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One humble suggestion, it seems that leaving a tournament you have already spent considering time and money to attend is counterproductive as is refusing to play against cheaters since that in many cases will get you barred from a tournament, but I wonder if perhaps bidding 7NT at either partners first opportunity might ruin the experience of the cheater sufficiently and satisfy the honest players' moral compass enough to make the experience palatable.
Feb. 18
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Innovation is almost never bad. I like the concept, being able to complete an entire KO in a single day is the real benefit here…18 board matches reduce variance because the 12 board matches in traditional compact KOs just lead to too many feel bads.
Dec. 20, 2018
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I like 4H agreeing diamonds, 4S showing 4S and no slam interest, 4N denying 4S and denying diamond support ostensibly to play, and any 5 level bid is a RKC response agreeing spades as trump.
July 19, 2018
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It really depends on the trust you place in the 4H bidder, if he is a solid citizen, you can probably expect partner to be pure and thus slam has play, if the 4H bidder could be doing this with QJxxxxxx, then you could be going WAY overboard with 5H.
May 11, 2018
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Yet still no Multi is allowed in NABC+ pairs games. I can't help but wonder if this is pro's trying to protect their clients…quite simply a disgrace.
March 21, 2018
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My rules for a 3NT bid to be serious or non-serious or natural is, 1) a game force must have been established prior to the 3NT bid 2) an 8 card major suit fit or longer must have been promised. Rule #1 is not met, so for me, this would be an offer to play, probably 4x3.
Jan. 11, 2017
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I would have bid 2NT over 2H to begin with.
Nov. 17, 2016
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More polls like this and less polls about what to lead from random holding_01.
Sept. 27, 2015
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If you decide to pass, (which I did), it goes 4C on your left, and then the tray takes 56 seconds to come back from the other side of the screen….

You are effectively barred at this point. You are of course cold for 4H and are only able to beat them 3 times in 4C. Partner also had a problem with QJx-A9xxxx-Kx-Qx, but his pass was clearer than yours IMO.
June 30, 2015
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Canadian Women’s Bridge is dying…most (certainly not all) of Canada’s best female players are well into their 60’s, some even their 70’s, I am sure Nader (Canadian Bridge Federation President) is struggling with what to do and how to move forward. To be honest, I thought the conditions of contest which called for a pairs trial to take place should insufficient participation (less than 6 teams) be registered to be contrary to the CBF’s raison d’etre which is to produce the team with the best possible chance to succeed at the Venice Cup. Many of Canada’s best pairs would choose not to participate in a pair’s trial given its random nature and high probability of producing 3 partnerships which would either not get along or not be compatible from a skill perspective. Accordingly, I consider that the CBF did the right thing in cancelling the trials.

I believe the CBF would be wise to just continue with the existing choose your team and show up format and if only two teams show up, well, you have a two day KO and choose a winner. If three show up, you have a two day three way to eliminate one team and then proceed to a two day KO. If four show up, you seed it (based on recent CWTC performance) and have two, two day KOs. Let teams register and fight it out for the right to represent Canada and may the best team win.

One final comment, for anyone to suggest that something fishy is going on is disrespecting the effort put forward by all the volunteers that put time and effort into running the CBF. A call was made that the CBF board considered to be in the best interest of the players and consistent with its obligation to have the best possible team represent Canada at the Venice Cup. Nobody at the CBF has ulterior motives, they are just doing the best they can for the players and the Canadian bridge community. If you don’t agree with the decisions being made, run for a seat on the CBF board.
April 28, 2015
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I could not agree any more strongly with this comment!
April 18, 2015
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I have to be honest, I don't blame them. The way the ACBL coddles its players and stifles innovation, a little civil disobedience now and then seems justified. What Fantunes does with their opening 1NT with a singleton is hardly destructive or difficult to deal with…I think the ACBL should just let them be. I mean who among us does not open 1NT with a singleton ace or king every now and again? I expect I do it once every 200 boards or so and while my partnership has no way to uncover it we certainly don’t pre-alert it (although I would if it was allowed). I can guarantee there are other pairs out there that do the same and the ACBL is actually forcing non-disclosure with their silly rules.

That said, I don’t support their misstating the facts with respect to the legality of their methods, of which I am sure they were aware of, but at least they answered honestly when questioned about how they handle the 4x1s. Dollars to donuts in round 3 three, they went back to opening 1NT with a stiff. When I play against people in Flight A pairs games playing illegal methods, I just tell them, hey, as an FYI, you can’t play this method, but, since you are, I am going to play multi for this round…deal? I have never got a negative reply.
March 23, 2015
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By agreement in my partnerships this is just diamonds, does not promise or imply extra values. It gives partner a good idea of length around the table…with a big hand you can double and double again to get your strength across and with just a take out you can pass and double when 3C comes back to you.
Jan. 16, 2015
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I give it to the better player…as judged by me.
Jan. 5, 2015
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This is actually a pretty cool post…GL guys…may the best man win.
Dec. 30, 2014
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Great comment Nick, its almost like you played the hand…partners actual hand is A109-x-AKQxx-AJxx…so you make 5D, go down in 5C due to a diamond ruff and of course, 3HX is stone cold.
Nov. 28, 2014
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Based upon the quality of the work done by Kit and his lack of bias, I would say the opposite, if I am ever accused of cheating, I would be thrilled to have Kit running the investigation.
April 30, 2014
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The short stopper worries me, if it was Axx or Axxx I would be alot more comfortable with bidding 2NT, but with only Ax double would be my at the table call.
April 20, 2012
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Actually David, they could have. You are allowed to use your own notes versus Multi and you can refer to them at the table in ACBL events (I know, its disgusting).
March 25, 2012
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Is there really any question that asking for a defense that you are not going to us (as evidenced by Tom Peters) is at the very least on the dark side of active ethics? I mean there is the law and then there behaving like a reasonable member of society.

I get where they are coming from, when working for my employer if I have the opportunity to screw a competitor, its my job to use any means at my disposal to do so, and perhaps they feel the same, but the big difference here is, they are screwing someone who is playing the game as a hobby as opposed to another professional.

I wonder if Curtis and Joe had showed up the table to play Meckwell and were still playing multi and had forgotten their defense in the room if the director would have been called at all? My guess is no.

Leaves a slightly bad taste in my mouth is all (not that either Jeff or Eric care, nor should care what I think). But whether they like it or not, how they behave does have an impact on how young pros who are trying to emulate them will behave in similar situations, as the most recognized pair in bridge they are ambassadors of the game.
March 25, 2012
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