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A similar case. You hold AJxx/Kxx/AKx/Axx. NV vs vulnerable. Open 1Club third in hand as 14+ (15+ if balanced), LHO 1Spade, partner pass, RHO 2Diamonds. I would think a pass in tempo is the obvious choice here? Especially having played your system for 15+ years and having experience in this situation. A slow pass is definitely not ok, or?? :)
Dec. 3, 2012
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It is good to hear that Bridge has been nicely promoted in Omaha and that the invited players had a great time.
Sept. 13, 2012
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This is a typical hand where you want to make a cooperative slam TRY. A committal 4H or 4S (ace asking) is just wrong. Cuebid and let partner in on the decision.

Absent clear definitions, as here, you have to use common sense. Partner is trying to send a message with 4D, why not honor that and give hime some cooperation?

IMHO if you feel bad about signing off, dont do it :)
Sept. 11, 2012
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My sympathies are clear ;). The finals might go either way though. What is good for bridge is that the myth of the Monaco invincibility was exposed, they are humans and beatable. They cant sit down and expect good teams (Canada and Netherlands) to shrink and fold anymore. This is good for bridge. It is also good for bridge with Hungary, Russia, Sweden, and Poland in finals. Some new blood is necessary for the game to prosper. No offence meant to the US in the seniors or England in the ladies, but we have seen them there before.
Aug. 21, 2012
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I think the acbl rules are bad for long team events. They are well suitable for 2/3 board mp rounds. This is the way it should be for team events:
1) For long knockouts all CCs are available at tournament start
2) What you dont have on your CC you do not play, and you dont change it.
3) Heavy penalties for using conventions not on the cc.
4) No necessity to provide defences, since opps are given very ample time to prepare.

So once a round is finished and a team knows their opponents they have all morning to analyze systems and devise their own.

I dont see any drawbacks in this and its a lot easier for TD:s so I really wonder why it is not done.
March 23, 2012
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If it wasnt in the standard multi, how come Meckwell wanted to use the standard defence? ;)
March 22, 2012
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