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I like to put the ball to partner when I'm not shure I can score a homerun myself. So I would bid 3D letting partner know D queen is a great card and hard values outside is what I need.
Oct. 2, 2015
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I do not know when the WBF and / or the EBL decided to reduce the number of boards per day. Of course playing on this level can't be compared with our local duplicate at the bridgeclub. We played In Dublin 2012 with 20 boards per match. In Opatija 2014 we played only 16 boards per match and I believe the EBL kept the same time scedule as in Dublin. The number of boards felt like a holiday event in France, but the time scedule was so briliant that you were busy from 10.00 hour to ? 19.00 hour. Please give us back 3 x 20 because players want to play. And for me the “small countries argument” is just bull…I played with P/S in both events so everything Jörg Fritsche and me achieved is worth nothing. But hey Jöfri, we knew we played well.
And to add another critc: For what freak reason was the change from the 15-15 scale to the new 10-10??? The idea of decimals is very good, but the super inflation of the 10-10 scale feels wrong to me. Give me back my 25 scale with decimals. How is this for a christmas present?
Sept. 30, 2015
Roland Rohowsky edited this comment Sept. 30, 2015
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IMO every bid now should have a defined meaning: 3spades = I do not like hearts but I like my hand for 3NT. 3NT a rare bid, but possible. 4 clubs = I do like hearts a little bit (xx or stiff honor). 4 diamonds = sorry for opening partner, be warned to go further.
Sept. 25, 2015
Roland Rohowsky edited this comment Sept. 25, 2015
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2 spades is my choice. Are we happy with doubling them with our 9+ cards in diamonds? No, so I bid what is before my nose and see what comes next.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Clear vote for 2NT. My grandma often said: show what you have and let the clever ones love their clever bids.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Double. I have a nice hand for spades and clubs. If partners bids 2 diamonds so be it. I hate 1NT with minimum and no tricks and partner raising me to 3NT because he loves his long diamonds.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Double, happy to have it available.
Sept. 25, 2015
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4hearts, showing my void. Do we pass 3NT when we bid 3spades now?
Sept. 25, 2015
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4spades. 3 diamonds should be a hand directing to diamonds not NT (else bid 2 spades). I show my shortness and leave the rest to partner.
Sept. 25, 2015
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3 diamonds. I do not like to commit us to hearts with only 8 trumps. Over 3NT I jump to 5 hearts asking about good trumps and on bad days this will go down.
Sept. 25, 2015
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4 spades, maybe a shaky contract but it is pairs, partner has most often no real diamonds. Four clubs with a very good partner.
Sept. 25, 2015
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I know what you mean. I got doubled in five clubs, the canadian player claimed the number of undertricks during the play. Than he shouted at his partner for missing a slam. After some boards I was dummy and went trough the play again and thought that I was six down and not five as they had claimed. At the end of this third quarter my partner, Georg Nippgen, said: We went down six or not? And I said yes. Ask yourself. Do you run to the opponents and correct their claim? I asked this question many top players and none would have done that. In the night the canadians found the vital trick which would have made Canada the winner of our semifinal. We offered them a 8 boards play for the place in the final of a world championship. But Canada prefered the appeal committee. I'm sorry to have to say that, but what your involved players said or said not at this appeal committee was not what happened at the table.
Regards
Roland Rohowsky
Sept. 21, 2015
Roland Rohowsky edited this comment Sept. 21, 2015
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In Geneva 1990 we played EW against a strong american pair. My screenpartner was not willing to do the boring business of passing the tray. This was a team match and that got for many boards this way, I did his job. Finally I made a penalty double on him and when I reached for the tray he grabbed my arm so hard that it really hurts. “Hey, I control the speed of the tray”. Of course, I let him do his job after that.
Sept. 21, 2015
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