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Twice!
Feb. 19
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@David W. I must be part of that 0%. I always ask. One time I didn't, and of course my very reliable partner had revoked.

@David C. If I always ask, but don't when I can count 13 cards including ones remaining in my hand after the current trick - that transmits UI. So I always ask unless 13 cards are visible to everyone.
Feb. 15
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LOTT
Feb. 15
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What about ducking twice in clubs? If declarer comes to hand in hearts and knocks out the club ace, you exit in Spades. Declarer can no longer get to dummy and ends up losing 2 spades and 2 aces.

Congratulations on finding the killer heart lead!
Feb. 14
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Maybe the ops playing Precision and it really did go 1 - 1 - 1NT;)
Feb. 10
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Adding fuel to the fire…East's final pass is quite questionable. Since West did not rebid 2, East knows the opps have a 9 card fit. East has a tolerance for spades and almost no defensive values. At matchpoints, I would strongly consider pulling the X to 2. At IMP pairs, I would definitely pull the X.
Feb. 5
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Makes no sense. If we can take 9 tricks vs. their openingt lead, then surely we can take 8 tricks with my heart lead, for a better score.

Therefore, partner's 3 NT is some sort of psych planning to pull to 4 if Xed.
Feb. 3
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“EW did not have any system notes about their agreements in this situation.”

So this did not happen in ACBL–there is a box on the convention card “systems on over_____”
Feb. 1
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LOL THis came up in a club game. In a competitive part score auction, it was my partner's turn to bid. My RHO then passed out of turn. Director was called. Partner now bid, and my RHO now Xed. Director, who has been thrown for a loop by the comparable call law, allowed the X to stand.

After going down 2, we were able to quietly show director that comparable call does not apply, and director then informed opponents score would be corrected to -100.
Jan. 29
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/Guillaume, now write on the chalkboard 100 times: “ I will bid in tempo.”
Jan. 29
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3NT LOL. Then human partner bids 7 on AKx - xxx AKxxxxx
Jan. 22
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The bots keep placing in our club games…a bit demoralizing for us humans. (Yes, we know the bots aren't good players.)
Jan. 17
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My fav story is about my own active ethics…and how teammates didn't understand and were not pleased.

Regional team event, new partnership. Partner asked to play Bergen Raises, “On In Competition.” Although that would not be my choice, I agreed.

A few boards into our match, I hear 1 from partner, X on my right and I bid 3, Bergen raise, but no alert from partner. Partner bid 3 and I passed. +170, lose 10. At the compare, partner and teammates all wondered why I didn't raise 3 to 4, “since partner clearly didn't realize it was a Bergen raise.”
Jan. 17
ATB
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Sounds like West got a lump of coal in his stocking, instead of a good book on competitive bidding;)
Jan. 4
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Well, even beginners will lead a club if there is no X, so forget case C.

Ok, after writing the above, I looked at the BBO archive. Whatever X means, it clearly has a “do something unusual, partner” message. On this hand, X is beginner error. Maybe he thought he was on lead?
Jan. 1
Neal Smith edited this comment Jan. 1
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Ok, now that we see the S hand, did our teammates bing back +620?
Dec. 27, 2017
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East did not X 3, so if this is takeout it must be something like 0-3-5-5 shape.
Dec. 27, 2017
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Because someone has to stand for underdogs…10s are honors too.
Dec. 27, 2017
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Hi, Tim. Something seems to have gone wrong with the hand diagram. You can still edit.
Dec. 27, 2017
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Mark & Ken. Shuffling won't help, unless you first replace the A with the correct one.
Dec. 26, 2017
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