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I think Greg has this exactly right. I do think it was extremely misguided to go anywhere NEAR what the team did or didn’t know. Much better would’ve been (along the lines of) “having determined that Mr. Helgemo neither sought nor achieved any illegal advantage through his actions, we’re simply not going to allow this unfortunate technical violation to overturn the at-the-table result of our tournament. This decision has the support of the team who was declared the winner upon the disqualification of the Zimmerman team. Bridge players all over the world applaud the Lavazza team for their sportsmanship. Because Mr. Helgemo’s failure to fill out a form has resulted in me filling out forms for the last 10 months, his disqualification will stand.”
8 hours ago
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If it is true that Geir was guilty of carelessness in filling out paperwork, and if it is also true that the drug in question is personal in nature (as opposed to performance enhancing) then it seems to me that we’ve gotten to where we needed to be.

Congratulations to the Zimmerman team for their win and to the Lavazza team for their great showing and outstanding sportsmanship.
Sept. 15
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I’ve been saying this for a long time and gotten very little traction, but I’ll say it again: There needs to be a lot of work done on how to conduct polls so that they are relevant to the case at hand, and acknowledgement that there are times when polling isn’t appropriate. In this case, forcing Mr. Burdeski to pass what is clearly a forcing bid is prima facie evidence.

Would he have gotten the same ruling if he had bid either 6c or 7s?
Aug. 4
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Tom, I think that’s gonna be a tough case to make if our agreement is that jumping to 6s shows Q of spades, no kings.

Of course, with only 1 key card that starting to look like a pretty lousy 1nt opener. :)
Aug. 3
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Of course I have. If responder realizes what has happened and bids 5s in tempo, then opener is free to decide to pass if that’s what s/he decides has happened. My point is that once the 5s bid is out of tempo, it’s forcing.
Aug. 3
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6c. I appreciate that by passing, people are trying to be ethical, but here that attempt is misguided. No matter how long it takes, or that it’s not only undiscussed but we’ve never heard of this auction before now, 5s has to be forcing. If our hearts were QJxxx instead of KJxxx we would’ve already bid 6c over 5d. Look at it this way: Say your opponent passed 5s and then you found out they’re off 2 kc. Responder says (along the lines of) “for some reason I got confused and couldn’t count the key cards. I kept going over it and over it and then I got nervous about taking so long, so that made it take longer, but finally I realized we were off 2 keys, so I bid 5s.” Your heads would explode and you would argue that pass was the very definition of taking advantage of a BIT and UI…and you would be right.
Aug. 3
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Thank you, Mark. He was a great man. It was a privilege to know him and to get to chat with him, which I got to do numerous times.
July 18
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Thank you, Bobby. :)
July 18
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Randy, I’m picturing a Gary Larsen frame with a man scanning SCOTUS opinions looking for the word gargoyle. The caption: “lawyer nerds”. :)

Great story, and thanks for sharing!
July 17
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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
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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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