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He asked the question as my partner did not say what the alert was for–i.e. correct procedure
May 18, 2016
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I wouldn't ask for a score adjustment as I could see that I am not entitled to a fluke score based on an opponent's momentary “brain lock”. It seems that the people responding have no such sense of fairness. I was in a situation several years where a top level pro pair did not alert a Stayman response(they were playing that if they were 3-2 in the majors they could bid the 3 -card suit). We lost our 4-4 fit in that major. I sent the hand to Eric Kokish who knew their system and he responded that they absolutely should have alerted. We won the match anyway. I didn't ask for a score adjustment.
May 17, 2016
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Why should I ignore ill-advised questioning by an opponent. Again, the only reasons I can see for the questions are I have clubs. Sometimes opponents provide a roadmap with questions that shouldn't be asked, usually to their benefit, but not in this case.
May 17, 2016
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He has 4 diamonds AKXX.
May 17, 2016
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If you insist on a raise to 4 clubs, partner would bid 4 Diamonds and I would raise to 5 Dias, making on the presumed heart lead by RHO
May 17, 2016
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A Lebenshol bid of 2NT doesn't say I am weak( I maybe). We bid 2 NT followed by 3NT to say I think I have 2 stoppers. A direct jump to 3 NT says I have one stopper.
May 17, 2016
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No one has answered the question would they in a Bracket 1 KO ask for a score adjustment????
May 17, 2016
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If you had seen the suits opened at the two level earlier by this pair you might. This wasn't your average B-Team match. We have won Bracket 1 KO'S against top level pro-teams.
May 17, 2016
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Again would anybody ask for a score adjustment???
May 17, 2016
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The pro is one of the top MP winners of all time and was playing with a long-time client. I believe the questioning was totally in-appropriate and led to his partner leading and continuing clubs.
May 17, 2016
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Partner cannot have more than 4 clubs as we play leaping Michaels. The director did not ask nor look at our cards to determine whether we played leaping Michaels. I (south) inferred from Wests questions that he held clubs. What other reason could there be for his questions. I believe I am allowed to infer a conclusion from West's “questionable” interest in the alert.
May 17, 2016
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I don't this pro was surprised in the least. I believe he was trying to sow some doubt in our minds as to whether NT was the right strain for a contract
May 17, 2016
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Depends if you call a xx-jxx-qxx-AJXXX a legitimate raise to 3 NT
April 16, 2016
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How do you protect yourself against a psych when you are on the “horns of an ethical dilemma”? I thought there would be more discussion on this then some of the other esoteric comments.
April 15, 2016
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I don't think the opponents picked up on my partner's slight hesitation. I knew that my partner was close to an opening bid (he had 11 HCPs and 5-3-3-2 distribution) which meant that we had 25-26 HCPs. I knew that a double of 3 NT by me rated to be a success (they were down 6), but didn't feel I could ethically take action. The director said I was absolutely right in filling out a recorder memo and she would discuss this with this pair. Who knows how often they do it. As I said I overheard them bragging about being successful with a psych in the Vanderbilt.
April 13, 2016
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Playing(Vul vs Non-VUL)in a National Team game against an Int'l pair from South America who had been knocked out of the Vanderbilt, the bidding went pass by LHO, slight hesitation by my partner-pass, 1NT by RHO. I was looking at 15 HCPs balanced and was sure something was going on but decided I couldn't act on my partner's slight hesitation. LHO NOW BID 3 NT. Result was down 6 with our side cold for 4 Spades. I remembered sitting outside the Vanderbilt room the day before and hearing this same pair bragging about psyching 1NT and keeping the opponents out of 6 NT. Later I filed a recorder on the incident and asked whether there had been a psyche reported in the Vanderbilt on this pair. I was told that there had not been one reported, but that the pair had been warned. What would have happened had I acted on my partner's hesitation? Is this tactic relatively common. Thanks.
April 11, 2016
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“Break to a useless doubleton if you have one” Do you do this for the sequence 1NT-2H when you have two small hearts, 4 spades and a max? If so what do you bid with a bad hand 4-5 HCPs and 5 spades?
March 15, 2016
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“ There is nothing horrible about it”, except twice in a recent tournament playing 3 NT from the weak side allowed a lead to defeat the contract.
Feb. 8, 2016
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I played the hand in a local club game and the South defender was not good enough to bare the heart queen. South exhibited stress when discarding their last club so it was easy to end play for five. No one else made five and I received the following from The Common Game:“Great declarer play to take 11 tricks in 4S on board 3 of Monday's game. Well done.
Sincerely,
Your Common Game Team”

I don't know whether other Common Game participants made five or not.
Jan. 3, 2016
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What if South bares the Heart Queen early??
Jan. 2, 2016
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