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Alas, there is still the ocassional wild pitch in the dirt. Adam tries his best to catch them all but every once in awhile one gets by.
Aug. 19
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Needless to say I followed both tables very closely. I thought the commentary was great and I did not feel that the commentary was too crowded. I really liked to hear what the juniors had to say. One junior commenting on another has a very different perspective. Statements like, “Most juniors play this double as takeout.” Or even not commenting with abject horror when a junior balanced with 2H on Kxxx, ATxxx, x, Qxx at all vul after (1S)-P-(P). I thought the most interesting commentary came when the French pair bid 6H off the cashing SAK and a trump was led. “It's cold.” “No, it has no play.” “Wait, there is a strip endplay.” “No, he can pitch his SA.” I admit I was cheering for France to go down, but the rapid fire “yes”, “no”, “yes”… made it for me very exciting.
Aug. 19
David Caprera edited this comment Aug. 19
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For those of you who ask, “How can the deck have this many points?”, you fail to take into account that this was a junior's championship. I avoided posting the actual deal because I was sure it would cause the discussion to go sideways, but if the world needs to know (and I suspect most people have by now expressed their opinion):

All vul, imps, North dealer.

1S-(P)-1N-(2H)-3D-(DBL)

N: AJTxx, x, AKQJx, xx
E: xxx, KJxx, xxx, AKx
S: Q, Q9x, T98x, JTxxx
W: Kxxx, AT8xx, x, Q98

(I stated that the problem was “based on a deal” from the tournament. That is because this was not the actual auction. South passed rather than 1N and West balanced with 2H. In my opinion, the pass by South doesn't change the meaning of East's double but others may disagree. Perhaps I should post a second problem. … Nah)
Aug. 19
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Our default is that “Doubles are takeout.” We then have 14 enumerated exceptions followed by a section entitled “Other Doubles” which contains 17 additional rules. She didn't have to explain why it isn't penalty. We knew.

Too many? The meaning of doubles is, IMO, the most difficult problem in bidding.
Aug. 19
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As noted above, it is a double that says, “We are going for a number.” It is a cousin of the “Retributive raise and redouble”, often a precursor to terminating a partnership.
Aug. 19
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As of this writing, there are no votes for a Wyoming double. Those of you who are not familiar with our part of the country may not appreciate the “friendly rivalry” between Colorado and Wyoming. Rocky Mountain National Park versus Yellowstone; skiing in Vail versus Jackson Hole; legalized marijuana versus no speed limits; attractive coeds at the University of Colorado versus an abundance of sheep.
Aug. 19
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I am not sure I understand the difference between “2 ways to bid 3H” and what I called a “maximal double.”
Your reference to what you actually play being different suggests that you don't believe your methods are best.
I showed this posting to Annie this morning. (She doesn't read Bridgewinners.) Her answer was “responsive.” I asked her why and she said, “Well, it isn't penalty. And it isn't maximal because east-west don't have a known or implied trump suit.” That is our agreement, but I don't think it occurred to Annie that our agreements could be anything other than best.
Aug. 19
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I enjoyed the general theme. It sounds like breaking up the partnership was a good idea and avoided the sequel, “I wanted to and did.”
Aug. 19
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Luc, you were a gentleman and a pleasure to work with. Your team played very well and it was a great match. It is too bad someone had to lose.
Aug. 18
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I think of them as a pitcher and catcher. Zach comes out throwing hard and Adam tries to catch it. Congratulations to you both.
Aug. 18
David Caprera edited this comment Aug. 18
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Yes, that is why I chose “typically”. In particular, if for the values you have shown, you have treated the K as an honor (crudely stated as 3 high card points), you can't splinter with it because you would be “double counting” and partner will be looking for values elsewhere.
Aug. 16
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Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I have contacted BBO and I expect it to be taken care of.
Aug. 16
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Give me an “other!” Walter taught me a singleton K was a balanced hand. So, my partnership has discussed it (are you kidding?), and we would typically splinter on an A but not a K.
Aug. 15
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Charles, WTF is a lemma. Sounds like a type of rodent.
Aug. 15
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Hey Eugene! Did you see this? The post is about “Cashing Trump.”
Aug. 15
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Structuring a relay system to adjust for right-siding the contract will drive you crazy. The exceptions take over for the rules. I am with Shuster on this one.
Aug. 15
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The conditions of contest permitted up to eight members on a team to accommodate the need to schedule matches between countries on different continents. The USA team has players on both coasts, which resulted in some significant scheduling problems. Most of the USA matches have been played in the morning or mid-day because of the time zone differences. My observation is that college aged kids don't play as well at 7am.
Aug. 15
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When you are white v red you are allowed to be slightly crazy.
Aug. 15
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It does. But there are other considerations involved (i.e., wrongsiding the contract). To flip hearts and spades, play 1N is clubs and 2C is diamonds (2D is GF balanced) approaches game ordered bidding. But to show “clubs first”, IMO, is misdirected.
Aug. 14
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As a fan of game ordered bidding, I believe you have the ordering back assward. You want the most room for hearts, the least for diamonds. It is shortest to 4H, furthest to 5D.
Aug. 14
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