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I was ensnared by bidding theory as a young player and still haven't escaped its clutches. Author of articles in Australian, British and US magazines; book reviewer for The Bridge World; member of the IBPA (International Bridge Press Association) jury that selects the bridge book of the year.


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This is provocative but . . . As someone who is occasionally a competent player and who recently volunteered to be an administrator I'm a bit puzzled at the different attitudes taken towards administrators, sponsors and teammates. Many posters recognise that administrators are rarely top players but expect them to have reviewed ...
The Way Forward
Yes, Richard. A very well thought through system. I was particularly intrigued by some of the relay tweaks and the idea of expanding the range of the 1H opening so as to avoid finding a way to bid 16-18 hands with hearts. Personally, I find 1C-1D, 2C = ASPRO works quite ...
The Pathology of the Germans and other cheaters: Is one time really only one time?
Not having a go at Harold Feldheim or Mel Colchamiro but "Mel is, of course, totally correct in his observations" is almost certainly wrong. One extraordinary aspect of the extensive discussion on cheating is, for the most part, the absence of any considered analysis or even discussion of what we ...
The IMP Tax. Chip Martel 1997
The person who proposed encrypted signals was Peter Winkler, who wrote articles on the issue in The Bridge World (1980 and 1981) and Bridge (1981, a lengthy series), as well as in various academic journals. They are hard to come by but his recent book, Bridge at the Enigma Club ...
An Arbitration Procedure to Adjudicate Allegations of Cheating
Thanks for this thoughtful proposal, Mark. I'm not a trained lawyer but I am familiar with arbitration of international trade and investment disputes in which one or both parties is a government. In that setting, which involve the interpretation of treaties or other agreements, there have been some issues ...
Pass/Double Inversion - A Practical Argument
Kantar's book is comprehensive. Reflecting his usual style, he attempts to define LOTS of auctions. While all the individual suggestions make sense, the level of detail (and consequent memory load) is substantial. I bought it in my youth and thought the approach of having agreements for as many auctions ...
Double For Takeout, Then More Transfers
Working out how to make best use of the extra space the opponents give you after a transfer is not always easy. My partners and I have a meta-rule that X is always takeout of the suit(s) the opponents have bid or shown. (We also play that a bid ...
The best simulation software?
Dealer is a free program that is worth looking at. It doesn't have a GUI. It uses English-like commands -- in contrast to Deal and Borel (and BGen). It can be linked to any DD engine; it includes a facility to link to GIB's engine without requiring any additional ...
Handling competition over a precision 1!C
As others have noted, passing 2S is clear once partner can't double for takeout. As to what is the best method here, I think there are some important lessons from standard bidding that can be applied. One is that a takeout double is the single most useful call we ...
Books on Meckwell Precision?
My experience of using 1H to show all positive responses to 1C within a certain point range (tried both 8-11 and 12+) is that you are vulnerable to competition. While that's not likely, bidding shape first then clarifying strength, even by a simple mechanism such as step = min [or ...
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