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My guess: They'd gone past 3NT, and thought that 5 would score badly, so guessed to bid slam. However 3NT was going 2 down as the defense could set up their suit before the A was knocked out.
Oct. 14
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Only one off wouldn’t be a gross mis-statement of values. If you start going 2 or 3 off on this auction, though …
Oct. 13
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Is this what Ottlik and Kelsey called a Knockout squeeze?
Oct. 12
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It's a multi-purpose bid which shows no clear way forward. So, in principle, <3, <4, no good stop, probably <6.

It's not asking for a stop per se, but partner can certainly show one in response! He can also show a 5th , 3 card support, or deny all of these.

Hopefully then responder will know what do to.
Oct. 12
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The easiest way to get to 7 is if West has a way of asking about 3rd round control after bidding RKCB.

Then almost any start will do.
Oct. 12
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That's a very nice article, Matthew.

Ian, I'm not saying these players don't play slowly as well. It's just that most of the time they could afford to play as slow as they do and still finish on time if it weren't for all the other stuff they waste time on.
Oct. 12
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In my experience, the cause of “slow play” at club level is not really slow play - it's time-wasting of other sorts.

eg filling in the opposition pair number etc on your score card before looking at, and sorting your cards; writing down the contract on your score card instead of thinking what to lead; demanding to examine all the previous results on the board even though you know you are running late; asking partner at the end of the hand what he held, even though you've just seen all his cards; and so on and so on.

Ignoring all that extraneous faff, the bridge hands themselves are nearly always finished in time.
Oct. 11
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It is true that no method is perfect, but cherry-picking hands is no way to show how good a method is. You need to show the gains ouitweigh loses.

I haven't done the maths, but I think xxx Kxxxx is more likely than Kxx xxxxx.
Oct. 8
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Suppose the first hand were Axxx xxx x Kxxxx, then game isn't nearly as good, but you get there anyway.

Interestingly, if you make the second hand Axxx xxx Kxxxx x, then game is not great, but at least you have a play for it.
Oct. 8
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I don't know the exact details of the system.

If South is near promising 4 card support and an outside singleton, then North is just about worth a try.

If South could bid the same way with, say, Q replaced by 2, then 2 is an underbid.

2 is probably an underbid in any case, so I went with “Mostly South”
Oct. 8
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Or two losers in and none in (after discarding them all on )
Oct. 8
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It's also the line I came up with - which makes it even more likely that you're missing something.
Oct. 8
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GIB hasn’t entered for years.

Although I’m not saying it would win if it did enter.

Wbridge5 is free, and normally does very well in these events, so that might be a good choice for them if they wanted to switch.
Oct. 6
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Even getting to slam on 30 points and two reasonably balanced is good going.

Finding 7 with any confidence when it is right would require a relay system I think.

I don’t see what South could have done any differently.

So what blame there is must go to North. And since it is unlikely that a discard on the 5th would be the difference between the slam making and not, he should probably have chosen something else.
Oct. 5
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I don't quite get the Hamman quote:

If the top 52 pairs in the world played MP pairs tournament, who are the “drunks” getting knocked out?

Conversely, if two good teams play a round robin IMPS tournament with 8 weak teams, then the winner will generally be decided by which of the strong teams can “knock out the most drunks”.
Oct. 3
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When you play against weak human players, they obviously make a lot of mistakes, but at least they make sensible mistakes (if that makes any sense!). They might lead a singleton when there's absolutely no hope of partner having an entry; or draw trumps when they need to ruff something in dummy, and so on. But at least they appear to be playing bridge.

With many of GIB's errors, however, there seems to be no reason behind them at all. It's doesn't look like a simulation has over-ridden the standard bid or play. It looks more like there is no standard defined, and no simulation done either.

eg I've had GIB lead lowest from a small doubleton in my suit (with declarer having the singleton); and I've seen GIB pass in the undisturbed auction 2C 2NT.
Oct. 3
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The main appeal of dancing reality shows is watching the journey the contestants go through from absolute beginners to being quite good dancers.

Is there the same appeal in watching someone go from absolute beginner to complete novice?
Oct. 2
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A bigger issue if responder makes a 2/1 after making a pass out of turn is opener not making a marginal slam try.
Sept. 24
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It's ridiculous, in a game which claims to be one of full disclosure, that the onus is on the opposing pair to find out what a bid means (whether they are alerted or not).

The onus should always be on the pair making the bids to ensure that their opponents understand.

This is especially so when asking might tip off something about my hand (eg I would bid over a pre-emptive raise, but not over an invitational one).
Sept. 24
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There are also other squeeze possibilities (eg East with singleton honour + West with length; East with QJT8xx + length).

And you still keep those squeeze chances (for 12 rather than 13 tricks) if you play on first and they don't break.
Sept. 23
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