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Linda, because women are not playing as pure women team in open events? Or do you want them to play as women only team if they want to qualify for WBF?
July 20
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Steve, as you said, the main thing is to avoid opener leading his suit. There is nothing to suggest that side suit winners will go away if it is not led.
July 20
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Painting a road map is a red herring. You don't have to make a McCabe bid just because you have it in your repertoire. The only question is which is more useful, to be able to make a McCabe bid when you feel it is right or to be able to bid a new strain with bad misfit in preemptor's suit.

BTW, I see many people apply McCabe wrongly. E.g. they would the Kxx in partner's suit and K in some other suit, and they would make a McCabe bid. The primary reason for McCabe is you are worried partner will lay down the empty A on lead when you don't have the K or to a lesser extent lead from the K and you have like xxx.
July 20
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So if they make the Open event restricted to those under 60, and someone over 60 sues for age discrimination, but then chooses to play pro in senior events, that is irony to you? To say that men only events are the equivalence of women only events is a false equivalence. You can debate if women only events are still necessary or even debate if it ever was necessary. But there is nothing ironic about suing men only events as discriminatory and playing in women only events.
July 20
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Randy, so what?
July 19
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I have no idea why you say McCabe is not on over 3 level preempts.
July 19
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There is a difference between the 1 and 2 opening The 1 sequence, the P over 2 says 0-4 points (in the OP's system), may have one A or K, while the negative bid over 2 opening denies A or K (for some people denies 2 Q), that is not a trivial difference when you talk about X of 4.
July 18
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Steve, you're talking about a 5 day event like GNT at NABC. We are talking abut 2 day KO event and how to make it work. And the GNT format works if you modify it to bracketing or flighting.
July 18
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Playing 3 rounds of does nothing to hurt legitimate play.
July 18
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As many have said in BW, X has to be symmetrical.
July 18
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Please use bidding diagram or at least put parenthesis around opponents' bids/calls.
July 18
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Coop X works both ways. In this auction, either N or S has to indicate it is their hand. In MP, the important thing is to establish if our side has the BOP and if they have a 8+ card fit. What if opener has a minimum hand (say 12) and responder has 10 points, and they have a 7 card fit? Opener surely has to pass with her minimum, so if responder cannot X now with max and 3 in their suit, it can't be right.
July 18
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OK, I did not go back to read your OP carefully. I assumed that declarer put up the K on trick 1. As you commented above, the point is not about this hand, but what the discard should mean.
July 18
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Why shouldn't E signal for how W can get to his hand if W has led from AJxx?
July 18
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They are looking at both hands and figuring out how to get to slam in .
July 18
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Art, I have said that a million times. This site is not called Bridge Whiners for nothing.
July 17
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I do not know what standard is for this bid. In MP I play it as BOP X, showing it is our hand and I have 3+ spades. In imps, it is similar but the X must include trump tricks in defense.
July 17
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Doug, the Bermuda Bowl format basically works the same way. So all I can say is, if it is good enough for the very best, it is good enough for me.
July 17
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You mean the best defense for the 1NT opener.
July 17
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Such shenanigans can happen in many situations in Bridge. In Pairs, a pair with no chance of winning can deliberately give tops to the second place pair to let them win. In a 3 way KO match, a team beating both of the other teams can deliberately not beat one team by too much to facilitate elimination of the 3rd team. More closely to what you are saying, the Bermuda Bowl begins with a round robin. A team with no danger of not qualifying can dump to a weak team to help eliminate a stronger one. Most importantly, the problem you point out is already present in the Soloway Swiss.
July 16
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