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A weighted ruling is fine here, it's usually okay except for some aspects of UI cases (i.e. you can't “cheat” half the time).

A split ruling is something else - e.g. 3-2 for one side and 3-1 for the other.
Aug. 9, 2019
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Norman,

There's no reason a weighted score couldn't have been given - that it was not suggests that the TDs felt that, with the correct explanation of “no agreement”, the contract would almost always have gone two off. I've not looked at the hand carefully enough to comment, but it would certainly have been reasonable to appeal on this basis (with the caveat that ACs don't normally make small adjustments to percentages).

By the way, I assume it was an *adjustment* to the score, not a VP *penalty* (although they aren't mutually exclusive).
Aug. 8, 2019
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As I hinted at elsewhere, I suspect the actual auction was that, after the 2 bid, it proceeded pass-pass-2-pass-pass-3.

Even if it didn't, 3 is still available as a cuebid, so there's no need for 3 to do the same job.
Aug. 7, 2019
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My oppo have suggested in the past that I needed a “natural” card in my box, maybe this is what they meant?
Aug. 7, 2019
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Don't worry, Bernard already knows - that regulation wasn't one of the latest changes (which were all quite minor I think).
Aug. 7, 2019
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Dealing boards at the table is a security risk too.

The Spingold/Vanderbilt use a different pre-duplicated set for each match. Maybe this could be used here for at least the last few matches of the Swiss. Or, alternatively, have five lots of 10 identical sets in play, for example, so any wire could be from a board you're not playing. Doesn't solve the randomness of flat vs swingy boards but has plenty of other upsides.
Aug. 6, 2019
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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, 2019
Mike Bell edited this comment Aug. 6, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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Did North really bid 2D holding a doubleton? Guessing it was actually South that bid.
Aug. 6, 2019
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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, 2019
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3/1 to win the rubber, not 2/1.
July 29, 2019
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Delighted to hear that I've still got a few years left as a “young player”!
July 29, 2019
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Larry Loudmouth is a poor technician, the correct card from Kx vs a slam is the low one.
July 19, 2019
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It's considerably harder to decide what defence to play when it's a 2NT bid!
July 19, 2019
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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, 2019
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For the purposes of the poll, does “flat” mean “4333” or “balanced”?
June 26, 2019
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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, 2019
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Yes, not to mention the scoring.
June 13, 2019
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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, 2019
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