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Thanks Eugene.

I'll do a book review instead. I've only read Atlas Shrugged, so I can't comment on the rest. The book of 900 pages is 600 pages to long. Those 6-9 page passages of critic of the political regime Ayn refuged from reappear 4-5-6 times an become quite boring. It's worst flaw is that the heroes of the book has no flaws, so weaker minds go about thinking they have none either. Basically they really don't understand Objectivism.

Other than that, Objectivism is a great philosophy. Anyone managing to actually live by it, are great human beings. These are rear creatures, I myself have never seen one.
June 27, 2018
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The problem with Objectivism isn't its core philosophy but the various political implementations in US, Russian and many european countries. You have leaders running around convinced they are the personification of John Galt. While if John Galt was president of US he would immediately realise that if the neighboring countries and trade partners did well it would benefit the US. Your current non-Galt choose rather to randomly address the effects of the problem than the root.

European leaders should realise that if people were content in Africa they would not risk their life crossing the mediterranean sea. Rather they would come as tourists and leave money not taking it.

Addressing the core of the problem isn't a soft approach to politics. Look for the selfish motive.

Objectivism would benefit if it's believers realised that John Galt is as fictional as Superman. And first and foremost realises that you yourself is neither.

A humble bridge player who have won BB and every national there is and get the question ‘Why do you continue, you have won everything there is?’ Answer; ‘Just trying to improve my game’. This is as close to John Galt as anyone.
June 27, 2018
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The case as it stands, unless overthrown by the appeals court, is that they lived in Norway. If they spend enough time in a country Norway has a tax agreement with (like Norway and Monaco have) they pay their tax to that country and avoid double tax.

The other way around, ex-pats spending more than X amount of days in Norway pay to Norway and not their native country. This is the case of most countries in the world except the X is a variable not a constant.
Sept. 26, 2017
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Tax is personal so it would not matter. But of course you don't have to visit Norway that often if your family is in Monaco.

Again I don't know the details of the law but tax cases in Norway are inverted compared to criminal cases. The accused has to prove his/her innocence rather than the prosecutor has to prove guilt.
Sept. 26, 2017
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The issue in this case is probably more about how many days pr year they spent in Norway. It's quite common in Norway for athletes compeating abroad to move to Monaco for tax reasons. I don't know the details of the law but there is a maximum amount of days you can spend in Norway if you want to avoid paying tax. It would seam the prosecutor have managed to prove they have ‘overstayed their visit’.
Sept. 26, 2017
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3 Hearts is forcing, with a non-forcing hand you would have bid 2 Hearts the first time. Partner is unlikely to have 4 Spades but can easily have 2-3 Hearts.

If partner support Hearts I would make a slam try. You might go down in 5 H, loosing 2 Diamonds and 1 Heart, but it's worth the risk.

If partner bids 3 Spades it might be just 3 Cards. Bid 4 Spades and worst case you play 4-3.
Sept. 18, 2017
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Theoretical let's say a contract either makes 1 NT or 3 NT dependant on a 50-50 finesse. 1 NT is no longer an option, so would you rather play 2 NT or 3 NT?

I'm not arguing that Espen's bidding was great. 2 Sp was a small overbid and 3 NT an insane overbid. I was crying NOOOO, when Espen bid on.

But then again I knew the current score of the match, I knew Boye didn't have 5 Clubs. Since I also know this path leads to 4 C -300, I'm sure I would bid 1 NT over 1 Sp and play there.
Aug. 1, 2017
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Everyone is discussing as if this was the first board of the match. Context was; You are trailing and need to pick up IMPs.

In my opinion 2 Sp was a slight overbid. East didn't support spades and West didn't rebid spades. Hence you ‘know’ partner has spade stopper(s). Still he chose 2 C over 1 NT. Assuming partner has T9xx(x), he would not know that it produces 2 tricks.

When partner didn't jump to 3 NT over your 2 Sp you should be done. But what if this is the hand that either makes 7 or 9?
Aug. 1, 2017
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Ok, I'll agree to that. All the more reason to be looking for slam in Diamonds. The worst that can happen is ending in 5D when 3NT was better. Ending in 6 or 7D when 6 or 7NT makes is still plus score in most MP tournaments.
March 23, 2017
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Not sure what you mean, what should West bid over 2 Clubs holding 4351?
March 22, 2017
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I fail to see the problem. If partner has the ace of Spades I want to play slam. If partner have both I probably want to play grand slam. Club ruffs and your 5th heart will get your trick count up. Partner might even have 6-7 diamonds making the play very easy.

Yes, it's MP scoring and partner might have 4351. In this case Hearts might be better. It also means opps have been silent with a 11 card fit. It's not unthinkable due to the Vul.

We might be missing 2 aces and lose to anyone playing NT.

Let's just start by telling partner that K, Q and J of clubs are close to worthless. I bid 4 Clubs. Unless partner comes back with 5 D I'll be a happy camper.
March 21, 2017
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Funny story. After my comments on Part 1 I was declaring 3 NT after 1 NT - 3 NT. A former European Open teams champion to my left chose not to lead from AKxx of hearts, but lead high a diamond from xxx. Found partner with AQ behind the king and 5 tricks later we had zero matchpoints.

I told him to start reading BW and lead the A so I could get average. lol
Aug. 27, 2012
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Thanks for the simulations Charles, I'll give up and start leading A.

Just so I can go down fighting :

There will be occasions when “dumb luck” beats educated guess. Partner holding H9x in diamonds and dummy (H)Jx(x) etc

When partner has no honor AK could be stiff or HJ could be in dummy making it a finesse can do himself(losing if the spade lead beats the contract).
Aug. 16, 2012
Tore Marskar Eek-Jensen edited this comment Aug. 16, 2012
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OK, I'll start counting. I'm not against AKx leads in general, but in this case the ten makes any honor partner might have valuable. If it's the jack I would hate myself for removing my second entry in the opening lead.

Proper pessimists would argue the only reason you got the ten is so you can err.
Aug. 15, 2012
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Nice article, but i disagree that the spade lead is much better than diamonds on the first hand.

A spade lead could cost a trick or be the tempo needed to bring the contract home.

Even if you hit partner in spades there is no guarantee there is an entry to enjoy them.

If partner holds any of the 3 missing diamond honors you are happy with the lead.

Finally Murphy's Law tells you whatever you choose the other was correct. ;)
Aug. 15, 2012
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3H - And if partner signs off in 3 Sp I continue with 4D. Now partner should know the slam depends on the club suit.
Aug. 13, 2012
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Did partner or East bid 1S? Your post suggest partner bidding 1S.
Aug. 13, 2012
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You'll most likely get a club lead against 5H X
Aug. 10, 2012
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A good player once told me he used the following general approach after 1M from partner.

11 Hp, 5 card side suit + 3 card support; Bid 2/1, game will make more often than not.

12 Hp, no 5 card + 2 card support; You must have a very good reason to not bid 1 NT(non-forcing).

The quality of your suits is of course a huge factor.
Aug. 8, 2012
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I didn't say I would be able to do so, I just said I would love to be that player. :)
July 6, 2012
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