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like I cared? I thought it was funny at the time, I think that it is funny now. You should try it some time.
March 29
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I remember when stop cards first came out over here. I opened 3H and LHO passed like a flash. When I asked him why he had not paused, he said, “Why? I had nothing to think about”.
March 28
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I seem to remember a hand from the British Gold Cup some years ago (DB will correct me if I am wrong), where in a top class match an end position, not unlike the above, was reached. Everybody at the table knew what the problem was so when declarer advanced the J his left hand opponent gave a barely perceptable hitch. He did not have the Queen of course but he thought that it was not his job to assist declarer in finding the Queen. Arguments went back and forth and many learned players expressed their view, but the upshot was that if you A) Play for a reaction don't complain if you get the wrong one and B) The opposition have every right to protect themselves from your prying play.

You might not agree, but I do.
March 18
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No, I am saying that if you do, don't then bleat if you get it wrong.
March 18
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If you don't want this problem then start with the 10. You wanted a reaction, you got one, just not the one you wanted. Perhaps you should look at your own ethics before impugning somebody elses?
March 17
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To Richard, I think that yours is a sensible approach, if perhaps a little over precise - after all given the range between 2S and 4S you don't have an awful lot of hands (yes there must be some) that one bids 3S on and makes exactly three opposite a normal takeout double. The method I learned was played almost universally by the better rubber bridge players to whom going one down in 4M was not a crime whereas making 3+1 most certainly was. Pairs is different, I suppose and as you were a competition player and not a money player, it is no surprise that you learnt a different method - although I cannot see your approach being a big winner at teams scoring.
March 16
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In response to partner's takeout X, I think I wrote.
March 16
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You got into this fix because you did not bid the - in my opinion - normal 2S on this. If I had screwed up my courage to bid 1S on this I certainly would try with 3H now, I should not go off in 3S.
March 16
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On a small point about how to respond with weak hands with a long suit to partner's takeout double, I was always taught, and it was uniform amongst the better players of my time, that in a sequence of, for example, 1D - X - P, now 1M could be very weak, possibly only 3cards, 2M would would be limit, say 7(with 5+ cards)to 10 HCP and 3M would be lots of length and very few points. This was, however, 50 years ago but I still use it as a guide and it has not let me down yet although I can see that it might lead to problems if I was playing with one of todays, younger, players.
March 16
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Years ago, a double followed by a single jump in a new suit over partner's reply was forcing for one round. Has this changed nowadays?
March 14
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Sorry, RHO shows void in Clubs
March 4
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Quite!
March 3
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Thanks, I think David, I think that you have overestimated my competence, but I will try harder in future.
March 3
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Really? Gosh, the world is a strange place now.
March 3
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Thanks Peter, and thanks for your sportsmanship at the Gold Coast, not something to be forgotten.
March 3
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I agree.
March 3
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When I read about this on page two of my national newspaper I found it hard to believe on so many levels. Not the least was that true to form, to get media coverage for Bridge it seems to have to involve cheating and now drugs. Firstly, I was under the impression, and please correct me if I am wrong, the Bridge powers that be have been trying for several years to gain access to the Olympics by classifying bridge as a sport. Apparently, Bridge is not classified as a sport and therefore cannot get any benefits associated with being so. Why now do organisations like WADA or the CAS hold any sway in Bridge situations? I am confused and would appreciate any elucidation that anybody could give me on the subject.

Secondly, bridge has many more older participants than you would find in virtually any other sport. I am 65 years old and have recently played in Orlando and a large congress on the Gold Coast. I did not play any of the Senior events but still, several times, came up against players much older than myself. Now, I take medication, most older players do. Should we all be banned? If not, why was Geir banned? He acted against clearly written rules on what was permissable to ingest even though what he took was, “Non performance enhancing”, OK, using that criteria you have to ban a large section of the Bridge populace or do we only test our more famous players? I thought the law was for everone and not fot the celebrity few.

Say what you like, it is not a just situation, Kafka would be beaming from ear to ear.
March 3
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Thanks David, appreciated.
March 2
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Well, this has been very interesting, with many insightful comments but few that make me want to take back my pass of 4S. For those who say that I should not have bid 4S without a, “plan”, they seem to assume that bidding 4H, vul against not, opposite a passed partner, is not a serious bid and that further action is called for. i respectfully point out that firstly, they do not always bid 4S, secondly, if they do, it can be a disaster and partner has a penalty double at their disposal. It was my plan to double 4S if they bid it, when partner told me that they had something, what should I do? 5H is basically misguided or cheating, sorry for being so blunt but at this vulnerability how can you call it anything else? Double says that I did not have KQJXXXXX and an A but I have useful defensive cards, but then what is partner supposed to do with QXX, XX, XXXXX, QXX, where 4S might make and 5H is mimimun 500 down? But we all now know that partner cannot have this or at least we should. And, how would bidding 2H help matters? In an ideal world it would not go 4S PP to me. If it did and I doubled, and partner bid 5C - it does happen, I would Pass even if doubled? Of course not! I would bid 5H and how is that better? The fact remains that partner either has a marginal raise to 5H or a close double of 4S, she has told me this by the BIT. Sorry, but I value my reputation too much to bid again.

Thanks everyone.
March 2
Norman Selway edited this comment March 2
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Thats right, partners always think with K10XX, X, XXX, QXXXX

Try to live in the real world!
March 2
Norman Selway edited this comment March 3
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