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Thanks for the catch. Corrected.
Nov. 28, 2018
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OK, let's give some aloha to Oahu (my least favorite of the main islands) from someone who has been here a few days. Well-trod but worth it … Diamond Head hike (a little strenuous … I wouldn't say that if the median age of ACBL members was not mid-70s), Hanauma Bay (crowded, but you have to see it at least once in your life). There's a blowhole a few miles past Hanauma Bay that's worth a visit if you are already out that way with a car. If you do go by car, go before 7 AM to get a parking space and avoid the $7.50 admission and, worse, mandatory video presentation.

Semi-well-trod … Manoa Falls hike (muddy, be prepared to get wet if there's any hint of rain), sunset at Tantalus Lookout in Puu Ualakaa State Park.

Drive up through the tunnels to the Pali lookout and imagine when Oahu was twice as large before the northern half slid into the ocean about 1.3 million years ago, creating a tsunami that dwarfs anything recorded history has witnessed. That part of Oahu is scattered on the ocean floor up to a hundred miles offshore.

If you haven't seen the Arizona memorial, I am among those who consider it a sacred pilgrimage for all who love freedom. Currently the memorial is being renovated, so boat tours do not dock there, but do travel around it so everyone on the boat can observe it from various vantage points.
Nov. 23, 2018
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Well, it took a while to get going, but I have found the conversation interesting. Michael, I do have a question. At one point you indicate that 5 is not a “demand” bid, which I interpret to mean that responder has discretion even if he has a second round control. However, you also say he “must” bid 5 with the Ace, regardless of the remainder of his hand. Those two statements seem inconsistent, but I may be missing something.

Also, would it be old standard for responder to bid 5N to 5 with the guarded King, indicating the potential need to protect against Ace and a ruff?
Nov. 22, 2018
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The problem is created by a defense where the first double shows “values.” Hopeless guess now.
Nov. 13, 2018
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I don't think it makes sense to cuebid Ax here. Partner knows you have at least two spades, so the second one has to go somewhere, and now you're getting quite speculative. But, it is undiscussed.
Nov. 12, 2018
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I think your title is backward. On this deal you were the bug. Ah, I see you say that at the end.
Nov. 8, 2018
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What difference does it make that partner is a passed hand? Doesn't that make it more likely that you are sitting over the heart rebidder with a stack? No raise, and partner has to have some distribution (i.e. not a doubleton heart) to be coming into the live auction as a passed hand.
Nov. 5, 2018
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Responsive only when there has been a raise.
Nov. 5, 2018
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I only played against Walt a few times, but I remember Marty fondly and can easily picture this conversation in the men's room.
Oct. 31, 2018
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Through 4
Oct. 30, 2018
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I distinguish the relay followed by 4N as a weak two-suiter, and a direct 4N as a slammish, forcing two-suiter. A similar distinction among cuebids is available if the preempt was in spades.
Oct. 30, 2018
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It's an established word. Those of us with a logician's education prefer the Latin “Tu Quoque”
Oct. 28, 2018
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The biggest issue of Lancaster was that the state of Pennsylvania had decided that the months around the tournament were precisely the right time to reconstruct the main road outside the host hotel. That turned what is often a difficult traffic situation into gridlock.

In that era, Pennsylvania often tore up perfectly good roads to rebuild them. We speculated on the reasons, but if I published any that turned out to randomly be correct, I would have to look over my shoulder the rest of my life. We joked that when there were signs by the road saying “Road construction ahead” that they should instead read “Road destruction ahead.”
Oct. 21, 2018
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JoAnn, you have a simple solution if you don't like subsidizing the playing space at the host hotel. Simply stay elsewhere. If you choose not to do so for convenience or some other reason, accept that you pay for that choice. As a fellow Californian noted when I was commiserating about the ridiculous level of taxation here … “you have to just think of it as a lifestyle tax.”
Oct. 17, 2018
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Ah, for the good old days, when you had to call the day the rooms opened up or pay for premium membership to get the host hotel rooms before the hoi polloi.

So, I am to give up my two-bedroom condo for ten days for $1,100 for … exactly what?
Oct. 16, 2018
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Nah, he was just never invited onto the Blue Team.
Oct. 16, 2018
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That's why I often score my trump Q on a lead like this even if technically I am not entitled to. Declarer rarely believes this lead, so will repeat a finesse into me if he has a choice.
Oct. 15, 2018
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A trump
Oct. 15, 2018
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I agree. There is more blame around not getting 300 than in the bidding.
Oct. 15, 2018
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See Chris Willenken's comment above. No, it's not perfect, but it is the best we can do. And, at least with random draw regional knockouts, it is no more unfair than the randomness of the seeding. You make the semis and there are two powerhouses and two excellent amateur teams. We all have been in that position and hope the two powerhouses draw each other. A third of the time they do. If we played a round-robin we would likely finish 3rd or 4th. But on this third day, if we win against the (relatively) weaker opponent, we get at least 2nd. Given the consistency of the randomness it all evens out.

Sure, the example I gave above stuck out in my mind because it is the only time I made the top bracket final in Gatlinburg. However, I remember playing B/Z on multiple occasions, and at least several likely fit your scenario of being knocked out early but potentially doing quite well had we survived that round. C'est la vie.
Oct. 15, 2018
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