Join Bridge Winners
All comments by David Carlisle
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 78 79 80 81
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
What the hell have points got to do with overcalls?
5 minutes ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I take issue with one comment about players knowing they have been turned over by a pair who were cheating. Happened to me three times and I knew on all three occasions, and FWIW all three were subsequently banned. I agree that the chatter existed but there was a reason for that–players talk to each other. Rixi Markus was so impressed she published brilliantly played hand–then Alan Hiron recognised where it was first played.
10 minutes ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Tempted to change the opening to 4 and poll that.
22 minutes ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
if you polled this as a what do you bid over 4 I bet the vast majority would pass. Bidding strikes as self defeating. I expect partner not to double with junk. You have something of an answer here even when partner doubles over 60% pass–if partner has semi reasonable double they likely six light.
23 minutes ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Reminds me of an auction from a way back with Rixi Markus and Fritzi Gordon playing CAB it started with 2 3 showing the ace. By the time the opposing 6-5 hand finished bidding it was at the 7 level which was way too high.
37 minutes ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
tell me how?
8 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The issue was not having a penalty double in the box.
10 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
This seems reasonable to me. It will devalue the 2 bid which can be an issue. Dixon and Silverstone have always played this as forcing–they never play in 2nt by agreement. This suggestion will not work well with a weak no-trump opening structure in my view. Also I would always open 1NT 15-17 with five spades if agreeing to this.
11 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I passed and I really do hope that ! was not a psyche.
12 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I only pass because i for sure know what lead for once.
13 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Lets visit the past and see were it leads. The Americans were for most of the early history of bridge the dominant force in tournament bridge in the era when bidding was generally poor and card play was king. Pierre Ghestem was to lead the charge for improved bidding when he started to develop Monaco Relay from the end of WWII. It cuminated in 1956 when France won the Bermuda Bowl in 1955. Jais and Trezel were accused of cheating. In 1956 GB won and the first rumours about Reese and Schapiro began t circulate. Coincidence? Along come the Italians with novel bidding methods Roman Club,Neapolitan club and later Blue club and Super precision. They were strictly overseen by a captain who was more like modern day coach he set rules no WAGS, curbing alcohol etc. Recipe for success for sure. Not just in bidding but also card play–Garozzo had a big influence here with his passive lead style versus suits etc. Detailed agreements were in place to deal with most situations–discipline mattered. This did not sit well with Americans, many of the top dogs were earning a lot of money through syndicated bridge columns, books and lecture tours. Winning was majorly important to them. Many new bidding systems were appearing–Reese developed Little Major, forcing pass systems were on the way and Acol and Standard American were scarcely recognisable in their original form. Bidding was becoming King and it is worth noting an average pair in the right contract was better than a brilliant pair in the wrong one. This is a back cloth to what happened and Italian domination. The Dallas Aces were the answer and of course cheating accusations were not uncommon. I can shed light on Reese Schapiro as I have some personal insight but since both are dead it will just be hearsay and personal knowledge. The only two people who know for sure are dead. The bridge authorities cannot do much without real proof, cigarettes, coughing, foot tapping, fingers, card holding position, etc. Hard to prove conclusively then, easier now maybe with video records. So these authorities and individuals making cheating allegations open themselves up to litigation. Some under the table agreements undoubtedly took place–like we bury it they don't play together in future etc.

I discovered a thread where one of the worlds finest players said what he really thought, Bobby Woolff. I can extract Bobby's comments but this is what is left of the whole threadHere it is judge for your selves:

http://judy.bridgeblogging.com/2009/09/20/disgusting-old-hat/

I do not know what is true and what is not but you be the judge.
14 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Depends on who is using the method and I would say the same about most methods.
17 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
If by everyone you mean North then I agree, South just limited his hand with 4.
17 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Michal I agree–4 was obvious 4 ok but need fourth trump with stiff spade.
18 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Wwe obviously disagree.
18 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The key maybe not to worry so much about a club contract but to set spades as trumps–depending on how you show a one suited slam try.

I am uncomfortable on the actual auction with a number of bids. After 3 as RF argues 3 should be obvious. Then the 5 bid robbing you of space. Say after 3 partner bids 4 then opener with club fit will bid a red suit. Might well try 4 because partner may have xx–now responder will know A is unlikely–so takes the money by bidding 6 or 6. If opener has A can work out the grand is ok. If instead of 5 responder bids 4 he will know the a is missing. So on the actual auction I think North is not entirely to blame. I think both players have their share of it.

In my chosen method I would transfer to spades and bid 4 showing a powerful tw suiter but that's another story.
18 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
cannot have that because he has no need to show void–will take it to seven anyway.
22 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
My early bridge it was almost always a club member who directed and scored. One club its was the poor benighted club secretary who never screwed up a movement, always read out the rule, but had no idea about how to play. Luckily in those days there were very few occasions where rulings on UI etc were required. Hesitations were the norm tbh and most partners would have no idea what it meant anyway. If you asked for an adjustment you were much more likely t be referred to a chiropractor than to get the score changed. FWIW most hesitations were entirely innocent.
Dec. 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You are nearly not Richard–I would sooner pass than bid 2.
Dec. 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
1 want to avoid a spade slam hence 5nt.
Dec. 16
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 78 79 80 81
.

Bottom Home Top