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I've never been convinced by the idea that, versus weak bids, one should act much lighter in 4th seat than in 2nd. In fact, in this case, I can see an argument the other way - if we have a balanced 14-count opposite an unbalanced 5-count, we may well go plus on defence when the unbalanced hand can lead its suit against 1NT. If the balanced hand is in direct seat, we are unlikely to go plus unless we hit partner's suit, while playing with that suit as trumps will give us the communications to take finesses through opener.
Dec. 10, 2018
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Mike Ma - you are right, “far too likely” was pretty vague. I just meant that the increased likelihood of our side having a (vul) game on was sufficient that I felt passing was an error.

Dominic - yes, LHO could have a weak NT. Bidding hasn't yet got us a bad board when that's the case, though, while passing when partner has a decent hand with no way into the auction will almost certainly be a disaster. Obviously, I would be much less inclined to bid if partnering David Burn.
Dec. 10, 2018
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I've voted for pass over a 12-14, if you'd told me I'd held the hand and bid at the table I'd believe you though. I certainly wouldn't pass over a 10-12. Far too likely partner has a weak NT and no way into the auction.
Dec. 10, 2018
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Is there a case for the mixed being the three-day event and the open being the two-day event?
Dec. 2, 2018
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With 6M4m over a 1NT response, you are best-placed if you can rebid 2m showing eight of your cards (i.e. you could be 5-3). Stops partner passing it too often.
Nov. 30, 2018
Mike Bell edited this comment Nov. 30, 2018
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Bidding 2 was enough to win the event
Nov. 30, 2018
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The bidding diagram is confusing IMO, the question-mark should be at East's turn to call.
Nov. 30, 2018
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King of diamonds.
Nov. 30, 2018
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What are you suggesting the director do instead of making a ruling?
Nov. 30, 2018
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Are you sure that it's not comments of this kind that sour bridge?
Nov. 30, 2018
Mike Bell edited this comment Nov. 30, 2018
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John, it's normal to approach the two questions separately, rather than to “poll with a huddle”. It sounds like the TDs felt the hesitation didn't suggest a diamond lead, while the appeal allowed Joe+Bobby to make their case that it did. Nothing wrong here, and I would hate for the TDs to adhere to the policy of, “if it hesitates, shoot it” - not least because it would encourage frivolous TD calls.

Amy - I'd rather the appeal be “interesting” - if the AC finds it easy to overturn the TDs decision then it's likely one of them has made a clear error. If the hesitation did suggest a diamond, you need a lot more than 50% of the pollees to be leading a diamond in order to allow the result to stand, otherwise you are allowing players to take advantage of breaks in tempo.
Nov. 30, 2018
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It's difficult to hold an appeal between sessions if the appeal isn't filed until after the end of the afternoon session - the other side may have already left the playing area.

It's even possible the ruling wasn't given until after play had finished. It appears from the information online that this board was played halfway through the session so I would expect the ruling to be made in time, but stranger things have happened.
Nov. 30, 2018
Mike Bell edited this comment Nov. 30, 2018
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John, I strongly disagree. It seems clear that the question here is whether the hesitation suggested a diamond lead was more likely to be successful. If the TDs think the answer is “no”, then why should they adjust the result?

This exact situation is relatively rare, but the principle is the same in many other situations. The question isn't whether to rule in favour of the non-offending side, the question is whether there was an offending side at all.
Nov. 30, 2018
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It was “only” down two. The Qxx was in the dummy and ATxxx didn't put the ten in for some reason
Nov. 30, 2018
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Very similar to last time around, except the mixed teams is a day longer. This either means the teams finalists drop into the pairs final, or the pairs final is reduced to one day. I suspect the latter - not having a “proper” (two-day) final would be a shame, but I can see there are upsides as well.
Nov. 30, 2018
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There is now a provisional schedule at the link in the original post.
Nov. 30, 2018
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Yes. Some play 2 as weak RRF and 2 as INV RRF
Nov. 29, 2018
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Responder's Reverse Flannery
Nov. 29, 2018
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Would be helpful to know the schedule before booking rooms!
Nov. 29, 2018
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Next you'll be saying the pre-dealt hands aren't random.
Nov. 28, 2018
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