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Everybody will understand the argument for giving attitude. But there is also a clear argument for giving count: if partner can read it, count is clearly better, as distinguishing 3 from 4 may be important. The problem is of course that partner may not be able to read it.

Stating that one way or the other is insane without giving an argument seems useless to me.

For the record, I strongly prefer attitude.
May 19
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Why?
May 18
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Watching the interview gives you the impression that you are there with them, in bed with Hampson. Strange, but unexpectedly comfortable.
May 10
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Unfortunately the names weren't removed from the scorecards, so I had no opportunity to test whether I would be able to guess which was open and which was women. Of course even without the names the bidding systems could be giveaways, but it would be interested to see whether one could guess right by accuracy and style alone.


On board 1 Shi had a trick 1 guess to beat the contract and misguessed. Seems difficult to get this right! The 4S bid by Tornay doesn't look good to me, as opener could easily be 1-3-6-3.

Board 2 Lall overcalled 2S over a nebulous 1D on JT98xx x Txx Jxx, all white, a call not duplicated at the other tables. I wouldn't have been sure whether this was open or women.

Board 3 On a more or less contructive auction, Tornay and Bernstein played in 3C with a combined 27-count. I probably would have guessed right after 3 boards.
May 9
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A different title to this thread might have been “team trials - where are the women?”.

In several European countries the main open events are contended (and sometimes won) by female players, and female players have recently played on the English, German and Dutch team (and perhaps others too?). This would currently be unimaginable in the US, a regretful situation.
May 8
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I would vote for the strongest bridge being shown the most.

Not having seen enough of these tournaments I cannot compare the level, but generally the level at open events is higher than the level of restricted events.
May 8
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This was very nice to read Sam, if you are allowed to post a link to the full interview it would be greatly appreciated.
May 8
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It is possible that partner would bid more with 6 spades. It is also possible that they do not open 1D with that shape.
May 3
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Very nice interview. I would have found it interesting to know a little more about their system.
May 3
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The hand you gave has 20 HCP. How about x KQx KQJ AJTxxx?
April 28
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Thanks, I tried to find the answer by google but failed.

Just like Mike Bell I had not heard of this person. Of course Mike is British so he should have, while I have every right to be ignorant.
April 28
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I would appreciate it if the answer would be posted.
April 28
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I don't like making a responsive double holding 5-card support. Besides making it hard for partner to judge whether passing is an option, we may not be able to support partner later.

Sure, if the opponents pass (as they usually will in this auction) and partner bids 3NT, then we can clearly support partner by bidding either 4C or 4H. But what if partner bids 4D?

I think that 4H was fine, and the error count should be corrected to 2-1. While it is not clear what 4NT was, and the 4NT…6C route seems inconsistent, forcing to slam over 4S is not unreasonable so most of the blame still goes to south.

North bid badly but is not responsible for the poor contract.
April 25
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No.
April 9
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You were given a really interesting puzzle, found a thoughtful and original solution, were awarded with a good score, and perhaps just as importantly, a nice story for after the game, and yet you feel icky?

Are you perhaps losing sight of what bridge is all about… to have fun?
April 9
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Our agreement is that partner always corrects with equal length in the majors. With this hand we bid Stayman followed by 2H, with the majors reversed we bid 2D.
April 8
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I play this as scrambling. Our agreement is that apart from a few explicitly discussed auctions, 2NT over 2M is natural when bid freely (i.e. when partner passed or bid directly) and scrambling when forced (i.e. partner doubled and RHO passed). This is probably not optimal in all auctions, but I think it is more important that we are always on the same wavelength.
April 8
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I disagree that we should be sensitive. Better to accept the inevitable: there will be offended people no matter which term we use.
April 3
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Good idea Meike, I'm getting tired of all these Americans in our tournaments. 2D weak, seriously? Did you bring a written defense?
April 1
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To quote Trump and Meckstroth: VERY SAD!
April 1
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