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Certainly not.
March 9
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Someone who claims in this elaborate way instead of simply playing Q from dummy is not world class, at least not in this moment.
March 8
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Yes, good point.

So I tried this hand:

North: K1074 Q963 AJ852 -
East: AJ852 K1074 - Q963
South: - AJ852 Q963 K1074
West: Q963 - K1074 AJ852

After 13 minutes, I got the following result:

“Unexpected Error: Out of memory: can't malloc more transposition table cells.”
Feb. 23
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Try this specific hand:

North: AQ107 9642 KJ853 -
East: - AQ107 9642 KJ853
South: 9642 KJ853 - AD107
West: KJ853 - AQ107 9642

Contract: 1NT by South

My not-too-shabby computer took about six minutes.
Feb. 23
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“I had a spade in with my clubs”
OK, but why did you open 1 with four diamonds and three (presumed) clubs?
Feb. 15
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“You start by ruffing a ♦ and play a ♠ to ♠K which holds.”

I don't. I start by playing K from my hand.
Feb. 5
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This strategem appeared at least once in the Menagerie books.
Jan. 8
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https://xkcd.com/378/
Dec. 17, 2018
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Is there a problem with reaching the occasional 3NT with 24 HCP?
Dec. 14, 2018
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“Hesitating will be deemed to be an infraction. That's it, simple.”

If you wish to create a game where thinking is deemed illegal, feel free to do so, but why do you want to base it on Bridge?
Dec. 11, 2018
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Law 92:

An appeal shall not be heard unless both members of the partnership concur in making the appeal.
Dec. 4, 2018
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If you have the clear agreement that double shows the diamond ace, shouldn't the hesitation suggest that South holds an ace in a different suit, hence a diamond lead is explicitly not “demonstrably suggested”?
Dec. 2, 2018
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“No, it is not condescending, because I am right.”
Nov. 30, 2018
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(insert Monty Python quote here)
Nov. 29, 2018
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Thanks!
Nov. 22, 2018
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Ah, I see. Yes, the 2007 laws change about insufficient bids could be motivated as you say. However, it is also possible these laws were changed to conform to the general principle that a call (or play) can't be retracted unless there is good reason to do so, and someone's ignorance about the laws is not a good reason. So, the insufficient call is retracted (unless the next player accepts it), but if the offending player replaces it without knowing the consequences of his action, that's his own fault.

I think the motivation of the recent change in claim laws is to cater to club players who don't like TDs adjudicating claims, or claims at all, and simply want to play till the end. It often happens that declarer claims, the opponents say “play it out” and declarer complies, which is (more or less) legal now.
Nov. 22, 2018
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Could you elaborate on that restriced choice argument? I don't see why either player should be more likely to hold three hearts.
Nov. 22, 2018
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“That is the way bridge should be played.”

I very much disagree.
Nov. 22, 2018
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Not correct. If an insufficient bid is corrected before the TD is called, the next player certainly doesn't lose his right to accept the insufficient bid. Basically he can choose which call he accepts, in both cases with consequences for the offending side.
Nov. 22, 2018
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7NT was making, and yes, it scored above average. One pair managed to get doubled in 7NT for a clear top.
Oct. 30, 2018
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