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and the clubs and the diamonds and the hearts?
March 29, 2016
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The answer is extremely simple. They are all European men because the all evidence came from video at the European open championships.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Well, that was an eloquent response.
Sept. 22, 2015
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This team would surely have qualified for a French National Championship without the help of FN so why shouldn't they play? They are victims too, after all. The biggest ones of all.

Let it go.
Sept. 22, 2015
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The ACBL has no real reason to get involved in this at all, at least not at this stage. F/S are members of the IBF and the most damning evidence against the pair took place in events sanctioned by the EBL. As such it is responsibility of those organizations to render judgement on what happened under their respective jurisdictions. If, for example, the IBF decided to ban the pair for life, the ACBL should (and undoubtedly would) simply (decide to ratify the judgement and extend it to ACBLland.

If the ACBL is not satisfied with what the EBL and the IBF do, it might decide to open an independent investigation and try convict the pair based on what infractions they have committed in ACBL-sanctions events. At this moment that would at best be a distraction, maybe worse.

To date the IBF has acted in an exemplary fashion, putting forth a clear cut process which will come to conclusion in an expeditious manner. On top of that they went above and beyond the call of duty by withdrawing from the Bermuda Bowl. Let them finish what they are doing.
Sept. 7, 2015
David MacRae edited this comment Sept. 7, 2015
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Seems like a good decision.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Possibly in general but on this hand the club opening worked quite well. You got to describe your hand and partner has placed the contract. Pass.
Aug. 17, 2015
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This is major stupid.
Aug. 17, 2015
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It happened that I walked into a room just as a match in the Spingold was finishing. There was an argument about a hesitation. The director turned to the VU and asked him about it. He gave his opinion and the director then continued with “Do you mind if I quote you on it?” The answer was a shrug to effect that he didn't care.
Aug. 16, 2015
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I agree with the 2 bid. Jumps in minors should be backed by high card strength since the final objective is so often 3NT. There is no way I am passing 2NT as it is extremely unlikely to be the right spot. And there is no way I am bidding 3, which should be a signoff. I choose 3 which should show doubt about whether NT or clubs is the best spot.
Aug. 9, 2015
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Your followup methods have a lot to say about which bid is superior. For example, if you play some form of XYZ in this auction, 1 is more attractive than if you don't.
Aug. 9, 2015
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Declarer was obviously hoping to pitch a spade on a diamond. Since the AJ are offside, that won't work but he didn't know that.
Aug. 7, 2015
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Precisely. Ruffing makes no sense. And he has already showed the A as well which makes it even more absurd.

It's hard to imagine West passing 2 with that distribution whether he has the Q or not. In fact, it's hard to imagine him passing 2 with any hand that has spade shortness. So I'm inclined to think he has the Queen (third?) of spades based on the way he cashed out his winners. I also think East has more minor cards. Give West something like Qxx xx AKxx Axxx or Qxx Qxx AKx Axxx. Is the latter a 1NT overcall vul vs not? Are we playing IMPs or MPs?

So I finesse spades through West and then decide what to do about the hearts. Strip the clubs first in case I'm about to blow a trick to a doubleton queen.
Aug. 3, 2015
David MacRae edited this comment Aug. 3, 2015
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Why did I play 7?
Aug. 3, 2015
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The hand opposite was K108xxx KJ10x - xxx
Spades and clubs are sitting favourably so 5S makes. A heart contract will be in trouble.
May 31, 2015
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the hand is still sub_minimum even despite the good news about the hearts.
May 26, 2015
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As the consensus answer on the previous problem http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-8102/ was to double 3 I was curious to see how people would follow up. I'll give partner's hand shortly.
May 26, 2015
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The double is bizarre but it did not cause this disaster. That's is 100% the fault of the converter.
May 26, 2015
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sorry. I should mentioned it. The answer is no.
May 25, 2015
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There is a trick which works for accessing articles in the WSJ and some other gated stuff. Google the name of the article, in this case “Bridge—Not Chess—Is the Ultimate War Game” and then click on the link you get that way/
May 18, 2015
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