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The club 6 appears in both South and West.
April 20
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That's a very good question. I held the hand and became entranced with the converse: when does it lose to play low? when partner has QJxx and declarer lets the 8 win, the suit will be blocked, possibly impeding an entry to dummy's diamonds - and on other layouts the 10 has no advantage. So I played low, and found a case where the 10 was required: declarer had Ax of spades and QJ10x of diamonds and made five.

The spade blockage was a mirage anyway: if you play the 10 and force the ace, you can force the king out of dummy before it is useful as a diamond entry.

Sometimes it's right to do the obvious thing, even in a problem setting.
April 20
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I updated the OP: they would not play 2 as a transfer after an opening 1NT and 2 overcall. The exact situation is not discussed. (E-W are a very regular partnership.)
April 17
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As I wrote above, the Event went off well enough.

I should probably have noted explicitly what I think is a good feature of the ladder as it exists: by its swiss-individual properties, it concentrates winners at table 1. The table-1 winning pair in the fourth round can with some justice be said to finish first and second.
April 6
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Just back from The Event. The beginners played 4 rounds of 4 boards each, and finished before the other sections (which played more boards). Non-fussy scoring was enough to determine what pair won each round - some scorers did not give the part-score bonus, for example. (We did have table mats with all the duplicate scores printed on the back.) In the end, my paper tracking of who was playing where was less accurate than the actual players who moved each round. I felt that the objective - to have a low-stress, social event where we still could determine a winner - was well met.

In the Advanced group (11 tables playing 11 2-board rounds) there were at least eight times when boards were passed with 12 (or less) cards in one pocket and 14+ in another.
April 4
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Thanks, but that's not what I want.

For a beginner/party game I do not want short rounds and matchpoint scoring: the movement I have is about right, but might be tweakable. These players are not ready for score comparisons (but they might get the idea: we'll share duplicate boards each round).

For an evening with 3 tables of good players, I want IMPs and matches of 6+ boards, with leading players moving to table 1 to determine the winners at the end, in the manner of a swiss team game. Might use VPs to avoid some 50+ margin winning at table 2 in the last round.
April 4
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I like a verwion of Minibridge where the possible part-score contracts are 1NT, 2H, 2S, 3C and 3D. No wimpy 1C contracts, please!

In this version a 20-20 tie is broken by the number of spades, but there is no suggested way to determine this without revealing each player's spade count.
March 31
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The hand is from the World Bridge Games Women's championships (Decemer ACBL Bulletin page 15). Partner has xxx in clubs and the ace of hearts. Sylvia Shi led the ace of clubs, which was necessary to beat the hand. The text implied that the lead was obvious; I thought I'd check.
Jan. 1
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East had something like

Kxx
AKQJxx
xxx
x
Dec. 28, 2016
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Right: must see the hands.
Nov. 11, 2016
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In the new format there are separate columns for the NS and EW pairs (in the “travelling score” section, rather than one column with “vs” between the names. The new format means that if the NS names are short there is no extra space for EW names. Neither format includes first names, so the information is probably the same either way. In both formats, it appears that the box expands to accommodate the longest names.
Oct. 24, 2016
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An anti game-of-chance argument:

When an emergency room doctor sees a patient, chance determines the nature of the patient's history and illness or injury - and the experiencee the doctor has or lacks with these. When a student takes a quiz on math or history, chance determines the topic and difficulty of the questions, and the relevance of the preparation choices the student has made. When an engineer designs a bridge, the constraints, requirements and terrain are unknown at the start.

Randomly dealing cards is a fair way to establish initial conditions for the game of bridge, and in duplicate bridge (as in an academic quiz) the chance element is virtually eliminated by comparing results with the same initial conditions.

In a game of chance, the outcome is determined by chance. In bridge, the initial conditions are - just as they are in many game and non-game enterprises reauiring skill.
Oct. 22, 2016
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The actual declarer took this line, and then cashed the heart winners in dummy. West discarded two small clubs.
Oct. 12, 2016
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Sorry, folks. I didn't hold the hand - it was a hesitation situation where North (who said he thought he was in pass-out seat) had hesitated after the 4 bid. North had

Kxxxx
xx
AQ
Axxx

At this table, passing and then bidding worked very well: 4 was doubled and went down one. I was trying to see whether pass was a logical alternative on this auction. (I didn't think so when consulted, and also doubted that the hesitation suggested it, demonstrably or not. Yes, North had 10 seconds for free, but there probably was a real BIT.)

When I played the hand at another table, I held the North cards. My partner bid 4 after the 2 oercall, driving EW to their cold 5.
Sept. 29, 2016
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OK - more info. 3 would be a limit raise in diamonds (“criss-cross” as it's called here). 2 would be game forcing in theory: no exceptions have been discussed.

Meta-comment: If 3 would show this hand, I'd think the OP should say so. At the vulnerability I suppose this would not be a bad weak jump shift, so I probably should have mentioned the actual agreement. Really, I was wondering how much support 1 (my choice at the table) would get.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Some ACBL-centric questions:

What two numbers go with the letter O?

What color is section F?

What colors are used on ACBL card backs?

What colors are used for ACBL sections?

“Consecutive” ACBL player numbers typically differ by how much?

A 6-table Howell movement has 27 total boards. How many pairs do not change tables?
July 14, 2016
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What was on the NS convention card(s) regarding fourth suit forcing? If Nothing, you have a case. If either box (1 Round/Game) is checked, you do not. The fact that South has clubs does not give you a case.
July 11, 2016
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This is a good case for my Convention Disruption proposal (http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-modest-convention-disruption-proposal/). The case as it happened might reward (and create suspicion of) dishonesty in East-West, where under my Proposal we just adjust the contract to 3 and move on without rancor or suspicion. (I'd also consider a penalty for not having convention cards, but the motivation for penalty is less because the adjustment is automatic.)

As it is, I'm not sympathetic to East-West. They have the burden of proof that it was a misbid, and they did not meet that burden. Adjust to 3 and also impose a penalty for lack of convention cards, unless there are mitigating circumstances I don't know about; not bringing the printed ones is not an excuse.
July 5, 2016
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That ZT matters, regardless of the match result:

“If it is determined that the same offender is responsible for a second offense in the same event, then the offender(s) shall be ejected from future competition in that event. An offender removed from an event shall be deemed to have not played in the event, no masterpoints will be awarded and no refunds will be made… In the case of a serious offense and in the case of multiple offenses (three) during a tournament, a disciplinary committee may be convened to determine whether the offender(s) should be allowed to play in other events at the tournament and/or whether additional sanctions may be appropriate.” (ACBL ZT policy, article 3)
May 25, 2016
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I didn't say because West actually led his 5th best diamond (from KQ982). I think the auction (vul unfavorable for West, whose spades are weak) indicates 5-5 or 6-4 anyway.

I was declarer and took Kit's line initially. East won the king and returned a spade. won in the dummy. I led a club from dummy and East played low. I think the correct play here is the seven; the ten wins only when West started with 9x(x). But I played the 10 and went down when West showed out.

I'm not happy to be in this situation, so looking back I think I prefer leading a club to the seven at trick two, making when East has the 9 and the K or J or both.
May 20, 2016
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