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Richard: I’d play the same card playing standard or upside down count. Standard in Norway is to play standard remaining count, playing standard and UD original count playing UDCA; which translates to the same card. There’s a check box on our system cards for subsequent count; original or remaining. I don’t think I ever seen anyone playing UDCA and remaining count.
March 8
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The late Willy Brown (WyB(tG)) had a very simple rule for this. 2NT is never natural in competition, except when it IS.
March 8
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Agree with Mark. 2NT asking for the minor is a terrible agreement. You need a bid to show you’ve got game interest or better.
March 7
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I guess 630 and 690 are 3x and 4x +1.
March 7
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Steve: I hope north would call the TD instead of bidding with that hand….
March 7
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Returning the 7 from A9754 would be readable as high and showing an even remaining count. Partner will most of the time be able to read this as a five card suit, not three, most of the time.

This is normal carding methods in Norway, where leads and count actually is the same signal. We lead low and give count by playing the lowest card first from an odd number, and lead and give count playing high from an even number. That means we lead 3rd from four, but can lead 2nd from H532, and normally play/lead 4th from a six card suit.
March 7
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But you don’t, most definitely not.
March 6
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Common up here too.
March 6
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It’s t/o-ish. Most probably a balanced hand with exactly four hearts. With 44M and the strength to bid twice I’d have bid 1 first.
March 6
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Not true, OP say that double shows exactly 44M; thus partner can have four spades if he's got 5+ hearts.
March 5
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Strongly disagree. The playing strength of the hand is far too great to show this hand as 8-11, but not enough to show 16+.
March 4
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No, I don’t. But very recently, I believe.
March 2
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That’s an old new article, Lynn. Helgemo and Helness appealed, and got reduced sentences; six and eight months jail respectively, I believe. They’re both serving jail time at the moment.
March 2
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There’s no drug testing at European Championships, AFAIK.
March 2
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In the actual case, I'm pretty sure most of the players on both teams didn't know what had happened until after the freud match report was sent. And that the players unaware at the time decided that they'll all take the blame and the penalty invoked.
March 1
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Actually, the so called Heimdal case took place in 2008.
March 1
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I once made a 3NT after five endplays. LHO was enplayed on lead, and suffered the same fate another four times.
Feb. 26
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My rule of thumb is to that the number of boards available should be at least 1.5 times the number of playing tables.
Feb. 26
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We’ve had three sets for years. Normally 4-7 tables. With seven it’s too few. So recently changed to four sets. That’s ok with eight tables too, and workable with nine also. Haven’t seen eight tables yet, but might well do, espescially coming summer.
Feb. 26
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In my local club we always play 27 boards (9x3), unless we're four tables, when we play 28 boards (7x4). We always play barometer, except when our duplimate is away for service. Then we play Howell.

The barometer movement is exactly like a Howell, except all play the same boards at the same time.

Mitchell movements are extinct in Norway (or 99.9 % dead).
Feb. 26
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