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Three comments. One, I know I am a wimp for saying this, but given I play 95% of the time with my wife, I would want to keep the mixed events. Two, I have exercised induced asthma and allergies. They cause me to cough. I do not believe they are contagious. Three, in Colorado we have many people whose close friend is Mary Jane.
Dec. 8
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At reverse colors Ben and Kevin are in for 3H.
Dec. 7
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I confess I dont know the difference between a Lanzorotti and a Lamborghini. But should the punishment resulting from a conviction for cheating at bridge (collusive cheating for compensation at the highest level) be a life time ban? Can one be rehabilitated? How long should that take? I don't know but it seems too harsh to make it absolutely forever.
Dec. 7
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One of the most common mistake I see in coaching juniors is taking last guess, bidding to a level and then when the opponents bid over it bidding again. If you chose to bid 3H, so be it. You are done. (Yes, I would have bid 4H originally.)
Dec. 6
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Is there anything in the laws that would distinguish a small break, say 21 seconds, from a longer break, say 42 seconds. Does it send a different message. Would it result in a different lead? After 21 seconds would Glubock be able to lead a diamond but after 42 he could not?
Dec. 6
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Listen to your father. He knows of what he speaks (except when he plays with me.) But you do have to play diamonds before you pull trump to preserve your entries.

What diamond did RHO play? I would be betting they gave honest count.

And Finn, “A friend and I…”
Dec. 5
David Caprera edited this comment Dec. 5
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You are ordering dinner in a restaurant. The waiter says they are offering steak and chicken. You choose chicken. The waiter goes into the kitchen and returns to tell you they also have lobster. You say, “In that case, I will have the steak.”
Dec. 4
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Chris, I feel your pain. Photographed as winning and then being told at 1am that you lost because of an appeal from the afternoon session. If this had been resolved before the final session started, it would not be the controversy that it has become.
Dec. 3
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Ok, it is a neat ending in theory. But once you have a top of the universe, to finesse the spade 10 will not get you a “double top of the universe.” You are betting a million dollars on a “win nothing if you are right, lose a million if you are wrong.”
Dec. 3
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I may be too simplistic, but double would get a diamond lead and failure to double denies the ace. A BIT says, “Don't make the normal lead.” That increases the likelihood of a diamond so should be disallowed.
Dec. 1
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They do play Flannery
Dec. 1
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I did not suggest that rules should not be enforced. And yours may have been a clear case. However, particularly in a team game, it is not always clear who is responsible for slow play. I am merely saying that having a log of each bid and play is a sure way of assessing an appropriate penalty for slow play as well as solving the myriad of other problems that don't really get to the heart of the game.

Do I like it. No, I really don't. But the real question is, “Is this necessary?” About that I am not sure.
Dec. 1
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I apologize. I thought the auction had started 1C-1S… It really started 1H-1S, but the remainder of the auction was as reported. I think the issues raised remain the same.
Nov. 30
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FWIW, my thoughts.

Break suggests an abnormal lead, increasing the odds of a diamond lead because the normal lead is not to give anything away. With Grue showing the SQ, spade is the safest lead. Double should say lead a diamond. No UI, I lead a spade. (If partner wanted a diamond lead, he should double. With the double, leader should work out what happened. How can a 3S bidder now drive to the grand? His hand must have gotten better. It isn't because he has the DA and no help in the suit from partner. It must be because partner has no wasted diamond cards. Correspondingly, if leader's partner doesn't double, he doesn't have the ace.)

I believe the result of the appeal is correct.
Nov. 30
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The hand was over. It wasn't like it was a stepping stone winkle. It was cross to hand, ruff a spade, cross back to hand and the established long spade was good. I was prepared to state a line but the opponents were good players and could see the claim so we went onto the next board. No, I would not do that to Mrs. Jones at a Tuesday social but these were experts. No one challenged what I did. It is the way bridge should be played because the thinking was over and we all wanted to move on.
Nov. 30
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If you really want to stop slow play, the answer is simple. And no more cheating, no more revokes, no more leads and bids out of turn, no insufficient bids. LAPTOPS. With respect to slow play, a formula could be developed that automatically imposes a score adjustment for slow play. Not feasible for a local game but I am interested in comments as to whether players would prefer the USBF trials to be played on computers.
Nov. 30
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I don't think having a “pro flight” is a good marketing strategy. To begin with, the definition of pro is a problem. Several years ago I proposed a national amateur championship, primarily intended to give juniors a shot and modelled after the USGA amateur golf championship. It never got past the question of “who could play.”

The problem is too many regionals diluting the field. The math is simple. Hold fewer tournaments and the field will be larger.
Nov. 29
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With apologies to anyone local, the idea of a permanent nationals in Tunica made me laugh heartily. There is a reason why Caesar's is closing. Tunica is a pit.
Nov. 28
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My list is probably not a good one, but the concept that it be junior and, yes, family friendly, is. Philadelphia was a fine location.
Nov. 28
ATB
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South might have bid differently, but North made two “bad bids.” North has a positive response. And when South bids 3D instead of doubling (takeout), he has DIAMONDS (which he really doesn't have) and does not have spades.
Nov. 27
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