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Some straight forward natural bidding:

2 - 2 strong - positive with 5
3 - 4NT nat - RKCBW for
5 - 5 1 or 4 - Q of ?
6 - 7 yes Q, no K - OK, you told me about 18HCP, so you have to have some other working Q(s) and J(s), go to the grand.

And because it's the World Simultaneous Pairs, one can argue for 7NT, with very good odds on. Even making 7 should bring a good score.
39 minutes ago
Paul Weinstock edited this comment 32 minutes ago
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No, 2NT over 1D would not be forcing.
12 hours ago
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Honestly, I don't seem to remember when I saw such a sequence for the last time, so your guess is as good as mine.

Allegedly no 4 card major, balanced hand with stops, around 15 HCP, matchpoint bid.
15 hours ago
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So, from where the judge in his infinite wisdom got the idea that this was the first offense ?! Who represented DBV and let this pass through ?
April 27
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Exactly. That's why it is really ridiculous. If the judge would ban them for two years, I would hate that, but I could understand it.
April 27
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Seems to me that the judge misused his morning medication that day or remained aggravated after the last Oktoberfest.

Ridiculous ruling, entirely open to a higher court revision. Hope a leading lawyer will help DBV to make a media resounding case out of it. That could actually help bridge :) :).

“”…the two players have a demand for regress of all present and future financial damage…".

This is highly improbable. One can fool another one once, but never everybody all the time.
April 27
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The system is Precision. Use it. North should invite, not outsmart himself into speculations about the outcome. Let South make an educated decision.

I'll ask those who would pass with North hand, do you think for a moment that Meckwell wont bid this game ? I think that they will bid it every time, and be right at least 3 out of 4 instances.
April 27
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I thought I've seen all on robot debacles, until yesterday. Defending a doubled contract, my bot was holding at the end two cards, one surely looser and a winner. The bot discarded the winner at trick 12, with all the cards accounted for. Contract made. My respect for GIB, if I had any, is gone. Actually, for a robot player, that was an impossible mistake to make. But fact is, that it was made. Appalling…
April 23
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I like it. Works faster and easier for me than the web PC version. Well done !

I would suggest to work on the background colors for the table with the vulnerability and for the bidding area. Also to enhance and use bold fonts for the card denominations. Help users to see better, because only a small screen is available.
April 23
Paul Weinstock edited this comment April 23
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For the 2 bid to have some kind of legitimacy, vulnerable bid with a J high suit, we need the K of and the Q of with West. Then the throw in play in is automatic. We take 8 tricks (1, 3 and 4) and West is cooked.

I'm not sure I come up with that play at the table, but there are good chances that I do.
April 14
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“You haven't answered my question”… and you permit me to continue living after such a thing ?! Thanks a lot…

“You want to give N-S ”some kind of compensation“ but haven't suggested any legal basis for it”. Indeed. Is it possible? That's why I asked for expert opinion.

“I was insulted on John's behalf” … Well, your choice. But you were bad-tempered on your behalf only.

I've never stated that I'm a TD, or that I know to quote,interpret or apply laws, or that I would know to use them to my benefit. I have only a limited understanding of the laws, that's why I've asked Gordon to comment, and the forum has surely benefit from his insights on the matter.
April 10
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Gordon, tyvm for the detailed explanation. I hope I understand more now on “split” and “weighted” scores.

“…is possible to have a ruling that awards both a split and weighted score, and that may be what you had in mind Paul…”.

Exactly. Accepting that the 2 bid stands, I was thinking about giving N-S some kind of compensation for the (reasonable) possibility that they've been had based on the BIT.

Frances, please find here the answer to your question.
April 10
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Gordon, would you give us an insight on your opinion in this case ?
April 10
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I'm not so sure about “situation not warrant a split decision”. Perhaps one of the BW contributors with Chief Tournament Director credentials can enlighten us?
April 9
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I've seen generalizing opinions like yours before. This kind of opinions are, usually, wrong. Yours is not an exception to the rule…
April 9
Paul Weinstock edited this comment April 9
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I understand that Director's question to the 5 polled players was “what do you bid with East hand in this situation?”. Thus the 2 bid, agreed by them. My take on that bid is that a majority of the field would do that.

IMO, the question had to be two fold: “what do you bid” and “is there a logical alternative to your bid”. It's not clear what the Director asked.

Even thou the 2 bid has been accepted, I believe N-S should receive some kind of compensation here, a split score perhaps.
April 9
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Well, my mistake…
April 6
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No, AFAIK is his father.
April 6
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Jurgen, look again at what I've wrote. Your last line in your comment up-thread was out of context, and I think you should scrape it instead of further explaining. That's all.
March 16
Paul Weinstock edited this comment March 16
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Michal, you're so funny I gonna cry… :(
March 15
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