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As the DBV has an effective monopoly on competitive bridge in Germany, we must comply to legal restrictions that would not apply if there were alternatives.

This is seriously bad news - also financially for the DBV which is not rich.
April 10, 2017
David Cole edited this comment April 10, 2017
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You need King und Queen onside, plus reasonable breaks in the minors. I think sensible is an overbid
April 7, 2017
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Hi Jeff,

When I played against the German doctors, they always seemed to get the tricky decisions right, and I could not understand how. Without screens, they had eye-contact which explained a lot.
I thought something was not fair and felt robbed, but I did not know.

My question:
Did you know that the cheats were getting better results than their bridge skills?
Did you know that they were cheating?

And what can we all do to keep our game clean and fun?

Thanks
March 29, 2017
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If the player bid in his usual tempo, it is irrelevant whether this is 2 or 20 seconds. There is no BIT.
March 28, 2017
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I hope that the standard will be in future.
You must play in such a way it is clear to all that you are not cheating.
The top players have a responsibility as role models - and if the spacing in the bidding boxes is uneven, it is normal to correct before pushing through the screen.
Feb. 15, 2017
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North is closer to 6 than pass over 5. South can see partners void as well and should never pass.
Feb. 5, 2017
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Always play the man would could have bid at the one level for trump length, if you have no other argument. With 6-7 Hearts East might have bid
Jan. 13, 2017
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Why not simply a bidding poll?
Jan. 11, 2017
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The main point Artur was making has got lost in the discussion. We all know opponents that if they do not win a board at the table try to win it from the TD. This behaviour is one of the factors driving players away.
It is a challenge for the lawmakers to design the laws in such a way that this is not easy, and the whole bridge community should discourage such behaviour
Jan. 6, 2017
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Judy,
Nobody deines that Bobby is one of the world's great who have contributed much to the game as a player and an administrator. Please do allow others to have a different opinion who have contributed less.
Of course we will teach bridge with standard, simple systems. There will continue to be events with system restrictions. I will continuous to play my natural system. However I would love to test my skill against FERTS.
Jan. 3, 2017
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How about 3 doubled as the final contract. What would have happened if I had been East.
Oct. 21, 2016
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You must inform the opponents. The same way Michael Rosenberg alerted Zia's game tries.

This answers the question about alerting exclusion blackwood when partner may have xx.

The bid ask me how many Aces outside the suit and is usually made with a void. In the past my partner has made the bid with xx.


Corrected bad spelling correction from my mobile
Sept. 21, 2016
David Cole edited this comment Sept. 21, 2016
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Hallo Allan,

Over a 4-8 point hand with a 6 card minor, it is important that opener can rebid 3 of either major so that one can choose between 3NT and 4 of a major. So to use transfers effectively, we would have to include the hands with 5 and 4 of another suit in 2, which overloaded it.

Over the 4441 hands, we play 4 as an endbid. All other bids are slam tries, with the first bid over it as serious. As we are restricted to 4-8, we do not normally ask for keycards.
Sept. 18, 2016
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I think that they should be required to accuse the pair of something concrete, and the pair are suspended until they have been investigated and had a chance to defned themselves.

Then maybe it is fair that what they are accused of is not in the public domain if the pair themselves do not want to publish it. But at least the pair should be told the reason, and there should be a requirement for investigation and ruling in a reasonable period of time.
Sept. 1, 2016
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After winning 2 World championships I believe
Aug. 13, 2016
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You should contact 2 polls, with the correct and wrong information. Then see the difference.
Aug. 12, 2016
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Small away from the table at Trick 2
July 26, 2016
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It depends on the agreement about what the double means. If it is strongly action and this can be demonstrated by the pair, then it does not suggest pulling the double.

So the pair must demonstrate that their agreements are that a double here says I want to bid 4, but I double in case you have a penalty pass.
July 21, 2016
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The argument is - in a competitive auction always assume we are just trying to stop them making 110 in a major and not trying for game.
Sure, sometime you will miss a thin 3NT, but I love opps who do not push me around
July 10, 2016
David Cole edited this comment July 11, 2016
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I have recently had a takeout of a slow double rolled back, as it was assumed that the slowness of the double made it less likely that the double was for penalties. The problem that I see is defining what the UI demonstrably suggests, taking into account the skills of the players concerned.
In an ideal world we would all manage a uniform tempo, as Michael Rosenberg argued so well in hos book.
In the world we currently live in I think that directors and committees do a good job of defining what are logical alternatives, and usually take into account the skill level of the players involved. They do a less good job of considering what is demonstrably suggested by the UI.
July 5, 2016
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