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“3♥ is mandatory with a shortage; (but 1♥ - 2NT - 3♠ would show extra values)” - see earlier comment above.

Since responder can't take control here, 4 was ill adviced. It would have been better to show the control by bidding 4.
Sept. 25, 2018
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Since 2NT isn't a GF, 3 has to be invitational only. 3NT to show a heart control seems like a good proposition.
Sept. 25, 2018
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If you don't know what to do after a key card ask, you shouldn't have asked.
Sept. 25, 2018
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There were Open Pairs Championships in 1976, 1980 and 1985. I can't find the number of particpants.

From 1987 through 2002 there were Open and Senior (from 1989) Pairs Championships in odd numbered years and Mixed Pairs and Teams Championships in even numbered years.

From 2003, there's been Open European Championships with Open, Women, Senior and Mixed pairs and teams Championships in odd numbered years.

Open pairs participation:
224 (1987), 200, 109, 346, 292, 301, 402, 313, 361, 209, 276, 302, 361, 275, 207 and 232 (2017) pairs.

Senior pairs participation:
70 (1989), 51, 84, 82, 80, 97, 83, 102, 58, 58, 74, 37, 52, 42 nad 67 (2017) pairs.

Women pairs participation:
97 (2003), 70, 73, 93, 42, 46, 49 and 74 (2017) pairs.

Mixed pairs participation:
367 (1990), 251, 374, 320, 397, 457, 402, 392, 238, 265, 307, 208, 207, 213 and 265 (2017) pairs.

Open teams participation:
137 (2003), 8,, 107, 129, 119, 121, 102 and 120 (2017) teams.

Senior teams participation:
29 (2003), 18, 19, 27, 18, 233 14 and 28 (2017) teams.

Women teams participation:
24 (2003), 21, 20, 23, 24, 25, 20 and 30 (2017) teams.

Mixed teams participation:
96 (1990), 76, 110, 84, 97, 101, 92, 118, 70, 71, 91, 90, 98, 87 and 114 (2017) teams.

Hosts:
Cannes, France 1976
Monte Carlo, Monaco 1980 and 1985
Paris, France 1987
Salsomaggiore, Italy 1989
Bordeaux, France 1990
Montecatini, Italy 1991
Osten, Belgium 1992
Bielefeld, Germany 1993
Barcelona, Spain 1994
Rome, Italy 1995
Monte Carlo, Monaco 1996
Hague, Netherlands 1997
Aachen, Germany 1998
Warsaw, Poland 1999
Bellari, Italy 2000
Sorrento, Italy 2001
Ostend, Belgium 2002
Menton, France 2003
Arona, Tenerife, Spain 2005
Antalya, Turkey 2007
Sanremo, Italy 2009
Poznan, Poland 2011
Ostend, Belgium 2013
Tromsø, Norway 2015
Montecatini, Italy 2017
Sept. 23, 2018
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Participants in 2002: http://www.worldbridge.org/teamchamprp/?qmenudetid=267
Of 160 teams, 20 are listed as transnational.
Those are:
Burgay (Poland/Italy)
Fredin (Sweden/USA)
Cornell (Australia/New Zealand)
Deutsch (India/USA)
Chagas (Brazil/France/Switzerland)
Gromov (Ukraine/Russia)
Mathieu (Guyana/Guadeloupe)
Prabhu (Inda/USA)
Roche (Canada/USA)
Byrne (England/USA)
Welland (Canada/Sweden/USA)
Voldoire (France/Canada)
Bouveresse (Guadeloupe/France)
Germon (Martinique/France)
Mignocchi (USA/Canada)
Summers (Canada/Lebanon)
Attunity (Israel/Turkey)
Courtney (England/Australia)
Lula (Israel/Poland)
Lahaie (Canada/French Polynesia)

I guess for nearly half of those teams (one player coming from one country and the rest from another), the odd man out were in fact resident in the country the rest of the team belonged to. But I can't be sure of that.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that the Rosenblum in 2002 was in fact planned as transnational. Though most of the bridge world wasn't yet ready for that, and played on teams with compatriots.

And that from 2006, transnational applied to all tournaments, not only the Rosenblum cup.
Sept. 23, 2018
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A check on the WBF website shows that Debbie is correct.

From 2006, all tournaments at the World Bridge Series were transnational: http://www.worldbridge.org/competitions/wbf-championships/world-bridge-series/world-open-teams/#2006-verona-italy
Sept. 23, 2018
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Well put, Marion. Agree 100 %.

#saynotocheats
Sept. 23, 2018
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http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/orlando.18/microSite/Results.htm

Click on the tournament links under «Running scores».

I’m pretty sure the WBF result service is decades better than the ACBL, and far easier to find.
Sept. 23, 2018
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“and LHO would have led his singleton diamond”.
Only if RHO have the A.
Sept. 21, 2018
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At the moment there's no BBO coverage from the tournament, due to a power outage. There's a storm going on in the area.

The tournament is going, though. With candle lights at the tables. Live results are up.
Sept. 21, 2018
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Eric Kokish also comes to mind.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Totally agree with MH: You’re one hcp short of your range, you’ve only got a single stopper in RHOs suit. And in addition, you’ve only got slow tricks. Overcalling 1NT isn’t aggressive or just an upgrade; it’s totally ridiculous. Passing isn’t conservative, it’s the only intelligent alternative.
Sept. 18, 2018
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It definitely looks like partner has spades. A close decision between a penalty pass and 2.
Sept. 18, 2018
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The rules are clear. Players (and TDs) need to learn and abide by the rules.
Sept. 18, 2018
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What’s your style; what’s a minimum hand for double?
Sept. 18, 2018
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Absolutely not basic for those who are unfamiliar with canapé systems.
Sept. 18, 2018
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I agree, Shiang. After recounting and getting to 15 hcp. :)
Sept. 18, 2018
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Since it’s a live auction, pass is an alternative, though. You’re not bidding 2 here only to show four of them.
Sept. 17, 2018
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I'm not sure what you're hinting at here, Matt. But playing the A and trying to get a signal in clubs is rather stupid, seeing nine clubs combined in your own hand and dummy; you know you won't be able to read partner's signal, unless he follows with the king.
Sept. 17, 2018
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2 clearly overstates our values. But if partner is 4-5M, it might be our last chance to find the spade fit.
Sept. 17, 2018
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