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Just out of curiosity: What is the size of the database? Which DBMS does it use? How is it hosted? duplicated? Is it real-time updated with new data?
April 9
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2)… Upgrading is known as the surer way to reach the 7 level.
March 28
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I was going to make the same remark before i read John's. You can't launch a sociologic research study and tell in advance what the final result will be. It would be the best way no to be taken seriously.
March 25
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Michel Perron
March 25
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From the description, i infer it was in Netherlands. What did you complain for? Inadequate explanations? i don't think so and why didn't you simply give a look at their convention card? Otherwise, use of an illegal convention? Another thing?
March 18
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The theme i intended to refer is “progressive discovery play”
March 8
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When i saw it published as a problem, it was:

AQ109…..K642
KJ104…..A5
10532…..AKQ
A………KQJ2

On the same theme and also a 100% line, there is also:
K62……AQJ108
AQ53…..KJ
7632…..5
54…….AKQ86

6S by East. South who overcalled 5D, leads DK. North wins DA then plays S3 and South discards a diamond.
March 7
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I think TUE reads for therapeutic use exemption, it's AUT in french (autorisation d'utilisation à des fins thérapeutiques). it's the paper that a contestant must show before a control, when he has to take banned products for medical reasons, for example many asthmatic contestants in sports requiring endurance, for use of ventoline.
March 5
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A possibility might be that (as mentioned in the report) the positive tests were covered by TUE.
March 5
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It also appeared later, in a slightly modified form, in a french newspapers: Figaro august 1997. There was no indication of the original source.
March 5
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Seen today in the french national sports newspapers: https://roquibridge.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/ama.jpeg
March 3
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Bad publicity? Not absolutely; somme readers will think: if bridge players are inclined to use doping products, maybe bridge is really a sport.
March 2
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The director was wrong (did he read the book before giving his ruling?). If you didn't accept 5C, the premature replacement of 5S was automaticly in force (L27C). If director had been called just after the insufficient 5C, and you didn't accept it, he could have made any legal call (except double), not only 6C or pass, with various following restrictions to his partner.
March 1
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The calculation (by Ted Muller) can be read at:
http://tedmuller.us/Bridge/Esoterica/CountingBridgeAuctions.htm
Feb. 22
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What is “right” is not what Aviv says players should better do (and i agree what they should better do), no more what Aviv thinks the law should say to be right (and i don't share his view on this point) but it is what the law says is right.
Feb. 21
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The breach of L73E2 would be the thinking before playing a diamond from dummy, as declarer never thought of playing another suit. His opponents would be deceived to form the opinion that he had a choice of suits and that is what 73E is made for. The only exception is when playing 1st card from dummy.
I remember, a long time ago, a lesson when kibitzing a famous player (Dominique Poubeau). Following 2 pass, his LHO hesitated a long time before making the final pass then quickly made his lead. When it appeared that he had no option than his final pass, declarer complained, saying that he was entitled to know which part of the hesitation was due to the call and which part to the lead.
Feb. 20
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Thinking before playing a diamond from dummy would be a waste of time. You need to see rho's card to know wether you need to think. If he discards or plays an honor you don't need to think; if he plays a low diamond, it's the right time to think. Bridge is a timed activity, you have to spare your playing time and being declarer, there is no problem of transmission of UI.
Feb. 20
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Did you test the alternate strategy to open all these hands 3NT?
Feb. 20
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Yes, it's a law i have already seen invoked but fortunately it has never had any basis on law or rule of the game. It has been devised by some auto-proclaimed “champions” in order to intimidate lesser mortals and give them who are able to see in a lightning the right card to play as declarer, an advantage over players who need some time of reflexion, by forcing them to give a clue to defenser.
Feb. 19
Jean-Pierre Rocafort edited this comment Feb. 20
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Unexpected weak heart holdings all around the table!
Feb. 19
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