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If you are booked at the Cosmopolitan, I hope you enjoy noisy rooms.
April 19
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Why poll? West obviously intended to pull 3S. Or at least he will claim so.

Maybe you could start your poll after 3D. Only those who X are allowed to comment on their followup to 3S.
April 19
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I had foolishly hoped some would care about getting this rule enforced. Instead we are telling players how to trash it.
April 11
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Very well done.
April 1
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Sorry. It was supposed to be an opening 7C to you….where you might consider saving….but not on April 1!

A player did this to me today but then, before .i bid 6S, asked for an UNDO. I thought it was funny.
April 1
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Max, do we have to?
March 28
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But shouldn't East make a more descriptive bid than 4H? Say “hearts! 4H”.
March 23
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I suppose you prefer the European cities where the street names change every second block?
March 9
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Could he arrange his prison sentence to coincide with his WBF ban? Serving two sentences at the same time?
March 8
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Let anyone who thinks about becoming a Director ponder if they want to spend their life judging questions like this.
Feb. 10
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If you cash the AS then AD and JD, West wins and returns a heart. On the next D, East discards a H and West leads another H, either J or low. East ruffs and you are a trick short. If you draw trump, you have no entry to your hand; if you ruff a C, East gets another trump trick. I checked this with bridgesolver…thrice.

As to David Burns’ line of cashing two hearts, this works if you guess whether to ruff the third round when West ducks his J.
Jan. 31
Ross Amann edited this comment Jan. 31
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Exactly! The QS is redundant. West has a ten point hand. Whereas East’s six spades are extra tricks.

Oops. East only has 5 spades. Penaties for the pair of them!
Jan. 30
Ross Amann edited this comment Jan. 30
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Assuming West is 5-5 in minors, you can play him for 2-1 or 1-2 in the majors. If he is 2-1, eliminate minors, cash one heart, and throw him in with his KS.

However, East's fourth-best 2H lead marks West with 1-2, so you need a different throw-in with his (hoped-for) TS. Now you cash two Hs and elminate minors and lead the spade toward Dummy's Axxx.
Dec. 14, 2018
Ross Amann edited this comment Dec. 14, 2018
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Assuming West has his 4NT bid, there are two different holdings you could play for. And the correct play is definitely not double dummy, given the help from West’s bid and East’s lead.
Dec. 13, 2018
Ross Amann edited this comment Dec. 13, 2018
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Life is too short to insist on 5 cards in the major…or in the minor. 4-5 is preferable since partner tends to pass the minor with three. But, how often will they catch you in a 4–3 2C or 2D contract?
Oct. 23, 2018
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This Claim that a bid is made because someone saw it invites spurious claims, usually by bullies intimidating inexperienced players.

Similarly, Assertions that Declarer played a card because a defender saw it occur too frequently at local clubs and cost the ACBL members.

Have we all forgotten Zero Tolerance?
Oct. 11, 2018
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It took me too long to figure out I was East.
Sept. 24, 2018
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Please, I have nothing but the best wishes for H&H. I am proposing a Plan B to keep Fantunes out of US events.

Of less importance:

I have heard that Nickell pays his teammates in full accordance with US laws. He is a class act. I would applaud the good news if I heard that other clients who do so too.

I suspect there may be a rationale to consider these services as delivered entirely outside the US. Please spare me these arguments.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Ok. Let’s try another way to skin this cat.

How much have Fantunes been paid for their participation in US events?

Do they apply for US tourist visas? Or for Green Cards?

Are these payments reported to via 1099-Rs? Or they considered bridge instructions delivered in the Cayman Islands?

Are their sponsors liable for violations of US law?

Is there anyway to explore these questions?

Would investigating them deter their entry in US events?

Is this war? Or tiddly-winks?
Sept. 23, 2018
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A simple suggestion.

Could the ACBL request voluntary statements from the 20 or so known bridge sponsors that:

1. They believe their hired teammates are honest
2. Are willing to accept penalties if any of their teammates are disqualified for cheating.

I suggest that the ACBL ask Nick Nickell to darft the first version of this pledge.
Sept. 23, 2018
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