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I think that cost is also a factor. The travel, accommodation, food and other related costs including table fees.
July 11
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Elianna, i heard a rumour that they will play on two of the Geneva area based teams (so not all on the same team) in the Liga A, so we may have the opportunity to play against some of them the second week-end in Fribourg.
July 1
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Meike, I can assure you that obtaining a work permit or permis de sejour in Switzerland is not a given. Granted that it is easier if you are an EU national but obtaining a B permit that Nedju refers to is not automatic. As far as the authorities not checking whether a person applying to live and work in Switzerland has ‘deregistered’ from his former country, that may be true. However in that case the person will be liable for taxes in his former country as well as in Switzerland. The tax rate for individuals living in Geneva is not low. Geneva is not a tax haven. Zug and some other cantons have low rates. So I agree with Nedju that unless the person can obtain a Swiss permit, he will not be resident in Switzerland legally.
June 30
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Thank you Al.
June 30
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Nedju, i just noticed on pages 11-12 of the final bulletin of the Istanbul EBL Championships (unfortunately I do not know how to put in the link from my ipad) are interviews with PZ and the president of the Swiss Bridge Federation. PZ does confirm who the future team members will be.
June 29
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The Geneva area of Switzerland is a good place for families. It is also very international. As PZ owns a « regie » which buys, sells and rents apartments and houses, housing should not be a problem. I also believe that the EBL will verify with the Swiss Bridge Federation that the members of the Swiss national team are eligible to represent Switzerland. As an aside, I hope that the quality of bridge in Switzerland will improve with the arrival of some world class players and that their presence will assist in the promotion of bridge within Switzerland.
June 29
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Nedju, are xou sure 3,5 applies to PZ snd not 3.4. If PZ decided to continue residing in Monaco, i believe 3.5 would apply, but if he changes residence to CH, then I think 3.4 would apply. However I am not a lawyer.
June 24
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Bert, yes I did. I remember you as well.
June 22
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Nick, you could be right (I live in Switzerland and I am Swiss as you can tell by my name.) and I assume that any pro’s on his team who will not join him in Switzerland will be released as you say. However I did speak to a member of the Swiss Open team who told me that PZ would be forming a team to represent Switzerland. Given the issues that some of the members of his team have, the decision of Versace and Lauria not to play for Monaco, the timing is right for him to take a break and try to form a team in Switzerland. In time we will see what happens.
June 21
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The sooner PZ stops representing Monaco, the sooner he can represent Switzerland in EBL and WBF events. That may be the reason he decided not represent Monaco this September.
June 21
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I also play the continuationa tgat Chris has outlined. In addition, 3C/3D over 2D by responder is invitational in hearts/spades. To be clear, responder has hearts or spades and is asking opener if he can support.
June 18
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At matchpoints, I like to play this double as they play 3D doubled or we play 3H.
June 13
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I also play 10-13 in fourth seat.
May 8
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Doesn’t anyone play inverted Truscott anymore?
March 30
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I play 2S as invitational to 3NT without 4 spades and 2NT as invitational to 3NT with 4 spades, to ensure the 1NT opener plays the hand.

With a fit and a slam going hand, after the 2M response to Stayman, bid 3OM. Otherwise you can also bid a natural 3m unless you reserve 3C for minor suit Stayma.
March 26
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I play this as well. But in addition, 3C and 3D by responder show hearts and spades respectively and ask opener to support with 3 small or Hx. without this, he bids his suit,
Jan. 12
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4th seat and advancer forces - I play natural (NSF by advancer) unless partner has doubled in which case I play Lebensohl. While you may not know opener’s suit, the fact that he has opened 2D rather than 2M gives you more bidding space. However, i have, on at least one occasion played in opener’s 6 card suit. Ouch!
Nov. 16, 2018
George Hashimoto edited this comment Nov. 17, 2018
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A defense to Multi in direct seat:
2M is natural, 3M is natural with a 6 card suit and 16-18, 2-3m are natural, 2-3NT are natural, double is balanced take out or strong with any distribution, 4M is natural, 4m is leaping Michaels (direct with hearts and after having passed with spades). Is this so difficult?
Nov. 16, 2018
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I played a few hands in Orlando. Amaresh confirmed that the WBF was sponsoring him but I do not know to what extent. I think he will also be coming to the 2019 EBL event in Turkey.
Nov. 13, 2018
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