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I consider this style to be somewhat common (in the context of transfer responses to 1) and somewhat misguided.
Nov. 2, 2018
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For “umpires”, read “lawyers”.
Nov. 1, 2018
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While imagining what would happen without screens is useful in some situations, I don't think this is one of them. When considering an adjustment, the non-offending side are only considered to have the correct explanations, not the knowledge that someone has misbid.
Nov. 1, 2018
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All of the video evidence was from that championship. Time flies, eh?
Oct. 31, 2018
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Wait, what happened to 320-490?
Oct. 26, 2018
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What was the old IMP scale and when was it replaced?
Oct. 26, 2018
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Interesting choice of title, I look forward to posting a similar thread “North American Bridge Clubs” at some point in the future!

Edit: No, I can't help, sorry
Oct. 23, 2018
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Rosalind - sometimes 4th seat doesn't pass.
Oct. 22, 2018
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But even if it wasn't, I would still double.
Oct. 21, 2018
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It's not like 4 forcing would serve a particularly useful purpose. We won't often be slamming on this start, and if we are we've got several other bids in our box to show that.
Oct. 16, 2018
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Definitely. As well as human variation in level of play, there is also a lot of luck in bridge, even in teams matches where it is a zero sum game. In the same way as four pros will sometimes beat a team of a similar standard by 30 or more over 60 boards - in fact, the margin will be over 30 IMPs, to one team or the other, more than half the time - a six-handed team will sometimes beat an all-pro team even if one of the pairs was an IMP/board weaker than the other pairs in the match.

I think your partner was off-base with his 95%/75% comment. I'm sure the percentages, whatever they were, were closer than that.

I agree completely with your attempt to get the regulations changed. The status quo superficially favours sponsored teams, but IMO it is unfair on sponsors that they should be made to feel they have to choose between playing and winning.
Oct. 11, 2018
Mike Bell edited this comment Oct. 11, 2018
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Bergen variants. I like 1M:3M to be “to play opposite a balanced 18” which puts some pressure elsewhere
Oct. 10, 2018
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I used to think having a way to show an INV minor single-suiter over 1M was vital. Now I don't have it available in any partnership and I don't miss it.
Oct. 10, 2018
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IMO you've nailed it there. You don't usually play Bergen but still you find it comes up as often as IJS!
Oct. 10, 2018
Mike Bell edited this comment Oct. 11, 2018
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The hand records are now up on the WBF website. Still interested in a link to vg, though.
Oct. 10, 2018
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I can't see b10-16 in the VG archive, could you point me in the right direction?
Oct. 10, 2018
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I forget where I've seen it in use, but I've always thought that “one-third of each match/stage, rounding up if necessary” was the best rule - here that would be 4/10 in the swiss and half of each KO match. In the other categories, the final was six sets, and 2/6 sets would then be sufficient.
Oct. 10, 2018
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I assume that actually we raised hearts on b16 and opener rebid 3 without jumping. We were quite pleased to have stopped in 4 on that board until we saw the diamond break and the traveller!
Oct. 10, 2018
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Although not sure how he has records for b10 onwards but not b1-9!
Oct. 10, 2018
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Hand records were provided at the event - I guess Nick just missed them.
Oct. 10, 2018
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