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I am a little confused. Although this was a national event - was it an open event? Or a national restricted event in which fairly new players might be competing.

Not to sound obnoxious, but I was wondering if it were the latter because it is hard for me to think that an open event with experienced players who would not recognize how wrong this auction is…
Oct. 18
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Shouldn't there be truth in advertising, Michael?
Oct. 18
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I dunno. 3 minutes? Are you sure?

But - I have seen opponents (no screens) squirm and wiggle before making a preempt - as they are not sure if they should bid 2 or 3 or 4 - or open 1 - or wait and show a 2 suiter.

If the auction went in tempo I would always double with this hand. Isn't the purpose of having screens so that it is not clear who took a long time and you can thus make your normal call?
Oct. 15
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DONE!
Oct. 14
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That was what I thought, too, Don.
Oct. 13
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“Too many seem to think they can take laws into their own hands and judgment. Nope.”

Steve, I'm not so sure that the issue is that many think they can take the law into their own hands. I think more of it is that many are either unfamiliar with the laws, or do not understand/interpret them properly.

Unfortunately, at times I put myself into this category.

Whether it is the laws themselves not always being terrifically clear cut, or changes being tough to remember, or flat out ignorance (moi included) about it all - I don't know. I just know that sometimes I get it wrong, but it is not because I am attempting to circumvent the law.
Oct. 13
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Sam, not sure who it was but I sort of agree about just the word “bridge” not being so thrilling.

How about “The Greatest Game”? It surely is :)
Oct. 13
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Craig, I thought that the original poster explained that “2NT would show a balanced 9-11”. So - if opener states that 1NT shows 12-14, then it seems that they had an agreement and opener forgot it.

If you are trying to convince me that the passed hand might have a 12 he didn't want to open, then as far as I'm concerned, he should be treating the hand as 9-11 - not 12-14.

I don't know if the bids are alerts or not. I do know, however, that whether they are or are not, responder of opener is not supposed to state prior to the conclusion of the auction that his partner's explanation was incorrect.
Oct. 12
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Paul Friedman! WHERE is Eugene Hung when you need him?!?! (And you know me; I actually am a sicko and like cold weather… So just joking around, Eugene - don't need you right this moment!)
Oct. 12
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I believe that Dave Beer and Paul Friedman are correct. (I'm afraid I myself am not as good at knowing the details of all rules/laws.) So - this is what should be done. Second best is definitely letting the opponents know that, to their best knowledge, incorrect information was given and they may wish to have a director come to the table. Giving a correct during an auction never is correct.

And - I do not understand Craig Zastera's reasoning. Even if the pair plays that 1NT is 12-14 by an unpassed hand, I'm not aware of any precision players who pass with 13-14 HCP (surely not 14).

Thus - unless they play a form of precision with which I am not familiar where they do pass bad 12's, I think that stating “12-14” would indeed be misleading.
Oct. 12
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It only hurts for a little while…
Oct. 12
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Bridge Blast?

Because it IS a blast?!
Oct. 12
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John, sorry if I didn't make my point clear. In my IMP pairs example, one could win over 100 IMPS the 1st session by playing well. The boards were very swingy. The second set, truly, fewer than half the IMPS that could be scored the 1st set were even possible to achieve the 2nd set. As I recall we had the highest overcall score 2nd set with something like upper 30's.

No, I would be highly unlikely to win a matchpoint event playing average bridge one set. But at matchpoints, you can only get a top on every board (at least in theory). As others have said, at IMP pairs there are some boards where “top” is quadruple on some hands than it is on other hands. That “swingy-ness” was my overall point.
Oct. 10
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Many years ago, I had this oddity happen to our two sessions at IMP pairs. Our first set, while partner and I had some good results, I was not at my best. I perpetrated some bloopers. The hands that set were incredibly swingy - and at the end of the session, we were about average.

The next set, I played my best bridge. We had the highest score for that set! But alas; the boards were very flat. So our highest score was actually pretty low for an IMP pairs - something in the high 30's.

Had I reversed by “failure & success” with the two sets? We might have won the event. Tons of IMPS were there for the taking on set #1.

IMP pairs can be fun - but clearly more for the gamblers among us rather than the precise scientists of our game….
Oct. 10
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Karen, what you stated above is exactly true. But I have played in a number of IMP pairs simply due to scheduling details at nationals - and that I do prefer IMPS to matchpoints. That being said, however - I know that IMP pairs is far more random than any other form of our game that I've played.
Oct. 10
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Actually, Steve, I believe that the opposite is more accurate than your belief that IMP pairs favors the strong.

Virtually in any form of bridge, stronger players have an advantage over the lesser. Yet at IMP pairs, because of the swings, less-than-expert pairs can get lucky and gain large windfalls if they are on the “right side” of the swingy boards.

“Going wrong” on less swingy boards adds up at matchpoints. Yet at IMP pairs, 2 or 3 big numbers can make up for many 1-3 IMP losses on others.

Frankly, that is why I think experts tend to not favor IMP pairs. It has more luck than most other forms of the game. So their talents aid them less and the greater luck factor helps weaker players…
Oct. 8
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Craig - sometimes your only options are bad and awful. The way it is.

Yet overall, you still want to try to aim at your best choice on every hand. SOMETIMES you get rewarded for it!
Oct. 8
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On most hands, if you have enough to make 6 then your partner did not have a 4 opener.
Oct. 7
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As far as I am concerned, to aid them in getting pushed into a making slam; that is the question.
Oct. 7
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Paul - why should pass be forcing? Couldn't the 5 bidder have a hand on the edge of bidding slam - but no ability to be certain so taking the low road?
Oct. 6
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