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Yehudit,

If you want to direct personal comments I'd have the courtesy of spelling a name correctly.

We got lucky that the 3 overcall worked. Really, please tell me something I don't already know. Even good opponents don't have methods to punish such nuisance bids over Jacoby 2nt.

As to the rest of your comments, they're on the border of being personal attacks. In the interest of not escalating this matter any further I'll just ignore them. I'd recommend that you not prolong this discussion any further either.
July 26
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Not quite, partner might remember that opponents showed GF values and that partner probably have 4 or 5 black deuces and treys.
July 26
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How do you think a Cinderella team got this far ? They got to be playing absolutely great Bridge to win against top seeds that they have encountered on the way. And you want to see how they do against the next good team that they play.
July 26
Sathya Bettadapura edited this comment July 26
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I know how lower seed becomes a higher seed. I didn't know the name of the original seed #25 team.
July 26
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Phil,

Here's my comment in an earlier on-line poll for VuGraph choices.

“We expect to see the top seeds later in the tournament as it progresses So if I don't see Nickell or Fleisher in the first day or two, we'll almost surely be seeing them later and I prefer to see them later playing against a peer of theirs.

What I want to watch are the teams that cause upsets. So it should be a very simple formula. Every day rank the results of the previous day in terms of the magnitude of upset they've caused. And show as many teams as the VuGraph resources allow you to.”

My use of “We” instead of “I” came under attack. Now we know there's at least one other person who concurs, so I wasn't speaking only for myself.
July 26
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Yes of course. Here's how bad that 3 bid can work out. Imagine you caught partner with a dream of trump holding. Kxxxx along with his stiff . Now you make 5 trumps in hand and two ruffs in dummy. That's all of 7 tricks for down 2 doubled for -500 !

If you knew Cricket, this was the equivalent of trying to score a last ball Six in a Twenty-20 match when your side was trailing by 5 runs. Scoring anything less would ensure a loss and if you get out trying to score Six runs what would you lose that you wouldn't have lost anyway ?
July 26
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Hope it's fixed now.

A typo in specifying the South's holding causes havoc ! South has 962, I had typed “9 6 5” instead (:- Instead of complaining, handviewer gives West 14 cards. I will report this bug on the site feedback forum.
July 26
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My choice is consistent with featuring the team causing big upsets. Every National there seems to be a Cinderella team. This time it quite possibly could be Sieg, currently seeded 25, but they were originally seeded 82 I believe. They had to beat a pretty good team (it's not clear from the results who they beat) in R128. But in R64 they beat seed #40.
July 26
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All I did was to just elaborate a little more on the point that Chris had already made by providing a practical method to pick what teams to feature on VuGraph. I have never claimed to represent the opinions of others. The choice of of “we” in the first sentence was purely accidental. But thanks for pointing it out anyway.
July 25
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We expect to see the top seeds later in the tournament as it progresses So if I don't see Nickell or Fleisher in the first day or two, we'll almost surely be seeing them later and I prefer to see them later playing against a peer of theirs.

What I want to watch are the teams that cause upsets. So it should be a very simple formula. Every day rank the results of the previous day in terms of the magnitude of upset they've caused. And show as many teams as the VuGraph resources allow you to.
July 25
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One team that's missing from the list above is Berg as they're seed #13. But I hope we get to see them in action especially the quarters where the Russian and Polish pairs are playing. That we were hopelessly outmatched in the Round of 128 against them yesterday is hardly shocking news but I'd like to see how anyone can cope with their extra-ordinary aggression combined with almost unerring accuracy.
July 25
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I want to watch team #58, NRK. Remember them from Kansas City ?
July 25
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Yes and I sent you a private message.
July 19
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Just because you get a trick eventually it doesn't mean playing T at T1 didn't cost you tempo.

I just located the hand on BBO and turned GIB ON. With 8 lead, if you play the T it says the contract makes and if you play the K it's down one.
July 19
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Without the third trick how can declarer come to Nine ? He has 3, 2, 2 let's say. If he plays on s himself he only makes one trick in the suit, so that's only 8. No, he does and will make the third trick. But he'll do that later in the hand when it's useful for him but not for the defense.

Declarer makes three tricks regardless of the you play at T1. It's just that you gain tempo by winning the trick and lose it if you don't.

How you make use of the tempo is a different issue. On this hand a switch is more compelling than a switch.
July 19
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A high Spade is not a ridiculous lead by any means. On this hand it makes it hard for partner to come up with the winning defense as there's a legitimate alternative.
As for your comments it's hard to when they're serious and when they are not. The only thing I know is that they are always meant to be contrarian.
July 18
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If you play Smith it looks it shouldn't happen, as opening leader has no reason not encourage Heart continuation.
July 18
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How can you lead suit preference from xxx and not be mistaken for leading 4th best from a suit with interest ?
July 18
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I'd have probably switched to a myself, but that doesn't work on this lay-out.

Partner had 8xx AT42 xx Kxxx. A switch beats the hand, as does an original lead and continuation.

Edit: fix typo
July 18
Sathya Bettadapura edited this comment July 18
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How can West judge how weak South's hand is ? Does South's pass over 3 limit his hand in any way ? Partner could have bid 3 without the K presumably. If South hand that card, would he have doubled 3 and raised partner's 3M bid to game ?
July 16
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