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All comments by Hendrik Sharples
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There was a time when I could see a significant number of the top US pros on the phone (in season, of course) between every break on weekends. As far as I could tell they were betting every college and pro football game, which, IMHO, means you are losing in the long run. Many of them are no longer with us, and of course, in these days when you can do anything on your cell phone it would be impossible to watch to see if those of them that are still alive still gamble. I won't be naming any names so don't ask.
Oct. 2
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I have two way written in less than one typewritten page. It isn't complicated at all. In fact:
In auctions that start 1m - 1M - 1NT:
2 forces 2. This sequence is to play 2 or to invite game by taking another call.
2 forces game, partners need to discuss whether to show 3 of partner's major or 4 of the other major when they hold both.
3 is to play
Other 3 level bids are slam tries.
Sept. 29
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Multi
Leading a singleton trump
Sept. 28
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Either no help in clubs with a max and diamond cards, or accepting and cue bidding in case you have a moose, to be (hopefully) clarified later
Sept. 28
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So N/S have no idea what they are doing in what must be a common sequence, get to their 2-1 “fit”, S didn’t notice the double, but they score up 650? Sorry I don’t see this as a good ruling.
Sept. 15
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I will very politely ask an opponent I have mentored, or one that frequently asks for my opinion, if they would like some help on a trouble hand. Otherwise I keep any advice to myself.
Sept. 6
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If partner made a preemptive bid with a LR hand, something happened that alerted you to that fact. Whatever that something is, it is clearly UI. And you must pass, IMHO.
Sept. 6
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Thanks, Craig, I was not aware of that.
Sept. 5
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David, if you're going to bid like that, let me suggest you two move in to a studio apartment with a couch that fronts a Murphy bed. (meaning there's a couch or a bed in the space, but not both)
Sept. 4
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I think it's clear to bid 4. Partner, I have no idea what your bid means, so here's back at you.
Aug. 28
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PV easy to get to, big enough to be worthwhile, several good teams will be there, nice places to stay, good food, lots of sunshine, and a lot of fun
Aug. 23
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Polling isn't perfect, but I think it's a great improvement over whatever was being done before. I see far fewer bad rulings, and far fewer appeals as a result.
Aug. 5
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Grant Baze
Aug. 3
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I don’t know a better director. Enjoy your retirement Matt.
July 28
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Yes (D20 recorder here)
July 28
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We certainly don’t need to waste the space writing about slow play, as the penalties are only ever enforced in the fast pairs
July 28
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So if you don't double you stopped playing bridge.
And if you double you were taking an illegal double shot (excuse the pun), as you get a good board if it goes down, and call the cops if it makes, thus meaning no matter what you do, as the non-offending side, you get the shaft.
July 7
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Thanks for the answers. Sorry I don't know 100% of standard methods over 2NT. Just checking to see if anyone would choose to force this to slam, which is the action my opponent chose at the table. As it was late in the round I filled out a recorder form.
June 23
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N made an I hate you partner 3 bid thinking it was an advance cue. Most play an immediate 3 over the reverse is GF with at least some slam ambitions, after which getting to the slam is fairly routine.
June 19
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If I was on a committee I’d tell your opponents to get a life.
May 28
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