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Diabolic defence on the second hand. Look at what a low trump lead does. It apparently forces declarer to do the right thing in spades.
Oct. 8, 2015
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I would be grateful for a link to the discussion on the Maastricht cases and a link to the documentation of the Appeals Committe meetings. Unfortunately they were never published in the Daily bulletins in Maastricht. Other AC decisions after these 2 were published so timing was not the problem. Maybe the scribe Herman can publish them now?

For the record, I did not play in Maastricht. I should have played but my partner had surgery on his ailing hip hence we could not play.
Oct. 8, 2015
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If 4 was a fit, why did Klukowski count kung as an ace over blackwood?
Oct. 7, 2015
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Unequivocally consistent correct decisions! Like the Sweden-Austria appeals from the olympiad 2000? The ones that were never published so could not be scrutinized! Isnt there a saying in Texas about Talk the talk and walk the walk!?
Oct. 7, 2015
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It is possible to change results despite not calling director at the table. A very wellknown pair were deducted a VP after being very tempo sensitive playing against me on vugraph. It was a European Championship. No director call but a procedural penalty imposed afterwards.
Oct. 7, 2015
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Cathy. I dont think chess audience generally cares about the nuances of the Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez. They care about the people and the excitement. For bridge audiences it is wonderful theatre when someone gets to 3NT RD and despite being given a trick with QT opposite xx still goes 2 down. People and spectular stuff. Seeing XX XX squeeze out an extra overtrick in 1NT after 5 minutes of agony is far less attractive. System is totally irrelevant.

ps “Fair play our Foul” is an awesome book ds
Oct. 7, 2015
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Jan Lagerman is a really great guy. Much too nice but brutally honest.
Oct. 7, 2015
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On paper Poland (if they qualify) should be favourites. Statistics is a different matter. Poland has a hard time winning against Swedish teams. I say 50/50. Sweden has reached the finals without playing their best.

As a side note. There was a joint trial with 10 swedish and 10 polish pairs 2001. All the swedes were NS and played against only Poles. A double dummy solver program calculated the optimum results. The top 9 or 10 pairs when imped against double dummy results were swedish.
Oct. 7, 2015
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Yes you are 100% right. Culbertson and Goren was all about spreading the game, never about making money or selling books. The culbertson suit asking bids were so easy to explain to everyone, I think they should be mandatory for all players.

When I read your comments I think of “Groundhog day”. You are stuck in the 50s and forced to relive it over and over again. The difference between you and Bill Murray is that he learned eventually.
Oct. 7, 2015
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Current holders of the olympiad and the Rosenblum in The final for The Bermuda Bowl. Can we say dynasty about the winners. As for the seniors I already picked the winners.
Oct. 7, 2015
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I think you have to remember there is a tendency to play to the level of your opponents in these long matches. It is less intellectual exercise and more battling.
Oct. 6, 2015
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As I remember it declarer won the spade lead in dummy, hence was down on good defence. (checked declarer won the lead in dummy)

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=41247 (board 13)
Oct. 6, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Oct. 6, 2015
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What will a shift when winning jack do? Declarer is known to be 2317.
Oct. 6, 2015
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Just lucky BG!
Oct. 5, 2015
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North shouldnt woodenly play a low spade on a spade to the king
Oct. 5, 2015
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Another reason not to let him touch my cards!
Oct. 4, 2015
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Striking polish results would not make Japan qualify.
Oct. 3, 2015
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I would agree, except for the poetic justice in who they keep out by still playing.
Oct. 3, 2015
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BL was convicted presumably on a single hand. Rumour has it that it was more for their body of work. It might even be that hand was fabricated.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Bulgaria and China finish 1-2 in RR. They have to meet in semis? Strange rules.
Oct. 3, 2015
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