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I’ve only met Fred and Sheri once, during the Junior World Teams Championships in Hamilton, 1997, where we were invited to dinner at their home in Toronto. A wonderful night!

Through the years I’ve been often in touch with Fred regarding BBO issues in my job at the Norwegian Bridge Federation’s office. It’s always been a pleasure; Fred is a fantastic guy. And a great player.

Thank you, Fred, for being you, and for all you’ve done for bridge all over the world! The same goes to Sheri and Uday.
July 19
ATB
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This is ridiculous, IMHO. South forced to game one round earlier. North showed extras. From south’s point of view, there could be a slam. Don’t blame south when north is falling asleep in the auction.
July 14
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Ken, you misunderstand me. Obviously, even lavking a Lightner double, the only logical continuation is a diamond.

However, playing with a partner who put in such a suit preference pause as here, I will NOT continue with a diamond. And I have no doubt at all what kind of hesitation appeared.
July 11
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South’s sequence is unabigously forcing; there’s no way trap passing at the 1-level followed by a cuebid can be passed below game.

The only fault by south, is partnering north.
July 10
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I think you can lead a diamond here, by Kit’s rationale. I wouldn’t, however; I’d continue spades.

After the board I’d have a couple of things to tell partner.
July 9
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Asking before the start of the round is NOT illegal.
July 9
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I’d expect many auctions here to start with south opening 1.
July 9
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A former international pair from Norway used odd cards as encourageing. They didn’t, however, try to give two signals with one card. And ordered the cards as follows,regarding attitude: 3-5-7-8-9-6-4-2. Thus, having 986 as their spot cards in a suit, the 8 was they’d play to encourage, the 6 to discourage. No tempo issue, unless it was unclear what the wanted to signal. And they where always prepared anyway.
July 8
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I’m Norwegian. I’ve always given priority to attitude. Count only if partner need it.
July 7
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Not doubling 4 isn’t even close to what’s meant by «serious error» in the laws.

Roll back to 4 making
July 6
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Alertable in Norway too. And probably in most jurisdictions.
July 3
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Richard’s take on this is what used to be standard also in Norway.

I’ve played a new suit at the 1-level by advancer as forcing and promising only a 4-card suit (would bid 1M with four small) for 35 years now. And I find the old standard to be totally unplayable.
July 2
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What would you lead from KJ98 then, with the given lead agreements?
June 28
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I've never liked the 2m responses to 1 in precision. When I played a strong club system (1984-91), we employed a different response scheme:

2 showed a 2-suiter with one of the minors as the main suit (54+), thus 2 showed hands with 54+ in the minors or (more common), a 4-card major and a 5+ minor. We used 2 as a relay to ask for exact hand pattern.

2 showed a 1-suited minor hand, 6+ in either minor, not sure if 2 or 2NT was the relay there.

1NT included 5332 with a 5c m.
June 25
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What you do is your own choice.
June 24
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West isn't worth an overcall over 3, nor anything more than 4 facing a balancing double.

East is close to a max for his bidding (dbl and pass), but isn't worth a move over 4.

As mentioned upthread, the slam is good only because every single card is pulling full weight combined with an extremely fitting distribution of the two hands.
June 18
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If you don't use the forcing 1NT over 1M with such hands as north's, it's much easier.

For us we would start:
1 - 2 (constructive; 9(8+)-11(12-))
4
and have an easy route to the slam.

Edit: This is in a 2/1 system.
June 18
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment June 18
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Doesn't help when the text is green.
June 17
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Never seen metal boards in my life. Earlier soft, foldable plastic board were the norm - they're still used in the clubs playing Howells. After machine duplication took over, the boards that can be put directly into the duplimate has taken over.
June 17
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