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Michael - I think you should've added a 5th option -
ask to DISQUALIFY THE OTHER TEAM.

With all due respect, a player who arrives late to the final of the most prestigous of events the Israeli calendar has to offer, and as far as i understand there was no “force majeure” in hand, should get NO SYMPHATY WHATSOEVER.

I'm 100% with Mrs. Sprung here.
Dec. 26, 2019
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“Somehow that has also made Ida G improve”

2019 speaking, Ida's won the first European mixed teams ( partnering her brother Mike) , the 27th European Under-26 teams championship (with a different partner) and now the Venice cup.

I hereby sad to announce that it leaves Ida with somewhat tiny room to improve next time around.

That of course not to take anything away from Cilla who had a magnificent year of her own - winning the mixed pairs event in the European open championship. Both are fantastic players and very fun to watch.

On a side note, You have to admire the way the Swedish federation are working with developing its youngsters into a perennial stars. Their open team was also the youngest in the BB field and even though they came out a little bit short (losing the QF for the 2nd time in a row ), I have little doubt that their time will come.
I think we all should learn from the Svensk Federation how to do it right.
Oct. 1, 2019
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Congratulation Sweden for winning the Venice Cup for the first time ever, while fielding arguably the youngest lineup ever for winners of such a prestigious event!
Sept. 28, 2019
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Thanks all for voting, this hand was actually taken from the Israeli premier league (i should've probably stated it's “Goulash”, or “Goulash-like”) , round 3, board 11.
You can see the scores for this hand (and all others) here:

http://www.bridge.co.il/viewer/board2.php?event=11324&round=3

out of 12 pairs, 5 found the spot in 6, 2 played in the miserable 6, the rest played in game ( either or ).

I'd like to present a new question then.

Suppose N overcalls 2 over 1. S bids 2 (assuming it's forcing), N bids 2. How many of you, if any, play 5 here as Exclusion?
Sept. 8, 2019
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Sorry about it, guess i'm still technically challenged. But hey, at least i was able to use the suit symbols correctly :)
Sept. 8, 2019
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The 2nd sequence was actually divided to 2 -
What does 3 means.
What does 4 means.

Regarding 4, the “classic” view of XYZ states that bidding a game after initiating an invitation should be slam invitation
(such as 1-1-1NT-2-2-3NT ) , so i guess it should show like 18 points hand, balanced.
Sept. 3, 2019
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Thanks all for voting,
Like the majority of the voters, I choose Pass.
Partner's hand was:

XX
AXX
JX
KQXXXX

So theoretically we missed a vulnerable game.

Alas, at the table W came to the rescue with 2, partner bids 3
and now it was easy for me to bid a (lazy) 3NT and make 9 tricks.

Was wondering how many players bids over 2 with my hand.

Thanks again.
Aug. 7, 2019
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That's “AVI” Kalish, not “Aba”.

“Aba” means “Father” in Hebrew. Persumably, Avi Kalish is also an “Aba” in real life, yet his first name remains the same.

moreover, His partner's surname is “Orenstein”

Avi Kalish:

http://www.eurobridge.org/person/?qryid=4526

Eitan Orenstein:

http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/peopleforscrap/person.asp?qryid=20654
July 26, 2019
Yuval Yener edited this comment July 26, 2019
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W can see a laydown game going against a sub-minimum hand from East such as AQXX X XXXX AXXX (against which 4H is making or down 1 at best). East didn't have anything more than what he already showed with the X. Easy 100% West.
July 25, 2019
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Where can i find the Spingold's seeding and rosters? or is it too early?
July 17, 2019
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Good call regarding the splinter, Even though i can very well see myself bid 4 in respond with, say:

AXXX
QXXX
KQX
QJ

while 6 seem to be a reasonable spot.
June 8, 2019
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that's correct, i've felt the tempo of play from East suggest that 's are 4-2, howevera good player would surely play K in tempo from the K9 remaining.
June 7, 2019
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correct, I tried to fix it but for some reasons it won't let me fix the headliner. My Appologies for Andrey, of course.
June 7, 2019
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thanks all,

Turns out that partner had

QJT9XX
QX
XX
XXX

6 is 5 off, a good sacriice while 6 making.

The story of the hand is more complicated though.

opener had:

A9X
AKXX
AQXX
XX

and his partner had:

void
JXX
KJXXXX
KQXX

2 was explained by him as “transfer to , and 2NT as ”good hand with fit". after the bidding went all the way to 6 i doubled, lead-directing to , expecting to find partner with a stiff so he can receive his ruff and even if he has a void, i probably look at 2 tricks anyway. Of course it was not to be and 6 made for a 0%.

The TD let the score stand but took the X off. W made the self-serving argument that his 2S bid was indeed a club transfer and he wanted to show the diamond suit himself and be a declarer.

Any thoughts?
June 7, 2019
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maybe, or perhaps S thought 3S would be helpful for EW to evaluate their hands and that if he won't reveal the situaion then perhaps EW would settle for 3NT for MP reasons…
June 6, 2019
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I probably would've, Had i knew that X would be such an unanimous choice. I'm not used to be in such a majority… :)

TBH i thought many would bid 5/, as most of the field played in 5, going down one. Many others played in 4 and made the contract so -950 was worth 15 IMP's for our opps.
May 2, 2019
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so now, after you all unanimously paid -950 just like me, let's make it an ATB problem.

Partner's hand:
XXX
QTXX
XXXX
XX

West's:
AQJ
XXX
X
AQT9XX

East's:
XXXXX
VOID
XXXX
KJXX

Let's put aside EW's bidding for a moment ( no support X, the 3 by East, etc ) and focus on NS's auction instead.
Do you think N should pull to 5?
May 2, 2019
Yuval Yener edited this comment May 2, 2019
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I've changed the sequence now,
Sorry for the 5 persons before that voted for “X” which of course isn't possible now.
April 16, 2019
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I wonder how does this Algorithm thing works as far as sacrifices are concern. Perhaps people who play Individual games can enlight me, because i can't remember facing a sequence in which the GIB made a sacrifice bid.
Jan. 10, 2019
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Q lead at the table, i went down. Guess i should've figure it out and perhaps i would've, had i played the hand against an opponents i know to make a sound weak-jump overcalls rather than some pickup opps on BBO.

I'm more interested about the bidding though, especially if 3 is anyone's bid. Sure looks like it from the answers i see here.
Oct. 16, 2018
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