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The Editorial in the latest issue of TBW (February) is devoted to a copy of an open letter from Jeff Meckstroth to the ACBL management and BOD.

Apart from his major points, he includes a note regarding the recent Fall nationals where it was in his best interests to lose a semifinal match in the Senior Knockout.
9 hours ago
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John, no clue from the demeanor.

Barry and others inferred correctly. The diamond was a singleton. Once again, Goldwater's jest is only that.

My thinking was much the same as Steve's and I tabled my dummy.

As the cards were, six immediate tricks were available to the defense but more difficult to work out if the lead were normal (scores were -150 and -100).

North-South, with three aces and a spade void, could have scored 13 tricks in either hearts or clubs with only 20 hcpts. A few N-S's found 5H, perhaps without the spade barrage, for top scores.
13 hours ago
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The inference of Dave's comment seems logically irrefutable.
13 hours ago
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I wouldn't have known the answer “before.” If i had been quizzed “before” I would have guessed a penalty of 3-5 points.

(I once played in a lengthy match and the director was at fault and we ended up doing a full replay finishing well into the am. I'm sure others can relate.)
Jan. 18
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Unfortunately, great sentiment and Bridge culture do not blend very well.
Cynic that I am, little hope that it ever will.
Jan. 18
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Thanks, noted.
Jan. 18
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So sorry for screwing up. And I haven't had any wine…..yet:)
East as partner bid 4S.
All passed after 4S.
Jan. 18
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I can't imagine anyone in our ACBL bridge world who deserves more accolades than Eddie Kantar.
Jan. 18
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I think she does.
Jan. 16
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As I recall, SI did have a bridge column in the old days.
Jan. 16
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Yes, Ken, on further review, your points look valid (heart suit rates to come in even though diamonds will likely split 4-2).
Jan. 16
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No blame for opener's 2NT. Responder's pass is indeed conservative but at least he was green.

Alan, above, “All told, and assuming best defense, 3NT is about 61% while 4♥ is 45%,”

Methought that was about right but my normally sane software program shows 79% for a heart game and 84% for no-trump. I'll revisit in due course.
Jan. 16
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Han,
I'm dazzled by the methodology.
What might be other applications?
For example, many of today's experts have rallied around 2S as a size ask after 1Nt; can the sim principles you've employed be used to demonstrate the degree of opener's concealment advantage in an auction like 1NT-2S-2NT-3NT?
Jan. 15
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Good re-thinking, Ron :)

I suppose there are some hands where it can pay off not to show immediate support.

Rather than trying to identify them, my view (perhaps contrary to others) is to always show your 4-card support.

To do otherwise, partner will never believe that you have more than 3-card support and may well go wrong later in this or any auction.

In the long run, I believe showing immediate game-forcing support with 4+ cards in the major will pay off.
Jan. 14
Ed Judy edited this comment Jan. 14
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I suppose much of this is Much Ado About Nothing.

When phrasing such as “We intend to grow our business” became popular, I threw in the towel.
Jan. 14
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BGen was my first simulator as well. Very instructive.
Jan. 14
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Delightful reading.

Segueing to bridge per se, here is a link to an interesting Alan Truscott column written before John Lowenthal's passing. Lowenthal, among other achievements, created Borel, the breakthrough computer program.

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/04/22/nyregion/bridge-borel-program-for-ibm-s-is-a-source-of-modified-deals.html
Jan. 14
Ed Judy edited this comment Jan. 14
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I've been reminded that some prefer to play a suit bid above 5NT as a King ask. This has an element of simplicity and I believe part of the Hardy/Walsh understanding. That of course would negate point 4 as a Q ask.
Jan. 13
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Addendum:
Thanks to all those who added their particular methods on deals of this nature.
Jan. 12
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