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Depends which major.
Dec. 5
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I suspect that Chris's guess, in the first response, isn't actually a guess.
Dec. 5
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No - there were two previous threads where people made the same point.

It would certainly make scheduling English events substantially easier if arrangements were known two years in advance, but I'm not holding my breath on this changing any time soon.
Dec. 5
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Interesting. The junior's is back there in 2020; it was a great location for that in 2016, but it hadn't occurred to me that it was an option for a larger event.
Dec. 5
Mike Bell edited this comment Dec. 5
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"Declarer claimed 12 tricks. He said he intended
to run all of his diamonds
; the defenders would
eventually get their “high trump.”"

Does this statement not stand?
Dec. 4
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Finding worthy candidates proved so difficult that these awards were discontinued a couple of years ago.
Dec. 2
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https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/2022-wbf-tournament-location/

See Eitan's comments here. An announcement was expected a few days ago.
Nov. 12
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Thanks Chris! I'd alert all of responder's actions I listed above - I'm not an expert on the US regulations though.
Nov. 12
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I was South. Not wishing to take anything away from my partner, but 4 is pretty clear when partner has promised five cards IMO
Nov. 12
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I don't think they are. If West has ace-sixth in hearts then the quick ruff isn't needed.
Nov. 12
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IMO quick 4 = shape, slower = high cards
Nov. 12
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Robson-Forrester play 1M as five here. I like it too - I see support doubles as a necessary evil in standard methods and like to avoid the need for them where possible.

After 1 (1) X (2), I would play:

Pass = weak NT
2M = unbalanced minimum
X = good hand

After 1 (1) X (2); P (P), if responder chooses to bid again:

X = takeout, with both majors opener bids 2
2 = NF with 4 hearts and not 4 spades
2 = NF with 4 spades and 5 clubs
Nov. 12
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Good point. Sounds like David Burn and Marusa Gold to me.
Nov. 7
Mike Bell edited this comment Nov. 7
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“Not being able to find out opener's second suit” is not “cherry-picking a weakness”.
Oct. 31
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To assume that everything is fine when you have spade tolerance is incorrect IMO - you could still be missing a better contract elsewhere. I once saw a Gazzilli pair stop in 2 when our oppo bid and made 6 on the same deal, although I accept that there was some user error involved in that result!
Oct. 31
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Sure, but if you open a strong club and partner doesn't have 8 points you are well placed. If you bid Gazzilli and partner doesn't have 8 points then you are very poorly placed (including when you actually hold spades+clubs 11-15). You can debate the best responses for the weak hands (how many hearts does 2 show? What does 2NT show? Do you ever preference 2 with a singleton?) but you're always losing out somewhere.

It's better to have opener's second bid focus on shape, and have their third call deal with strength. Obviously, the problem with natural methods is that opener may not get a third call, or you may lose out when responder feels they have to stretch to give opener a third call - that's why I selected “other”.
Oct. 31
Mike Bell edited this comment Oct. 31
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Partner had AKTxxxx x x KT87, spades are 2-2.
Oct. 30
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Order of preference:
Other
Standard
Stick hot pins in my eyeballs
Gazzilli
Oct. 30
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Thanks Richard!
Oct. 15
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Alex - wild stab in the dark, but is partner you?
Oct. 15
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