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I think that you meant to say that EW have no agreement what 3 means opposite a 20 count balanced, having an agreement that 2N shows the unbid suits. I agree. They did have an agreement what 2N was supposed to be, _and_ they had CCs, which beats par by a comfortable margin, especially for inexperienced players.

Four down? S didn`t play any better than he/she bid… Not that it is terribly important. Probably lack of motivation.

I agree with Roland`s analysis further up.
Oct. 18, 2016
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I can see where opps are going to take full advantage by making an opening lead based on the misconception, not to mention misinformation, that dummy is going to contain a very long suit with no interest in a major suit contract whatsoever…. They won`t? I wonder why… Oh, because someone lied about the agreement. No damage, eh? Dream on…
Oct. 18, 2016
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Neither am I, but still no. The player is _not_ entitled to clarify anything. The TD may ask him questions, or he may not.

Down one.Money goes to the organizer. I expect any AC to reach such conclusion in under a minute…..
Oct. 17, 2016
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Depends where you stand, I guess…. next to home plate,behind home plate, whatever…
Oct. 13, 2016
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The two-way 1 was part of the precision system of Alan Sontag and Peter Weichsel, which IIRC was called Power Precision. There was a book on the system by Sontag, no idea whether it is in print. For some years I used to play something akin to what Andreas describes above.
Oct. 11, 2016
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Don`t you agree that (if we were to assign the effect you mention as the _idea_ behind the mixed raise) it is a very efficient convention, achieving it`s aim with a high percentage of success?
Oct. 10, 2016
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Wrong. She competed in our national championship week.
Oct. 5, 2016
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To deviate from what the discussion mutated to:

In Germany our software (the one we use for CCs, I do not know what other software can do) gets access to the hand records including double dummy analysis and alerts the scorer to any score looking remotely unusual. Scores for the wrong side usually get a red flag and a high score for “wrongness”, others less so. Scores of 230 or similar get a yellow warning, usually. More shades are used.

This does not work with hand-dealt boards, as the records have to be fed to the machine before the BMs are started. I have no idea whether this could be improved upon, I do not have the first idea about programmng on such a level. Possibly one could get the machine to process input from the table, do a DD analysis and take it from there.

This does not eliminate all the ways of players doing the wrong thing, but it helps a lot. Last weekend, Seniors Pair CC, no scores on the wrong side. When, for reasons too complicated to relate here, the hand records were put in too late in the first session (so the mechanism didn`t work) I received an email during dinner break titled “To avoid a case like in Wroclaw”. The writer had found a score on the wrong side in the scores posted on the net and wrote a mail to me to alert me. Pair(s) found, score changed, case closed….
Oct. 1, 2016
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@Harald Maybe no more? I am quite sure a Norwegian director told me at a TD course, probably 2010 San Remo. Forgot his name but could find out, I think.
Sept. 22, 2016
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AFAIK the norwegian regulations make dummy enter contract, declarer and lead as soon as dummy is put down.
Sept. 21, 2016
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But he might. So if pard got the right information and you play him for having got the wrong one, the problem is in your lap. If it is the other way round the opp is at fault…
Sept. 21, 2016
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In principle I agree, but in practice players try some time to find a card the BM does accept. They do not check anything, they do not verify that what they entered up to that point is actually correct, they just try a different card…. Those who check, or those who call the TD, those people have just avoided the kind of mistake we are talking about here, but that is (in my experience) a tiny minority. No PMs with “I always check”, please :)
Sept. 21, 2016
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He`s been dead for more than a decade now, sad to say…
Sept. 16, 2016
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Many years ago we met to play something (often Bridge). Bridge it was that day, and one of the players got very excited when he discovered that he held no card higher than a six. He tried to calculate the probability, didn`t take a picture, this being loooooong before mobile phones with cameras (or mobile phones at all…), but wrote down his hand somewhere and was very happy. The other three carefully didn`t tell him that they had used that board last evening to play another card-game (being three-handed) that didn`t use cards below the 7, and nobody had shuffled. Our hero just happened to hold 13 of the cards removed for that oher game…..

To my knowledge nobody told him, ever.
Sept. 16, 2016
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I heard a story where a player jumped out of a window after some misplay by partner and broke a leg. It was before my time as a player and I have no proof of it, but a lot of players with longer careers told me about that event.
Sept. 14, 2016
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I agree. And the other question should be: “Do you want to lose that way?” when neither defender made a mistake….
Sept. 14, 2016
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Because they reduced the penalty to Spain?…. Maybe that was not on your mind… If the allegations are correct, why didn`t they just supply r´the authorities with their findings? If they have a case it should be heard and handled appropriately, for sure. If they haven`t they deserve any penalty they get
Sept. 11, 2016
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Seems to me that Richard got it right. _If_ They open _all_ 3rd hands NV it is clearly illegal, if not they _may_ have a CPU. Or they may not. More data is needed. I suggest that there are authorities to handle that, I am going to wait what they find out, one way or another.
Sept. 11, 2016
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To add to the list of grand-slam devices at the start of the article: with one partner I actually use 5NT as a device akin to Lebensohl to differentiate between hands which would like to invite 7, and those which want to play 6. Since 5 of a major is available in your example some burden would be taken off 5NT, to boot. But I can live with the other choices bar the last :)
Aug. 30, 2016
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Maybe he lets us preorder or something? Would love to have one, too.
Aug. 30, 2016
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