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Trusting pd to have a chance at game facing a near zero hand, East has a clear drive to slam.

An optimist (like me) would Blackwood. A pessimist could perhaps use a 5S bid (re-evaluate, pd, look again and do something useful).

In a bad day, you could ruin a good result. But in an average day you'll be right.
May 7
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Merci pour l'information, Marc. Toujours chouette d'apprendre… :).

David, German “schnitt” means “cut” with clear significance of ruffing. But happens that I'm wrong sometimes, see above… :).
April 30
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I was thinking that a play towards a card, based on having the hand holding a higher card need to play first, is called “expass” and that exactly in order to make a distinction between this kind of play and the usual “impass”.
April 30
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I beg to disagree, David, the French “expasse” is not for ruffing finesse, but for that play towards Kx hoping the Ace is on the left (see below).

But we could use a Frenchman's opinion on this :).
April 30
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A simple misclick ? He wanted to bid 2 ?
April 30
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Big Deal ?!
April 28
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…walking through a minefield.

And seeing the result, one who walks through the minefield shouldn't be surprised that mines explode, usually…
April 21
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There is another backfiring shot in this situation. Could it be that the kibitzer is wrong ?! (…I'm apologizing to Peg… ). Think about the incoming tornado…
April 16
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That is another variation of gamesmanship that some pairs feel entitled to apply and hope to benefit out of it. It would certainly surprise the public how many of “beyond reproach” pairs are doing that, or many other related things.

In the first board of a team game against front line WC players, after an usual major sequence (such as 1M-1NT- 2m, playing 2/1) my RHO started to ask questions. He received full answers, consulted the CC (very detailed) and thereafter called for the TD, stating: “This gentleman (the 1NT bidder) doesn't want to give me full explanation of the bidding”. The TD listened, looked at him and decided that we'll go on and call him back if someone feels damaged. Nothing happened, of course.

I was on my way to tell my RHO “ … (name), you don't need to show us who is the top dog here, we know”, but I didn't. I kept it cool, because emotions would be exactly what they are looking for, to gain that additional edge. They were good enough to beat us without that, and beat us they did.
March 28
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Mr Pascal, even if you say to Boye : “ I hope you understand that my contribution to this post is purely ”personal“ and does not bear any ”official“ nature ”, I'm sure it would be more than interesting to this BW discussion to know whether you and BP, head of Zone 8 (Africa) since 2017, are the one and the same person ?

That being said, my take on that is that holding an official position automatically obliterates the “personal” aspect of the matter. You'll be again “personal” when not in office.

On the other hand, I appreciate very much indeed any official coming up and debating like you do on such issues. This is one of the places to do it, and you do it well :).
March 20
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Rosalind, cheers for the pic :) .

Perhaps BW could supply it as one of the default pics when building a new profile.
March 20
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It would be a nice idea to have a large stock of badges at the World Championships in Orlando. Perhaps each player could receive one with the registration kit.
March 15
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Congratulations, Michal ! Well done ! Gratulacje !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04854XqcfCY
March 9
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Actually, what happened to you in board 24 is happening to me too now and then. It's based on the fact that the software plays very fast the last card of a previous trick. You could see it, or you could think you've seen it. The card remains on the screen for a fraction of a second, and then is gone. It should remain there until the next trick is played, but it doesn't.

In the heat of the tournament, you don't always think on reviewing the last trick and you believe that you've seen it right, but you didn't. Bummer.
March 8
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Overwhelmingly, it's a bad idea to let the bots play or double them in thin part scores and/or games.
March 8
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I'm told there's a bit more to it than Tom describes.
March 7
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David, if I, personally, would be in charge, anyone saying “I want to play in the national team, but…” would not attend trials. I feel that to play in the national team is a honor and pride, unconditioned.

But I'm not in charge.

Agree with you that team trials would take care of the situation on hand.
March 5
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I don't think that it's useful to detail names, we were talking about methods of building the national team and situations coming up of that.
March 5
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For what is worth, In Israel too the national team is supposed to be formed after a week long IMP pairs round robin, in two stages. The winners and the runners up take a third pair to the team, usually the one finishing 3-rd or 4-th. There is a detailed CoC on the procedures, but I can be mistaken on some detail.

Anyway, in the last few years, this method led to the national team being based on same 3-4 pairs.

This year something unexpected happened. Weeks before the the start of the trials, 4 pairs (the usual suspects) announced that they wont accept being in a team with another certain pair, because of their personal affinities and that pair's personal behavior. Understandably, the organizers told them “play, win your place, and we'll talk to you afterwards”.

Well, the results were that the unaccepted pair won. Places 2, 3, 4 and 5 were the 4 pairs who didn't wanted #1. They stick to their position.

Very interesting and unusual situation, and IBF have a (very) hot potato on their hands. Some kind of Solomon judgement coming up…
March 5
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For my taste, Victor Mollo is the best. But if I really try to be objective, I have to accept that Terence Reese is leading the field easily.
Feb. 23
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