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I find very few players know that the rules for what is a played card are different for declarer and for defender. I had a player in a national event in Philly insist I had to play a card because he had seen it. I had detached the card from my hand but it was nowhere near the table. I decided to play the card anyway but called the director over to educate this player.
May 29
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I expect so although I would be hard pressed to rule in favor of defenders claiming they were damaged by an alert of a bid when they never asked for nor were given any explanation. “I assumed his bid did not mean X because X is not alertable but I never asked what it means” does not strike me as persuasive.
May 29
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this is a bit silly, there is noone in the world who would lead the 7 from JT97
May 21
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thanks for looking that up.
May 21
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I hope Bart will post a similar article about the 7S hand late in the match, I believe a trump lead killed the chances of making 13 tricks by ruffing 3 clubs. The vugraph commentators were convinced declarer (Rodwell I think) messed it up at trick 1, winning in the wrong hand.
May 21
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I have never ever had an opponent make a 4 level overcall over my 1nt opener so I'm not going to lose too much sleep about this one.
May 9
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Between the robot games and the acbl sanctioned games by my rough calculation BBO is making a fortune with almost no margainal expenses
May 5
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Well they have daily robot tourneys that are $0.25 each and in total they have more than 4000 people every day so that's more than $300 grand a year they are bringing in having nothing to do with the ACBL.
March 20
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Based on the number of robot tournaments BBO must be raking in a small fortune, would it be too much to ask them to invest some of this in improving the bots?
March 19
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No I believe Eric is right, the bots always seem to throw their equivalent cards top down.
March 19
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You are correct, there is no apology below, he merely says he meant no offense.
March 19
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Yes, although I'm of course interested in the same question opposite 1st seat openers when a 3-card limit raise is in the mix.
March 13
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bidding 3S as a “punt” with possibly a stiff small spade seems unplayable to me.
March 12
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This is useful, I really bid 3NT too fast.
March 12
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We had a hand in a KO in Philly this weekend where declarer had a trump suit of TXXX opposite AKQx in the dummy in hearts. When she cashed the HA my stiff jack dropped. She then said out loud very clearly “King of hearts, queen of hearts, and then she faced her hand which was good.” Director ruled my partner scored his remaining trump.
March 11
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Unfortunately we missed the NAP flight A,flights from Buffalo to Philly all cancelled and/or delayed six hours.
March 7
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I don't think it's automatically perverse. These pairs don't play each other so it wouldn't matter if they both sat the same direction on every board, what matters is having the set of pairs they are comparing with on each board spread out relatively evenly among the remaining 10 pairs.
Jan. 10
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Yes because the ACBL wanted to incentivize attendance at sectionals.
Dec. 17, 2017
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Gary I have to respectfully disagree. After what Boye did I think any series of posts showing unusual actions and using the “Ten of spades, jack of spades, etc…” metaphor is implicitly an accusation.
Dec. 9, 2017
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Unless these are computer world championships and he is accusing the computer of peeking!
Dec. 9, 2017
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