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I've got a king more than I might. Let's see how big a number we can get!
July 13
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Steve - you might be right - but - then again, you might not, too.

I did not know our opponents. Yet, it may be that East was unsure and then “hedging his bets” in case his explanation was incorrect.

It also may well be that this was a pair that had little to no knowledge about many of the laws regarding disclosure, UI, etc., etc. If so, then it is surely OK for not doing what they were supposed to do out of ignorance. Nevertheless, I might also add that this does not mean that they still are not subject to our laws and what is a reasonable ruling, given all that occurred.
July 13
Peg Kaplan edited this comment July 13
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But Gary - some are extremely adept at what they do.

The couple who lost over $200K when their home proceeds were sent to who knows where literally had only one tiny letter somewhere in the script sent to them that was different from that of their title company.

Which is why we now have new forms in BIG BOLD LETTERS alerting people to how excruciatingly careful they must be!
July 12
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Ray, to my way of thinking, if the auction goes: (opps silent) 1 - 1 - 1NT and opener bids 1NT because his hand pattern is: 4-3-3-3 - he is not “concealing” 4. He's bidding 1NT because systemically, bidding 1 would promise at least 4.

Now, if you ask the question “is it wise to bid 1NT when you have 4?” - that's something else. But for those of us who like to not be 4-3-3-3 on these auctions and thus don't show our suit, we're not doing to be sneaking or conceal anything.
July 12
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Tom - East explained his partner's bid as showing a singleton or void in diamonds.

And then he passed his partner's 3 bid.

Am I correct in thinking that you believe this is a reasonable choice, given East's explanation of 2?
July 12
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Steve - since you play Flannery and yet do bid 1 with 4 - does this mean you need to alert YOUR 1 bids?? :D
July 12
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Michael - not sure if you know the answer to this, but if you do, I'd appreciate your response.

IF I have spades on this auction, I will always bid them - unless I am 4-3-3-3 OR if I had 4.

In the former auction, must one alert 1NT holding 4? I didn't think I needed to - but - perhaps I am incorrect.
July 12
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Fine answer, Ralph - except I'm betting less luck and more talent than your response would indicate :)
July 12
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I was a witness! Quite amusing :)
July 12
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Hey Paul - if memory serves me correctly, I think that we DID play together on a team once - and - one! Attempting to follow in the shadow of Ralph Katz! :D
July 12
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P.S. I mention one more member of your family; Martha's dad, Dick Benson. Not only a fine player, but also one of the sweetest to ever play our game…
July 12
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Ralph, congratulations on your great and most deserved honor - plus having not only an uber talented bridge family, but a super nice one, too.

My question is this. To what do you attribute your quite amazing ability to be able to win with so many different partners - often on your first time out!? Thanks.
July 12
Peg Kaplan edited this comment July 12
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So, I must share this only moderately related true Flannery tale on this thread. An expert player was teaching his wife bridge. They played Flannery, so he told her: “you must have 5 spades to bid 1 over 1.”

He opened 1 and she dutifully bid 1NT. He now reversed into spades, and she raised them. Question: how many spades did she have?

Answer: EIGHT.

Well, he didn't tell her that with five OR MORE she should bid spades; just with five specifically!

Follow up true tale.

Shortly after this occurrence, many at a holiday party at the Rodwell home. I saw Eric and inquired of him: “Eric, if you are playing Flannery and your partner bids 1, how many spades must you have to bid 1?”

Without missing a beat, Eric answered:

NINE.
July 11
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Why is 4 a cue bid in support of spades?
July 11
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Indeed, John - he didn't have enough to open the bidding - and now, once partner shows opening bid values, he coughs up 2.

East is “allowed” to bid 2. And - the opponents who find his bid to be incredulous, given his explanation, are “allowed” to call the director and have him handle it as he sees fit. Which he did - and judged from multiple polls that 2 was a bid no one would choose.
July 11
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Len - I guess people can have varied viewpoints about the meaning and implication of words. “Fun” to me is one of the best things you can state about something!

Not bland or generic to me at all :)
July 11
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If you are not an expert like Nicolas, then being aware is not always easy.

I might add that our state's forms for wiring are being rewritten to give major warnings to all clients about the potential dangers and multiple steps to take to be able to thwart these thieves.

https://www.kare11.com/article/news/investigations/kare-11-investigates-email-scam-targets-homebuyers/435752635
July 11
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Unfortunate that thieves like this inhabit our world today. As a Realtor, I know that our office and title company must now routinely (and very frequently) send out scary but very real warnings about being EXTREMELY careful with wired funds.

One couple literally lost hundreds of thousands of equity in their home sale when their funds went to some foreign nation instead of themselves. The funds could not be recovered.

Warn EVERYONE that such thieves are out there and be uber-careful!
July 10
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Aren't we all, Phil?
July 10
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