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I've heard that Zimmerman wouldn't let them play Cavendish
Aug. 29, 2015
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I don't think tempo can be used as a proof here (and I mean in this very particular situation - dbl then suspicious lead):

-if one cheats, he may as well randomize tempo / make it look like he's in tank where actually he has all the info
-for the same reason cheater may choose not to adapt the tempo as it proves nothing
-it would be dangerous to make a verdict based on tempo - next cheater would behave opportunistic towards the decision and use historical cases to gain legitimacy
Aug. 26, 2015
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For a 2 imp difference, result was obviously stripped from 5x-3 to 5==.

This sounds a lot like a compromise and I'm impatient to read commitee's writeup (didn't make it to Sat bulletin). Once 5 is allowed, I don't think we should give S a polar bear treatment.
Aug. 15, 2015
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I'd make them play 3 (whatever the result).

S made two questionable bids. X calls for trouble, because
a) they might make if it's intended for penalties
b) if it's t/o NS will be in contract too high most of the time

Alas, S definitely has values and we shouldn't legally suppress bad bridge.

However, after 3 call S should expect 10HCP at best (as N would definitely act with more points and a singleton ) and he NS hands aren't falling in love with each other for sure.

I'd be happy enough to pass 3 undoubled because double is looming after 3NT;
and here comes the UI - 3NT bid suggests I'm not afraid of X because partner actually has values.

July 15, 2015
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Gary, TD is lucky if he can pick a few players who are up to the task.
April 3, 2015
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Kit,

You may well be right. Still, I wish if we could divide such hands into ‘systemic’ and tactical/creative groups (your hand is borderline indeed).

Take for example
2s-(3h)-4s-(p)-
p -(5c)-p*-(p)-
*BIT

If for some reason you opened 2s with a good 7 card suit you are allowed to bid 5s imho, but with a regular w2 opener you should pass or double with quick tricks.
April 3, 2015
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i think the following algorithm could apply:
1) is E allowed to bid 4s over 1s-3c-3s (not to mention if there was a BIT before 3s)?
guess not, so 4s is forbidden after UI
2) is X a logical alternative?
i would personally X, but a TD should make a survey (undisclosing there was a BIT)
April 2, 2015
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it was excl
Feb. 3, 2015
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yes, and double was “better don't ask”
Feb. 3, 2015
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both are SOS, 1N implies minors (0-1 )?
Jan. 12, 2015
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First of all, I find this presentation quite messy.

We never got to know the exact definition of 2 opening and 2d response.

Responder's hand (as Kit said, it's the most relevant info) is found somewhere in comments instead in the main post.

Poll options are rather scarce and subjective and there are no comments about tempo (especially yours, it could turn to be important).

I guess smelling a rat (in bridge) usually means that you take an action out of the line to compensate opponent's psyche/preempt or something. Instead, you “smelled a rat” the moment he opened and then again after your partner has bid. Finally you simply passed, and now you're asking for protection and moral satisfaction. I vote for the rat here, he earned some dignity.
July 7, 2014
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xx is forbidden…
like in
1M-(p)-2M-(x)
4M-(x)-xx
June 28, 2014
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this short post is the best bridge related thing i've ever read
April 10, 2014
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I like to prioritize penalty over competitive bid so in this case x=pen for me, 3h=inv.

If E bid clubs instead of diamonds, 3d=inv, 3h=comp, x=pen
Feb. 28, 2014
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Hi Eric,

Who is your favorite jazz pianist and why?
Feb. 26, 2014
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I'd never play clubs 0-3, but rather 3-0: West might've bid with a void and KQ in . So basically alteration of Kit's line - small . After elimination of and , 10 to K, than J. If it's not covered (allowing for a sexier ending), than small from hand before 3rd trump et voila as long as 's behave.
Jan. 23, 2014
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What about low spade from Helness instead of Q? If Gill has AKx(x) in spades, squeeze/endplay may be looming anyway. Gill would have to consider a more complex decision involving a possible lead from (Q/J)x, E's opener with A(Q/J) and side ace as well as tempo of play.
Dec. 28, 2013
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I was not talking about banging bids here in a millisecond, and have a strong impression that you are spinning my post.

8-10s after a skip bid w/o a stop card is not mandatory, so please let's not waste time on that. I don't know if you bid all the time in 6-8s tempo, I don't but it's fine with me as long as it's consistent. When one encounters a problem percepted as a bridge problem, one might take a longer tank than usual, taking a risk that it may convey an UI to one's partner, and/or, which is often disregarded in this form of discussions, useful info to one's opps. For me, this kind of cognition is crucial both to morality and dynamics of the game.

I think our game would thrive if people were taught “don't do it because it's unethical/pathetic” instead of “don't do it because you'll get spanked”.
Nov. 7, 2013
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With this borderline hand, I find it highly unethical to bid (w/o screens) when partner's focused tempo was more than 3-4sec.
Nov. 7, 2013
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If RHO doesn't pass in tempo then pass
If RHO passes in tempo:
If he's good/unknown then coinflip
If he's less than good then balance

(this would significantly change with vul and somewhat with switching number of hearts and spades)
Nov. 7, 2013
Veljko Vujcic edited this comment Nov. 7, 2013
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