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French tend to demand 4 cards in to raise directly ; the old french way is not to bid 1M 1NT Forcing so 1M 2D can come from a balanced hand.

Maybe the system is actually at fault
Feb. 15
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Partner's hand was : 7 AKQ84 AJ9 Q643. Some might disagree with 2 (i was suggested 3 over 2).

a fair % of good players i asked in France were leaning more or less comfortably toward 4. 3 was a bit loathed.

I will poll over 3 by responder with that hand.
Feb. 14
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment Feb. 14
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Mike, I was South (i think some have guessed) and you summed up exactly what my reasoning was during the brief moment I was iven to answer to my LHO.

The comments were helpful because at least James believe i was answering suspiciously ; hence i will use Kit's advice for next time (if i could avoid that though :))
Jan. 29
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Deleted - misread the question
Jan. 11
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment Jan. 11
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Two possibilities I guess :

- East did not know 3 is forcing after 2 X p p
- East was afraid that West will pass 3 hence the redouble

Might it help to know East/West have been partners for a few years ?
Jan. 5
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Teammatch, sorry, i ll edit as well the subject
Jan. 5
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To avoid the comments at the table with “semi”-forcing, we got used to alert 1NT : “up to 11” (in a context where nobody imagines the fit can be hidden)
Sept. 28, 2017
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Patrick, where (or in which issue of TBW) can i find this extended lisa over 1 ? Over 1 it is the issue of October 2007
Sept. 7, 2017
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I play often online but not that often in real life => 5 min before the game i am trying to solve a problem from the Bridge World to get the engine working. Otherwise i am due to making mistakes for the first 2-3 deals.
Sept. 1, 2017
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If it is the case, it might not cost to qualify 16 teams but the number of boards on 1/8 and 1/4 would be twice as less : almost the same financial result for the organization
Aug. 24, 2017
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For internet addictd there is another possibility : if you leave from Gare de Lyon (inside Paris) you will very likely have free internet within the train (even the tunnels :)) it is not that common in France yet. It will not happen from Roissy I think
Aug. 4, 2017
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Hello, Roissy is a good idea because the train is direct from there to Lyon (aim for part dieu not saint exupery). Look at the ouigo train if you want to save a little money (but then I think you arrive in st exupery). Avoid orly at all costs. From Geneva there are less trains I think but it is a good idea also. Once you re in Lyon, you should enjoy the food, the center especially between Rhône and Saône (the rivers) and try to walk in La Croix rousse. It s great to just walk within the old center. The public transports are quite fine (tram, metro and bus) ; my parents have been living there, I could maybe answer some specific questions if people have some.

One thing if you arrive from Lyon airport, there is an expensive train but one can avoid that (there is a bus, I can ask around)
Aug. 4, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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I suggested other as well so that we could read other opinions
June 13, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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Thanks, corrected
June 13, 2017
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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, 2017
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