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April 4, p. 5

Stark

AQ864
K107543
K5

Aquino
AQ
KJ53
QJ
QJ972

5NTxx+1 +1240 (EW lost the A in the wash) won 16 IMPs when slam went down in the other room.
Oct. 20, 2013
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Sometimes you forget to run after your STA double is sent back. Happens.
Oct. 19, 2013
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Pass may not be descriptive in a strict sense, but it does indicate specific qualities of responder's hand.

The fact that opener will not be using that information at his next turn is not relevant; the opponents should be told without having to ask beyond the initial explanation. They have their own decisions to make in the meantime.
Oct. 17, 2013
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I always thought those were called “pseudo squeezes”. For the techies in the room:

“Squeeze.”

“No.”

“Pseudo squeeze!”

“OK.”
Oct. 16, 2013
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Slightly more complicated rule I've played is that a suit is kickback if the asker is not the one who bid it naturally. So after 1-2; 3, responder can kickback with 4 but opener will use 4NT if he's the one who ends up asking. I like Jeff's approach, though; may suggest it to my pard.
Oct. 9, 2013
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Well, they didn't NOT reach the finals …
Oct. 9, 2013
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I'm guessing this hand took a flyer on 1NT and after the inevitable 3NT-2 said that lots of good players would do the same?
Oct. 9, 2013
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Obviously, big elephant is the way to go.
Oct. 8, 2013
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If “We don't use Lightner doubles at the 7 level” requires a pre-alert then the world has gone mad.
Oct. 7, 2013
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Meckwell once got there in two bids in a BB, Precision 2 followed by 7 IIRC.

A friend of mine once had the exact auction Dean describes. Opener's hand was AQJ10xxx AKxxxx
Oct. 6, 2013
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David is right. Another key difference from poker is that poker broadcasts aren't live or real-time; they are highlight shows with real suspense (no one knows what the next card dealt will be). The coffee hands are edited out. Here we are talking about live, deal-by-deal broadcasts that last for hours.

What's surprising isn't that the vugraphs aren't making money. What's surprising is that they exist at all.
Oct. 1, 2013
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If 243 is indeed the eventual cutoff, then Germany (202) is out for sure; as a practical matter it would have to blitz both Egypt (possible) and England (not at all likely). USA2 (203) is probably capable of blitzing Bahrain and India, but it's an uphill battle. In ninth, Canada (215) still has to play USA1 after Brazil, so I don't like their chances much. HOWEVER, Japan (221) has Monaco and Poland still to come, and China (227) has Netherlands and Italy, so anything still could happen.
Sept. 23, 2013
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Indeed. I watched this board at four tables in three matches as it was happening, and Robson was quite impressive. Thanks for posting.
Sept. 22, 2013
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In the ACBL, at least, a cue bid is only a cue bid if an opponent has bid the suit naturally or otherwise shown 4+ cards in it. So that was not a cue bid and thus cannot be treated as one for alerting purposes.
Sept. 21, 2013
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Too bad there's no DVR option for Vugraph. It'd be fun to be able to rerun the matches in real time like a TV show. (The archive is less attractive since you see the result first thing and navigation is a bother.)
Sept. 17, 2013
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Agreed.
Sept. 16, 2013
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The board is canceled only if partner made a call AFTER offender's. If the auction goes e.g. 1NT - all pass and offender is in third or fourth seat, then 17D2 has not been satisfied. What happens next, I imagine, depends at least in part on when the irregularity is discovered, if at all.
Sept. 16, 2013
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I hope Jan Martel's report gets more reader-friendly formatting than just adding onto the bottom of the page.
Sept. 16, 2013
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The term I heard was TOTT. The last three letters stand for “on the table”.
Sept. 15, 2013
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Interesting – you both know declarer has a ton of black cards and may only have one red card left. So the key bit of information isn't whether you have the K but what your count is. It looks to my intermediate view of all four hands that both defenders could work this out. Am I reaching too far?
Sept. 14, 2013
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