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I was there but i was not an active actor : 2nd half of the KO event, team A was leading against team B by a few imps and was normally not the favourite in the game. One of the pair finished earlier and had a good set. So they decided to prepare a fake score sheet…

When the second pair arrived, if was “-500, we got doubled”…then “minus 530”…and so forth…the captain was apopletic ! 60+ to 0 on the half !! That s when the real sheet was put out to invert most of the scores and win comfortably. Like Rich said it, avoid it for weak hearts.
June 15
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This deal is also shown in the bulletin page 21 : http://championships.eurobridge.org/EOC2017/Bulletins/Bul_05.pdf
June 14
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I suggested other as well so that we could read other opinions
June 13
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I cannot tell you what X is because i do not have their CC ; starting on the second poll, i suggested we treat X as penalty, but i am not them.

The fact that everybody here seems to treat it as penalty and passes like the East player suggest we all agree on the start of the auction. Hence we can start poll #2 and realize that the majority does the same than East.

Hence the 3rd poll : why did it go wrong ?

It seems odd that if we mostly understand X and pass then bid 5, we suddenly have that pass of 5.

Just trying to explain the best i could :)
June 13
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Louis yes, but in practice it would mean that people do the same bids than her but understand the auction quite differently (otherwise if East has understood that West has , i would not venture that she would consider pass for a second). Is it that likely ?
June 13
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Maybe this way some will vote ‘other’ and enlighten us with their comments (also writing from work requires a little speed :))
June 13
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Thanks, corrected
June 13
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It s (b) : i needed to create some order in the poll to reach the assessment article. So far the majority blames East but bids like her the first times. I d expect more deviations early if she s 100% at fault
June 13
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One could decide that 4 is weaker than pass followed by 4 ; or the other way around. but this should have been discussed within the general principles before.
June 13
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment June 13
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Was not me but could have been :) i was either unlikely = in 3NT or -7 in a team game. Feeling that i would have more to explain for refusing the finesse, i took it and got -700
June 12
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Thanks all for the comments, it s interesting that 1/3 of our panel thinks this is silly while 2/3 thinks it is at least fine :)
May 19
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Regarding this comment : “It took me a while to process: ”more or less a flight A régional.South and West on the same side of the screen." here is how it works in France :

On the very top of the pyramid, there are competitions (that are not open, you have to qualify) in round robins. These competitions are all behind screens, use usually the same deal at all table, monitor the scores in real time etc…everybody likes them.

Going down that very top level, there are 4 to 5 layers. The first 2 routinely use screen for every possible event at every round.

The other 3 layers are usually played with no screens except the very late rounds.

It s not the same challenge for french and americans : our ‘so called (by me)’ Flight A Regionals are run through maximum 40-50 tables
May 16
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NS had a CC available, pointed out the fact (the range changing according to vulnerability), and EW actually discussed about the defense 2 deals before this one happened
May 15
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David, if you were there, and led to believe East behavior is not ethical, what could you do about it ?
May 15
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Not solving anything if you play with a pick up partner, but there is a convention you might want to add to your repertoire :

1 1NT 4 = 5 6 with nicer
1 1NT 4 = 5 6 with nicer

You can start with 1 with longer and do the same.

I do not believe this auction is useful for natural m bidding.
April 2
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I have seen people wondering what the system was exactly.

In France, our standard is not a strong hand for using splinter, but exactly two high cards, 5 trumps or more, and a singleton/void in a suit. It is possible responder has some Q/J.

So in ‘pure’ french standard the auction would have started 1 4.

The system that was used here is : 3NT for a ‘french splinter, shortness yet to specify’, while 4x would have been the ‘american’ way (if i understood the american way correctly), which would be 11-15 and a specified shortness.
April 2
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From a french (only, maybe), point of view, this really looks weird your whole story :)

Maybe some other french readers might have other views, but here i think :

- That there are people routinely opening 14H hands with 1NT (1NT is announced 15-17) and nobody has a problem with it since the partner in front will always act according to 15+ in front => silly 3NT contract WILL be reached

- That there are really routine 2NT openings that come from 5332 and a 5 card majors. Nobody cares as long as the system does not cater for the possible 5 bagger.

- That nobody will say anything if you open 1NT with the deuce of S as long as the partner cannot find it out until they cashed their 16 spades between then.

[Edit : i realized one thing, some intermediate player will sometimes cry out loud if it happens, but the TD will shrug their shoulders usually ('so what, as long as nobody would know' ?)

But i am maybe out of the problem : it seems in ACBL, that the regulation authority decides what you can or cannot do in terms of bridge.

I always thought bridge is awesome also because you re quite free to do any legal call you want as long as partner does not know more than the opponents, that i could not consider not being allowed to open 1NT like Drew Casen if i please.

I suspect a good idea (protecting very weak players from the sensation of being robbed by something obscure)has created other problems :)
Jan. 10
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment Jan. 10
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erased because Michael gave his whole opinion in the Well
June 30, 2016
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment June 30, 2016
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The board had not been played yet at the other table. We were the pair bidding (and about to make) 6
June 17, 2016
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Hello, no the cards were shuffled at the end of each round. It is likely we did not shuffle this hand
June 17, 2016
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