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A peer PMed me, the gist of it was “if you or I bid 7nt than appealed we would receive -200 and an appeal without merit warning.” I suspect a lot of us feel this way.
Dec. 2
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When the opponents bid 7NT after a lengthy auction and I look down and see an ace it will take me at least a minute just to clear my head and review the auction to see what the heck is going on!
Dec. 2
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I'm aware the timing is legal but it is typical to at least call attention to the hesitation at the time, if that wasn't done either then this smells even worse.
Dec. 2
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Wow, just wow. I think it is a real stretch to argue the BIT suggests a diamond lead. Meanwhile east is just baiting north into leading a diamond, which he does. And then EW lawyer their way to a national title? And in what universe is a heart lead a logical alternative? Sorry I just don't like it. EW took a flyer, paid for it, and then lawyered up.

Also I really don't like it that the director was not called until the end of the play. Did anyone call attention to the BIT when it happened?
Dec. 1
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I believe there were no restaurants at Birmingham, they had to bring in a bus. And didn't Zia get mugged?
Oct. 20
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I had the same thought. It seems west had the club ace so I would not say east ducked.
Oct. 15
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Stop dissing on Buffalo, it is beautiful in the Fall! Airfares are reasonable, Niagara Falls is close by, and the waterfront. Time to bring the nationals back to Buffalo!
Aug. 15
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I agree, I don't think it's faked, I'm just curious who records themselves playing robot tournaments, especially with the movie feature available!
July 15
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What seems fishy to me is that he has a recording of the original play with the robots revoking. Where did that come from? I mean who records themselves playing a robot tournament!!??
July 15
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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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