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4m(ask)__________(response) 4m+1, 4m+2
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4NT = to play signoff
5m = signoff

Cheapest non-signoff asks for Queen of trump:
Return to trump suit denies Queen; 5NT or 6 of agreed suit
shows Queen, no outside King;
suit bid shows Queen and King of bid suit.

Cheapest non-signoff +1 = promises all 5 key cards, asks for
specific Kings up the line, and invites Grand Slam.
Oct. 19
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I like to play that 1-1-2-3 is invitational (NF) with 5-5. And that the slow sequence (2 F1) to 3 is GF.
Aug. 20
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LAW 73 - Communication

D. Variations in Tempo or Manner

1. It is desirable, though not always required, for
players to maintain steady tempo and unvarying
manner. However, players should be particularly
careful when variations may work to the benefit
of their side. Otherwise, unintentionally to vary
the tempo or manner in which a call or play is
made is not in itself an infraction. Inferences from such variation may appropriately be drawn only by an opponent and at his own risk.

Note the last sentence in 73-D-1.

“…he said he returned diamond because of declarer's hitch on the play of the King of diamonds.” Defender has no recourse because he drew the inference about the hitch at his own risk.

The Director can warn or penalize declarer but the defender cannot have their play changed.
Aug. 4
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Dealmaster Pro uses Deep Finesse for double-dummy analysis of contracts…
June 29
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In 10 years, BBO 8-board robot duplicates will be about my speed.
June 24
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I have never played in nor will I ever play in a Senior event…! (age 74)
June 23
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Most partnerships play 3 preemptive after redouble…
June 2
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The ACBL Convention Card under General Approach should have a check box for “VERY LIGHT Responses” as well as “VERY LIGHT Openers”… (I would have passed with West's hand).
May 27
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South has a sound opening bid opposite North's vul vs not at IMPs 1 overcall…
May 26
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Deleted…
May 23
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Should NS have been -500? “Where was the cube…?”
Jan. 18
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Kx, Axxxxxx, A, xxx: here a 3NT splinter would reveal the perfecto…
Jan. 6
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Corrected my post by changing “before passing over the hesitation” to “before bidding over the hesitation.”
Nov. 4, 2018
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What are the possible agreements in this auction…?
Nov. 4, 2018
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Your partner, before bidding over the hesitation, should have asked North if he agrees there was a break in tempo. If North does not agree, partner should have called the director immediately.

Most players (particularly at Clubs or Sectionals) do not understand breaks in tempo. As a Grand Life Master, you have to ignore this sad fact…
Nov. 4, 2018
Jim Olson edited this comment Nov. 4, 2018
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How would the auction have gone if South had upgraded to a 1 opening…?
Oct. 7, 2018
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Paul, what I should have done was study the WBF Anti-Doping regulations back in May when I registered for the Open Pairs. I had no idea that that the regulations would apply to me…
Sept. 25, 2018
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I played in the WBF Open pairs in Philadelphia in 2010 and planned to play in Orlando this year.

However, on September 4 I received a reminders e-mail from the WBF that said, “…players in the Open, Women’s and Mixed Teams must have an Exemption Certificate if they are taking any prohibited medication – please note that this includes any and all diuretics…”. Since I take 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide per day for hypertension, I immediately responded with a e-mail even though I had checked and found that all applications for a therapeutic use exemption had to be submitted at least 30 days before the event. I was told by return e-mail to have my physician fill out the form and “and send it to us as quickly as possible.” I e-mailed the completed form to the WBF Physician on September 6. I have not received a response.

Having received no response, on September 18 I cancelled my hotel and flight reservations (fortunately I had not paid any entry fees planning to do so onsite).
Sept. 24, 2018
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People steal nv vs v 3rd seat…
Sept. 21, 2018
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Note these financial consequences described in the WBF Anti-Doping Regulations (http://www.worldbridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/wbfantidopingregulations.pdf):

ARTICLE 10 SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS

10.10 Financial Consequences

Where a Player or other Person commits an anti-doping rule violation, WBF may, in its discretion and subject to the principle of proportionality, elect to a) recover from the Player or other Person costs associated with the anti-doping rule violation, regardless of the period of Ineligibility imposed and/or b) fine the Player or other Person in an amount up to $__1000,00____ U.S. Dollars, only in cases where the maximum period of Ineligibility otherwise applicable has already been imposed.

ARTICLE 12 SANCTIONS AND COSTS ASSESSED AGAINST SPORTING
BODIES

12.1 WBF has the authority to withhold some or all funding or other nonfinancial support to NBOs that are not in compliance with these Anti-Doping Rules.

12.2 NBOs shall be obligated to reimburse WBF for all costs (including but not limited to laboratory fees, hearing expenses and travel) related to a violation of these Anti-Doping Rules committed by a player or other Person affiliated with that NBO.

12.3 WBF may elect to take additional disciplinary action against NBOs with respect to recognition, the eligibility of its officials and Players to participate in International Events…

(NBO = ACBL and/or USBF)
Sept. 7, 2018
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