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The pair that comes to mind is Levin-Weinstein. Recently I was a Vugraph operator at their table, and I was impressed at how they always played the “right” card. In situations where it wasn't obvious to me that they should be signalling count or attitude, they were on the same page every time, and in situations where their cards could conceal information from declarer, they played the cards that kept declarer in the dark the most.
3 hours ago
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A wish trick in my book is A-2-3-4 in that order. It's too easy otherwise.

I saw both the A-2-3-4 (in order) and 2-3-4-5 (not in order) variants today.
Sept. 14
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Actually water on the floor spills far less often than you might think. You put it near the table next to your chair. No one walks that close to the table. Sure, I've seen someone kick a water over (often the person themselves, if they forget it's there), but this happens far, far less often than someone spilling something that's on the table.
Aug. 31
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Oh sure, you shouldn't be allowed to have your drinks on the table. Keep them on the floor or on a side table if available. But banning them altogether is ridiculous, in my opinion.
Aug. 31
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At the last nationals, Jimmy Cayne spilled water on me twice in a Swiss match. That doesn't mean adults shouldn't be allowed to drink water at the table.
Aug. 30
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While I can understand the argument about not eating at the table, why on earth should you not be able to drink water or coffee (or whatever else)?
Aug. 30
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When you have a game-force, you should only bid 1 with 5+ spades. 1 - 1 auctions are bad. After 1 - 1 - 2/2, you're in bad shape. 1 - 2 sets up the game-force right away and it's easy to show spades over that.
Aug. 29
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Well you might bid 2NT if that was natural, but bidding 1 with this hand-type is clearly inferior.
Aug. 29
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Congrats!
Aug. 26
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Honestly, knowing some of the American sponsors to varying degrees, I can't see one of them trying to bypass the Trials to get to the Bermuda Bowl. That would be taking the easy way out.
Aug. 24
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Maybe they've played before, but they're not a regular partnership. This was a one-off for them. Christian and Adam are going to be playing together in the next junior cycle.
Aug. 24
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Congrats, great win!

Quite a high note to go out on for Adam Grossack and Anam—this is their last junior tournament.

A third great showing for Kaplan and Christian. Their partnership is barely a month old, and so far they've upset Monaco in the Spingold, finished fourth in the Wernher, and won the juniors.
Aug. 23
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Hah, yes, sorry. Just so used to writing those names on the team…
Aug. 19
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Thanks, fixed.
Aug. 18
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“Less than impressed”? Lol. The top three names under 1 then 1NT are Michael Rosenberg, JDonn, and some guy who just won the Spingold four-handed. (The next guy's credentials aren't so hot, though. Edit: I'm no longer fourth on the list.)

Clearly good players voted for all three options, but being dismissive of 1 then 1NT is laughable.
Aug. 11
Oren Kriegel edited this comment Aug. 12
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Thanks, I guess I wasn't paying enough attention to the auction on Vugraph. I've corrected the article.
Aug. 11
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This isn't relevant to me, because I rebid 1NT on all weak notrumps after 1 - 1, but after

1m - 1
1 - 2om

I play 2 as the default rebid. It's either 4=2=3=4 with no stopper or 5-6, which rebids 3 later.
Aug. 11
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Right. The ambiguity of minor-suit lengths after a Precision 1 opening is a weakness, not a strength. Standard has different strengths and weaknesses—I don't see why I would want to adopt the worst of both worlds.

I'm a simple soul. I usually open my long suit (sometimes making exceptions for weakish 5-6 hands) and worry about a rebid when a problematic auction comes up.

This hand isn't even that difficult. A 1NT rebid after

1 (pass) 1 (pass)
?

is a bit of a distortion, but that's one of only a few possible auctions that will force me to distort my hand. In contrast, opening 1 with K109x and AKxxx distorts my hand on every auction.
Aug. 10
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East did cuebid, you know…
Aug. 1
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American juniors are often more underseeded than foreigners because the seeding committee doesn't adjust Americans' seeding points. It was Monaco's bad luck to draw this team, which should realistically be a 40-50 seed.
July 24
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