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My double of 3D is a penalty double. Pd has shown at least six clubs and has denied four hearts. When the auction gets back to him in diamonds, he will know I have a penalty double of 2S.
Aug. 23, 2015
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So where did you and the bot end up, and how did it fare?
Aug. 23, 2015
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Thanks for taking the time to explain the calculation.
Aug. 22, 2015
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In my regular partnerships, answering aces to a quantative NT is an acceptance. If, on hearing a disappointing answer, partner wants to end the auction below slam, he bids 5NT. Ron Steele's treatment is interesting, and I'll think about its use.
Aug. 22, 2015
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Would I bid 2D on the first round? No. I would double.
Aug. 22, 2015
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I agree. East is at fault here. He could pass or bid 3D, depending on agreements. 3S gives the impression he has a better suit.
Aug. 21, 2015
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What was the “Oh, sh*t” case?
Aug. 21, 2015
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To me, partner's pass is his weakest action. But if our agreement is that pass is stronger than 3S, I would not choose xx here, showing the HA. Using the losing trick count to evaluate this hand, I want to slow the auction down because I have 8 or 9 losers, neither of which is an opening bid.
Aug. 20, 2015
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I prefer 6NT. If North is dealer, I think most pairs in an average field would play 6NT. If South is dealer, I would expect most to stop in game, but 6NT is a great contract.

(lol. I must be wrong because those with higher ratings want to be in 6D!)
Aug. 20, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 20, 2015
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Lynn, I was unaware that any pair played responder's new suit at the two level as game forcing. In my partnerships, whether I am playing 2/1 or Standard American, 2H is forcing for one round only and opener's next bid can be passed.
Aug. 20, 2015
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Richard, we play Standard American. 3H is non-forcing.
Aug. 20, 2015
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We play a simple system. 2H forcing for one round and assumed to be natural. 3H would be non-forcing over 2H.
Aug. 20, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 20, 2015
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I don't understand why a 2H overcall of 1NT is not alertable if that pair's 2-level minor-suit bid shows that minor and hearts and their double shows spades and another suit. Their system makes the 2H bid essentially a one-suiter.
Aug. 20, 2015
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I don't think a person could cheat on BBO if they played instant tourneys with robots. (Now that I have said that, I guess someone else could play for them, using their identity.)
Aug. 20, 2015
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I once caught a cheater online, on Fred Gitelman's original site, the Microsoft zone, zone.com.

The zone's chief director was an excellent Canadian bridge player living in CA. His first name was Lorne. (Do any of you remember him?)

The cheater was someone I didn't know personally, but I had played with him in numerous zone tournaments.

I was originally impressed by his dummy play because he found missing queens that I would not have found. But after several games, I noticed he found the key queens 100% of the time. He took backwards finesses, dropped doubleton queens and took two-way finesses the right way with no clue from the bidding.

I did not want to play with or against him ever again, but when I reported him, Lorne asked me to play another couple of sessions so our game could be monitored.

Somehow, Lorne learned this person was using two computers–one to play as himself and the other to kibitz an opponent using his wife's identity.

I learned that the cheater admitted his guilt and he was warned, but not barred.

On the zone, we could replay anyone's games, and I replayed his for the next month or so to be sure he was no longer cheating.

I also became suspicious of a pair who blitzed us in a team match with double dummy results. They reached optimum contracts with bidding that made no sense.

I replayed some of their match point games and the bidding and plays were laughable. I never heard anything specific about those guys, but they did disappear. And I'm fairly sure they came back under new identities.

I was sad when the zone closed its games. But the result was that Fred Gitelman turned his attention to BBO, which was a good thing.


Aug. 20, 2015
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Lynn, we were not playing 2/1. How would 2/1 affect this auction?
Aug. 19, 2015
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Not sure any lead will beat 3NT, or even hold it to 3. (But that said, I would double at IMPs.)
Aug. 18, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 18, 2015
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Mike, I am really sorry for your pain. And I believe you, Democrat or not.
Aug. 18, 2015
Jane Eason edited this comment Aug. 18, 2015
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I chose 4H, too. With a six-loser hand, I wanted to play game, and I had the safety of having limited my hand on the previous round.
Aug. 16, 2015
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I just ran the first LBIAD? event in Memphis, TN, yesterday, so, at this point, we have no idea how many players we can get into lessons and/or newby games.

I spent $35 on advertising (ACBL will pay 75% of that if they approve our ads…lol.) and ended up with over 50% more students than I had hoped for. I wanted to stop at 40 and save the rest for a later event, but our club manager had loftier goals, and I ended up with 64 students, plus 12 on a waiting list for the next event.

Because we are a non-profit club, I was able to get our event on the calendar of several newspapers in Memphis and in North Mississippi, and most students came from those listings.

Participants ranged in age from 11 to 97. (A lot of talk for the youngsters, but they stuck with it and seemed to enjoy the day.)

Our volunteers were awesome! An experienced three-man crew cooked, served lunch and cleaned up, Another three man committee registered students and stuffed goodie bags, and we had a table helper at each of our 16 tables.
June 25, 2015
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