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Scroll all the way down on the results page.

Open Butler scores: http://db.eurobridge.org/repository/competitions/18Ostend/microsite/ButlerOT.htm
June 16
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When would you ever have only 3 diamonds and still rebid 2? The shape of the hand is already limited to 4432.
April 28
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If responder was willing to bid 5 over 5, a better choice of action would have been a direct 5 bid.
April 17
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Pass by North seems like an ill-advised action. The opponents are guaranteed at least an 8 card major fit, so bidding 2 weak (if available) or raising clubs (preemptively if available) seems like the best route to take with the North hand.
April 10
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Thank you.

So at what point does the 3rd seat opening become a pysch?

Since there is no clear defined 3rd seat bid, could I open a yarborough and it not be considered a psych?
March 22
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In the Open+ Chart, it states under Disallowed Opening Bids:

“A Natural or Quasi-Natural 1-level opening bid in first or second seat that could contain less than Near-Average Strength.”

So by logic, 3rd/4th hands could contain quasi-natural opening bids that have less than near-average strength.

However, later on in the example section for restrictions it states:

“(Quasi-)Natural opening bids at the 1 level must, by Agreement, have at least 8 HCP or meet the Rule of 17”

So, can 3rd/4th hands contain less than near average strength? The first statements leans towards allowing it, while the second just doesn't allow for any hands opened below the definition of Near-Average Strength.
March 22
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Replace “YOUR_ACBL_NUMBER” with your actual number.
March 8
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http://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/administration/board-of-directors/meeting-motions-and-minutes/

All I had to was type in “audit committee acbl” into google.

It seems that Al Levy is the chair.
March 5
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XF5IJ4Nf6ZlxRAOyyAooHGewuyLUJ4hLYtrxHtYhrLw/edit#gid=107888979

Excel sheet with more detailed results as well as lineups.
March 4
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100%. See below for what Sylvia said, which brings a great viewpoint.
Feb. 22
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A simple raise to 4 should surely suffice. North is almost always marked with heart shortness, and the Q98x can definitely present some finessable positions. Given that however, the three low diamonds are definitely a problem, but I don't think a direct raise to 5 is out of the question.
Feb. 22
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5 may have been intended as exclusion, and through that, the 2 missing aces can easily be found. In a vacuum, NS should not be in slam.

4NT in this context should just be “I can take 10 tricks, and my vulnerable game is worth than I expect to earn defending 4SX.” 6 is a realization that if S can take 10 tricks on his own, and looking at KJx and Qxx in the majors, there definitely is some slam here, given that it is very likely S has long, solid diamonds.
Feb. 11
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Correct, it seems the discovery play can only benefit.
Feb. 10
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I was assuming after South exited with the j.
Feb. 9
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In 5 declarer will have to play A and a low and hope that South doesn't unblock the J.
Feb. 9
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I think the standard for Youth is any 11 count now :)
Feb. 7
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After winning the heart, run trumps.

Presumably the end position is:
North has x AK87 A9
East hasQ Qxxx QT
South has xx J9 xx x
West has KT JTx KJ

On the penultimate trump:

If West pitches a red card, then that red suit will be set up for the 12th trick.

Thus, West pitches a club, then we pitch the last heart from dummy and East's best discard is the heart. Then we can lead the 9 of diamonds, West covering, then we win and play A and a club, west pitching a heart. The diamond spots are now good enough to win 2 out of the last 3 tricks.

There may be other end positions where east is winkled into leading into dummy's diamonds after being endplayed with a heart.
Jan. 9
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Doesn't declarer have 12 top tricks after discards of both heart honors? 6 Spades, 3 hearts, 2 diamonds, and 1 club.
Dec. 21, 2017
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Correct, Mr. Mamula. Also the reason that there is “no indication that it was edited” is because it wasn't edited. Both links were there from the inception of this post.
March 19, 2016
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“Because they ALWAYS won against USA so that they “had to be probably not honest”as well?”

1976 Monaco, 1979 Rio, 1983 Stockholm just to name a few that Italy lost to US (Italy with a team of Belladonna/Garozzo/Forquet)

“we are the GREATEST COUNTRY in the world and noone is allowed to forget it even for just a second. YES, despite we are ”small“ in terms of players, we have the greatest achievements”

Can we avoid sweeping claims with no data?

In the span of 1950-2013, the US has won 14 Bermuda Bowls, Italy has won 15; and also, most of those wins came from between 1957-1969. If one also includes the US accomplishments in the Venice Cup and Senior Bowl, it has the “greatest achievements.” Granted, Italy has produced many great players(Garozzo, Belladonna), but one cannot just assume they are "universally recognized as the greatest.
Sept. 28, 2015
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