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The U16s has been great, and having an U13 category in an U16 pairs event is fine, but I don't see the value in getting nations to send two intermediates and four novices across the world to a teams event.
May 1
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I also once had 26 and 27 in the same set. When I was dealt the latter, RHO opened a (non-psychic) one-level opening and everyone at the table got a bid in.
April 29
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I always assumed 20-21 was standard in the US, it's so obviously superior. How you define your higher ranges is pretty irrelevant, you just have to decide when you hold 24 whether you want to give partner an out or not.
April 29
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I held 31, once. In fact the deal can be classified in a more uncommon category than that - I was the only player at the table with more than a three-count.

I opened 2, partner bid 2 (double negative), I bid 4NT and partner told me how many aces they held.
April 29
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Just because you wouldn't bid 3 doesn't mean it's not a Logical Alternative
April 19
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April 19
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3 is obviously an LA, and it's pretty likely that West's tank was because they held insufficient spade length, so it's clear to assign East a 3 bid. Now we need a poll of West's problem over that!
April 19
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I'm afraid Team Europe has already been decided, James!

Frederic Wrang-António Palma
Ricco van Prooijen-Louk Verhees
Sally Brock-Fiona Brown
Jason+Justin Hackett
NPC Paul Hackett
April 16
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Jonathan, Jenny and teammates, I applaud you. I hope others have taken the same stance and won't be too shy to post here stating this.
April 13
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And I've now unabstained because I've decided “clear” was an overbid (I was originally given a different auction which made grand less likely and hadn't realised the implications of this)
April 11
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I abstained because it was clear to bid 4NT last round.
April 11
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Congrats Tony and team. I notice that Wolfson were winning at the end of 22 of their 24 sets - the other two were both against your team.
April 1
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I don't think playing a “1 club system” allows you to ignore the regulations pertaining to other opening bids
March 31
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100% isn't legal. When I was systemically opening 1 on 11-13 NTs I was spoken to by the TD (the EBU chief TD, as it happens) after I “upgraded” a 4333 10-count.
March 31
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Ronald - if that was the case, it would say, “Any *hand* that satisfies the requirements for a natural 1NT opening”.
March 31
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Playing it face-down is selfish and slows the game down. If you play it face-up and then don't proceed to trick 2 until everyone is ready, you have lost nothing, but everyone gets to think with more information.

Additionally, as the laws stand, there is nothing to prevent one from playing a card face-down and then putting it back in their hand, which creates issues regarding UI to partner and misleading declarer.
March 25
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Agreed, playing cards face-down is incredibly annoying and has no upside.
March 25
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Regarding collecting table money from teams who have a bye: it is also a reasonable point of view that not receiving a bye in R1 shouldn't penalise you financially.
March 25
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I used to play with someone who, when asked to explain the meaning of my (penalty) double, would respond, “natural”.

I also played 14-16 NT and Better Major for half a session, with no conventions allowed after the 1M openings, until we realised that this (presumably) prohibited takeout doubles.
March 14
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Likewise, except with 2 forcing and wide-ranging. If oppo have a pulse you'll have to compete to 3m anyway.
March 12
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