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And that was only Sandra Landy.
22 hours ago
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I think many of us play 1NT-3NT as fast arrival. Moreover, as was demonstrated many years ago by Paul Chemla, the “deux paliers” approach is not without pitfalls.

Forced to play this against his will in an Olympiad many years ago, he opened his major with his balanced 18. Over two of a minor he bid 2NT, and over 3NT he bid 4NT. He took, as he always did, the maximum number of tricks available, which happened to be nine. His convention card was swiftly amended, using his cigar lighter for the purpose.
June 24
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On the contrary - it should be an attempt to play in by far the most likely contract while giving partner a very good description in case he wants to attempt some unlikely one. Moreover, removing this hand type from lower calls actually saves bidding room.
June 23
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So could any other meaning. Minimum balanced 5-3-3-2 with a doubleton in partner's suit is fine.
June 23
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You mean sixty million Frenchmen can be wrong?
June 23
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Thanks - that is what I would have guessed, but of course you shouldn’t have to guess what the opponents play.

I would have thought it would be almost second nature for the holder of the hand to give the same explanation, but oversights happen in the heat of competition and I certainly do not think Mr Levenko was indulging in wilful concealment. We tend to assume, at bridge as in other walks of life, that we know what we are doing so obviously everyone else does - hence, as I have remarked elsewhere, there is Not Bridge and Just Bridge, but precious little actual bridge.

Mind you, there does seem to have been some Not Directing. That is Not Good.
June 22
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I had a private message from Sabine asking if I could understand the Estonian convention card in re 1-1 auctions. I replied that I could understand what was there, but nothing I could see in the disclosure helped me to understand why 1 was the system bid with this hand.

Sabine replied that the German team needed a coach. My rates are quite reasonable, and I accept most international currencies - beer, wine, schnapps, vodka…

But if I had been the England Open team coach I would have said to my players: these guys might rebid a three-card major after 1-1. I can’t tell when and I can’t tell why. If it happens, ask them.

Now, the convention card in question is far better completed than most. But as with most, a lot of what is on it doesn’t need to be there and some of what does need to be there is missing. Not the Estonians’ fault, but the method of disclosure at very high levels needs drastic revision.
June 22
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“First, it's the partner, not the player holding the hand, who does the explaining (unless online, but we're not talking about that).”

Screens, Ed.
June 22
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Er… tell 'em what you play? “He may of course have a balanced 15-17 - the poor guy is sometimes dealt them, which he regards as an insult to his creativity - but he can also have…”
June 22
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Wikipedia, which is invariably pretty quick to update its biographies should the subject of any of them die, still considers Peters alive (though very ill with Alzheimer's).
June 22
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On the principle advocated by many here of continuing with a successful team, Southgate still has available Banks, Cohen, both Charltons, Stiles, Peters, Hurst and Hunt. Sadly Tofiq Bahramov, the linesman chiefly responsible for England's victory in 1966, is no longer with us.
June 22
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Is there any other sport in which a team is chosen to play in an event fifteen months before that event takes place?
June 22
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Plan on actual hand is 3 followed by 4 unless partner crosses me up yet again (entirely possible).

Plan on second hand is 3, fairly obviously.

Plan on third hand is rebid 1NT, to avoid this auction.
June 22
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Declarer has AJ10 facing K32, and needs three tricks. Assume that he has no clues from the bidding or the defence to this point. He leads the jack. West dithers and plays low; South runs the jack; East wins the queen.

It is not uncommon in such situations to give the defenders 100% of the contract making but declarer only 50% (or 60%) of the contract making and the remaining percentage of down one. This isn't in the least “obscene”.
June 22
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Re W
June 21
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Thanks for the link to Phillip Martin’s article. I hadn’t seen it before, but I had worked out some time ago that double for takeout of the bid suit whatever it showed was a sensible way to play. After all, if responder can double both majors he probably has short diamonds.

I don’t have any experience with double showing hearts, but it looks playable and has the great merit of being independent of the meaning of 2 (even if that also shows hearts). There is much to be said for not having to look at the opponents’ convention card before making a call.

If the opponents pass 2 opener’s double is takeout, but he is not obliged to do other than pass (responder never passes with a hand that would have forced to game over 1NT).
June 21
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The answer seems obvious. Now that the technology exists on this site, the selectors should ask Bridge Winners to pick the next England team. At least that way they would have to stop moaning about the ones we actually pick.
June 21
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You can see the relevant convention card http://www.ecatsbridgenews.com/eblsystems/2018EBLOstendOpenTeams/Estonia/Levenko-Sester.pdf">here.

The relevant line is:

1C - 1D - ? : 1HS = nat, 4(3)+ suit F1
June 21
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Double takeout of diamonds. Yes, I know they haven't bid diamonds.
June 20
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Certainly when Jim writes “from Europeans” he means “from the European Championships”. After all, for the moment at least Jim and I and a lot of people not in mainland Europe are all Europeans.
June 20
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