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Michael, maybe I play more hands than you per day, but I have been amazed at how often Kokish with 2H double negative has come up since we started playing it AND it mattered both with 2D and 2H responses.

Just to be clear, our explanation for 2D is simply artificial, game force. Explanation for 2H is artificial, not game force, 0-4, no Ace.
7 hours ago
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Yes, Fishbein is nice to pull out when opps in a longer match go way beyond the pale with preempts.
9 hours ago
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If you play Kokish over 2C; you are probably stuck with double negative 2H.
21 hours ago
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I'm guessing the 3 hour limit is so that people don't play 1 hand per hour running all manner of simulations and monte carlo analysis and referring to all manner of reference and memory assistance tools.
21 hours ago
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If didn't care how it WAS “billed”, WHY was it “billed”?
23 hours ago
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It might have been good strategy at one time, but I believe, no longer.

“Open a weak 2 as much as possible at every conceivable opportunity.”

Next, the same caveat. “The five level belongs to the opponents”.
June 24
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Congratulations. Sounds like a scary future for the rest of the world, not to mention increase of players in China. Guess other nations better get ready even more.

Is there any bidding systems called Turkish Standard or Turkish ? (club, diamond, etc.)
June 24
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Jürgen, all of your fellow members with you in the ACBL appreciate your obviously deep interest in helping improve our mutual organization.
June 18
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What's most surprising is that you are shocked.
June 14
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Seems like it has to be robot; otherwise, how do you ensure players not communicating with each other. I guess if there are enough competitors and the number of boards a pair plays together is 2 or less, you could be less concerned.

Different hands is clearly necessary, otherwise several players playing same direction at same time (or able to watch in different locations) could collude.
June 14
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Bob, what you call a ‘more “normalized KO structure.” (2 days, not seeded, bracketed…’ is what has been used in District 6 as long as I can remember and those KO's have been viable (30 to 60 teams) the whole time.
June 12
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Did you mean 3 tricks?
June 12
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Seems like an unbelievably qualified candidate. How did we get him? To top off all the other qualifications, he was a Physics major (at least partially, it seems).
June 6
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As we all know, a gross scoring error is not always obvious and a gross difference in score for the same contract is not always an error.

Holding the following hand (both Vul),

KQx
AQJxx
xxx
xx

the bidding at two tables went 1H (3C) P (3N)

at one table the opening lead was Q of hearts, declarer making +600 and at the other table the opening lead was K of spades, declarer making -600 (and those were the par results after the opening lead). Interestingly, both members of the pair making -600 have been members of US Open teams for the world championships (although not playing with each other).
June 6
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Misplaced.
June 6
Jim Fox edited this comment June 6
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With regard to the increase of master point awards for Regional events “at NABC's”, could one justify this subjectively based on “average strength of participants”?
June 6
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Interesting. Not sure how Nietzsche decided that there are only finitely many possible positions for particles in the universe before there was understanding of the quantum nature of same.

However I was talking about something different which is based primarily on much more modern (scientific) speculation about the “multiverse” than on Nietzsche's philosophical ones.
June 5
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Well, Steve, if you believe in the multiverse and that time is infinite, then anything that CAN happen DOES happen.
June 5
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So doubling 2C meaning Stayman would not be “system on” since that is not what you play if “they had not acted”?
May 30
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For us, when the opponents make no bid or double over 1N, “systems on” is Stayman, 4-suit transfers, and 3C Puppet (with pass of double as runout).

When the opponents make a suit bid over 1N, “systems on” is 2 bids natural, signoff; 2N transfer to 3C and follow-up bid is invitational or stayman with stopper; cue-bid is stayman without stopper; 3-bids are natural, forcing.

So, when opponents bid 2C and we want to play transfers, that would be “systems off” for us.
May 30
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