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Making 7NT with a redoubled overtrick would make for quite a story at the bar afterward.
May 13, 2018
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Once in a national pairs game on a hand where one hand had something similarly impressive, where our opps reached slam in one round, after the session I overheard Alan LeBendig say he bid the hand backward and forward and upside-down on the way to 7 and still the opps refused to double.
May 13, 2018
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Patricia Fox Sheinwold pointed out that a definition ought to include the fact that the finessing happens *after one opponent has played to the trick.* This includes playing from QJT opposite Axx; the key to the finesse is playing small if the first opp doesn't cover. Thus, playing from xx to Kx is a finesse.

My favorite definition, though, is another one in the same book: It's when you're in 3NT and have eight tricks and you look around for another one.
April 30, 2018
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Law 25 begins with “If a player discovers that he has not made the call he intended to make …” Being forced to call 1, he arguably does not, or at least not necessarily, intend to make a different call. So it's not clear that Law 25 would apply.

Obviously he could say that once his original bid is canceled he now intends to make a sufficient call, but the director may or may not find it a good argument.
April 20, 2018
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This seems like a distinction without a difference. Whether you refer to West's call as “accepting” or not, I don't see how the situation changes. South can substitute the intended call for the inadvertent one, and the previously accepted-or-not call goes away. It was a virtual particle, created from the void and then subsumed into it again. We may mourn its passing, but we cannot bring it back.
April 20, 2018
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The only consideration in Law 25 as to whether the inadvertent call can not be changed is whether partner has subsequently called. West is ignored, so it doesn't matter what he does for Law 25 purposes. Law 27 does not say West's call accepting the insufficient bid nullifies any other Laws, so that power doesn't exist.
April 19, 2018
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Law 25 has no exceptions regarding when West has called in the meantime, and Law 27 does not say it applies to a call changed under Law 25, so the substitution is made. If West opts not to withdraw the 1NT bid, then 1NT now insufficient, and Law 27 applies to it.
April 19, 2018
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I'm stealing that last one, Ken. Thanks!
April 18, 2018
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Incidentally the Okuneff convention appears by that name in chapter 27 of Human Bridge Errors by Chthonic, in which the computer's human companions are nonplussed when told to make the robot learn it, but finally track down its origins.
March 21, 2018
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If bidding a suit where you lack values is “normal bridge” then we need to rewrite the disclosure rules.

We don't complain that Stayman doesn't need a name, so the puzzlement about designating the western Q as such seems odd.
March 21, 2018
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Before the round began, partner looked at the opponents' card, so he knows what 2 is. Is his knowing what the opponents' methods are AI or UI? Is the part that partner could have 13-16 balanced AI or UI?
March 8, 2018
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I mentioned this on the other thread, but it looks like some trains are running; check the Amtrak website.
March 7, 2018
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Some trains going to/from Philadelphia have been canceled, but not all, if I'm reading Amtrak's website correctly.
March 7, 2018
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The train is much more comfortable than the bus and probably faster, depending how long it takes you to get to/from the station. At this late date it won't be cheap.

But Barry is been in New York forever and knows all this. If their choice is the car service it's because it works best for them at the time.
March 7, 2018
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The quarterback-receiver relationship in American football requires at least as much partnership skill to be done well. Probably pitcher-catcher in baseball, too. And for five-person partnerships, basketball is at that level.
Feb. 17, 2018
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Actually I doubt they're cheap; they probably cost the papers more than a less well-known strip. The established existing audience is the main attraction.

BTW Calvin & Hobbes is also in reruns, and it ended in 1995, but I don't know if it's been publishing continuously in the meantime.
Sept. 7, 2017
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The strips are not far from real life; newspaper features like bridge columns, horoscopes and comic strips have extremely vocal and ardent fans, and publications ignore them at their peril. Dallas used to be a two-newspaper town, but at some point the Morning News poached a number of comics and related features from the Times Herald, and held onto them after a bitter lawsuit, and the TH lost significant circulation in the aftermath and eventually folded, as a lot of readers switched.

This BTW is a big reason Peanuts is still publishing in reruns years after the death of its creator.
Sept. 7, 2017
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Every time an NABC is in a big city, people complain that it should be in a smaller, less expensive city. Every time an NABC is in a small, less expensive, people complain – many more, it seems to me – that it should be in a bigger city.

IMO, and I think the organizers take the same approach, that NABCs should be located near plenty of off-site activities and entertainment as often as possible, and occasionally in medium-size cities such as Kansas City. (For comparison, greater KC is double the size of greater Birmingham, FWIW.)

For better or worse, it appears that demand for tournament-rate hotel rooms will always outstrip supply in desirable locations. Booking well ahead and intensely comparing alternatives will be a fact of life for the foreseeable future. There's no easy way around it that the ACBL could find if it just tried a little harder.
Aug. 3, 2017
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Coming out of lurkdom to say mega congrats to Anant Rathi, an occasional partner of mine when he was in college. I knew he'd do great things once he got pickier with his choice of partners.
July 28, 2017
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Never mind, not worth it.
July 1, 2017
Brian Baresch edited this comment July 1, 2017
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