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And some of us are just bonkers :)
March 20, 2017
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I probably have conveyed this badly. I was trying to say that buying the contract at the 2level could be important if we own approx half the pack and they don't pre-empt like this at the other table.

If they compete over this 2 level bid then either it will get back to me and I will have an option to compete further or they will have bid game which I like defending.

As I said, I am borderline between 2 and 3. Perhaps 2 is the best compromise.
March 20, 2017
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These situations are borderline. In my mind it all depends on whether you agreement is specific or that it is just a general situation you are both aware of:

a) If the former then I don't think an alert is needed.
b) If the 2 bid could be a runout with or phoney with + then I think it is alertable since it is a specific agreement.

Another one that pokes its head up from time to time is the psychic 3N after partner bids a minor. If we don't have a specific agreement about 3N then I wouldn't alert. However in certain partnerships this is:

“Either wishing to play 3N or willingness to compete to 5m”

I think this is therefore alertable since we have a specific understanding (even if it is reasonably common knowledge)

Note: If I am playing beginners then I tend to err on the side of caution. I.e I might alert general positions where potentially phoney bids come up just so that they don't get suckered with a clear-cut hand. I think this is just basic common courtesy.

Note 2: This maybe obvious but worth stating. Certain positions come up regularly for certain partnerships. E.g in one partnership my partner will only psyche 3N over a 3m bid. Another partner seems to never have their 3M bid. Not debating the pros/cons of both but once I have knowledge of this then we have a specific agreement and therefore proceed as above.
March 20, 2017
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Thanks for the article. Very useful as I was tempted early on to cash the A as an auto play whilst considering the next move.

I think the pre-empt is automatic if you have the methods/understanding. Vulnerability/suit quality, the boss suit…what else do you want.

However, I am not sure what partner is attempting to do by bidding 3 if those are your agreements. Its very borderline although the Ax is nice. You have a lot of offence but also a lot of defence and rate to beat most games. Trying to buy the contract could be paramount and if they compete you are giving them more space to find said failing game instead of taking the money.
March 19, 2017
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Pass then Double of = Penalty orientated
Double = T/O of
2 = Majors (5-4 usually)

Others as per weak 2 defence.

I do play more complex things but this is the best simple defence in my view
March 18, 2017
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Said drunken gossip about partnerships is yet to be wrong though.
March 17, 2017
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I am afraid I cannot help there as bridge partnerships don't usually put adverts in the paper when they break up. All I have is a lot of drunken gossip.
March 17, 2017
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“Will, your first and third points are accepted and I have no way of knowing whether your second is true”

See section 6.1: http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/minutes-and-reports/selection-committee/2016/08-november.pdf

For a large variety of reasons there seems to be a lot of change going on in English Open and Womens bridge. Excellent partnerships which have been at the top of the game for years are breaking up. This is good in that it allows other people a chance to make their mark. However, this doesn't mean that all their accomplishments should be discarded. They should be given every possible chance to prove themselves. If they fall short then so be it.
March 17, 2017
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I am in no way defending said pair and I have no real interest in the matter. However:

>Both of them have a decent track record at international level.

>Both of them were invited back in November to be part of the Venice Cup team. I know that there has been a lot of breaking/mixing up of the partnerships since and perhaps the selectors feel that they could use practice prior to this event.

>One of them is among our most distinguished female players who has been an integral part of the ladies team for coming up to 50years.
March 17, 2017
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It is a pretty cool hand although given the skill level of these guys and a minute or two counting, the hand becomes a lot clearer.
March 16, 2017
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Diamond - Schwartz
Nickell - Street
Rosenthal - Mahaffey
NRK - Schermer
March 15, 2017
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I didn't expect a profit to be made. It was worth checking though as it then raises the question of why the PL isn't being used for European Open selection purposes. It has been used for multiple event selection previously IIRC.

PL maybe better value per board but the multiple locations means more travel and accommodation costs which compensate I imagine. I maybe in a minority though as my perception is that club bridge is wildly underpriced and national events are slightly overpriced.
March 14, 2017
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I noticed this. I assume that the number of accepted pairs will be limited to around 16 like the Lady Milne trials.

The timing may has something to do with the current “established” England open pairs of the last 4 years no longer playing in the same partnerships. The EBU also don't seem to like the perception of sending “sponsors” which I don't agree with.

Do the EBU profit from this?
March 14, 2017
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This hand has as much play in 4M as the previous hand, if not a tad more and is probably irrelevant since they are unlikely to drop 2 with such pure .
March 14, 2017
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Whilst tennis doesn't, there are plenty of ranking systems in sport which do. Off the top of my head rugby and cricket come to mind.

I am no expert in the area of seeding and am not American. However, in tennis the ranking points are a continuous all year round thing. SP look to be based on only 3 events in which case they probably should take into account field strength/form.
March 13, 2017
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4M has some play if the majors are 3-3 or if you can manufacture an endplay against RHO. The latter option seems quite reasonable.

Moreover this hand has some play for 5 if you are not a fan of wrongway round moysians. Your clever partner might be able to put you with 4315/4216 or similar since you have bid this way.

Lastly you might bid 2N/3/3/3/4 with this hand rather than 4 depending on your agreements.
March 13, 2017
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Wouldn't surprise me if 3N was close/better even when partner has 3+. In which case it might be a candidate for 1N-3N.
March 12, 2017
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Thanks for the comments.

Honest answer re 3N: I missed the inference that partner was limited. I thought the bid was 1444 9+HCP in which case bidding 3N seems a lot more reasonable.
March 8, 2017
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Agree with a lot of what Chris has to say. That is unusual. The EBU youth event is a great draw to get people playing. But it IS NOT followed up. I am looking at the American initiatives and whilst there is a different scale to these things, it seems far more coherent and well organised. Particularly wish I could Kibb the USBF-BBO club. Looks fun.

I particularly don't like how the EBU is mostly trying to promote how good their youth bridge is by constant pictures on the front of their magazine of the youth internationals. Odds that the PB/J Camrose will be the front of the next magazine? I was in the YC on Monday and a good player remarked to me how it is was a veritable junior fest. The facts of that session is that only 12% of the field were actual juniors. It was more the fact that the % of people playing who are U40 was probably around 65%. Instead of pictures of junior internationals, get a picture of the armstrong army playing or a YC dupp or a Uni/school club in action.

The other thing that springs to mind is other countries successful youth programs. If I were to ask Chris/Alan which countries youth programs are best then I imagine the answer would be pretty similar to my own. What do these countries have that we don't? Chris mentioned it. Lottery funding. Talking about it with juniors from other countries, they are confused why we cannot send teams/large junior contingents to every event. They simply didn't comprehend that we are not funded.

In more recent times the most productive part of youth bridge seems to be university clubs. I have an insight to around 4 uni clubs and they seem to be doing a great job of getting people in and teaching them. They may not play again for 30/40 years. But the knowledge is there.
March 8, 2017
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Thanks Tom.
March 3, 2017
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