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Bobby, I have suddenly become very old. I was not trying to be uncomplimentary. I haven't won an event (at least not a National) in 24 years. So I admire all winners. But I somehow find some wins more equal than others. You have a lot of more equal wins.
March 23, 2015
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Well done guys. But I think they should have retired the Silodor trophy when they replaced the Open Pairs with the Platinum Pairs. There is a difference between the old event, which ran all by itself, and this one which starts with sixteen teams still in the Vanderbilt not to mention a parallel Women's pairs. When this event began, in 1991 (replacing the Men's Pairs), it was known as Open Pairs II. I think maybe it should have kept that name.

This gripe is brought to you by a winner of the Silodor Open Pairs when it was still a main event.
March 21, 2015
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Fantoni and Helgemo cannot both have played the hand: they are teammates.
March 21, 2015
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The number of PP needed for a bye depends on the number of byes. A SF bye is “4” byes. The number of PP needed with 6 byes is more than the number with 3 (or four). BTW, Jan, I'm surprised that a Diamond win today doesn't get them a R8 bye?
March 21, 2015
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Oren, I think your partner was catering to your sensibilities. Or its a case of arrested development (pardon me, partner). I agree with Ron - and you - that the field is likely to open this. And I think, not for the first time, that the field is wrong.
March 19, 2015
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Wait till you are over thirty and don't open defenseless hands anymore.
March 19, 2015
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I was tempted to abstain due to the description of 2. As I play 2 shows 5(+) spades and could be but is not necessarily weak. It is an inferential force BECAUSE 2 promised another bid.
March 19, 2015
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At least until the game ends and you all go out to dinner together.
March 19, 2015
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Dealer NV prevents 4th seat light openings to steal the opponents' vulnerability.
March 19, 2015
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Lynn: 3 shows diamonds, not a stiff.
March 19, 2015
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I bid 2N - which i meant as dbl neg. I don't think this has enough trump length for 4 (or 4). Or the strength for a raise to 3.
March 18, 2015
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I bid 3 not because the playing strength is not worth 4 but because I do not like the auction: It feels like partner has a very strong balanced hand, and bidding 4 may get us too high when he looks for more in the way of high card values.
March 14, 2015
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Kit: both North and South have the 5 - and the suit is 5-2-3-4 around the table. Also in the final diagram East has 14 cards (3-3-3-5).
March 14, 2015
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Why is this a question?
March 11, 2015
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It was (my memory again) the second Saturday of three successive Nationals.
March 11, 2015
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Robb may be correct, but his memory and mine do not agree. Mine is that the ACBL offered an open convention event and a limited event on the second Saturday of the Nationals. Nothing in between. The open convention event drew two sections. The limited (as I remember) either three large or four. At the next Nationals the Open drew one section, the Limited five. At the third try the Open Convention event was down to five or six tables. I think there were two reasons: everyone wanted to play their own pet methods but not to have to face somebody else's, and the masterpoint disparity between the two events was extreme by the third try. You may not care about MP awards, but many people do.
March 10, 2015
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In 1957 despite the stronger minimum for overcalls there was also a lower maximum: I would say roughly 10-15 or so. New suits by advancer were nf. The cue bid was the only force. Roman Club was a semi-novelty in that 1 neither promised clubs nor a strong hand. Coming to grips with that was not obvious.

As Gump has suggested, the 1957 panel that addressed this hand was split between 2 and no trump calls, one, two and three. 1 was barely mentioned since it would a) not be forcing, and b) promise a five card suit. How things change over time.
March 10, 2015
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I'm afraid I don't understand the methods description: Partner's 1♠ shows 4+ ♠'s (a bid of 1♠ would deny ♠'s). So 1 shows 4+ spades but denies spades? Am I in wonderland?
March 9, 2015
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I'm not aware of it. I found it in an old event report, I think the 1957 Europeans.
March 9, 2015
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I did not know that they had consolidated them. I always thought that the LPGA had one thing right: a stated number of wins including some number of majors provided automatic entry. I don't know whether the PGA had something similar.
Feb. 28, 2015
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