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I added those after he and Michael made their comments.
Feb. 14
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I see – so with this treatment, as opposed to 2-2-3M showing a solid (or semi-solid) suit, does 2-2-2M-3-3M show NF and 2-2-2M--3M show the solid/semi-solid suit? (Assume no Kokish.)
Feb. 11
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Thanks. Then 2-2-3-3 becomes a checkback for 4-card major? How would this work after 2-2-3?
Feb. 11
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4nt = 1430 (don't have 0314 for clubs as trump, if it makes a difference). No minorwood or kickback contemplated here.
Feb. 11
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IMPs - revised the description to add. Thanks.
Feb. 11
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For what it's worth, Mike Lawrence appears to go with #1. On an auction identical to Phil's (through opener's 2nd round pass), he suggests bidding 2 with A82 7 QJ94 AQT74 and says it shouldn't promise a big hand. (_Takeout Doubles_, p. 114)
Jan. 21
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As an illustration: Meckwell (about 160,000 mps) and 4 I/N pairs (say 100 each).

Mean: (160,000 + 100 + 100 + 100 + 100)/5 = 32,080
Geometric mean: (160,000 x 100 x 100 x 100 x 100) ^ (1/5) = about 437
Jan. 20
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Just what I wrote above – I don't have his original edition.
Jan. 6
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He revised _Overcalls_ in 2009, so who knows?
Jan. 6
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In _Overcalls_, Lawrence defines double in this slightly different (but similar) sequence as a balanced limit raise: (1) - P - (1) - 1 - (2) - X. So he is kind of all over the place too.
Jan. 6
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Perhaps there is something distasteful if it's done for bridge reasons and it's all a sham. But if they are going to those universities for genuine reasons - and real possibilities of staying in Israel and contributing to Israel's economy, scientific knowledge, etc., why shouldn't Israel be thrilled to have them?
Dec. 31, 2017
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Perhaps when Monaco has world-class universities that will attract top young talent for non-bridge reasons? It seems like this is something the US should be proud of. More generally, US bridge has certainly been helped by the Rosenbergs, Wolperts, Pepsi, to name just a few.
Dec. 31, 2017
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2 members of that team have been among China's most talented young bridge players, equivalent to the US' top home-grown talent. No fluke here; more like a revelation.
Dec. 30, 2017
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3 of the 6 members of the Wei team finished 4th in Lyon in 2017 in the U26 category, losing to the winning US team in the semifinals (with 4/6 common members with the Kaplan team here).

1 of the members finished 2nd in Salsomaggiore in 2016 in the U26 category, ahead of the US team (again with 4/6 members of the current Kaplan team), which lost in the quarterfinals.

So while their names were probably unknown to most US-based observers before these trials, at least some of their team had a substantial resume in international junior competition.
Dec. 30, 2017
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Yes, it occurred and 5 made on a heart lead.
Dec. 30, 2017
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There are definitely some Putnam winners/high rankers lurking and sometimes participating on Bridgewinners. Though the ones I'm thinking of are excellent, I'm not aware of any that are “world-class” bridge players.
Dec. 29, 2017
Winston Chang edited this comment Dec. 29, 2017
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They are playing amazingly well. It's surprising that they almost didn't make it out of the RR.
Dec. 29, 2017
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Very high memory load (20 pages of sequences, more if you include the freed-up jump shift and 1M-1Y-2NT sequences), comes up about once every 2 sessions, but seems to seldom make an actual difference. I'd be surprised if it's worth a net 20 imps/1000 boards.
Dec. 10, 2017
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I found the pizza there below average, clearly worse than the Chipotle-style 5-minute pizza chains that have been popping up in recent years.
Nov. 28, 2017
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Yes, I took the train to and from. The Santa Fe Depot (terminus) station is an easy 5-10 minute walk to the Hyatt. The Amtrak has electric sockets and pretty good cell phone connectivity the whole way down. However, timing is not good if you are playing the 7:30 sessions, as the last train leaves before the end of that session, so it is best to take it to arrive, stay overnight, and depart, rather than as a daily commute.
Nov. 28, 2017
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