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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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And you’ve never seen the auction
1m (2) x (4)
p (p)
and responder’s got that GF hand with five spades?
Feb. 23
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For me, the same, except 11-14, since our 1NT is 15-17.
Feb. 22
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1-1, 2 promise six.
1-1, 2 promise five; 4-5 red to weak to reverse or six.
Feb. 15
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I find it ridiculous to allow written defenses in high level competition. It’s OK for beginners and advancing players at club level, IMO. But not beyond that.
Feb. 12
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Whether it introduces a significant problem for the TD depends on what scoring program is used.

We use Tomas Brenning’s Ruter (Magic Contest), where this is trivial to handle.
Feb. 12
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Nobody said change is always for the better. Comparable Call is definitely a big leap forward. Far more hands are allowed to be played normally than was the case before this change. It’s true some hands are complicated, for TDs and players, but still it’s far better than it used to be.
Feb. 6
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I agree that a club switch at trick two is the correct defense.
Feb. 6
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In the diagram you’ve played two rounds of diamonds, all following.
Feb. 5
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4 would be natural, IMO. After a 2 opening, a new lower ranking suit is natural at the 4-level; a higher ranking suit is control showing. A rule I learned some 35 years ago.
Jan. 31
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No sci-fi. Dbl is penalties, pass is forcing; partner decides. 4NT is to play, something like Ax Kx KQxxxx Axx.
Jan. 31
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