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It does
Nov. 16
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The partnership doesn't play French Standard.
2C is two-way: Strong 2 in a major/any GF
2D is three-way Multi: Weak 2 in a major/22-23 balanced/Strong 2 in a minor.

Supporters of the 2D option pointed out the lack of suitable rebid after North bid in a major, but were also obviously annoyed and concerned by the scarcity of defensive tricks.

For all we now, EW make a game or a slam in spades or clubs.

“Genuine” French players could consider a 2D GF Ace-asking bid, but that partnership has left the cult.
Nov. 16
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Did you feel I was hinting 64 is ancient? My apologies then.
And if I ‘m lucky enough to ever reach that age, I guess I’ll be there sooner than I would wish to :-)

I often read that 65 was generally the moment where one's bridge capabilities starts declining for good.
Anyway,Zimmermann only plays 1/3 of the boards, so I guess he can go on for a long time.
Oct. 3
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Sept. 29
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Sept. 29
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Good :-)
Sept. 29
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“Self-serving statements and lies”?
Sept. 29
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Another 8th of July ;-)
As Bono would say “There's been a lot of talk about this…maybe even too much talk”
Sept. 29
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Parallel universes…if De Wijs had made his slam, we'd have jumped onto another reality thread, where anything could have happened.

Maybe even with different boards 28 to 32, who knows! :D
Sept. 29
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Is 13 semi-finalists out of 16 over 12 years your idea of parity? :D
In 2002, it was 9-8 to South America, now it's 12-8 to Europe.
Much as I dislike Brazilian (and our own) arrogance when it comes to football, I have to admit they had a pretty good side last year. And their eliminations are often undeserved (1990, 2010, 2018)
Still, for a lover of German football such as myself, July 8, 2014 remains an absolutely climax. 7-1 in Brazil…
I will never forget these six glorious minutes :)
Sept. 29
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Not sure Americans are welcome in Grenada…
Courtesy of the Gipper ;-)
Sept. 29
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Again, I don't really care about isolated players.

What I don't like is someone creating artificial national teams.

A Monaco team without a single Monegasque is ludicrous. So is a Swiss team with only one Swiss player, two Dutchmen and two or three Poles (and maybe a Frenchman).

No one seems to care about the Swiss players who will be barred from playing for their country because some moneybag wants to win the BB so badly.
Why doesn't he try to become a US citizen and build a team of US players?
Sept. 28
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Germany were clearly the best team in 1990. The only opportunity for Argentina was a maladjusted backpass to Illgner in the second half. And before that dubious penalty, there was a clear penalty on Augenthaler (around the 55th minute IIRC).

In the 1992 finals, they also were clearly superior to Denmark, but the referee failed to notice a clear foul before the first goal and an obvious hand before the second one.
Anyway, Netherlands were the best team…but as so often, they lost stupidly
Sept. 28
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Playing Multi in the ACBL is, according to you, a more important issue than people creating totally artificial national teams, thus preventing local players from playing for their country?

I do hope you are joking…
Sept. 28
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No more co-domination in football.
2006 (Germany) 4 European semi-finalists Italy wins
2010 (South Africa) 3 European semi-finalists Spain wins
2014 (Brazil) 2 European semi-finalists Germany wins
2018 (Russia) 4 European semi-finalists France wins

Chess is another story. China and India will probably crush the field in the mid/long term.
Currently, the strongest team is probably China (Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Wang Hao/Bu Xiangzhi), slightly ahead of the US (Caruana, So, Dominguez-Perez, Nakamura, Xiong/Shankland). Then I see Azerbaijan and Russia.
Women chess has been dominated by China for a long time now. But the Russians can compete.
Sept. 28
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I'm happy for the Romanians…
And especially for Bogdan Marina, a very nice guy and easily the frenchest Romanian around :-)
Sept. 28
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Not sure the real Swiss players see this as a bliss…
Congrats to Poland!!
When the aforementioned mogul finally throws the towel (he's 64 after all), the sky could be the limit with such strong partnerships plus Klukowski-X
France being absent, I was rooting for them and they didn't disappoint me :-)
Sept. 28
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But unlike Denmark in 1992, they were not helped by a blind referee in the finals ;-)
Sept. 28
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Yeah but Pszczola does live in the USA, doesn't he?

And no, bridge is not reason enough.
We are not talking about playing for a club, but for a country.

Did Fantunes, Helgeness or Martens have any link with Monaco?

And more importantly, what of the Swiss players who won't stand a chance to play for their country as long as Zimmermann will pursue his dreams of grandeur with the help of his hirelings?

Money and hubris…never a good mix.
Sept. 25
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Netherlands becoming the Scourge of Scandinavia…
Sept. 25
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