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Surely, 3 was natural.
Dec. 26, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Dec. 26, 2018
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In case of running a at trick three; if W has a stiff honor, (s)he wins and plays a (or a ); and when E overruffs , returns a … (Now, declarer should decide who has K.)
Sept. 8, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Sept. 9, 2018
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Isn't it bemusing to get to playing it from the North and end up becoming the only one making a contract!
Sept. 8, 2018
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That's also certainly the case around here. I wonder about the reason…
Sept. 7, 2018
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Good hand, nice article…

I am not sure if the paragraph (and the 3-line dialog) right below the diagram on page 3 is really necessary.

On page 4, in the line next to last, I see something like “4a” (probably instead of 4 or 4).
Sept. 7, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Sept. 7, 2018
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> “If East has clubs, he bids clubs. If he has four hearts, then they have an eight-card spade fit.”

If East bid 4, would it be GF?
If East had four s, couldn't we think of some hands on which a 4-4 fit would play better (esp. from the opener's side)?

I guess, it also depends on the type of hands with which a support double is used, which I don't know. If it can be on (say) 3433 … or 3136 or 3316 (even how about 3406?), I find the position pretty complicated.
Aug. 25, 2018
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I would also add 5233 with inv values, something like AQxxx xx xxx Kxx.
Besides, depending on the meaning of 3 (trial or natural, which I don't know) in this sequence, other distributions (5332, 5323, 5422, 5431, even 5413) can be considered IMO.
Aug. 25, 2018
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At least invitational to game in , NT or . 4 (even) on a 4-3 fit may be a good contract if opener has 3-3-2-5 with useful 13.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Don't give up on him Timo. If Ron says no, send me the MOSCITO notes; so, Richard can give things a third look. :)
Aug. 23, 2018
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Nedju: It's good that you don't call it a dictatorship anymore. Yet, your implication about the democratic countries may not go unnoticed. Of course, a discussion about democracy and its extent and its tools etc. should be the normal follow-up to this; however, we're not in a place to do that. Then, would you please cut it down?
Aug. 23, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 24, 2018
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Eric: In short, it's a win-win situation.
Come to Turkey with your \$s.
You can have many things cheaply here (say, a good kebap or fish for 4 to 6 \$s, or a bottle of good wine for 4 to 10 \$s).
At the same time, you'll contribute to the Turkish economy while spending your \$s. :)
Aug. 23, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 23, 2018
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> “Also due to everyday currency change in Turkey, in favor of USD vs TL, your money is worth 4-5 times more than what it used to be.”

On Jan. 1st 2018, 1 US\$ was 3.8 TL; today, on Aug. 23rd, it is 6.1 TL. (Who knows what it will be in June 2019!)

This is fortunate for those earning in US\$ and want to visit Turkey, although it will be unfortunate for those earning in TL in the middle or long run.
Aug. 23, 2018
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Deleted, because it had the potential to trigger a political discussion.
Aug. 23, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 23, 2018
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As far as I know, in some team tournaments, you are supposed or expected to provide opponents with some defense versus your unusual methods. I am not sure if this is a rule or part of the ethical behavior. In general, I find the “define-your-bids-before-finding-out-my-defense” approach logical and ethical.

How would you feel when you asked your opponents to suggest a defensive method against (say) their 2 opening showing s or s plus a minor and got this answer: “we've changed it to natural weak two” (right now because you asked that)?!
Aug. 21, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 21, 2018
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Maybe so, I am not saying that 4 or 6 bid is correct. The question is how 6 would be understood in this auction. Thank you for your interpretation.
Aug. 17, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 17, 2018
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You're right and win 13, since partner holds xx 9xxxx - AKJxxx. Wouldn't it be easier to win the postmortem by bidding 6 (sort of passing the ball back to him)?

NOTE: I didn't want to start with 2 because I thought it could misguide pard, since this hand was very different from the typical 2/1 hands.
Aug. 17, 2018
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Right, the outcome was not a success. Yet, in reality, the partnership continues. My partner was sorry that he missed it. He said that he'd have figured it out if he'd not been so tired. If we have a similar auction in the next 35 years (!), we'll know better…
Aug. 15, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 15, 2018
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You mean 6. Yess :)
Aug. 14, 2018
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I really did not know how 6 would be interpreted. And still I am not sure…
(EDIT) NOTE: According to the system it shows an odd number of KCs (not 0 or 2), but that doesn't clarify how it would be understood.
Aug. 14, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 14, 2018
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This was my original hand:

xx
98xxx
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AKJxxx

Right or wrong, I decided to start with 4. Then, when my pard bid 4NT, I thought bidding 6 would be too lazy, because if we had all the KCs, pard would not have any bidding space, while 7 would be a good contract. So, I bid 6 hoping that I could hear 6, promising all KCs.

That didn't work out the way I'd like it to be, and we played 6.
I was just trying to see how 6 would be interpreted here.
And I did, thanks to you all.
Aug. 14, 2018
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