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FWIW, I defended 4 on the auction 1-P-1-X-P-2-4 and led
J. Partner thought a was better because my extra length in the suit indicated that declarer had secondary .
Jan. 24
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Some years ago, behind screens, we were in an uncontested slam sequence. Eventually I made a grand slam try. LHO (on my side) passed in tempo, and the screen came back with 7 and pass, after a definite pause.

LHO led, and I claimed my thirteen tricks. However, it had not been partner who had taken a long time to bid seven. It had been RHO, who had a side-suit void. Without screens, I suspect that the opening lead would have been different.
Jan. 16
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I went in March of last year, and it was wonderful - my family all wanted to go back. But not anymore, alas.
Jan. 13
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It's much faster to read a transcript, also. Thanks, John and Michael.
Jan. 10
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I may have my facts wrong (the first time in BW history?), but ISTR the late Alan LeBendig running up to me at a tournament to tell me of his “coup”, at old scoring. The opponents had bid a vulnerable cold 7 and he saved in 7NTX. And he was right, because there were only 11 top tricks in high cards, with two ruffs making 13. Alan was able therefore to score the last two tricks for a mere -2100.

He also said that -2100 was not a good score.
Jan. 8
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I'm not a regular Precision player, but a few years back I had a Precision partnership. Partner opened 1M and I had an opening hand, but no interest in slam, so I bid 4M. IIRC, partner Alerted and said that I could have an opening hand. I don't remember the exact wording.

Anyhow, the opponents bid, I doubled, and they went down 800 against our 450. To me, based on my limited experience, this is a strong point in favor of Precision.
Jan. 7
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Love the part about “a small clique of fanatics”.
Jan. 5
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If you start a new subject every time somebody writes something silly on bridgewinners, the internet will become overloaded in about five minutes.
Jan. 2
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Has Michael been playing bridge when he should have been studying geography? :)
Jan. 1
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@Robert: In one of my partnerships, we open 14-16 1NT in 1st and 2nd and in 3rd NV. We go down 200 sometimes in 1NT after 1x-1y-1NT (which is why we don't play 14-16 V in 3rd seat). And we play 2NT as 19-20 in these positions.
Dec. 30, 2019
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When could we not?
Dec. 24, 2019
ATB
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If East had passed, what action should South take? Pass with a decent seven-card suit? 1 with a nine-count? 3 with a better playing hand than usual? 4, going beyond 3NT?

East's opening allowed South to show a good playing hand.
Dec. 21, 2019
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For many years I worked for a living, and the Fall Nationals was the best for me, since I had two extra days off. Now that I'm retired, it doesn't matter what the schedule is. However, I see no reason why the younger working players shouldn't get the same benefit that I had.
Dec. 19, 2019
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I had a hand like this today. I defended 3NT and the opponents had a stopper of 105 vs QJ. I'd bid and partner led A and over to my K and I then cashed another round, partner showing out. That is, there was no hope of the suit blocking, as only I had any left.

I would have conceded down three if I were declarer, but declarer refused to concede and I played out each of my . Should I have shown my hand and claimed down three?
Dec. 19, 2019
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Do you mean Alfred (Freddy) de Marigny?
Dec. 18, 2019
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Kevin, what was your “full-time job teaching little kids to kill each other?” A karate instructor, or assisting at a day-care center?
Dec. 17, 2019
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@Tom: I did see some homeless people. A few years back there was an NABC in Seattle, and there were more homeless people there than I saw in San Francisco.

Why would there be a “national politics issue”? Are you suggesting that some people go to the trouble of seeing what party the local officials and US congressmen are and then boycott if those representatives aren't of their political party (remember, every NABC host city has multiple congressmen)?
Dec. 13, 2019
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Some years back, Tobi Sokolow won the LM pairs, playing with Lenny Holtz. And even farther back, Mary Jane Farell and Marilyn Johnson also won the LM pairs.
Dec. 9, 2019
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I don't want to start a fight, but my comment was at the top level, not a reply to your comment. Apologies if you misunderstood me.
Dec. 9, 2019
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I knew Paul from many years back, and we played at least once. He was a fine player and a nice guy.

If he was your brother, why did you have different last names?
Dec. 9, 2019
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