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I was screenmate with 1NT'ers partner. He looked very suspicious. Maybe that should have convinced me to run. He tabled 12 HCP's with 4153 distribution. Partner had a 4144 5-count, his singleton heart was…not the queen.
April 23, 2014
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Kit, it seems to me that opener will bid 2NT with both hands and responder will raise that to three.
Opener might bid 3 with the first hand (if system allows) but I can't see how you land on your feet. Responder'd next bid will be 3 and now what? 4 as a choice of games? Will that be interpreted as such? Even if yes, next time that nice J is going to be in the opponent's hand. Or responder will have 3 small diamonds and 3 was your last making contract. However, after that 4 I fear that partner will think you have great things in mind.
Now if you had responded 1, opener would have bid 1NT with both hands, and responder would surely have a way to show his hand type (e.g. by jumping to 3 or via some check-back scheme).
April 22, 2014
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Your facts are mostly quotes of opinions.
And please tell me if I played with a player in the past who was caught cheating (the Piekarek case), am I a cheater too?
And if that “We've known about them for a decade.” is true, why were they not reported. That top UK player deliberately chose to play against cheaters instead of reporting the ‘facts’.
And ”psychological terror“is not cheating so has nothing to do with our topic. That is a case of bad conduct which can be dealt by the tournament director (although I admit we also have top players who do that and somehow they are never punished).
April 20, 2014
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While answering the questions I raised my eyebrows several times at seeing the risky, sometimes crazy interventions they made. Many times I would not even have considered their choice. That could be style but it raised the question: did they always get away with it?
April 19, 2014
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If they won against France by means of cheating then France can have claims at the world title just as well as the USA. And, by induction, their oppenent before France may have such a claim as well (I don't know at what stage the knock-out stage began).
April 15, 2014
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There is another way of playing the 1/1NT combination. 1 can be played as distributional, and all balanced hands weaker than a 1 opening are opened with 1NT. Of course this makes the range of 1NT very wide. Do you have experience with this?
I have a new partner with whom I play a 11-16 HCP 1NT which he insists has never caused problems for him. This enables us to play 1NT over 1 as a game forcing relay.
April 15, 2014
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I would have bid 4 over 2 and instead of 3. Now 6, any finesse will be on after the X of 3.
April 7, 2014
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To Peter Gill:

Peter, that's what I was looking for. I never claimed they were not cheating, only I would hate to see someone sentenced on insufficient evidence.
April 4, 2014
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That jump to 4 I find extremely mysterious. Why not 3 when partner will raise to 4 anyway if he has 4-card support? Can it be he was looking for a 4-3 holding 2 sure diamond stoppers? I am inclined to believe that 4 was an accident.
As for Bd12, it seems to me that 4 is cold on any lead. The enemy don't have time to remove all 3 minor stoppers. OK, that may be irrelevant. What was the bidding, did it not suggest that a lead was contraindicated?
In Bd16 I find the explanation of 3 acceptable. And don't tell me that S knew that E would bid 3.
At this point the only board I find really suspect is No5.
April 3, 2014
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There were 1 coughs by each player in board 4. Why is that board not icluded in the Donna Compton letter? Note: one of the coughers did not have a singleton.
On Bd11 why was there no cough indicating a lead? Surely they were on defence with their combined 13 count.
Why is Bd6 and 15 not included in the report?
April 3, 2014
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Well, especially the second pdf raises questions to which I would like to know the answer (e.g. no cough although spade single).
BTW, are the accusations based merely on 16 boards?

PS. I have tried to watch the videos on youtube but they were of awful quality, e.g. I never heard anyone but the man with the white hair (I don't know them personally) cough. Is there a good quality video available somewhere?
April 3, 2014
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Actually, your stating that they cheated on every hand makes me think they were simply having fun cheating. Otherwise it is just plain stupid, they must have known they would be revealed.
April 2, 2014
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Thank you for the replies, fellows.
March 12, 2014
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Thank you, it was the theoretical aspect I was interested in.
March 12, 2014
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“Any relation to Zsa Zsa or Eva?”

Not as far as I know.
March 1, 2014
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Hi Eric,

Lately you have changed your rebids over 2-2, 2 denying a major where it used to show 4H or 4S. What have you found was wrong with the old structure?
Feb. 28, 2014
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The use of 2m for the 18-19 HCP balanced hands has the advantage that it frees up opener's 2NT rebid which can be used for various hands that are not easy to handle otherwise.
E.g. Bocchi and Madala use it to describe strong one-suiters with or without support in responder's suit.

As to the choice whether 2 or 2 is better used for the 18-19 balanced hand, I think it is very much in the balance. It is not difficult to construct an easy-to-remember responding scheme to 2 which covers practically all hand types with the only flaw compared to Bocchi's 2 that you can't play in 2s.
Feb. 3, 2014
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“I think 1 openings that include weak NT hands are optimal for avoiding the preemption that a Precision risks.”

With one partner I used to treat those two-way 1 openings as though they were strong clubs. With good opening strength you can always pass and await developments, or you can double the 1 opening.
Feb. 3, 2014
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This is a partnership decision. The classic interpretation is “forcing to suit agreement”. In my current partnership, however, I play that it can be weaker than invitational. Doubler's 2M is not forcing, if he wants to insist on game opposite a 8-9 point hand he can jump or cuebid.
3D is 5H5S in my partnership, for lack of a better idea.
Jan. 21, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 21, 2014
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He should look again.
Jan. 1, 2014
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