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I'm not sure how difficult it is to change matches in mid-stream, but on behalf of those playing in Reno (and thus watching only the final quarter at most) and those who like an exciting ending - try to show close matches. Thanks for all your effort in doing this.
March 16, 2016
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Back of Card says system on over NT overcalls. Front describing ordinary 1N, says system on over X and 2C. System is somewhat ordinary: stayman, 4 suit transfers, Smolen, Lebensohl, Negative X plus 3C puppet & other 3 level bids showing minors, 4 level transfer. I'm not sure which of all this applies here or if we are in the situation always described as ‘just bridge.’
March 16, 2016
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Trouble with bidding 2S first is that bidding 5D now will get a preference back to 5s when pard is 2-2 or even 2-3. I'd hate converting a plus 300 into a minus so my initial thought is to pass. Perhaps I have so much offense I have to contine with 5D
March 14, 2016
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Puzzled by ‘felt you had to open’ when it seems automatic to open, even with a sound bidding structure. I think it has been shown that the preemptive value of 1S makes it better than 1C with a black 5-5
March 14, 2016
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Problems with 2H are that you may miss a spade & you won't know what to do over 3D. It should at least get the right lead if you sell out.
March 14, 2016
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When this hand came up, I thought that 3D might be best in case the 2H bid looked like xx Axxxxx Kxxx x, but I think 2N probably covers that case, since a 3D response might start the investigation of diamonds as an alternative contract. At match points it might be that since the concealment of where your strength is more likely to produce an overtrick, a direct 4H is best.
March 14, 2016
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Great reminder - we just added this to our system & I've already forgotten. :(
March 6, 2016
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I might have considered an initial 4h bid - which I think should be spades & a minor, but on this auction RKC is fine.
March 6, 2016
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3N and hope for 6 tricks in 1 major, 2 in the other and the Ad or something similar that adds to 9. Pard can always correct back to Major either directly or by bidding 4C & letting you pick. 4C=pick a suit, 4D=natural both go past 3N. 4D over 4C sounds like either 6-4 or punt with something like 6-2-3-2.
March 5, 2016
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I'd rather be pushed into 6H, & expect S will bid 4S.
March 5, 2016
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I like passing 1S and shooting out the 4-3 fit. Pard is probably 4-1-5-3 and making 3 spades will beat 4D, making 2S will tie 3D, and going plus in 1S will beat everyone who gets too high and goes down
March 5, 2016
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Perhaps FS & FN and others can launch a class action suit claiming the ACBL discriminates against cheats and suspected cheats?
March 4, 2016
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Playing Walsh type responses, pard either denies 4S or has a hand good enough to bid again with 5+diamonds & 4 spades. If the former, they will run a lot of spades vs 3N, but 5 of a minor should be good. If the latter, then we probably have a slam & 4H puts us on the road to finding the right one.
March 4, 2016
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A footnote to the OJ references. Marcia Clark's boyfriend & later husband was Gaby Horowitz, a relatively well known backgammon cheat during the 70s. She would sit studying her law books (she was in law school at the time) while he played cash games & tournaments. I have long forgotten all the Gaby stories but I remember he drugged the drink of a friend of mine during a tournament in Monte Carlo, was involved in Scientology, & was shot by his ‘best’ friend, accidentally…
Kit Woolsey or Billy Eisenberg, who were legitimately great BG players during that era might remember more of the details.
Feb. 16, 2016
Steve Zolotow edited this comment Feb. 16, 2016
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I'll check out reference. I first heard it about a poker player who was protesting being banned for cheating in the 60s or 70s.
Feb. 16, 2016
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Suprised no one commented on my joke that the F/S lawfirm is Dewey, Cheatem & Howe !! Has bridgewinners lost its sense of humor?
Feb. 15, 2016
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Their lawfirm is Dewey, Cheatem & Howe !!
Feb. 14, 2016
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So will F/S go to arbitration? Doesn't eveyone have to agree to abitration in advance? I don't recall ever being presented with or signing an ACBL document that stated all disputes would be resolved by arbitration. In fact I don't ever remember seeing anything that defined cheating and described the penalties for it.
Feb. 13, 2016
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David are you saying the ACBL doesn't pay taxes & attract tourists who spend money?
Feb. 13, 2016
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There's a reasonable crime novel True Detective that has facts about Chicago, Capone, mobsters & the World's Fair as part of its background.
Feb. 12, 2016
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