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John - to make this truly meaningful I think you also need to find out the current age of each responder.

How to get that info is a whole separate issue :-)
April 7, 2013
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Steve - would it be fair to say that your analysis suggests (amongst other things) that we should be looking for as many ways as possible to show 2 suited hands, regardless of strength? For example, would we be better positioned in competitive auctions if we replaced our single-suiter weak 2 bids with, e.g., Dutch-style Muiderberg 2 bids showing a weak major-minor hand (5 in the bid suit and 4+ in a minor), and adopt Wagner (the always weak version of Multi) for single-suited major suit preempts?
March 29, 2013
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Sorry Neill - the link (now corrected) should have read as follows:

http://www.webridge.fr/91/Infos_Magazine/Interviews/j-r_vernes.htm
March 13, 2013
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Vernes seems to have spent over a decade fine-tuning his theory.

In an interview given to Webridge in September 2000, Vernes explained that while he began thinking about total trick theory in 1955, and made reference to same in articles published as of 1958, it was not until 1966 that he committed “the Law” to print in its current form.

Vernes identifies Jean-Marc Roudinesco, Jean Besse and Jose Le Dentu as early disciples who supported and popularized his theory.

The French-language interview can be found here:

http://www.webridge.fr/91/Infos_Magazine/Interviews/j-r_vernes.htm

March 13, 2013
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Nice D play at trick 5.

Table action seems to strongly favor ruffing high.

Given your description of the opps, I doubt RHO expected you to play as you did.

So while I cheerfully expect that RHO, holding T8xx of trumps, won't have much trouble working out to pitch a heart, I'd be very surprised if he can do so without a mild break tempo.



March 6, 2013
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Kit - I'd be interested to hear how often you believe a partnership could do this before an alertable partnership agreement will be deemed to exist.

For what's it worth, my sense is that the answer should be ‘a very small handful’ otherwise we're starting to wander down a rather slippery slope.
Feb. 19, 2013
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About 15 years ago what was then Canada's most effective partnership, Mark Molson (“Moon”) and Boris Baran (“Bo”), bid efficiently to a small slam in clubs over which their opponents took a save in their 13 card-fit.

When Bo made a forcing pass, implying 1st round control in the opponents' suit, Moon bid the cold 7 clubs, only to see the opponents save at the seven level.

At this point the rot set in.

Holding a void in the opps. suit, Moon not unreasonably decided that Bo's forcing pass was based on the ace of that suit, so he shot out 7 no-trump which was smartly doubled.

Eager to grab their seven cashing tricks, the opponents serendipitously led out of turn, which momentarily transformed +2000 into -2930 since declarer had 13 tricks in the side-suits.

Unfortunately for Canada's finest, before Moon could bar the led suit, Bo tabled his hand as the dummy, thereby ratifying the opening lead.

The title of the next day's bulletin was “Molson Brews While Baran Stews”……
Feb. 10, 2013
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Hi Fred - 3 questions:

a) do you cut back on consumption of the grape at tournaments?

b) 700+ pages of system can be daunting - do you occasionally suffer from ‘fear of system’ such that you'll make a practical leap to the likely contract rather than torture partner with a particularly byzantine and infrequently used sequence (perhaps the answer to this is related to question ‘a’), and does Kit also adopt a practical approach (mind you, given the nature of the autopsies he prepares for your benefit I suspect he looks forward with keen anticipation to testing pard's knowledge of system)?

c) what stakes were in issue in the “Liz bet” that impelled such an expenditure of imagination/effort?


Jan. 17, 2013
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Michael - unless I have misunderstood your point (a distinct possibility)it seems that Bobby's sequence should generally guarantee a high diamond honor - most likely a doubleton - else there is no point to keeping 3NT in play opposite a hand that bid 3D (denying solid diamonds).

This is an interesting inference since SW seems to have drawn precisely the contrary conclusion.

This is also yet another example of why this game is so challenging.
Jan. 9, 2013
Nick Krnjevic edited this comment Jan. 9, 2013
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Am a bit surprised by the director calls on both this hand and, to a lesser degree, by the one involving Deas/Radin.

Would be interested to know if top-flight players in other countries are similarly litigious when competing for their national title.
June 27, 2012
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Amen.
June 24, 2012
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Surprising to see that Auken-Von Arnim are not playing for Germany.
June 14, 2012
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Henry - given Sartaj's somewhat casual reply to Eugene's first comment, can you explain why average numbers of imps generated from oceans of data are relevant. Unless I've misunderstood Manning's article (which is a live possibility, isn't the answer dependent on the relative difference in skill between the two teams?
June 12, 2012
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The French have a wonderful expression - ‘dialogue des sourds’ (dialogue of the deaf) - that aptly describes the 2 main opposing views expressed in this thread.

Surely those who criticize Meck can recognize that his opponents were in breach of the Laws, and acknowledge that he was legally entitled to call the director.

And surely those who champion Meck can recognize that if - as eyewitness Tom Peters describes - Meckwell proceeded to use their *own* copy of a custom-made Multi Defence then Meck's director call was morally bush-league, regardless of its legality.
March 26, 2012
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While it may seem mercenary, Meck is in the business of winning. If strict enforcement of the rules provides a tactical opportunity, then so be it.

Edgar had the right view - if a particular rule fosters opportunistic, unsportsmanlike conduct then change the rule.
March 22, 2012
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Michael - thanks for the follow-up. Kit's pard has my heartfelt sympathies :-)
Feb. 29, 2012
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Michael - while I agree that many would bid 3D in first seat, to say that Pass is an *impossible* call seems a mild overbid.

I am intrigued by your belief that 5D-X would be the “quite likely” result were the W and N hands reversed.

I am curious as to how you see the bidding developing in such event. I must confess to having some difficulty constructing a plausible auction in which East doesn't bid to at least 5H.

Cheers.

Feb. 27, 2012
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Kit: next time the West and North hands will be reversed :-)
Feb. 26, 2012
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Dana - you write beautifully, and are wonderfully funny! Please don't let the Law stop you from writing - you're a natural.

Cheers.
Feb. 23, 2012
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Henry - in your search for the “best team” are you confined to imp scoring?

If not, the RR format - scored BAM - seems to be a good format for determining the strongest squad.
Jan. 20, 2012
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