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discarded?
Nov. 30
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Ken, it's science, not religion. The fetus has its own unique DNA therefore is not biologically a portion of the mother.
Nov. 30
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Law 9B1b: “Any player, including dummy, may summon
the Director after attention has been drawn to
an irregularity.”
Nov. 29
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Option 2. Easy, and transparent to the human participants (unless you show them the BOT score).
Nov. 24
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“Dummy (E) had 6 cards remaining: A hearts, AQx diamonds and AQJ of clubs”

That's 7 cards, not 6. Using the hand diagram tool helps avoid confusing statements like this.
Nov. 22
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Other: Just make your 3NT and be happy.
Nov. 15
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Abstain. Polling is not the right way to answer questions of law or regulation. Only a small percentage of the BW population are expert on regulations. Just ask a question.
Nov. 15
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Other. Blame the defense. What would +150 have scored?
Nov. 14
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I'm gonna defend the NS methods and South's bidding (except 6). First of all, 4 is the only bid that doesn't preempt opener's Keycard ask. And we want north to ask Keycards because he will never know about KQ of trump otherwise. (I agree with Yu that North should bypass 4 and bid 4NT at that point.)

Second, it's the control responses that lets North bypass 5NT and ask specifically about a Q. if not using control responses, North must ask for kings as the 13th trick may be the K.
Nov. 13
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In your categories “different strain same level” and “different strain different level” it would be interesting to further divide those depending on whether the he same side declared at both tables.
Nov. 13
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The explanations are self-contradictory.
1) “penalty for 2♣ or 0-7 HCP”
2) “penalty double in ♣ in which case you would expect to be short in ♣ in the first place, or it shows 6-8 HCP (BoP)”

From explanation 1, if it is 8 HCP, it can only be a penalty X of . So, if BoP, it is 6-7 HCP, not 8.
Nov. 12
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Q lead, sorry.
Nov. 11
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Kudos to Jan and raspberries to anyone who expects better.
Nov. 8
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Declarer had Kx xx AKQJTxx xx. Perhaps he did forget to bid 3NT the first time, but once it came back in passout seat at 2, he was pretty sure partner would not be bankrupt.

p.s. I was declarer; defender returned another . Surprisingly, +600 was not a top - someone else made 4, probably when the A was played first round.
Nov. 8
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I agree with partner (at least the first half of his statement). You have exactly what 3 shows: game force with 5 hearts. Worrying about a possible opening lead through opener's possible Kx is overthinking it.
Nov. 4
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To answer OP question: Openers rebids would not be transfers.
Nov. 4
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At least a tie for the world record.

Interesting choice to play 2 as the bad raise. In a regular 2/1 system I would expect it to go 1, 1NT, 3, 3, 4 and now South has a problem as his 3 preference could be on a much stronger hand. Now a 4 cue could give North the wrong impression.

At the club, I would expect many to open the North hand 2, but that would not be my style with a 3-suited hand - we need bidding room to find a minor fit when that is right.
Nov. 4
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“Plot spoiler” East shape was indeed 6-1-5-1 with the A, so your guys line works.
Nov. 2
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Pisa.
Nov. 1
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At least we no longer have to wait 10 seconds when the bidding goes (1NT) P (STOP 3NT).
Oct. 23
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