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I am not suggesting any exemptions, everyone should behave well. Just adding that this is especially important for professionals.

Sept. 18, 2013
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I don't agree that all players should be lumped together. Not that I am advocating bad behavior by anyone, but I am certainly less forgiving when it comes to professional players.
Professional players should be the top of the pyramid. They should be role models and therefore squeaky clean when it comes to behavior at the bridge table.

In short, professionals should act professionally (even when their sponsor is not present). Non professionals will hopefully follow suit.
Sept. 18, 2013
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If you had, say, the J you would have over called 1NT and the poll wouldn't be necessary.
Not much difference between the actual hand and the one augmented with the J.
1NT is the best way to describe this hand.
Partner with the given hand should have balanced. But what if the hand is something like JTXXX XXX XX QJX ?
makes 2 or 3 and will never be reached without action on your part.
Sept. 17, 2013
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The behavior of some professional players is a matter of concern. I come to play in order to enjoy the game. Winning is a goal but I like the route that leads to that goal to be pleasant. In short, bridge is a serious hobby that I want to enjoy.
This is not exactly the case for professional players, they are there to make a living and therefore their basic attitude is sometimes different.
I had the fortune to play against two of the best players in the USA on several occasions. (Not naming anyone here). On most of these occasions they were playing with their respective sponsors and it was a real pleasure to compete against them. They were cordial, patient intelligent and fun to play against.
Then, a year or two later I had to play against them when partnering each other. It was clear that all they wanted was to get out of there as soon as possible. Also, when one of them became dummy the other immediately got up and went away, leaving partner to turn the cards. A big difference from what I expected! Very distracting behavior and a disappointment.
I am not surprised by how Polly felt. This pair in particular, was there for another day in the office. They didn’t seem to really care that Polly was there to enjoy the game as well as win. (Which I am happy to say she did in this particular match!)

I do understand that making a living from bridge can lead to treating the competition from a different perspective. However, it would be advisable to all pros to treat all other players at the table, partners included, with the same respect they reserve for their sponsors.
Sept. 16, 2013
Michael Fleisher edited this comment Sept. 17, 2013
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The lead was a small . That allowed me to drive out the A and attend to the later.
It was a fun hand to play since the high cards were marked on the bidding and appearance of the clubs ace.
Focusing a bit more, I think that when the high cards are easy to locate via the bidding, you should bid games on less values. Especially with IMP scoring.
Sept. 6, 2013
Michael Fleisher edited this comment Sept. 7, 2013
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I remember bidding 5D and at first I thought the way the hand was reported was wrong. Polly, please ignore the private message I sent. I now remember, that indeed I held the N hand and decided to bid 5D.
Aug. 14, 2013
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