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So I guess Steve passed?
Oct. 19, 2010
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Who did they replace?
Oct. 18, 2010
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This hand is an opening bid in most systems. I Got a decent Diamond fit. Gotta give it one try for game
Oct. 18, 2010
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Shooting is too good for them. They deserve a slow painful death :)
Oct. 17, 2010
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As far as I know the bids after 2H were natural. 4H KC 5H confirmed everything and 6C showed the K.
Oct. 17, 2010
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Hampson Greco agreement is 2H 12-13 balanced . I believe MW play this 14+ balanced.

over 2H I believe they play 2S is Natural 2NT shows Hearts 3C is natural or baron 3D natural 3M is Natural good suit. I think that Meckwell play different stuff

I have no idea what was said at the table

The match was close. This was the last board of the set. On the previous board G/H had missed a decent 6D slam . A few boards before Meck had misdefended a partial allowing it to make when he mispitched. In fact the 6D slam was bid but misplayed so 45 imps were swung on the last 2 boards

Oct. 17, 2010
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Let's play 3D is 5-5 in the minors GF over 3NT .
All I am saying is that people put things on their convention cards with no thought at all to follow ups . We all get to inferior contracts sometimes but usually its 3NT rather than 5 of a minor. This 3NT is about 99% and 5D is no better than 60% . Seems like we should be discussing the bidding rather than the play. No disrespect to Bob's line. He is still one of the premier dummy players in the world.
Oct. 10, 2010
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Sorry Steve. Wrong answer
Oct. 10, 2010
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3NT anyone? 4S anyone?
Oct. 10, 2010
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Common theme in Bridge literature. No more clues than that :)
Oct. 10, 2010
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I thought Stevo entered so he could play with himself :)
Oct. 10, 2010
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I object to this problem . No auction is given. Too many inferences can be drawn from the auction even if the opps do not bid. Don't forget to put the vulnerability in too
Oct. 6, 2010
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Certainly one of the things a VG operator can do is be a time monitor. I have been asked to act in this capacity a couple of times. It doesn't have to be exact . All u need is a sheet of paper with the board numbers on it and the VG operator can write down there opinion as to whether one pair took 100% , 75% or 50 % of the time on any slow board . This will make it easy for a tournament director to just get a quick overview of who took time. If there is an unreasonable amount of time taken on a particular board the VG operator can indicate that as well
Sept. 29, 2010
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On the second hand playing the King of Hearts will get a Club shift if partner wins the D King . Presumably the Heart lead is from 87xxx or 107xxx . Declarer Should win the first Heart regardless of his holding since the Diamond finesse is into the danger hand. If Partner wins the Diamond King and shifts to a Club you should cash the Heart Queen . Partner will now play the 8 if he has led from 87xxx allowing you to cash out.
Sept. 29, 2010
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That would be insufficient over 4 . I would never open this hand but now I wish I had cause I can easily have a club slam and I just can't get there . Give partner something like Axx AK10xx x AJxx . Yes partner might have dbled with that but 2 is not unreasonable. On the other hand if I Dbl now and partner has Qxxx AKxxxx x Ax I wind up playing a really bad 5H when he jumps to 4S
Sept. 29, 2010
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Does not continue Diego.

In fact the Germans did play a weird canape overcall structure. This included overcalling 3 card suits when they had a 5 card suit . Definitely needed preparation. Very valid point Hendrik
Sept. 25, 2010
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If you read my post , I don't agree with the law. HOWEVER, like it or not, the committee ruled based on their interpretation of the law. Obviously, they felt the score correction period had ended . What if the next match was on the first board when the mistake had been found? Should they stop the match? There has to be a moratorium on score adjustment.

The Germans took a lot of flack for their role in the whole affair . In my opinion they did nothing wrong.

CHANGE THE LAW
Sept. 25, 2010
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Oh and BTW this probably can't happen again . When the score of 1100 is posted on BBO Vugraph there would be 5000 specs screaming in Roland's ear that the score should be 1400 . The VG operator would check with the players and that would probably wake them up
Sept. 24, 2010
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I was there for that. I was good friends with Ron Andersen and Sabine Zenkel ( now Auken ). I was privy to the “ behind the scenes ” stuff that was going on.

The first key issue was : had the scoring correction period ended ? This was a very murky issue no one was really sure. It was deemed that it had been over for normal scoring corrections. No one wanted the issue to be left unresolved without adjudication . I remember everyone waiting around to see what the committee was going to rule. It seemed like it took forever. I don't think there was a single person who agreed with the committee outside of the German contingent.

The Germans wrote a letter ( actually Andersen wrote it ) that was published in the next day's bulletin. They apologized for the ugly incident but their contention was it had gone to committee and they received the favorable ruling. They felt vindicated.

The Bridge World magazine has always preached that one should go with one's best chance to win based on the rules ( Edgar Kaplan chaired this committee) . The German's HAD won the match ( at least for a few hours ) and the committee upheld it based on language of the laws of Bridge. Do we agree ? Of course not. As Jim states : whatever happens on the field should dictate.

Don't blame the players. Blame the laws.

BTW this was the first in a series of terrible committee rulings that dominated the next 10 years and decided a number of matches in major events.

A few months later I had the short end of the infamous Kantar 2C committee which was the basis for stopping the silly alert of 2C Stayman ( may or may not have a 4 card major) . As Edgar pointed out: At least this will allow fixing things that are broken in Bridge but it wasn't going to do a lot to comfort the Cohen team who were forced to watch from the sidelines
Sept. 24, 2010
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I would start with 2C and if given room jump in clubs to the 4 level asking for a Q bid. On the given auction I would never correct to 6H. If Hearts are playable partner would bid 5NT pick a slam. 6C said this is the spot
Sept. 24, 2010
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