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I think the performance of Michal Klukowski is incredible - the man is a junior and has just won his fourth world championship. His bridge was a pleasure to watch !
Oct. 1, 2018
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How about bidding 3 instead of 3. If opps were going to bid, it will help partner decide.
If they were not it will only be bad if you get too high which seems unlikely with this playing strength.

Note that 5 makes
Sept. 25, 2018
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Let us be quite clear:
1) The doctors won their case and have a right to play.
2) If the DBV disbands and reforms, as long as it has a monopoly on organising bridge in Germany, it will not be possible to refuse participation to anyone (Kartellrecht).
3) Changing the constitution will only help for the future not the past
4) Cancelling any event the doctors enter would effectively kill bridge in Germany.

So I recommend playing - easy for me as I am not playing in the Paar Bundesliga this year.
Sept. 24, 2018
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Tom. It is not the fault of the DBV. They have to accept the ruling of the court.
Sept. 22, 2018
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The president of the DBV requested that we should continue to play in events even if Wladow/Elinescu take part. They unfortunately have a legal right to play, and if everyone refused to play, the DBV would just have to stop holding events.

So it is not an easy call.
The thing that is very sad is that Fantoni/Nunes appear to have been welcomed back by some of the Italian bridge community.
Sept. 22, 2018
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On lead the first question is whether an active or passive lead is required. As I have no stops in the red suits, I would think active and lead a club.

But bad lead is too strong.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Kit - you criticise Easts pass of 3NT, even though he scored +600. Double would have led to 4 and not such a large plus score.
Agreed - it could have gone wrong, but as South is clearly taking a risk, bidding on does not seem to be mandatory.
July 22, 2018
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The answer to the question is no. BIT means partner has something to think about - if he makes a very strange bid then there is no UI.
In this case you were clearly thinking about bidding or doubling, so there was UI.
I would bid 4NT as West - whether pass is a LA a committee should decide.
April 29, 2018
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Just if asked. My card says preempts, if they want to know the style they ask. I describe any differences accurately.
I play long suit trial bids. I describe these as showing partner should judge min/max opposite Axx. If they enquire further, I say it does not do show anything, and in the past what has happened. All things where the players have different styles which opps are entitled to know about.
April 13, 2018
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Everything is fine, as long as it is fully disclosed
April 12, 2018
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The problem on 1 is QJ .
It is usually zero on offence but worth something on defence.
March 31, 2018
ATB
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Play 2NT followed by 4 as the clear slam try
March 29, 2018
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I would say 3NT=.
Obvious playing partner for A109x is a logically alternative.
Feb. 26, 2018
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How about a bidding poll for this problem.
Feb. 25, 2018
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3 level bids invitational, 2 level bids forcing.
Feb. 16, 2018
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Good write up - I had another unsuccessfull weekend.


3NT is not easy on a non-spade lead. You have to guess on the third round of clubs who has the Club 10. I guessed wrong.

I think that the bidding 1 - 1NT - 2 - 3 - 3 should initially just be looking for the right game so is the best bid with xxx, AKxxx, AKQx, x.
Feb. 12, 2018
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In German courts, if expert testimony is disputed, the court itself orders an independent expert to investigate. This would seem to be the only way that one could deal with the problem of non-expert judges.
Jan. 27, 2018
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This could be a bidding poll
Jan. 22, 2018
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Hallo Peg,

I voted do nothing - in this I meant do nothing to change the structure of the game.

The doctors won because:
a) the WBF did not follow it's own statutes
b) the DBV made a ruling based on the WBF ruling instead of based on the investigation it completed.
I know that the DBV have learned the lesson, and I hope that the WBF will too.
In Germany there is no choice. As the DBV is the only organisaion for playing bridge in the country, they are subject to monopoly rules, and all decisions can be challenged in the civil courts. I happen to think this is a good thing - although I am not looking forward to playing against Entschow Wladow in the near future.

The CAS decision seems to be after due process. There does not seem to anything fundamentally wrong with having cases tried by the CAS. The decision was IMHO wrong, because I for one am convinced that F-N cheated. It was enough to convince me that they played 2 level openings that involved their partner having to guess with lots of hands, and they almost always guessed right.

So do nothing means that I do not think that we need to change the structure about how are game is organised. I do think that all the national organisations should vote representations to the EBL/WBF who are willing to work to eliminate cheating and invest in youth bridge, and not people who just wish to stay in 5 star hotels at the cost of grass root players.
Jan. 12, 2018
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EBL events yes.
WBF events are invitation only, so no.
Jan. 11, 2018
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