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In the Western US we usually refer to Cappelletti as Hamilton. Fred Hamilton has often quipped it should be called Hamilton when it works and Cappelletti when it doesn't.

I personally prefer Meckwell because you can most often get to interfere at the 2 level, whereas Cappelletti forces you to the 3 level if you show a Major/Minor and partner wants to play in your minor.

That said, it is a good practice to have a penalty oriented Double available against weak NT. These days, ‘strong’ NT ranges are getting lower and lower, so having such a double against them is getting more and more useful.

Another opinion: After opening 1NT, most play systems on over Dbl or 2. If you defend with 2 showing the majors, the opps may not have a systemic way to handle that (experience opps probably will). Stayman and Jacoby xfers do little good when a defender is known to have both majors.
Sept. 27, 2018
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So am I.

Interestingly, when I saved the screen with the problem box as a downloaded file and then displayed it, all was fine. But the display was a larger size than the original image, which has more black space on either side of the BW content. It is page 5 of the cited article that is the only problem display. The hand and bidding box on that page is larger than on the previous pages, so that may have something to do with it. But again, when I saved it to a file and then display the saved file, page 5 is OK.
Sept. 26, 2018
Stu Goodgold edited this comment Sept. 26, 2018
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Law 14B applies in this case. Since you say: “The lack of the A is found out early, when drawing trumps”, it is clear play has commenced.

Assuming the A was not among the played tricks and cannot be found on the floor or somewhere else (and the other players all started with 13 cards), 14B3 states the deal is reconstructed using another pack. Rectification and/or penalties may apply.

14B4 says a card so restored to a hand is deemed to have belonged continuously to the deficient hand. Failure to have played it may constitute a revoke.
Sept. 20, 2018
Stu Goodgold edited this comment Sept. 20, 2018
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They shouldn't have much difficulty walking that extra mile - about half of them are ex-Olympians. One is a distance swimmer; maybe he swam to the Seychelles.
Sept. 20, 2018
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Well, there are 12 of them and they certainly are not dopes!

And they are well funded - per Wikipedia:
"Initially funded by the International Olympic Committee, WADA receives half of its budgetary requirements from them, with the other half coming from various national governments."

No doubt they picked the Seychelles for the meeting due to the country's dominance in the Olympics, having sent 10 athletes to the Rio in 2016, and never having won a single medal in the history of the Olympics.
Sept. 20, 2018
Stu Goodgold edited this comment Sept. 20, 2018
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“This is similar to people playing Flannery not alerting 1♥-1NT. But most do alert this even though technically not alertable.”

Technically is not the right adjective. It is specifically not alertable per an example in the Alert Procedure. And I usually hear the 1NT announced as forcing and almost never alerted because it “may bypass a 4 card spade suit”.
Sept. 18, 2018
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I posted this before: some time ago, in the old days of rec.games.bridge, the OP posted the auction and his hand, asking if you should accept the lead out of turn, noting that Bob Hamman was supposed to be on lead. The near unanimous reply was accept it, citing Goldwater's Law.

A day or 2 later the OP posted another fact: Hamman's partner was Zia. Now what?
Sept. 18, 2018
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You quoted Law 66D, which says you can ask to see the opps cards for a possible revoke or number of tricks won or lost.

It does not include your curiosity of what the opps held in their hands once they accept your claim and you have no reason to expect a revoke.

I can find no other law in the book that addresses this issue.

You can always examine any and all hands after the session is over, whether by hand record or by retrieving the board from the stack.
Sept. 14, 2018
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Years ago, I was dealer and vul. The auction went 1 X XX AP (against novices). Partner had his 10 HCP but was void in Diamonds. I had a 14 count with Axxx and found myself down 5 at the 1 level with 24 HCP for -2800. I could have kept it to down 4 with best play, but it was matchpts, so it didn't matter.
Sept. 12, 2018
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Must be an English thing. Quite hilarious, but could have been called the Ministry of Silly Bidding. Yet still nowhere near as funny as the Ministry of Silly Walks.
Sept. 12, 2018
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Likewise for the California term limits of 2 4-year terms for governor (and other offices). Jerry Brown is finishing his 2nd 4 year term and is ineligible to run again. However, he did serve 8 years in the ‘70s, but that doesn’t count since it was before the term limits were enacted.
Sept. 11, 2018
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Oops! Looks like I messed something up.
Sept. 7, 2018
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"Marky Mark, Bobby Fischer, Charley Goren…..Must we wait for our own champion to come along?'

We really missed the boat when we possibly could have gotten Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to hold a money bridge game for charity with reasonable stakes (for them) of say $1000 per point. Such an event surely would have garnered a lot of publicity. Sadly, that boat sank and never sailed.
Sept. 4, 2018
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“Phil Ochs, the Van Gogh of American folk music.”

Does that mean he doesn't have an ear for music?
Aug. 18, 2018
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Don, thanks for correcting my oversights about comped rooms.
Aug. 16, 2018
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Gee, I always thought “Comp” meant compensated, without charge, as in lieu of some other form of payment.

As for Providence, were you there before the NABC started? I was and the host hotel was overrun with kids in fancy costumes and their parents or guardians. The convention center was connected to the host hotel.
Aug. 15, 2018
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“You aren't comped for the suites: you are paying for them with space, room block or hospitality.”
Gene, that is exactly what I meant by using the term “comped”.
The ACBL does take over a good portion of the hotel during an NABC, but surely the hotel allows room for smaller groups in their conference rooms or open suites.

When the BoD meets for a few days before the NABC actually starts, there are occasionally other large conventions taking over most of the hotel. That happened in Providence, for example.
Aug. 15, 2018
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10 or 11 of those days are during the NABC, when the ACBL takes over most if not all of the hotel. The hotel might even have trouble filling all their suites if some team sponsors or well-to-do bridge players don't opt for a suite.

Even when we hold a regional at a hotel we are comp'ed 2 or more suites for 6 nights. We always use a double suite for our hospitality room and the two people who run it. And of course, we use lots of ballroom space, sometimes all of it in the hotel, plus some smaller meeting rooms. There isn't much left for any other group of a decent size to hold a meeting there.
Aug. 14, 2018
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Hotels comp not only the rooms for the BoD meeting, they also comp the office space and rooms for the ACBL staff running the NABC, and rooms for the TDs, for the whole tournament. But the biggest comp by far are the ballrooms and auxiliary spaces for the actual tournament play.

The 150 room/nights for the BoD and the 13/14 nights for the President's suite is probably not a major chunk of the overall comp cost for the hotel.
Aug. 14, 2018
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Oswald
Aug. 9, 2018
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