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This issue doesn’t bother me, never occurred to me, nor had I heard anyone say anything along these lines until right now. I mention those facts because Debbie’s point seems SO obvious that I’m amazed red boards didn’t set alarms off in my head the first time I saw them.

Red boards: don’t manufacture ‘em, don’t buy ‘em, and if feasible, don’t use the ones you have.
June 17
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The question “what does redouble mean?” is fine…in a club game.

Rick, you handled that with admirable (predictable) aplomb.
June 7
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People make mistakes, sure, but “…occasionally inept…”, Ellis?

(To the tune of “Jet Song” - West Side Story)
When you’re inept you’re inept all the way
From you get out of bed ‘til they cart you away
When you’re inept when the sh*t hits the fan
You got no one around, you’re a quite lonely man
When you’re inept You. Stay. Ineeeeeeept.
June 6
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Innovative? In a 3-way final, if A beats B by 1 IMP and beats C by 1 IMP, A wins, period. “Yeah, but B beat C by a thousand IMPs!” “Ok, then they get to be 2nd”.
June 2
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I also spent the first week of my honeymoon in Paris some 40 years ago. It was my first time in Europe, and Notre Dame was the first place we visited. I’m very glad that President Macron says it will be rebuilt, but I will never, as long as I may live, forget what she looked like.
April 15
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Cor blimey, Marshall, you right set off the bloody gits, dinya? Naff off, the lot o’yas.
April 15
ATB
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I agree with John. When North chose this delayed 5c action, he threw out any vig he might’ve had that they go wrong and bid 5/5. In this auction, that’s never going to happen. (I wouldn’t bid 5c/3s with this hand, but that would be better than what he did.)
April 14
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“Down 1 too much”? Looks like sticks and wheels to me (1100).

2nt is not my idea of bridge, but 5c?

Non-vulnerable is not the same as invulnerable. (85% to North.)
April 12
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I join the others here in applauding the strong stance taken by the Harris team.

Debbie, fwiw, I was unsure what my (our) reaction should be about the situation in Memphis, so I sought out several people I have great respect for to get their take, and was told by ALL of them (essentially) “He was given a sentence, and he served it. We might not like the sentence he was given, but this just isn’t the same as finding out that (some other people) was in the event. THAT, I wouldn’t stand for.”
April 12
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2d isn’t what I would do, but South’s pass over 2h is incomprehensible (as is East’s pass over 1d).
April 9
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Any time you splinter with a singleton honor you run the risk of partner misevaluating his hand (generally because your honor fills in his suit). In my own experience, I don’t mind splintering with stiff aces, for sometimes that gets cleared up with RKC if it matters…it’s stiff K’s that I have had bad results with, so I tend not to splinter with them.
April 8
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Without getting into issues of methods (which isn’t what the op asked about) for me this is simple: 4d told N “we’re off 2 black aces”.
April 8
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Thanks, Chris.
April 4
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Thanks, Michael. I have to say, I am less certain that we got the right ruling now than I was right after we got it. I am still extremely comfortable that my pass of 6d was the obvious thing for me to do, but the factor I didn’t fully absorb was this business about my 3s bid. I wrote on this thread that if I had alerted 2h and then jumped to 3s that I felt certain that H would’ve figured out what was happening, but when I asked him, he said that while if we were behind screens he would’ve 100% gotten it, in the scenario I described (alert 2h and then jump to 3s), he wasn’t sure. Easy after the fact, but he said he just wasn’t sure what he would’ve ultimately decided I was doing (anybody who has played with knows that one of my “things” is I simply don’t make stuff up thinking “well, he’s just GOTTA know what I have”…because I’ve learned that they never do.) Therefore, I’m not sure where we would’ve ended up. I want to echo something Huub said in here…and that is to apologize to our opps that this happened. We certainly weren’t trying to get away with anything.

Melanie, I’ve reached out to a few of the most respected committee minds in bridge, and I will report here what they say when they weigh in.
April 3
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Wayne and Mike…no, we weren’t behind screens, and honestly, I don’t remember if Huub alerted 3s or not. I THINK he didn’t, but for sure no one asked any questions. I hear what you guys are saying…I really do…but here’s my bottom line take on this. If I HAD alerted 2h (perhaps intending to say along the lines of “we used to play Kokish, but…” and then jumped to 3s…Huub would’ve worked it out because there is no such thing as bidding 3s.
April 2
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Wayne, if we were behind screens and the tray came back revealing my 3s bid, I would say the odds of Huub both remembering that we don’t play Kokish AND playing me to have a splinter raise of hearts to be somewhere between 100% and absolute certainty.
April 2
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“…those who say that North is allowed to “wake up” to his own error when South bids 3s are quite wrong.” David, that is absolutely not my understanding. In fact, the single most likely factor in a partnership being allowed to survive one of these misadventures is that things are rolling merrily along (but each partner is on a different page) and one of them makes a bid which simply doesn’t exist in the conversation the other one thinks they’re having. If the BRIDGE of it (as opposed to alerts, non-alerts, or tempo) clears a players mind, that’s allowable, and it’s exactly my take on what happened with Huub and me on this hand (the 3s bid for him, the 6d bid for me).
April 2
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“As usual, the idea is to look for reasons not to do what the UI tells you to do…” This is exactly right. My pass of 6d took quite a while, as I searched for any justification for bidding 6h. Sartaj suggests that had Huub alerted 3s and bid in tempo that I would always correct to 6h. No…in that scenario, I would pass 6d more quickly.
April 2
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Sartaj, in the parallel universe where Huub alerts 3s and makes all of his bids in tempo, I guarantee you THAT me would also pass 6d.
April 2
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No screens, and if 2h was Kokish, I wouldn’t bid 3s no matter what my hand was.
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