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This is one of the funniest threads I've read in a long time.
March 20
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Richard, you're right. Rereading the passage, it implies that the EBL was not reconstituted until 1948, so Italy was only barred for one year. I had assumed the first year was 1946.
Feb. 25
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I've read Avon's book twice, and I'm now reading Perroux's book, and I agree with Paul. Perroux's book gives a wonderful idea of what life was like in Italy after WW II - he says that Italy was not allowed to participate in the European Championships for three years after the war. There are far fewer hands given in Perroux's book - could Avon or Paul tell me if there are some hands mentioned in both? I suspect not.
Feb. 25
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It's possible to do even better. A few years back some friends of mine played in a KO with a nine-team bracket. They lost one three-way match big and won one small, but one team lost both matches. And they repeated this “feat” for the second three-way match. Then they won the head-to-head semifinal by a small margin. In the final they had a small lead at the half, and were net minus IMPs for the event at this time.

Alas, they blew the other team out in the second half and wound up net plus for the event.
Feb. 23
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The Ministry of Magic casts a wide net:)
Feb. 21
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Is he related to Bartemius Crouch?
Feb. 21
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I'm surprised that no comment has mentioned how wonderful it is to know how long it took for a bid to be made. Serving on committees will certainly be easier now.
Feb. 19
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Nobody in my game played in , and my partner and I never bid them. But it looks cold, even by East. 3 to the 6,J,A.
A, ruff. AK, ruff with the 2. ruff. AK, ruff with the 9.
Feb. 19
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I play this in one partnership (after an opening of either minor) and it works well when it comes up. After a 1 response we play support doubles.
Feb. 15
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I'm confused - RHO did not have a 4 bid in the bidding box?
Feb. 1
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I had a partnership where we played that 1M-2M-3M was either asking for help in trumps with an invitational hand or showing strong trumps in a weak hand. If responder had strong trumps he bid game.
Jan. 28
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I love the title of this thread. I visualized E. Bot and W. Bot marrying, with AlphaGo as the minister. :)
Jan. 27
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“Wild horses couldn't make me use unauthorized information” :)
Jan. 26
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I still haven't seen a discussion of bidding games in Swiss teams. Those 36% odds for bidding vulnerable games are in the “long run”. Even those of us who aren't Keynesians should realize that you need better odds than that.

(Keynes made the famous remark “In the long run, we are all dead”. And he wasn't a bridge player.)
Jan. 24
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How did Sion get access to the hand records?
Jan. 22
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I think Meredith led J to the K and ace, and then later finessed the 9.
Jan. 15
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They never bid, and our auction was 1-4(splinter)-4NT-5 (I thought I should show the Q in case he needed to know about the extra extra extra extra trump)-5NT(specific kings)-6S.Partner ran all his trumps (excuse me, all my trumps), but lost the last trick.
Jan. 14
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In real life, I opened Flannery with the North hand. I don't care for Flannery with 6-4, but my partner wanted to play it. East doubled, but that showed , not takeout, and partner just bid 4.
Jan. 14
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Mimi Hagedorn is still around, still in Houston.
Jan. 12
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Ken, it's only January.
Jan. 10
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