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You'd think so, but so far only one in four have folded.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Yes, if a zone can't field a replacement then Europe get the spot
Sept. 25, 2015
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Why couldn't it be a pair from one of the substitute teams?
Sept. 25, 2015
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I disagree with the whole premise of your article. The worst-named convention in bridge is the Grand Slam Force.
Sept. 22, 2015
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South will bid pretty much the same opposite a 2S good raise, regardless of whether it shows 3+ or 3= trumps. Why? Because North will nearly always push on to 4H if he has an extra trump…
Sept. 20, 2015
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Also, that argument rather loses any validity it had to start with when you use your ‘methods’ vs opponents you believe to be playing ethically.
Sept. 20, 2015
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I voted natural - which would certainly be true if they open 1C on all balanced hands - but it has now occurred to me that many RHOs would be promising 5C4D for this sequence. A tricky one.
Sept. 17, 2015
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The weak card player didn't win the World Mixed Pairs, Georgiana. Patrick's clue was a red herring.
Sept. 15, 2015
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The two-level openings are the controversial area of the system. The accepted wisdom is that a Precision 2C opening should show six cards because including 5C4M gives you too many guesses. Admittedly a Fantunes 2C opening has narrower range of strength, and is weaker on average, but it adds 5C4D to the mix. The 2D opening is worse still, as you've now lost your 2D relay!

I would think it's clear that the 2m openings are worse constructively than the 2M openings, as you can have a four-card major on the side. At least when you open 2M it has a decent chance of being the right contract (assuming you're not too high already). If you have found that the 2M openings don't fare better than the 2m openings in terms of IMPs won/lost, I'd suggest that's because they are often “scoring up” against a 2+/3+ card 1m opening at the other table, whereas the 2M openings are being compared with a 5-card major. Force your teammates to play Acol in future :-)

Oh, I almost forgot. The other controversial bit of the system is playing e.g. 1C-P-2S as nat GF 5+cards. Do you play that or have you scrapped it?
Sept. 14, 2015
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I've not actually watched the video, but I believe the correct response is - “Just how many cameras were on you?!”

Edit: Bah, too slow
Sept. 14, 2015
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One of them was only the second best player in the world.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Sept. 14, 2015
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Of course, Jonathan, but it would be unprofessional of him to preempt a possible announcement from Pierre.
Sept. 14, 2015
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That table demonstrates the absurdity of removing results from matches played - you can't downgrade someone's medal for this, and you couldn't rescind their Bermuda Bowl invite if a team dropped from 6th to 7th.
Sept. 14, 2015
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I don't think it's acceptable to suggest that Monaco would be particularly likely to have that pair on their team.
Sept. 14, 2015
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They are in the same position as you - if the match results are deleted then they get leap-frogged by Norway
Sept. 14, 2015
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Hey Tony. There's discussion buried in the other thread that South was doing stuff visible to their partner to communicate - e.g. putting down pen/scorecard on the side-table to show a relatively short suit, most powerfully a 5-card suit for a 2X opening. Nunes looks intently at what Fantoni is doing, and Roy Welland pointed out that Nunes actually moved the side-table there for Fantoni before the set began.

Stuff with bidding card placement is possible but unlikely IMO. It's pretty blatant, and what can you do if your screenmate insists on tidying up your bids before the tray is pushed through, just loudly complain each time he does it so your partner knows you're now giving the “wrong signal”? I don't think they would have got away with that for thirteen years.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Elsewhere, “Roth-Stonish EHAA” was suggested, but you could probably get away with “EHAA with five-card majors”
Sept. 14, 2015
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Thank you, David, and apologies Geoff.
Sept. 14, 2015
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