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This reminds me of an article in the Dutch BF's magazine by Ed Hoogekamp about his experience from online bridge. Playing a slam with a clueless partner as dummy, he decided to go for a Vienna Coup instead of the simple finesse in the trump suit, because if the coup failed he wanted to give his p the opportunity to point out that “you should have taken the finesse”. So he starts by onblocking dummy's trump ace. When the king fell under it (offside), Ed's partner just said “claim, p”. So that was the title of Ed's article: “Claim, p”.
Sept. 23, 2015
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A car key is a communication device so obviously it must be forbidden. But pacemakers we should condone.
Sept. 22, 2015
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hi Robert,
I haven't heard about it but there are shuffling machines that use standard cards without barcordes, so it must be possible to buy the code that recognizes the cards. Otherwise the bar code reader functionality of the iPad could be used. I think it will consistute a very small part of total costs of building all the software we are talking about in this thread.
Sept. 21, 2015
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To those who are afraid they will be missing holding the physical cards: would you be ok with an iPad solution in which you hold paper cards in your hand and play them by presenting them to the iPad's camera? That would mean you only needed one iPad in each room so it would not necesarilly be more expensive than the pure iPad solution.
Sept. 21, 2015
Helene Thygesen edited this comment Sept. 21, 2015
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This may be somewhat offtopic but I have experienced a different kind of psychological stimulus to cheat. I was in a partnership in which my partner would (in my perception) haras me if I made wrong choices or if we got a bad score for whatever reason. Of course I would avoid eyecontact but if I heard an angry sigh when I led an honour that held, I simply didn't dare to continue the suit. Of course that kind of psychological stress gave much more bad boards than good ones, so typically we ended up with about 10% less matchpoints than either of us would normally get in other partnerships. But this is by no means an excuse since the particular pair who was victim of my unethical switch would be damaged.

Maybe more to the point: on the very few occasions that I have told my p that I had to make the wrong choice because of some UI I received from him, I had to mobilize a lot of courage. It is certainly not something I would be able to say in any partnership. If it is a genuine boarderline situation then OK, I can make the ethical move and then afterwards just say that I flipped a mental coin. But sometimes the ethical thing to do is not what I would normally do. In such a situation, it is easier to cheat than to be honest. Unless you have an unusally high level of partnership trust.

This is all from the perspective of an average club player. I appreciate that things are different at the top level.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Paul: next in line (after Denmark) is France.
Sept. 17, 2015
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I would assume support doubles to apply if playing Walsh. If not playing Walsh I would not have a clue and would not make this double.
Sept. 11, 2015
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Peter: “If you cancel the results against Israel” …. but that would only happen if Israel was disqualified, wouldn't it?. A more likely outcome is that Israel withdraws.
Sept. 4, 2015
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I would like to overcall 1 with a yarb as long as I have five spades, especially opposite a passed partner. If opener has a balanced 12-14 they are quite well placed after my overcall, thanks to their NFBs. But if opener has a strong hand, the 2 NFB or my partner's raise could make their life awkward. So it is more rewarding to bid with weak hands, when I can expect opener to have a strong hand.

With a good hand with spades I can pass. They will usually start 1c-1d-1h and now I can bid my spades, showing a good hand. Pass followed by for example 2 would, in that system, show a good hand with four spades and longer diamonds.
Oct. 10, 2014
Helene Thygesen edited this comment Oct. 10, 2014
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1NT-(p)-p-(2H)
p-(p)-2S-(p)
2NT*
Since responder has one or both minors, 2NT should mean “I prefer diamonds in case you are 4144 but give you room to bid clubs in case you have clubs”.
Nov. 1, 2012
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I like Meyerson. It is Landy but dbl shows a major and a minor, either can be longer. Now 2 is P/C asking for the 5-card suit while 2 asks for the major.

Here in England most play 12-14 notrump, and at first I though you had to play penalty dbl against that. I am not so convinced anymore, at least at matchpoints I think it is better to play the same as you would play against strong notrump. This includes not being obsesses with the game bonus i.e. not hanging partner for overcalling on crap.
Sept. 6, 2011
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