A hand I held last night was:
♣ Axxxxx (Ace sixth)
LHO opened 3♠, partner overcalled 5♦ and I bid 7♦. Partner held eight diamonds to the KQ, void in spades and the ever-so-precious, ♣K. The diamonds split 3-1. 7NT also ...
Well bid, Ian. I'm sure that 3NT+2 would have scored very well, too, and it was kind of them to save you any guesses in Clubs. This is an excellent example of how to exploit the shady tactics of the opposition.
The tragic thing is that if they ...
The trouble with master points is that they are often nothing more than a long-service award, thus the grading system, which runs alongside the ranking system. Whether the NGS really achieves its intended purpose, however, is another matter.
Over here in the UK, Improvers' tournaments are for those below the rank of Master, which requires 5000 master points to attain. I've heard that it's generally considered that it takes about ten years to reach the rank of Master for a player of average ability. Neither Newbie ...
They should have counted their cards to ensure that they had 13 each. They fouled the result by failing to ensure that they had 13 each and the penalty/adjusted score is appropriate. The previous table also warrants a penalty for fouling the hands.