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I have a very limited grasp of this sort of thing. Anyone wants to start a poll on this I will provide answers.
Oct. 17
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I would show doubleton Spade. Anything else is ill or not, considered,
Oct. 15
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Having just got back to Blighty (England), having played in the whole lot, having paid for ourselves and our daughter (been playing for 2 years)and flights, accommodation and lots of entry fees, I can say that we all really enjoyed it. We made the Mixed teams KO and got to the round of 32 with 10 consecutive wins. Our (very) junior team mates had the time of their life, will never forget the experience and neither will we, despite the fact that we will be living on baked beans for a considerable while.

Roll on Turkey!
Oct. 8
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Hi, I don't know if this has been asked already, but we are hiring a car at the airport and wonder what the parking will be like near or at the venue. Does anybody have any info? Thanks.
Sept. 18
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Quite right, don't want to get them into the habit of thinking, do we?
Sept. 13
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Here is a hand that I took from an old Bridgeworld - a very old Bridgeworld! N= KX, XX, KJX,KQXXXX. S= QX, KXX, AXXXX, AX.
S plays in 3NT on a Heart lead.

This is an excellent hand for intermediate or better and beginners could learn from it too. I will not give the play as it should be fun to work it out.
Sept. 10
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Well done Yvonne, given the circumstances it was the only correct decision.
Aug. 24
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Many thanks David
July 27
UI?
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Playing with Richard Sampson in the Spring 4's many moons ago, against Robson and Liggins, the tall one opened a five card spade and Richard overcalled 1NT, I had an eight count with QXXXX of spades. I transfered into spades and he bid 3 Diamonds - very suspicious, but as it was a super accept I bid four spades. Lay down. Andy had, “put one out”. Does this not happen anymore?
May 21
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well Frances, I hear what you say and you obviously know the rules better than me(not a vast achievement!)but I do not agree with you. To me it is an anathema for a player to not bid Spades on this hand. it is obvious that this sequence has come up and been forgotten before, hence the, “safety play”. You, the rules, the directors or the whole world can say that this is an OK type of thing to do but it is definitely not for me. The kindest way to describe it is sharp practice, if that offends, tough but if one wants to play the game this way, then the cap most certainly fits.
May 9
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Hi Ed, you are of course right but in my defence we had 50 mins for food before starting the next match so I should have appealed but I was hungry!
May 9
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Frances, I did not appeal the ruling on hand 1 because the match was not close, I would have done so otherwise because the man had a 4S bid which is what you or I would have bid and it would have led to a large penalty, all else is nonsense. On the second hand, the player at the table may or may not have known what he was doing but when his partner gives an explanation he is now in receipt of UI. Ok he can claim a psyche but it was not revealed at the table but was an hour later for what it is worth. We did not appeal this either.
May 8
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I could name the player, I could give his comments, but as he is not here to defend himself, I will not. I am not sure that EVERYONE on Bridgewinners disagrees with me but as you have obviously conducted an extensive survey of members I bow to your point of view.
May 7
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If you knew that 3D was a splinter all along and you were trying to get in the way. Seems odd at adverse vulnerability and 4H instead would have used up more room and helped partner more and removed any later problem that you might encounter. If you did however not know that it was a splinter and found out with the alert then it has added to your sum of knowledge so yah, boo, sucks to you!
May 7
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Wouldn't it be fun if they if they did? I did not say that they did and unsurprisingly they didn't! But, they did show a heart raise and then accepted their partner's decision at the five level. it is true that they had shown a pre emptive raise but what's an extra heart between friends?
May 7
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In the first hand the advancer merely forgot the system - looks from the auction that it has happened before. In the second case, the player said nothing at the table but when asked an hour later said that he was muddying the waters. He may be right, he may have forgotten, he may have been on something artificial but did he gain information from his partner's alert? Did he use it? Did his partner tell him twice not to bid? Did he think that he could make what he bid? How can anyone know? But he had UI in my humble and made a bid for which there is an extremely logical alternative - the pass found at the other table by an international class player.
May 7
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System says that it is a splinter but surely the explanation gives the possibility of UI
May 7
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Apologies, I am not an adept although it seems easy enough to follow to me, but then I did write it so I suppose it would.
May 7
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Thanks Peter.
May 1
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Very interesting stuff and reminds me that 40 years ago I was given a box of CBJs, I think including this one and perhaps the first few. I am now going to scour my attic!
April 30
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