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All comments by Marion Michielsen
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It seems to me that there is a wildgrowth of junior events.
Until a couple of years ago there was a European teams championship (for countries) every 2 years, as well as a World junior teams for the ones who qualified and a world junior pairs in the other years.

Now it is European teams (countries), open European teams, world junior pairs, European junior pairs, world teams (countries) and all of those now have 4 categories (junior, girls, schools, kids).

How is everybody supposed to have the time and money to go to all these events?? And even if you do: having several events each year does downgrade the events and make them less special.

Even the Dutch youth, who normally come with a big crowd as they get funding from the federation, mostly not attended the last open championship. (mind you: I don't have information about whether or not they could get funding to go to this event but my guess is that they could have)
Sept. 12, 2015
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At board 2, didn't fischer lead his stiff spade? This was a super weird lead imo, into declares likely first suit, with a stiff queen of trumps and a very good alternative.
Sept. 3, 2015
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KQ9xx AJ9 x AQxx.
All red. You open 1, lho doubles, partner (cough cough) 3, rho 4 .
RS insta passed. Really? (Match against Italy)
Sept. 2, 2015
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Search on YouTube for EBTC 2014 Israel for more matches from the 2014 Europeans
Search for EOBC 2015 for video's from the last Europeans. I havent watched all the video's there, just went through fast, but it seemed there that they are using the same signals, but stop when they feel they are up a lot in a knock out match.
Sept. 1, 2015
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maybe you should look at the videos closely and look at the bbo files at the same time so that you can see the hands before suggesting that it doesnt make any sense.
where they put the board is really 100% accurate.
Aug. 31, 2015
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What i noticed that on the heart lead against 3nt it was Ron who took off the tray.

I happened to randomly look at another match -Monaco-Israel- and there it was always Lotan who took off the tray. Haven't been able to look into more matches and/or hands to see if it means anything (or should I say:what it means :-) )
Aug. 30, 2015
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The deals from David Gold alone seem to me as enough evidence to ban them for life.
I mean you might ‘get lucky’ on opening leads, but the bidding on these boards is beyond amazing.
Aug. 30, 2015
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Isnt it likely declarer has 64 to bid 5 red against white? I thought so anyway when I got the problem. In that case a diamond can never blow anything, except your spade ruff…
Aug. 28, 2015
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This one is also funny:
Xxx xx Qxxxx xxx
Red against white.
LHO opens a strong club, partner overcalls 2clubs (diamonds or the majors). RHO bids 2sp (gf clubs). You bid 3sp?
Now it continues (4cl) 4sp (4nt). Now you bid 5spades??

Of course this was a “nothing” hand: the opponents are cold for a grand slam and bid it anyway. Partners hand? 66 in the majors. Of course 5sp would have gone for a number with best defense but who cares :-)
Aug. 27, 2015
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Pass obv
Aug. 22, 2015
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The more I think about it the more ridiculous it is to me. So I should settle for a bad score because I have to be nice to my opponents? What about my partner, is that nice to him? Or to myself?
Aug. 21, 2015
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Playing matchpoints is not about following the bridge book rules. Its about seeing how far you can go and living on the edge.
If you cant deal with that, go and play IMPs instead and I'm sure you'll get rid of the people showing both majors with that hand.
Aug. 21, 2015
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I fought for it and I am sure it was the percentage action (given the circumstances).
At all white I would btw think it was absolutely clear to show both majors regarding of who the declarer is.
Aug. 21, 2015
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Yes I am proud of my 140.
Aug. 21, 2015
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Bridge not about being nice to a certain pair, its about trying to take as many points as possible. I can understand their frustration (been there) but thats life.

To me this is just normal bridge. For example, in the European mixed pairs I held KJxx xxx AKxxx Q. All red, LHO opened 1NT, pass pass to me. I didnt have a bid to show minor+major, so I could bid both majors or pass. With this vulnerability I probably would have let Joe Bridgeplayer keep his 1NT but letting Tor Helness declare 1NT in the mixed pairs is just not a winning position. Anything better than that. I bid 2C showing both majors and partner wasnt in to the joke and jumped to 3S on AQxx JT x JTxxxx. +140. Next time his majors are the other way around and we go down 200 or more in 3H. You win some, you lose some. But I wont settle for 20%.

Aug. 21, 2015
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Where I can understand that south feels like he wants to do something and doubles 3 (I never would, but ok) its the 3N bid thats the real crazy thing. You have 14 points and partner took away the (in your opinion) penalty double. And now you correct to 3NT?? Why didnt anyone say anything about that?
It seems like south did at least suspect that his partner had some HCP for his questions.
July 15, 2015
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I'm also a bit confused by Adam Wildavskys comment on case #7.
I always thought you are not entitled to know your opponents have a misunderstanding. So either you are entitled to get the explanation given by player A, or by player B, whichever the correct one, but not by both.
July 15, 2015
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When I just saw the west hand, without looking at the east hand, I thought that 4 was so obvious that it never could be turned back.
If my partner has 5134 or whatever (I dont really care TBO) I just want to play 4 . Partner can even have 6 spades I guess.
He just showes like opening strength and we have a spade fit and they usually have a 10 card heart fit. Dont understand why you would want to defend 4 .
July 15, 2015
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Why would it be so bad to pass over 2N with a shapely take out double?
LHO is forced to bid 3 and RHO will pass if he is weak so this seems 100% safe.
You could even say that a direct double is more HCP and less shape whereas a delayed double is a weak but ‘real take out’

Your example of the transfer preempt is where you are sitting behind an unsupported suit. As Josh pointed out, you are sitting in front of a long suit that is supported on your right. Don't see why you want to play panelty doubles here (without looking at the actual hand)
July 15, 2015
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Might have opened 1NT
July 12, 2015
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