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Ed the usual reason Director knows about missing cards, is some player thinks he can game them because they only have one. and yes those players feel harassed, and I think the law about yellow card is draconian.
Oct. 14
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As a club director if its a pick up last minute thing I let it slide, if its a regular partnership I make sure they have at least one filled in card. Sure I can enforce draconian measures, but these people come out for fun not to be harassed at every turn by some stickler for the rules. I have played with enough last minute pick ups, at both national and regional level, to know that whoever wrote the rule didn't think it through.
Oct. 13
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I have flown in and out of SUX multiple times, I have even played in the Sioux City regional, and the Mason city regional (not sure if that still exists) along with Omaha and the Sioux city sectional, and I can play in 12 california regionals and a sectional every weekend without getting on a plane. Try doing that in Montana.
Sept. 22
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Cam, I could name 3 teams of top class players from Edmonton that I would bet on, over almost any average team of 10,000 from California.
The Edmonton guys would average half that.
Rich, yes I would take the Iowa farm boys, California 12 regionals a year in driving distance, Iowa, maybe 3. California 3 or 4 nationals every 5 years in driving distance, Iowa none.
Have you any idea how hard it is to accumulate points if you live somewhere like Sioux City? You have the Sioux city regional maybe 700 tables, Omaha without a doubt a top regional, and that's about it.
Sept. 21
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As a wise old gambler once said to me, if you are betting at odds on, you are essentially laying the bet.
Sept. 20
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The practicality in the US is it all depends where you live. I would take a team of Iowa farm boys average 2500 over a California team averaging 7500 points most days of the week.
There needs to be some way of assessing the ability of foreign players ( they gave me 3500 when I started playing) but it is only a rough guideline.
It will never be perfect, because it is not comparing apples to apples, but it does need to exist. Both for seeding purposes and to make sure that players at lower levels are competing on a level playing field with their peers.
We have a local player that appeared out of nowhere and played in brackets B and C for a long time, all those players he played against were basically denied a fair chance in their respective brackets.
Sept. 20
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Gene, I think you don't read the posts you respond to, or you just fit your own often misdirected thoughts to them and say they are wrong just to be contrary.
I could have said white is white and you would have written a diatribe about shades of white.
Sept. 17
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Paul I noticed you registered for Orlando, hope to see you there, its been along time.
Sept. 17
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I think third seat should always pause, and never vary. I agree once you start varying tempo you create all manner of UI.
Sept. 17
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Gene, no one should be giving dummy anything less than serious thought after it comes down. Third hand has not only a right but an obligation to asses what they think is going on in the hand and play accordingly. If your assumption is that when declarer says play low at the speed of light, third hand has any less of an obligation to think through the possibilities we are no longer playing bridge, but allowing declarer an advantage not due.

99% of the time it is correct to give partner correct count, but why should third hand be forced not to ascertain whether this is a 1% hand.
Sept. 17
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Most though not all of the players that could give personal definitive views are long gone, of the few who remain personal views have been made publicly and privately.
The tapes are not news either, they have been known about for a long time.
The bridge world was a very different place back then, and so was the computer world, where it is now so much easier to go back and analyze.

We are blessed in that we have people that can do this work for us and are prepared to put in the effort, and as computer science advances we will be able to do even more.

I have doubts whether this book will change anything more than 60 years on, but what it does is lay down a gauntlet, whoever you are however great your reputation, if you cross the line, at some point you will be caught, and your great reputation tarnished. Even if you never cheated but only played on teams with cheats. your good name will forever be lessened.
Sept. 17
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any hand where declarer needs 2 pitches
Sept. 16
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sometimes its the right action to give up a trick, as defender knowing partner has AK and being able to see dummy, you might have a better idea what the right defense is, including giving up a trick early to gain later.
Sept. 16
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Tricking partner might be the right thing to do here, as partner who has been tricked will not try to cash the king, but give you a ruff, thereby denying declarer 2 pitches.

It is probably the best reason not to fumble, but always be deliberate in your third hand play to trick one. Just because declarer does not take time to think to trick one, does not mean that third chair gives up that right.

Normally I just give partner regular count, whatever style we are playing, but it never hurts to think about the options when you see the dummy.
Sept. 16
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Avon, given that as we speak Fantuni/Ricci have just come second in the Italian Pairs Championship, do we think anything has really changed? “Just sayin”
Sept. 16
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30 hcp outstanding, pard rates to have 10 of them, 4h -? 3d is looking like a slam invite to partner with any ace and honor 3rd in diamonds or short diamonds and 4 trump.

They wont believe you when you slam on the brakes, so best for diamond suit to be headed by A or KQ.

1H ? 4H is a better description of hand, 4h opener might be a little too preemptive on a hand where slam is possible opposite any hand short in diamonds holding ace of clubs.
Sept. 13
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The only caveat I have for minor wood, is that if you can only support the minor for the first time at the 4 level the other minor is Key Card.
So 1M 1NT 3C-4CL is just a raise and 4D is Key Card in clubs.
Otherwise all 1234 124 134 14
1x3n 4m are all key card.
Sept. 10
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Mike was always fun to play against, always smiling always knew when 3nt was the right spot always went out of his way to say hello, another one of the good guys gone
Aug. 25
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We play 15-17 might open a 14 count with a 5 card suit, almost never open 1nt with a 5 card major in a team game. But I am definitely less likely to open a ragged 14 count 1nt in third chair or with a stiff honor when warranted, if opps have a penalty double, unless I have somewhere to run.
I always check to see if opps have a penalty double.
Aug. 24
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Who knows whats going on half the time. Just play penalty doubles of 1nt, it keeps the opps in check the occasional -180 isn't the end of the world.
I have started announcing certain opps ranges for them, 13-19.
Aug. 23
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