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I am not sure about my 2 bid that I made earlier. I don't know my system but in nearly all the systems I know 2 would not be forcing and I have a kind of game force opposite a double. Anyway I will bid something over 4 and 4NT with small doubleton is not recommended by Easley so best try 5.
July 25
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The above situation occurred in an intermediate event where a player was dealt
void AKJT864 KQ764 3

and chose to open 2 strong but nobody indicated that it could be opened on lower points and large distribution.
July 16
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I bought a reddish colored book with lots of Red text in it about 1990 in Galway Ireland and read it several times. I think it was called “Bridge The Bidders Game” ..However nobody in Ireland would play 19-21 1NT opening.. Many years later I learned that George Rosenkrantz was not just a bridge player.
June 23
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Well it was 1996 or so and Reverse Smith Peter was a fine signal if partner led the wrong suit.
I tried replacing “came across” and then “pilgrimage” to no avail.
June 7
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At a Camrose match in Drogheda Ireland probably early 2000s the 3 knowledgeable vugraph commentators sagely nodded their heads and agreed 5D was doomed for down 1. John Collings entered the vugraph room just then and 17 words later 5D was cold with the vugraph commnentators still trying to catch up. This was before Double Dummy and BBO vugraph.
June 7
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I came across Bernard and Rhona several times in Ireland but mostly over 20 years ago. Killarney Drogheda and one time down South maybe in Tramore. I just looked a few minutes ago for the results of one of Bernard's favorite annual pilgrimages The Killarney Congress.

http://www.bridgewebs.com/dririshresults/

Amazingly I spotted Bernard and Rhona in the results list of the main teams event. The Loch Lein Trophy.

So he was in Ireland about 2 weeks ago.

He was a good man but he probably beat me at bridge.
I remember partnering Thomas MacCormac against Bernard once in Killarney and there was mention of Smith Peter being better than cheating.

I get some message about potential objectionable something but I cannot see what it could be. I changed a few words but could not figure out what is objectionable so I am posting.
June 7
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OK I scanned through article 2 and tomorrow morning hopefully I will examine the hand with DOS version of GIB.
May 20
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Nice article but I need a week to study it and catch up with you. Now to scan through article 2
May 20
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Bah the auction got lost … 1H 3N with opps silent. How did it allow me post with no auction. This was a hand where 3NT was explained as “No agreement” but leader indicated if he knew 3 card hearts could be with 3NT hand he would lead differently.
April 16
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I would expect RHO EAST to have bid 1S with 4 so less than 4.
April 8
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Does heroistic mean small black (card color) and even
Feb. 12
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All bridge tournament directors do their job properly as they would stop getting paid otherwise. 52 players for every director would not make sense for a director not to “do his job correctly”
Sometimes when I am directing it is up to 160 players to 1 director. In fairness the bridgemates do the work and the odd time I have to wave the 2017 Bridge Laws.
Nov. 2, 2018
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We used to play bridge in our 3rd level institution in Limerick and I have no idea if there is still a a bridge club there. The biggest question we have is where is Jonathan Griffin our bridge partner from 36 years ago. He was straight As or as the USA say 4.0 GPA and used to help us with our studies so we could spend more time playing bridge. However I could take him at bridge and chess.
We spawned several National bridge champions out of our small group as did most other universities. We have no idea where Miles Podmore our founder is either. We never joined the Clubs and Societies thing as we were too busy playing bridge. It was only 20 years later I realized there existed bridge clubs in Limerick behind the prison.
We know that Robert Knight is in the heights of Donegal driving his new White electric car. Mu good friend Richard Corrigan tore up the cards many times as he could see me not graduating because of bridge.
However I did graduate and I did learn a game for life.
Sept. 28, 2018
Eamon Galligan edited this comment Sept. 28, 2018
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Krystoff Martens and his suite of books from www.martensuniversity.com is the current day equivalent of all the great names mentioned above albeit as mentioned by Corfield post expert … Terence Reece Frank Stewart Hugh Kelsey Mike Lawrence Kit Woolsey come to mind from the English speaking world. The Rodwell files and Watsons Play of the Cards and Cardplay Technique from Mollo. Adventures stands on its own. The recent Seres Corfield book on Declarer play. Eddie Kantars various books. Larry Cohen had a few. Of course there are no doubt many books from the non-English speaking world too. Italian Dutch French Norway Sweden Germany as well as other Polish authors must have a few. Also the card play technique encyclopedia by Guy Leve from France.
Feb. 24, 2018
Eamon Galligan edited this comment Feb. 24, 2018
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3 tough games for Australia on Shootout Saturday. First into the gun sights are Germany. Germany have been shot down 4 times already for 2.0 or less so a handy start is forecast.
Next up for the shootout kings is Indonesia and as USA2 and France have already shot them down for under 2 then should be no problem for Australia. Finally after 2 large wins a steady match against the already qualified USA2 should work. Then we can think about what colour the TATTOO will be.
Of course written tongue in cheek but if the scores work out the TATTOO will work out. Of course maybe the players don't want a 50 year something NPC to really have to get a TATTOO. He can get a CAMINO TATTOO if he walks the CAMINO.
I was reading the POWER 1NT opening today. Maybe its the POWER as nobody ever doubles it and it always makes.
I think it from Australia. One time I made 3NT+1 while Thomas Hanlon was making 5 tricks with the same cards in 1NT down 2. Guess I am better than Hanlon. His tea mmates were defending.
Aug. 18, 2017
Eamon Galligan edited this comment Aug. 18, 2017
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I think they need Ferghal O'Boyle and few boxes of bridgemates and a little input from Jeff Smith. Then all they have to do is remember their names and check the bridgemate also remembers.
Diarmuid Reddan and no bridgemates would be a 2nd option.
July 28, 2017
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The original 1999 GIB robot command prompt commercial version was stronger than the eventual BBO GIB versions. The BBO versions were crippled as in some of the functionality was removed. Well various switches from the original version do not work in the BBO command prompt version. I also think the windows client robots worked much better than the web based robots. On the old client one could notice at trick 3 the GIB when declaring switching to GIBSON. The web based robots don't make a “pause for thinking” at trick 3. The biggest problem of GIB was reaching trick 3 with a good line still intact. If it dropped the contract at trick 1 or 2 then it had no way back. However if it reached trick 3 intact and got to echo “Switching to GIBSON” then the declarer play was much stronger.

Now I have little experience of the so called 1 dollar a day robots so I cannot comment on those.

The original GIB used to have -I and -J switches for IMPS and Matchpoint play. Don't know how much difference there was… maybe -I for IMPS meant make the contract as soon as possible.

The GIBSON engine did not kick in on defence although there was a version that used to think on opponents time as one stage briefly.

I played a match using the hands from “The Needle Match” ..a Kelsey book between JACK and GIB maybe 15 years ago and JACK won comfortably as in 23-7 in VPs over 64 boards. That was with average home hardware and the GIB/JACK version of the time.

There was also a -e switch which was meant to equalize hardware strengths but I dunno how that all worked.

Later on Stephen Pickett produced Gibbrowser which was a front end for GIB and worked nicely. It also gave you comparisons from okbridge and maybe BBO too. I don't remember.

http://www.microtopia.net/bridge/GIBBrowser.html

GIBBROWSER was an off shoot of Bridgebrowser and were nice softwares at the time. However unfortunately I don't think either program works anymore since Windows 7 came out.

I still maintain a WINXP PC to play with the Bridgebrowser and GIBBrowser.

www.gibware.com FAQ has information on the switches.

These days I mainly use JACK for playing offline bridge.

Thanks
Eamon Galligan
July 20, 2017
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Come on … context .. if you are required to pass ..its barred .. but I wont' say anymore ..
June 6, 2017
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Like “Bridge experts” there are many different levels of directors. Nobody is ever barred from an auction except for bids/passes out of turn and that is almost gone now. However having opened 2D you are normally finished unless partner forces.
June 5, 2017
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I double to say they stole my bid but I only score 5% for my great methods… hardly fair
May 1, 2017
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