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Yes. The result would stand, but at a minimum the director should explain the impropriety of advancer taking advantage of the UI. IMO, a bare-bottom spanking would be more appropriate.
Aug. 8
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I know the protocol is for the poster to abstain, but the ruling and the director's cavalier attitude pissed me off. One of my teammates, after hearing the director's ruling, asked her for a “real director.” My teammate is 15 years old.
Aug. 8
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Playing with Annie, we both love screens. After 42 years of marriage, the body language, the raised eyebrow, the imperceptible hitch, can all create UI where Hammond's cameras aren't going to catch it. To say, “Well ignore the UI” may be true but it is a burden I prefer not to bear.

For the same reason, I like playing online. We always play in separate rooms and close the door. And screens also reduce the spousal dialogs that end up with me sleeping on the couch.
Aug. 7
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Pass. And bidding game does not create a force.
Aug. 5
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Way upstream, is Ai-Tai right that the seeding coming out of the swiss is based on how well you did in the swiss?
Aug. 5
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I object. This sounds like juniors bidding. If partner has a stiff spade and 4 clubs, he should not be bidding this way. I would have bumped 3C to 4 last round, inviting partner to bid again. But faced with the problem as given I would pass.
Aug. 5
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1S if partner is known to have a one count.
Aug. 5
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In our partnership north's high-low is not “quite possibly suit preference”, once the heart position is known, it IS suit preference. Regardless of how long north hesitated, a partnership that plays suit preference here would be able to play on spades without adjustment. I wonder if the director asked the north-south pair their agreement.

Deb, quit whining. I got a SJ opening lead.
Aug. 4
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My dearest Michael, as you know we have had this conversation before with respect to what is required to bid a hot game at imps. I claimed that the 37+% is understated because it assumes the worst case is down one undoubled. You counter by saying, “If an opp has a six card suit you would have heard about it, so assume a higher expectation for the more balanced distribution.” I don't think either of us is wrong.

But I was expecting your comment to the effect that if you are missing the trump Q in an auction where a trump lead may be indicated and you don't get it, against top opposition the tendency to play opening leader for her may not be as reliable.

IMO, this all fits into, “You paid your money, now take your chance.”
Aug. 3
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AKJxx opposite xxxx is never as good as 53%. There are always the 6-0 and 5-1 side suit splits with ruffs lurking. So call it 50-50 and consider it to be a slam you can take or leave in the abstract.

Note the difference between AKJTx opposite xxxx, and AJTxx opposite Kxxx. Depending on the auction, your opponents
may help you with a trump lead or by not leading one. You also have more options.

I think it then becomes more of a “state of the match” question. Are you the better team? Are you ahead or behind? Are your opponents aggressive? Does your side have 34 hcp's such that your opponents are likely to be there or is it some 24hcp perfecto where your opponents could play a partscore. Is it a competitive auction where your opponents may take an 800 save if you bid it confidently?
Aug. 3
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I don't see my choice (there really should always be “other”, you never know.) Walter Big Train Johnson (one of my mentors) preached “a singleton K is a balanced hand.” I accepted that. So we would splinter with A, Q or J but not K. It makes sense, the singleton K is a second round control but you don't want partner to think Qxx is wasted.
Aug. 2
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Did your coach yell at you? I am not usually a screamer when I coach juniors but, “Damn it, slow down” is an active part of my vocabulary.
Aug. 2
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I continue to believe the ACBL bungled a real opportunity with the Wolpert's win in the BRP. It was a great story of two attractive young people taking on the old and staid bridge community and winning the most prestigious pairs event. It could have changed the way America, and in particular young America, looked at bridge.

Along the same lines, I attended a brunch last Saturday in Vegas staged by the ACBL for about 40 juniors and James Holzhauer (the big Jeopardy! winner). He was everything you would want him to be, quick, witty, attractive, entertaining and engaging. The kids got to ask him questions ranging from his Jeopardy! experience to his favorite bridge convention. The ACBL also ran a nice story about him in The Bulletin with his picture on the cover. IMO, the ACBL got this one right.

Our game needs young and attractive heroes like James. And Oren and Zach and Kevin. And internationally, Dennis Bilde, the Rimstedts and the Gronkvists, Klukowski and Zmuda, and Giovanni Donatti. They are the ones who can keep the game alive.
Aug. 2
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The intent of my last comment was to distinguish a kibitzer from a witness in a judicial proceeding who testifies under oath and is subject to contempt of court sanctions. That is the check and balance to achieve honest testimony. Without a mechanism of some sort, rule 76C seems flawed. Relying on “integrity” sounds nice but is often not reality.
Aug. 2
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Thank you for that. Particularly as a lawyer, I should know the rules of bridge better than I do. But is there anything that would require a kibitzer to tell the truth? If there is no penalty to be imposed on a kibitzer for falsehood, I should pay a friend to sit behind me and always provide testimony in my favor. It also suggests that as a matter of course I should bar an opponent's kibitzer whenever I come to a table. I don't think I am a fan of rule 76.
Aug. 2
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The question being asked is, “What values do you expect for partner's 2S bid in competition?” I believe it is fairly wide ranging and the lower level is something like a decent 13 count with 4 trump. This is not the same auction as (1H)-DBL-(P)-1S-(P)-2S which has a higher threshold. This assumes that an initial, all white, takeout double can be quite light and need not have four spades. If you would double initially on Axxx, x, Qxxx, Axxx, and on KQx, xxx, KQx, Axxx, then when the doubler holds KQxx, x, Qxxx, AQJx, he really does have “extras”.

If you agree with me to this point, then I think “the law” would indicate there aren't enough total trump to be bidding aggressively. Part of this assumes that responder does not have three hearts and that he had an initial weak 2H raise available over the double. No, this isn't your mother's party bridge but I believe it is how the game is played today (and how it should be played.)
Aug. 2
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I am curious that the director asked the kibitzer. I always thought the kibitzer “doesn't exist” for purposes of an adjudication.
Aug. 2
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Anything less than 5C on page 4, even with Smith, would have been cowardly.

Good luck on first year law school at Northwestern this fall. As my father said to me, “Even if you never practice law, law school is a great education.” Besides, I think I know you well enough that I am sure you will love it. (And I expect you will do pretty well.)
Aug. 1
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The day after a marathon is not the day to choose your next marathon.
Aug. 1
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I am not sure I agree. My answer to your title is “Any junior who had made LM that I have coached.” They once played 16 boards in 65 minutes. But I jest. Congrats to Jakob.
Aug. 1
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