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Would love to see what happened if declarer said “actually we have no agreement about (unalerted club bid)” when they held clubs!
Aug. 6
Mike Bell edited this comment Aug. 6
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I agree with JH - “natural, I think” should be treated as equivalent to “no agreement (but I'm going to treat it as natural)”.
Aug. 6
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Not sure Simon has won a major US tournament this year either, although he did win an NABC+ title in 2018.
Aug. 6
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Did North really bid 2D holding a doubleton? Guessing it was actually South that bid.
Aug. 6
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Where in Professional Slam Bidding is this discussed? Thanks.

I like the principle of opening a natural diamond rather than a short club on 4D5C below reversing strength, but I can't see that it's sound to rebid 2 on both a 4-5 11-count and a 5-4 17-count.
July 31
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3/1 to win the rubber, not 2/1.
July 29
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Delighted to hear that I've still got a few years left as a “young player”!
July 29
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Larry Loudmouth is a poor technician, the correct card from Kx vs a slam is the low one.
July 19
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It's considerably harder to decide what defence to play when it's a 2NT bid!
July 19
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Partnerships where one player is much better than the other work best when the stronger player gets to take most of the decisions, so IMO the problem in Clive's case is the nature (“erratic bidder”) of his 50-rated partner, not their absolute level.
July 13
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For the purposes of the poll, does “flat” mean “4333” or “balanced”?
June 26
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a) As said previously, 1:1, 1 can be passed much more frequently playing Precision, as opener is already limited.

b) Even if you decided to rebid 1NT on balanced hands, responder still wouldn't know of genuine diamonds opposite a 1 rebid - 4135 would bid this way too.
June 21
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Yes, not to mention the scoring.
June 13
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This deal has a lot of similarities with one I posted a while back that produced a close three-way split in the vote.

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-ky5eitd4ia/
June 13
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Was this comment really written in 2015 and not 2018?
June 12
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Surprised there's not a larger majority for pass!
June 3
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The 30 VP scale gives a bonus for winning, which I can understand, but if the aim is to try to determine which team played/scored best over the event that's not a positive. Winning a match by 1 IMP will be more down to luck than fine judgement.
June 3
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David,

Presumably the strong team is 75% to win versus the other teams in matches of a specific length. The round-robin consists of seven matches, the knockout of three; it's not surprising that an event that lasts over twice as long is better at determining the strongest team.
June 3
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The EBL is continuing down the track of open/women/seniors held at one time, mixed at another. The WBF is holding all four concurrently, this time around at least. It's not ideal to have the two organisations following different schedules - maybe an open/women and mixed/seniors split would be a solution that both the EBL and WBF could embrace.
June 3
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Seniors bridge should be replaced by “age-based handicap bridge” IMO ;-)
June 2
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