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Thanks for the formatting assist!
June 21
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Here is the full layout. Round 17, board 5.

North
K95
J76
QT654
95

West. East
T643. AJ2
K98532. -
- AKJ3
T72. KQJ863

South
Q87
AQT4
9872
A4
June 21
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N4 - “West agreed that he erred; it had to be correct to play the King at trick four.” Wait. Isn’t this a standard restricted choice position? If so, finessing was correct. Doesn’t change the ruling, but what’s up with West’s comment and why didn’t anyone object to it?

R1 - if I were West I would be very unhappy with the split ruling. Keeping the danger hand off lead is learned by intermediates and should be automatic for players with 400 MPs. I’m in that general range and it’s an easy 460 if I’m playing it, so table result stands. Yes, there was a poll taken, but I can’t believe the results reflect a serious study of the hand by the two pollees who got it wrong.

R2 - asking about the auction before a final pass when partner will be on lead is a blatant attempt to circumvent proper procedure. South should know better. Even if he now suspects a missed alert, the time for him to speak up is after the face-down opening lead. Automatic procedural penalty, player memo or 3 lashes with a wet noodle, take your pick
June 19
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Or passes. With 1-3 in the minors.
June 18
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Apparently that’s too sensible, or the question wouldn’t have been asked.
June 17
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Ed asks: “ Do you, in instances such as this, pass?”

Yes.

At a Regional Swiss, pickup partner insists we play Bergen raises, on over X. So the bidding goes 1 (X) 3 - no alert (P) 3 all pass, making 4. At the compare (lose 10) partner and teammates said I should have bid 4 “since partner clearly didn’t know it was a Bergen raise.”

After the session, I shared the story with the DIC. He said he would have rolled it back.

( I’ve shared this story before, so apologies for boring people.)
June 13
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Opening 1 as suggested on page 2 may have helped the defense against 4. Now declarer places the K with East and is much less likely to find the winning line.

On the other hand, opening 1 might encourage West to lead one.
June 10
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I’m giving you a like even though I now hav an ear worm, because it is not in. Y list of 50 worst ear worms.
June 7
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I’ll bet the swatch still runs.
June 4
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Another reason to dislike 4 session KOs: if you draw unpleasant opponents, you are stuck for an entire session. Not much bracketed “Swiss” offered in my neck of the woods, but I played in one at the Wilmington regional and enjoyed it.
June 4
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North: why not 6 over 5?
June 4
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Spoiler alert. So I pictured dummy with 5-4-1-3 distribution and declarer with 5-6 in the minors, leaving partner with 4 s. If his s include the J or Q, then declarer will need at least 2 ruffs in dummy. I can stop this with a trump lead!

By now you know it didn't work out that way (or there wouldn't be a poll, right?). Declarer's loser went away on the A. Feels awful to give up a slam when it's off 2 aces, but if anyone can do it, I can.
June 1
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In a long match, will experts playing Precision really alert every 1 opening? Don’t know - just asking.
June 1
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Seems to me the idea of trying to record at the table is a very bad idea. Here we have an individual who thinks he is being picked on by certain directors. Giving them a way to advance the conflict to a higher level is not the way to go.

Purnina, you have issues. Please get some help.
May 30
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Or puppet Stayman, especially if holdin 3 of the other major.
May 29
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In a club duplicate, many players X regardless of hand. “Hey, you bid my suit.” Obviously the absolute dumbest of calls, but I see it all the time.
May 29
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I conclude the opposite. If partner needed to confirm that East’s raise was weak, we may conclude that he might have passed if given a different answer - that it was constructive or limit. So we have UI suggesting that partner’s X is marginal, and the UI strongly suggests pulling the X.
May 29
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Peg, I care about hand records. No hand record means less opportunity to review the session with partner and work on improving our game. Also, boards that might make a good bidding poll or BW article need to be scribbled down at end of each match…what a pain.
May 28
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A better question is: what exactly constitutes “good suit” and “good hand”? I like to define “good suit” as 6 with 2 the top 3 honors; good hand as 2 controls outside the suit.
May 24
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LOL. Any chance you were walking on Askew Road? Most cyclists there are surely a bit off kilter, if not deranged;)
May 24
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