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“No, it doesn't promise five. Normally, it shows four spades and occasionally it could be only three spades.”
He is looking at three spades! How hard is it to tell the truth?!!!!
In my opinion, when the TD was called to the table this player should have admitted “I did not give a full and complete explanation of the bid”. His excuse? That he wasn't asked!
Furthermore: “In 48 years of playing Bridge I was never accused of being unethical”. Yes sure, I believe it. But this time you were unethical. Twice! First in not providing a full answer. It was unintentional, I know, but still it was clearly an incomplete answer. Maybe under the heat of the moment… being totally absorbed by the auction that took place seconds earlier… and fearing being in a 3-3 trump fit, etc. Second, when the TD is called and you realize your answer was incomplete… just admit it and accept the consequences. It's not their fault, it's yours. By admitting in front of the Director you make his task a lot easier: Adjusted score, PP, etc…
Decide which way you want to play Bridge!
June 20
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Isn't there something called the “Recorder” to report suspicious incidents?
June 19
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Excellent idea.
In the sentence before last: “we can stop in two of opener's major…”, you mean responder's.
June 18
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One bad habit of Intermediates is the way they count the trumps. They play one round and say that's four. They play a second round and say four and four that's eight, etc. How to count the trump suit or any other important side-suit, for that matter, was described by Alfred Scheinwold in Five Weeks to Winning Bridge. He mentions that the proper way of counting distinguishes between the intermediate and the advanced player.
June 18
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Who is LisaÉ
June 17
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When South shows out on the third round of clubs (he is 1-6-4-2) draw all the trump discarding a diamond from dummy, not a heart. In the 5 card ending South has 4 diamonds and 1 heart. Give him his heart trick, win diamond return in dummy and discard losing diamond on good heart.
When South has at least 3 clubs you said play to ruff a diamond in dummy. Now for the cute ending, only because all of declarer`s trumps are high: ruff the fourth club back to hand, play remaining trumps and give last trick to both opponents: the heart loser is won by South and trumped by North.
June 17
Michael Beyrouti edited this comment June 17
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One bad habit: to Blackwood to find out “if we have slam”.
June 15
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I am sorry. I got carried away and answered a different question. My bad.
June 15
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Control bids: they have no clue, they get lost, they never use them.
June 15
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Thinking that the more conventions and modifications and gadgets they add to their basic system the better their performance. In addition, they learn the beginning of a convention and never learn the continuations.
June 15
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Instead of passing!
June 15
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Not knowing the difference between penalty and takeout doubles and not knowing when to use them.
June 15
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When West failed to go up with A at trick two and return 6.
June 12
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Have a prize at the end of the session. Either randomly drawn or for person selected “Best”. Prize must be youth oriented, e.g. a $50 iTunes card. The prize could be advertised on Facebook (this is where the young spend most of their time).

I like anchovies on my pizza… But CB&P is more appealing to the youngsters…
June 12
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Is this the Carter who invented four-level transfers known today as Texas transfers?
June 12
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West can't be an “experienced” player when he hesitates for 45 seconds with 3 hearts and 2 clubs and comes up with a non-forcing 2 bid and says that he was trying to think what he should bid. I'll buy that from an inexperienced player.
June 11
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A, another heart ruff.
June 6
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Is that before or after bridge?
June 5
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Timo: Patriotism.
June 2
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Michael Hopkins: right-click on the article and select: copy image location. Then, open a new browser, right click in address box and click paste. Then go to that address: A new and manageable image will appear.
May 25
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