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Without seeing your hand, that might be (though a very rare distribution); but, looking at your hand, what is your partner's KC?
Aug. 14, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 14, 2018
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In that case, pard would bid 3, and say 4 to your 3NT (asking I suppose); and you would bid 4NT. How would you take his/her 6 as a reply to that?
Aug. 14, 2018
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That's certainly correct Steve; however, you didn't answer the question.
Aug. 14, 2018
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I was the South, and you are right!
Aug. 14, 2018
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You're right, the system is not explained sufficiently. I thought that to define the splinter as “at most nearly opening values” would be enough. It's 2/1 FG.
Aug. 14, 2018
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I've noted the agreement above. According to that, how would you interpret 6♣?
I am not sure about the minimum requirements for a splinter. I guess it'd be very much dependent on the distribution and/or your partnership tolerance!
Aug. 14, 2018
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I've noted the agreement above. According to that, how would you interpret 6?
Aug. 14, 2018
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deleted, for now
Aug. 14, 2018
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That's why I called it “out of shape”, compared to the classical. The reason may be to show opening values with at least three cards in the other suits.
Aug. 10, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 10, 2018
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Well, another reason is that takeout doubles have also evolved into being out of shape. A takeout double of 1 can be on 3-3-3-4 or 4-4-3-2 or even (for some) 4-4-2-3…
Aug. 9, 2018
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Just some HCP with which one wouldn't like to (or cannot afford to) pass and has no proper bid. Distributions like 3-3-4-3, 3-3-3-4, 2-3-4-4, 3-2-4-4 are probable. It can carry a 4-card suit or a bad 4-card suit…
Aug. 9, 2018
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Right, I've missed that.
In that case, 5-2 (two small in E in addition to A) yields 47.73 %, and 6-1 31.82 %.
And the ratio 31.82/47.73 is exactly equal to 70/105.

NOTE: The ratio of the results above I initially got from the calculator, 27.97/41.96 also gives the same number, although they are not correct as absolute values.
Aug. 8, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 8, 2018
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Agreed.
Aug. 8, 2018
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I wish I could live long enough to see an international bridge event get organized (even in a tent) in an independent Syrian Republic.
Aug. 6, 2018
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Here is another photo of a probable playing area, where the National Pairs Event was held in 2017 and 2018 (the Ephesus Convention Center in Kuşadası-Aydın).

https://scontent.fada1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18519752_1086579598153244_1799878964847419959_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=89d060525a2be5c4299633a57575b2e9&oe=5BFFB1A4

https://scontent.fada1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18446668_1086580278153176_8435910407133029965_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=b51949571154925dceead92c5fed9f2a&oe=5BC96324
Aug. 5, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 5, 2018
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Some facts surely bother me much more than you assume. I respect your doubt and thank you for your good wish.
Aug. 4, 2018
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The following is not only a response to Nedju's comments but also an attempt to outline the situation in Turkey (as I see it).

I don't think it is fair to call the Turkish system a dictatorship, although there are serious human-rights violations and worries about the judicial mechanism.

The new system, called “Presidency Government System”, was accepted in April 2017 via a referendum. And in June 2018, the president already in power was reelected as the first president of the new system, receiving 52.6 % of the votes.

In June elections, also the political parties were voted for. And the party of the president collected 42.6 % of the votes, sending 295 members to the parliament. Note that there are a total of 600 members in the parliament, and the total number of members of the three dissident parties is 256; the remaining party, which has anyway been supporting the party in power since a while ago, has 49 members.

It may sound weird but I don't clearly know (like many people) about the function of the parliament and how this system will work in practice; however, I would not call it a dictatorship, at least not yet!

Nevertheless nearly half of the population and most of the bridgeurs (being dissident by nature) in Turkey are worried about the course of events, the life and bridge continue in their routine ways.

The Turkish Bridge Federation (TBF), though with an autonomous structure, acts under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Bridge is a good way to open minds. TBF, under the presidentship of Nafiz Zorlu, runs an efficient kids and youth program to attract more people into the game. Bridge events are still supported in general by local authorities and to a lesser but considerable extent by the Ministry.

In this context, it would have a very positive effect on bridge in general to hold a European Open Championship in Turkey. Such a prestigious event would make the hand of TBF stronger against higher authorities.

NOTE: As for the terrorism issue, the terrorist activities seem to have come to a stop (of course, no guarantee!). Even before or during the two most critical events (referendum and elections), no undesired incidences took place, although some of us felt on edge.
Aug. 4, 2018
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 4, 2018
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I agree that the opening lead of the smallest would make it purer.
If I correctly understand what you mean about the effect of 9, the line you imply is an alternative to cashing s from top.
After cashing two top s and seeing East shows out on the second, do you think there is any other chance (except finding East with stiff K)?
Nov. 5, 2017
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Nov. 5, 2017
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I first conjectured that playing K (instead of a small one) would make a difference; but, after having looked into it more closely, now I think that it does not. As you emphasize it, the key point is not to play the second untimely.
Interesting deal, thanks.
Aug. 17, 2017
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You know what: I had first intended to title it as “a chess hand”, because I think it has some similarities. In this respect, you are right on the nose.

Though, I am not a chess player. My father was a chess player; so, I grew up in an environment of chess, chatted with some high-level chess players, and played chess for a few years (even studying the Italian opening) when I was young, until I got acquainted with bridge… I still find chess amazing and chess anecdotes fascinating. In this respect, you miss by an inch.

I'm gambling that Jim is a good gambler and also a chess player.
Aug. 9, 2017
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Aug. 9, 2017
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