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Thank you for telling me that I don't understand the game.

Over and out.
Sept. 18
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I didn't suggest at any point that there might be anything improper. That was not why I posted this hand (getting on for 50 years old).
Sept. 18
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I agree that 1NT was not a good bid.

But having made your bed, I think that you should lie in it. I can't see the percentage in running with a balanced hand.
Sept. 18
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Eric, it's a 1NT overcall, not an opening, and I think that this makes a difference.
Sept. 18
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No details available: why should anyone even have “runout methods” in this situation?
Sept. 18
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At this stage, the open room was the “Fish Bowl”, supposedly sound-proof.
Sept. 18
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Olympaid Final Board 63: maybe he thought that, on the auction, stiff K with N was more likely than Kx with South.

Board 85 was a clear misplay.

Far worse in my view was the misplay by Jacoby (J) on Board 46 of the 1971 Bermuda Bowl final.

Players - even World Champions - make mistakes all the time.
Sept. 18
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Apologies, I should have said “the hand diagram”.
Sept. 18
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I no longer have a copy of our system file from 1975 but I would be very surprised if we played anything different in the various situations.

RJG's approach was to keep suggesting additions and mine was to keep saying no. From what I recall, the asking bids ultimately reached as far as Tau (the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet).
Sept. 18
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North was a passed hand and, with values clearly enough for game, bid 3 only. Was this forcing (even by a passed hand) in the Koytchou-Ogust methods facing a normal opening? If so, South had exposed the psyche by passing.

Even if not defined as forcing, one would expect South to bid on with the slightest excuse.

How many three-card majors had this pair opened by this stage in the match?

Finally, your hand diagram shows love all whereas the accompanying quotation makes it clear that N-S were vulnerable.
Sept. 18
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Partner can't have nothing - they would have bid game.
Sept. 18
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RP's line is the straightforward one.

But I confess a liking for Kit's approach.
Sept. 18
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QJxxxx Ax xxx Ax isn't a maximum and slam is great.
Sept. 18
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I assume that this is the South hand; clear 1 bid in my view.
Sept. 18
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Close to 1.
Sept. 18
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With a high card maximum, passing when vulnerable at IMP is masterminding.
Sept. 18
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I think that the likelihood of partner ruffing a heart lead is extremely low. What was the full layout?
Sept. 18
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Would you not have a sinking feeling if, after you overcalled 2, it went (P)-P-(X)?
Sept. 18
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Yes, for exactly that reason. I would bid 2 and 1 in the alternative scenarios but agree that it's close.
Sept. 18
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I've abstained because I would bid if I could show diamonds at or below the 2 level but not otherwise.

I agree with not changing the poll once people have answered (are you reading this, Rohit?).
Sept. 18
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