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1. It is impossible to prove the negative.

2. This thread/discussion deals with, what, 1% of duplicate bridge played? What about the local club/sectional/congress director, where whatever % of the pairs are illegally signalling? What are these directors, who are the bedrock of duplicate, and the people who play in those games, to do?

3. With HUM, we have advance alerts and suggested defenses. Why not here? Let someone put “RSFM” (Reese Shapiro Finger Method) on their card (or whatever signalling device)and just treat it as an acceptable convention. (Sick humour???)
Sept. 4, 2015
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Opener's strength unclear and TBD. Not balanced (X - 4+ - Y - 5+) or 4144 else would opened 1NT or rebid 1NT (neither denies 4cM). If 2425, honor distribution matters.
Oct. 4, 2014
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May La Force be with you
Oct. 4, 2014
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So let me see if I get this right. East, trying to figure out whether to compete, and, if so, to what level, asks what the opponents' agreements are. As a a result of his/her question, the opponents discover unauthorized information. And take advantage.

And the director condones, even encourages, such behavior.

Hey, Secretary Bird, was South your friend? East your enemy? Or is your personal egotistical opinion more important than the rules by which the rest of us play the game?

Humor is good. A level playing field is even better.
May 26, 2013
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Ah well. Another flop. Idea was that, in (old fashioned) SA, 2C was natural and a 1 round force (without the complicated 4th suit 1 round forces agreements in 2/1 or modern SA). My thought was 2/1 foisted one into 2S, while the more natural SA allowed a more natural 2C without committing the partnership to perdition and allowed more clarity. (Where are Goren and Culbertson when you need them?)

Shows what I know!
May 2, 2013
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The rest of the story: the auction continues

1C X 1D 2S*
3C 3S ?
*weak

And you?
April 26, 2013
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Why did lefty bid 5H instead of 7D?

Where are spades?

Seems pass stands out.
April 23, 2013
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Great idea!

And NOW is the time, as ACBLScore currently is being rewritten, and additional categorization of entries/scores should be relatively easy.
March 22, 2013
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Just a thought on why, perhaps, men outshine women in the two mind games Kitty mentioned.

It is well known/recognized (by most psychologists et al) that women are much more verbally adept than men.

Men's relative strength comes in spatial abilities.

(And yes, these are generalizations.)

Success in the top levels of bridge and chess requires exceptional spatial conceptualization, visualization and recognition.

Does anyone know of research into other games, such as go or oware (mancala) which would seem to require spatial abilities?
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And a topic for further discussion in the same domain (which might explain some bridge disagreements): Is it possible that the majority of men cannot conceive of the verbal dexterity evinced by the majority of women, and, similarly, the majority of women cannot conceive of the spatial dexterity evinced by the majority of men?
March 21, 2013
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4D shows max (previous) pass and what you have. I'm with Hendrik. (And no, I would not have doubled previous round.)
March 17, 2013
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Thank you!
March 11, 2013
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Is 4D 3-card Stayman?
March 1, 2013
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Actually, I think I prefer 3 clubs and a heart to the 9.
Feb. 26, 2013
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Let's see. LHO opens 1C on (what could be) a 2 card suit. RHO responds in a 2 card suit. LHO bids what is (presumably) a 4 card suit. So RHO bids a 3 card suit. Then RHO raises NT hiding 4-card support for both pard's suits.

Kit, your systems are sooo much beyond me.

(Sorry Sally, Kitty & Steve: couldn't resist.)
Feb. 2, 2013
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Methinks some of you have gotten

1C - pass - 1H - 2H

and

1C - Dbl - 1H - 2H

confusilled.
Feb. 2, 2013
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How do you define “stopper”? If on a lead from LHO, Kx would be sufficient. But of “stopper” means on a lead from either opponent, it seems KJx would be minimum. Kinda impacts on responders response, yes?

System question: with 4 of a M and no stopper, what does NTer bid?

Aside: 3D NF (thank you Mr Roth) seems appropriate . . . .)
Dec. 30, 2012
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poll question: how high do the majority play neg doubles?

Double here certainly is not a spade stack, so . . . .
Dec. 25, 2012
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Assuming EW are playing 5-card majors and pard is solid, we were not sure until W bid 3S that pard had at most a singleton spade (although pard knew it). I bid 5D with expectation of excellent chances of making and, even if not, who could double? (and if pard had JH in the sample hand . . . .)
Dec. 25, 2012
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Good point. Thanks.
Dec. 22, 2012
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only semisesquipedalians?
Dec. 22, 2012
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