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Congrats guys, and thanks for feeding us opponents in a timely fashion in the final session.
Nov. 26
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2 seems automatic, Flannery or not.
Sept. 3
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Doubling 1 would be horrific. 2 over 1 is a possible call but how is 2 weaker than that? Overcaller did reverse, after all. He wouldn't have without, say, the K.
Aug. 25
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Our choice was clear and it would have been made again in a heartbeat.
Aug. 15
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I dont think the last board is particularly interesting. There was a bad slam available that would have made. There was a worse slam available that may or may not have made. A convention led to conceding a number. Ho-hum.

There were plenty of interesting boards worth talking about. The final board seems pretty bland by comparison. Only the number of imps swung and its coming at the end of the match make it seem interesting.
Aug. 15
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I mean, the easy solution would have been to play better, obviously.
Aug. 15
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How is it reasonable to talk about the last board when the match was 56 boards?
Aug. 15
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Strongly agree with everything you wrote.
Aug. 11
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How shocking, the countries where English is the dominant language come up with the best English names for the categories (the US names are very similar to the ones Andy lists above).

I don't think the WBF officials were attempting to be offensive with their names, but it does betray a certain laziness to come up with English names for events without finding out how those names come across in English.
Aug. 10
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Debbie, you're correct, and I clarified it with Kevin today. I'll edit the article to reflect that.
Aug. 10
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Very nice. Reminiscent of Helgemo's finesse in this position:

97x

AK6x

low to the 7, then when East returned one from QJ10x he ran it to the 9.

Good to be playing from the South. Might get a read on the spades when West plays a no-problem low spade looking at 1087x.
Aug. 9
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I'm guessing waking up at 4am is more likely than being still awake.
Aug. 9
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It's true that all of the USA1 players are white guys. Perhaps that's not best for the image of bridge, but we thought this was the best team we could put together, and that's all we cared about. The juniors pick their own teams in the US, so there isn't any question of favoritism among the powers that be.

You need not look far to see racial diversity on the other US teams, and there are women on the U21 team. In recent years there have been a number of women competing in the open U26 and U21. In particular, Anam Tebha was on the U26 US team that won the junior event last summer in Lyon. She aged out this year, otherwise I would imagine she would have entered the open U26 trials.

There are a number of reasons why there aren't more women competing in the open junior categories. I'll highlight just one that may not be apparent to people who aren't closely involved. Competitive U26 teams are basically made up of professional players. All or nearly all of my team plays professionally to some degree. If you look at the young pros in the 20-30 year old range, you'll see lots of people who look like my teammates and me. Good, bad, or indifferent, that's the pool of players that will form the top US teams.

Lack of diversity on our team has nothing to do with lack of inclusiveness among the juniors or the organizers. We just tried to find the six best eligible players. That we came up with six white guys isn't surprising given the pool to draw from, but neither was it a foregone conclusion.
Aug. 9
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That's a different MAFIA acronym than I've heard before. My first exposure used: MAjors FIrst Always.

Chris Compton has a better one, at least in terms of actually mapping onto the MAFIA acronym: Majors Always First In Auction.
July 25
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(1) might be a useful question, but it's tainted by the fact that at this point South knows North thinks the double shows 5-7, so it's in his interest to agree with that, or at least hedge.

(2) is certainly useful, but you should not tell the pollees what South purports to think the double means.
June 14
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Probably they are, but it would likely have a specialized meaning.

My point is not that Grue-Moss would have this auction, but that an average player might not know what standard bidding theory is, particularly about Precision or other strong-club systems.

My example meant to show that someone with “the slightest interest” in Precision (say, enough interest to watch one deal) could watch a prominent pair playing Precision have this auction, where the double shows a game-force.
June 14
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Exactly, Max. If you poll (who I imagine to be, based on the information in this thread) South's peers and confront them with an undiscussed auction to 3NT, a significant number will pass because that's what they do when partner bids 3NT in undiscussed auctions.

Far fewer of them would pass 3NT with this hand if they hear partner say (effectively), “3NT, but I have 20 points.” The explanation means North is playing adjective bridge. I have no problem with letting the result stand if South's peers can infer North's range without the UI, but if they don't/can't, then I think you have to adjust the score to 3NT making whatever.
June 14
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Sure, but North-South are probably not experts, and plenty of non-experts think jumps in notrump show minimum hands in game-forcing auctions. If this South player (or his peers) are that type of player, then that's how the director should rule.

You could ask if they have an agreement, but you probably won't get a useful response. Polling peers will at least give some information that isn't tainted by a potentially self-serving response. (My bet would be on South shrugging when asked a question like that. I would pose the question in a 2/1 auction, e.g. 1-2-3NT and see what he thinks the range is.)
June 14
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Sure, if that was South's mindset, then the jump to 3NT would show extra values, which is AI.

However:

a) we don't know that was South's mindset
b) North's explanation gives South a lock that North has extra values

If South thought the double was a game-force or simply didn't know what it showed, then North's explanation has provided UI in a situation where pass was, in fact, an LA to this South player.

A poll would help here, as Kit has noted. Tell the players something like, “Partner's 1 opening is artificial and shows 16+ HCP. You do not have an agreement about your double, but you choose that call anyway. Partner rebids 3NT. What call do you make?”

Plenty of players pass when they don't know what's happening (even in clearly-forcing-to-you-or-me auctions). Pass is almost always a logical alternative to that type of player. If South is the pass-out-of-fright type, then North's explanation has given South UI that this is not a good time to pass out of fright. Polling South's peers may not be a perfect solution but it is better than applying expert judgment to a player who, in all likelihood, is nowhere near expert class.
June 14
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Oh, I don't know, you could have watched a top pair playing Precision–Grue-Moss, for instance–and seen their double here guarantee a game-forcing hand and “guess” that that's what a double shows in “standard” Precision.
June 14
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