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In twelve of the sixteen quarter-finals, one opponent got to pick the other. In eleven of those twelve matches, the team that got picked is beating the team that picked them.
Sept. 23
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USA1 vs Indonesia there was an adjusted score at each table. Feels like its exclusion from the butlers is related to it being the last match. It was a good board for Meckwell so they won't be losing the “1” at the front of their score.
Sept. 22
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In the RR they had a reasonable win vs England and a reasonable loss vs Netherlands, that may have played a part.
Sept. 22
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I take it you didn't read my post, immediately above yours. There are (at least) two valid answers and no obvious issues.
Sept. 17
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Related - in some quarters, it's considered inappropriate to lead up to the KJ and then think.

I disagree, because:
- Playing in a reasonable tempo and hoping that LHO flies ace is a legitimate tactic.
- If the AQ are in the same hand oppo will often be able to curtail your thinking, saving the table a few minutes.
- Both defenders are nervous, are in possession of one highcard and are aware of the position; maybe some can tell “I have the ace” nerves from “I have the queen” nerves but I can't imagine that's true for most.
Sept. 17
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I think the OP implies that, over a takeout double, South thinks 3 shows 1444, while North thinks it shows a 2.5 spade bid or similar. I would expect them to be more likely to have a misunderstanding over a “no agreement” double, not less likely. Certainly giving them 100% of +650 is overly generous.
Sept. 15
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Tank pass from West?
Sept. 9
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“…unless the second suit bid must be shorter than the first”.
Sept. 9
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Have added this as an option
Sept. 8
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Wouldn't it? Even if we assume that 3 was invitational, and that it should have been alerted, it sounds almost impossible that your side was damaged on this auction.
Aug. 27
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I prefer to agree that we always open 1 on this shape. The reason for this is that I want to feel comfortable raising 1 to 2 in competition on four-card support. Otherwise, it is harder for us to get to 3 or 5 when it is right, and a lot of responding hands have no sensible call after oppo make a 1 overcall.

That assumes our methods are fairly natural. Playing artificial methods (e.g. transfer responses to 1 and transfers in competition), I prefer to open 1 when holding 4D2C.
Aug. 25
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If you “normally always raise” then how do you plan to continue over 4SF to show something approximating to this?
Aug. 25
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The biggest reason to raise on this hand is that if I rebid 2, and partner makes an invitational rebid (2NT or 3m), I'm basically on a guess whether partner has a fifth spade or not. I agree there are drawbacks, though.
Aug. 24
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Aug. 24
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You've lost me, sorry.
Aug. 24
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IMO either 2 or 2 should deny holding a minimum 3154, so for me there's no such thing as a “borderline choice”.
Aug. 24
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In clubs yes, in hearts no
Aug. 24
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X-IMPs
Aug. 23
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I'm pretty sure that initiating discussions about US vs RotW tipping is against Bridgewinners community guidelines.
Aug. 23
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Low to the king, low to the ten works 63% of the time
Aug. 22
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