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James Lawrence
James Lawrence
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Sept. 29, 2011
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about me

Club player and EBU tournament director.

"minus1100" on BBO, a name I occasionally live up to!

In real life, I am a professional data scientist.

United Kingdom

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5HX-9 NV. Maybe that isn't an accomplishment...
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The Hand That Made 8!D Illegal
I suppose, though if partners are going to disagree where the best fit is the bidding could go on forever!
The Hand That Made 8!D Illegal
I think if a player is going to sacrifice at the 8 level, they can be relied upon to do so in their best suit!
The Hand That Made 8!D Illegal
hmm, maybe that went away in 2017 — I distinctly remember something specific (I guess designed to protect against barring your partner and making a penalty double in situations where double wouldn't normally have been penalty). I guess that's covered through the likes of 27D now?
The Hand That Made 8!D Illegal
Interestingly, if a player is barred from the auction, their partner is not allowed to double. So if you open 7, LHO overcalls 7 and the other two players get themselves barred somehow (call out of turn not accepted or similar), and you are playing rubber, the bidding ...
The Hand That Made 8!D Illegal
not necessarily — if your partner sacs in 8 but you think you will play far better in clubs, it might be right to bid 9.
Thinking out loud
I believe the standard cop-out is "my table feel tells me so-and so has the Q"
Top Players - Preferred system
Don't forget magic diamond! There are not many top players who play it, but it isn't zero.
Liam Milne's bidding problem: 53 J94 42 KQJ874
lucky that the opening right-sides 6, I guess!
Summer 1994 San Diego NABC Appeals Decisions Casebook
40,000 is not an unusual number of masterpoints in Britain, the "exchange rate" is not 1:1. Last year for example, somebody earned 25,000 British masterpoints in one year!
Potential cheating in the coming ACBL Endless Summer Tournament
Eugene, that was why I suggested "not to be a cheater" rather than "not to cheat". The two are not at all equivalent in behavioural terms. If you're interested, Dan Ariely has a lot of work on this subject.
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