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There are lots of things we like or don't like but please don't lump this fiasco on Italians in general.
Sept. 22
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I might have some small bias but can we please keep this on-topic and have less of the Italian-bashing, please?
Sept. 22
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If this happened in the middle of round one, I'd simply stop, grab a set of cards from another night and start again.
Sept. 22
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I changed my abstention in light of this new information.
Sept. 20
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I see now the reason for the “suspicious” option in the poll.
Sept. 20
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We don't know the state of the match or, at least. North's feel for how well they were doing. That could have had a big influence on North's bidding and being happy to defend a part-score that might not be cold.
Sept. 20
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I've not played Dippy for years.
Sept. 19
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How about a novice psyching against a more-experienced novice? I got written up for that in my first six weeks of playing. Opponents had maybe three years more experience than I did.
Sept. 19
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Table feel and cheating aren't even in the same ballpark. I recall a hand a short while back where it was clear from his demeanour that RHO had a big hand. I also knew that he didn't fare well in unclear situations, so I doubled his one-level opener on a six-count. His partner responded and mine came back with a spades bid. By then, he'd lost confidence in his big hand due to simple uncertainty about whether his partner was just competing over my double.
Sept. 19
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I faced one where the opponents had an 8-card clubs suit. After much thought, and seeing that partner had some support, she plumped for 3NT while almost everyone else was in 5C or 6C failing. That gave us a bottom.
Sept. 18
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A very similar situation to the one above, except that the player with the monster spades never even mentioned them. Amazing.
Sept. 18
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It doesn't happen often but there are times when I want a few more seconds to decide on my opening lead. Then, I'l record the contract while I'm still thinking.
Sept. 18
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The other day, partner was playing in 3NT. The lead out of turn became her only stop in hearts after which she could take her tricks.
Sept. 18
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So do most of us, James, but this time it was merely a potential source of tricks.
Sept. 17
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Well, it tickled my fancy and I ribbed the high-fivers about it for a couple of sessions afterward, trying to help them see the inappropriate side as well as the funny side. I think the only pair not amused were the obvious ones.
Sept. 16
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We recently had a couple of improvers high-five when they got two good boards against the strongest pair. It didn't go down well. I laughed from a nearby table and that didn't go down well either.
Sept. 16
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Yes, I think it is. I'd only ever use “call” if I were the TD at another table.
Sept. 15
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I once called for a small ruff before partner had even begun to put his hand down. I guess we'd not gel well, Sabrina. :-j

Normally I do wait for the entire hand to go down but often already know what I'm going to play by the time the final suit hits the table.
Sept. 15
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That goes well with, “Is it my lead?”, “No, it's your bid”.
Sept. 15
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Once partner suggested to an opponent that they hold their hand back. His wife piped in with, “Oh, just take a good look, everyone else does”.
Sept. 14
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