But given these constraints, I have a lot of sympathy for north's three diamond, as the hand is quite promising if partner has five spades.

Do you play that a cuebid over 2C is forcing to game in an undesignated suit?
May 27, 2014
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It could work on alternate Thursdays.
May 6, 2014
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I don't know whether all the x's in the hand refer to low cards or anything less than a jack (or ten). I voted for queen, but could be persuaded to go lower if the spot cards are chunky.
May 6, 2014
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Have to agree with the rest of the responders. There are auctions which you can play as forcing to 3N or 4m, but I don't think this is one of them.
May 6, 2014
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Thanks for a great Well session, Bobby.

1. Do you think it's important for teams at the highest level to have meetings or practice sessions together before major events (national team championships, trials, or world championships) or is all your preparation as pairs?).

2. How has the Internet changed your preparation for tournaments?

3. Do either you or Stevie use simulations when working on your system?
April 10, 2014
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Thanks for adding praise for Joe Stokes, Yuan. I've always enjoyed his work as Vugraph operator – weirdly, he wasn't working any of the matches I kibitzed this Vugraph. I hope that Jan understands how much her hard work is appreciated, especially when we can't attend the Nationals.
April 1, 2014
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I wanted to thank you, Jan, and John S., who seemed to be the operators on most of the matches I kibitzed, for the wonderful job you did. All three of you went out of your way not only to track the play, but to provide color and the players' dialog that helped the event come alive. Great, great job.
March 31, 2014
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Congratulations! We can never have enough Feldmans.
March 2, 2014
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I abstained because I think both of the first two agreements should be alertable.
Feb. 27, 2014
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Eric,

Considering how many team trials, major national championships, and world championships you have played in, how hard is it for you to “get up” for playing in a regional? Do you think your concentration level lessens in events without as much pressure? Or, on the other hand, does your game rise when playing in the toughest events?
Feb. 27, 2014
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Ahh, now here is the crux of the matter. I'm quite sure North intended for 4S not only to guarantee four spades, but also to indicate a void in diamonds. If he didn't, he would have bid 4D. This is old-fashioned Standard American bidding, and what I would expect from someone who doesn't play 3D is a mini-splinter. With 3 spades, he would bid 3S.

This is the reason why I said, below, that if anything, north overbid. This is a classic Goren/5 Weeks To Winning Bridge auction, a picture bid before that term was coined, except back then no example of a reverse would show 10 HCP.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Whoa! I'm not saying I like North's bidding, but if anything, he overbid, so he can hardly be blamed for missing a slam. Certainly, north could have had the king of spades and bid the same way. I would expect north to have this exact shape, but with more HCP. South should be able to visualize a slam. I don't see how a splinter helps more than this, when it could show less strength.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Andy,

Thanks for bringing back what I consider to be the meat of this question – what is the spirit of full disclosure?

One of the most enjoyable KO matches I've ever participated in was with Uday Ivatury as partner and Brad Moss and Rav Murthry as opponents. There were no screens. We were all friends but not close ones.

I don't remember how it started, but we were extremely aggressive about alerting and asking for explanations. An example would be if the bidding went (1D) 2C, we would alert and say that the bid usually denied 4H (as we played Astro overcalls). They were equally forthcoming in sharing the nuances of their auctions. Surprisingly, the explanations didn't seem to add much time.

But the important point, to me, was the pleasure in playing against folks whose explanations were not given grudgingly, in the spirit of true sportsmanship.
Feb. 11, 2014
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No matter what range I choose with various partners, I usually find myself contemplating balancing 1N with hands outside that range.
Feb. 9, 2014
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How about no one is to blame, but more North than South!
Feb. 6, 2014
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Grammatically, both are correct. I think the first statement reads better rearranged as: “Open good 12 HCP hands on the one level” (“at” would work fine, too). I would recast the second one, too, as “A new suit shows 10+ points at the two level.” I try to avoid opening sentences with prepositional phrases when there's a decent alternative.
Jan. 25, 2014
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