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Nope they are still the same.
April 4
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Yes - they have more money! (not sure who made that reposte, it's not original)
April 4
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And West has overcalled on a 5 card heart suit to the Jack and QJ of spades.
April 4
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Certainly I cannot imagine a human doing this - I mean you are either playing in 3 or 6.
April 4
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No shape - no points - no way.
April 3
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1NT rebid conventionally shows a good 15 to 17. We do use a gadget to ascertain features of the 1NT rebid, if necessary. (2nd suit, delayed support, extra length etc)

I suppose we could make it wide-ranging.

1 - 1 (which would have been the reply)
1N - 2?
2 - 4 (2 would show a minimum hand with 4 hearts and a hand unsuitable to open 1NT - would this promise a singleton spade - quite likely since it denies 3+ spades and with only 2 the hand would very likely have opened 1NT 2=4=5=2 or 2=4=4=3 are probably 1N opening calls, but 1=4=4=4 isn't)

Responders hand

AQ9763
KQ84
J2
8

Whether that would happen in real life is interesting since
East doubled 1 for takout on
J2
T9765
7
AQT54
April 3
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Havinggone through them, I am struck by the number of times the illustrious panel of commentators disagreed with the verdicts (and with each other). This IMHO suggests having more than one person on the appeals ‘panel’.

(Also concerned about a disputed claim where declarer uttered the fatal words - “dummy is good” - everyone assumed that declarer would spot the small club wasn't good and would ruff it - but if dummy was good declarer could have played all the trumps first (low to hand, back to dummy) before ‘cashing’ the clubs.
April 3
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To quote the Kansas booklet

“A total of eleven (14) cases were heard.”
April 3
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I don't think that is correct

2. If a player becomes aware of his own mistake, he must summon the Director before the opening lead is faced (or during the play, if discovered later), and then provide a correction.The player is also permitted to call the Director before the auction ends, but he is under no
obligation to do so (see Law 20F4).
April 3
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Since 2 was passed out before the person with UI could call again - and his partner was playing it, I fail to see the problem - BUT if the auction were re-opened then the player with UI would be able to make another call.
April 3
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One assumes North is not requesting an unusual lead - so presumably he wants a red-suit lead. That suggests heart shortage but no doubt with my luck East will ruff and discard his losing diamonds on the KQ.

(I would never lead a small diamond - I would lead the King and hope it stood up, so I can see dummy. Would be embarrasing to lead a small one if partner had no hearts.)
April 3
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Having read the guide, it would appear that for open/ open + the listings are of things you cannot do, rather than those you may: to quote.

“In contrast to the Basic and Basic+ Charts, methods are generally allowed unless they are expressly prohibited within the Chart.”

Disallowed Opening Bids

1. *** A Natural or Quasi-Natural 1-level opening bid in any seat that could contain less than Near-Average Strength.

2. An Artificial 1-level opening bid in any seat that could contain less than Average Strength.

3. *** In segments of fewer than 6 boards, an Artificial 1-level opening bid showing length only in a known suit other than the one opened, unless that bid is also Strong and Forcing.

Since a precision 1 does not show length in any particular suit then I think it is OK as it passes 3. - provided by agreement it shows 10+ points to comply with 2. and 1..
April 3
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Just to clear up matters

The law states

(b) The player must call the Director and inform his opponents that, in his opinion, his partner’s explanation was erroneous (see Law 75B) but only at his first legal opportunity, which is:

(i) for a defender, at the end of the play.
(ii) for declarer or dummy, after the final pass of the auction.

So if you have the opinion then you call the TD - you may be right or wrong, but that of itself does not matter. The TD will ascertain the facts. (There won't be UI unless the auction is re-opened).

(This is a ‘must’ rule, so whilst I applaud the decision to call the director, it would have been distinctly preferable to do it before play started. Assuming that the auction wasn't changed then there would have been accurate play of the cards, with the opponents in full possession of the facts, and the TD wouldn't have to work out what might have happened.)

(Note that you can only change your last call if you would have done so following a correct explanation of the auction. You can't do so merely because you now know that the other side have had a bidding misunderstanding - although you may if subsequent bidding might indicate it)
April 3
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Did anyone have convention cards?

Law 402B
(b) Unless the Regulating Authority provides otherwise a player may not consult his own system card between the commencement of the auction period and the end of play,
except that players of the declaring side (only) may consult their own system card during the Clarification Period.
April 2
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Dummy has made A Stayman enquiry - it is almost certain he has 4 spades (80%), but less likely he has 4 hearts - 35%. Partner is likely to hold 3 hearts nearly half the time and you do have the King.

Example from Bird/ Anthias (same auction)

97 Q8652 T985 KQ

9 : 2.79 tricks
5 : 2.96 tricks - is a big wineer at IMPS.
T : 2.83 tricks
K : 2.81 tricks

Several other hands given show that leading from a 5CM in this sequence is better. (OK Hand is not the same, but is closest match.)
April 2
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A variation - under law 26 (lead restrictions)- Just tell them what not to play. (I could have added “Just tell them what to play” as well but that part was rescinded.)
April 1
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The problems with Swiss Teams are:

1) You need a lot of boards (one set for each 3 or 4 tables)
2) You have to organise the triple/ triangle (if any)
3) You need to re-organise the movement if anyone drops out.

Fortunately there is plentiful software out there to do everything for you.
April 1
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Even if not true, it is still a good story.
April 1
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Was this bid with screens or not?

If bid with screens, one assumes North would explan to East over South's 3 bid as “no agreement, was 100% expecting 2

Without screens, one assumes North would alert the 3 spade and if asked explain as “no agreement”

Opponents are entitled to know you have no agreement - see the definition of ‘alert’ in the laws.
April 1
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6 seems to be sort of - “I warn you partner I do not have the strong hearts that you thought I had when you did not alert my 2 response”. I don't mind the pauses, it is the failure to alert 2 and North's actions thereafter that is my worry.
March 31
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