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The actual answer, “for some measures of whisky”, would not have gone down to posterity nearly as well.
5 hours ago
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You have just made a contract because an opponent has ducked the setting trick, but you don't know which opponent. You now have a claim, with nothing but high trumps in your hand.

Since you can't be sure of being able to find out at the end of the hand which opponent it was, information that might prove useful should you find yourself in future dodgy contracts, you need to play the current hand out instead of claiming, which will delay the game anyway.

This, among other reasons, is why Law 7 joins the other 92 in the terrible category.
8 hours ago
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There is no automatic right to see an opponent’s hand at the end of play; if you suspect an irregularity you should proceed in the normal way by summoning the Director. Of course, that official might take a dim view if a polite request has been rudely or nefariously declined, but by and large if you want to know what your opponents had, you should keep track of the play.
9 hours ago
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Laws 7B and 7C refer. It is illegal to touch another player’s cards except (at certain times) with the permission of the Director and with a member of each side present.
9 hours ago
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No real need to count. For every one of the five one-level opening bids, there are five two-level responses.

Mind you, should Richard Fleet and I ever play what would be about our third game together in the forty years we've known one another, we would indeed play only six two-over-one responses as forcing to game.
11 hours ago
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There are, of course, not six but 25 possible sequences involving a two-level response to a one-level opening, more than six of which are in many circles played as forcing to game.

The phrase “2/1 GF” means nothing “in terms of system”; it refers to the simple fact that a non-jump two-level response in a new suit to an opening bid of one of a suit is forcing to game. It says nothing about what the opening bid of one of a suit means, nor about what an opening bid of 1NT means.
12 hours ago
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It shows doubt. What it shows doubt about is that the result will be the same at the other table.
Feb. 20
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Golf was played in the 2016 Olympics, the first time it had featured since 1904. It will appear in the 2020 Games (or Sports) in Tokyo, a fact that has led to the Kasumigaseki Golf Club admitting women as full members for the first time since 19,040,000 BCE. We progress, though not always very quickly and not always in straight lines.
Feb. 19
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The word “sport”, as I have mentioned elsewhere, comes from a shortening (by the English) of the word “disport”, which derives from the old French “de(s)porter”, which literally meant to carry away (from the Latin portare) and figuratively came to mean to amuse, to divert, to entertain.
Feb. 18
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“I do not believe that CAS or, indeed, any National Court can prevent the Credentials Committee of any National, Zonal or World Federation the right to refuse to invite players to their Championships should they consider them undesirable for whatever reason.”

He is saying that he believes the various organisations have the right to refuse entry to cheats. He may or may not be right in his belief.
Feb. 18
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People with fewer master points than you are worse players than you. People with more master points than you have attended more events than you.
Feb. 18
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Right - a solid 1.78% chance. Almost laydown compared to the hand above.
Feb. 17
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“sport” is a shortened form of “disport”, which is a derivation from “de(s)porter”, which means literally to carry away and figuratively to divert, to amuse. In that sense, bridge is a sport, but so is going to the theatre.
Feb. 17
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He may be wrong, but he isn't Spanish (or a nun, or a surveyor).
Feb. 17
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It sounds from this as though 3 wasn’t a much better contract than 3NT.
Feb. 17
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No. The reason players ignore the rule requiring you to put your alert card on the tray (anywhere) is that we can hear you doing it on the other side of the screen, which rather defeats the object of preventing UI. The same goes for written explanations - the table judders and we know someone is writing something down.

Sensible regulations assume that in events serious enough to be played behind screens, everyone knows everyone else's notrump range without having to be alerted every time 1NT is opened. True, these sensible regulations are not actually employed anywhere on the planet, but I cannot help that.
Feb. 17
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If you played a weak no trump, you would open 1NT with xx AQJx AQxx xxx. Why do you refuse to rebid 2NT with such a hand?

Bidding axiom number one: unbalanced hands bid suits; balanced hands bid notrump.
Feb. 16
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“the PARTNERSHIP skills required exceed that of any game or sport”

A few of the ice dancers currently performing in the Winter Olympics may disagree with you there.
Feb. 16
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That seems right - apologies for earlier error, perpetrated in haste to show that you could actually win a revoke trick other than by ruffing.
Feb. 14
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No suit has ever been 2=6=5=0 around the table in the entire history of bridge. Or so it would appear, from some of these comments.
Feb. 14
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