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Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson
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Member Since
June 22, 2011
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World International Master. Australia open team 1994, 1998, 2013, 2016


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Bowling Along 8 - Slip Sliding Away
Sure, but you've got to balance 4-1, 4-1 (and pickable uppable), North being 22 in the blacks (where pitching if South has Qxx is the play). Then factor in South's defensive choice, how happy he was about his choice, your position, etc etc. I think declarer ...
Bowling Along 8 - Slip Sliding Away
Clubs 4-1 is a bit of a problem
Bowling Along 8 - Slip Sliding Away
Thanks David. I was aiming to "lift the curtain" for all the players who have never experienced a world championship. I'm glad it also appealed to someone who's regularly in the mix at them.
2C-2D-jump in 2-way new minor forcing (XYZ)
INV can mean invitational to game OR slam, while GF can mean exactly GF or totally slam forcing. Thst is, it's useful to split your ranges - and it's quite sensible to play various jumps after 2C-2D as a slam invite
Lyon Restaurants
We've really liked 3 so far - Le Nord (one of the Paul Bocuse brasseries) In Croix-Rousse (about a 10 euro uber from the venue) on Rue Belfort: - L'Artisan et Le Cuisinier - Chez Lucien These are up the hill in Croix-Rousse and away from the downtown tourist areas. 3 ...
Bowling Along 5 - Wild Wednesday
I had a few in mind but when the hands came to the party I got my first choice!
Bowling Along 4 - Topsy Turvey Tuesday
Felix, the argument is that you have to work harder to win 10-0 on a flat set than 60-50 on a wild set. I don't entirely agree with that argument (eg low turnover doesn't guaranter flat boards OR good bridge) Also, the high turnover style is entirely valid ...
Bowling Along 3 - Manic Monday
David, not at all, but a poor balanced hand would pass (perhaps that's not your preference but our EW were clear that it's theirs). East was of course aware of the risk of hitting a very weak unbalanced hand opposite but judged that upside opposite an average 8 ...
Bowling Along 3 - Manic Monday
After West's 4 overcall, East jumped to 5 and West bid 6. East apparently said "this bid has no meaning" but thought it would have to include very good diamonds. To cut a medium story short, we asked for a ruling and the directors essentially ruled ...
Bowling Along 3 - Manic Monday
Yes that's right. Our East made a slam try with 5 and West accepted. Retrospectively I'm sure North would wish they had bid 5 to take the slam try away from East (then even 5 can be taking the push rather than an enthusiastic slam ...

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