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So does 50 shades, in some families…
April 3, 2016
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Debbie, let me get this straight: _you_ asked a kib to chose _your_ opening lead? Must be a terrific level of kibitzing… Probably better than your level of estimating your kib`s abilities, if he got it wrong…
April 3, 2016
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Come on, Sarah, you know that shooting is way to quick, you can´t be serious…..
April 3, 2016
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Congratulations, and welcome on Planet Bridge!
March 1, 2016
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Doesn`t matter. S bid 5D, period. He did not have any UI at this point, so there is no way to rule the bidding back to 4D, ever.
Feb. 23, 2016
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I had similar hopes re the doctors. No such luck. Looks like it is part of a mindset, in so far as descriptions of FS sound like what I experienced first-hand elsewhere. But yes, it is sad.
Dec. 19, 2015
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Sure, those sports have been cleaned up. That is why a nation`s athletes have been summarily bannned from competing. Clean thing, track-and-field, I can see that… And cycling has not had any doping cases in years. Oops, they have… But guess what? Different substances. You want to play with electronic devices? Prepare for cyber war.
Nov. 14, 2015
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Well done.
Nov. 13, 2015
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Nat,

if cycling, track-and-field, you name it, has taught us anything, it is that we are never ahead of the cheaters, never ever. At the moment cheating has taken a severe blow. Cheats are going to recover, they always do. Sacrificing what makes Bridge the great game it is would be tantamount to surrender.
Nov. 13, 2015
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Yes, technology is the way to go. Completely safe. Look at credit cards. Hm, wrong example, possibly. Online banking? No good, either. Computers! Completely safe. You can`t break into… darn. Sorry, I can`t come up with a good example. Probably because there isn`t one….
Others have said so before, I do so here. The day we start “playing” with electronic devices in isolated rooms is the day I quit playing.
Nov. 12, 2015
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Lots of years ago we agreed on “last rubber”. At half past 5 in the morning, after something like 12 hours of play. Like you I have no idea who won, only that I barely made it home for lunch….
Nov. 9, 2015
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1. Yes.
2. I am not going to prove anything. We are talking Bridge tournament, not law court. I am fascinated how many people think TDs have to prove things. They don`t. A TD may have to explain the ruling to an AC, for sure to the people at the table, and he/she has to look into the mirror next morning. The relevant law reads “could have known”. That is enough to take the damage away from the non-offenders. If they perpetrator could not have known then there couldn´t be any intent anyway. If there was intent (IMO) there are measures that can be taken. If there wasn`t, an adjustment and an explanation will suffice. And no, intent doesn`t have to be proven either….
Nov. 7, 2015
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You think so? Try that when I direct… Apart from the question whether 2 really shows a plus score, you will get an adjusted score the first time, and directions to the door the second time. That should do the job alright.
Nov. 6, 2015
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Long time ago we played in an European Pairs Championship. We met a French pair. They bid to some minor partscore, against which my partner led a trump. The first trick went (essentially ) 2-3-4-5. Declarer put his head into the screen opening and said “Champagne!” Dummy asked whether I could turn the cards and left. Some minutes later he reappeared, carrying a bottle of bubbly and 4 glasses, apologizing for not having managed to get real champagne, the venue not having any, and poured. We drank to his health - and declarer`s, of course.
Oct. 28, 2015
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Nice story. I can`t imagine why you opened the door, though…
Oct. 27, 2015
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I played something like that for more than 20 years, and still do with some partners. It is a bit more scientific, and we are allowed to do other things, but with a lot of hands 1 is the bid of choice. When we cooked it up we agreed that 1 tends to be balanced, as with shape we could go other roads. So up comes the first hand against strong club, a strong pair from Austria. So it goes 1 - 1 (Alert). Opp ask and I go into a lengthy explanation. He asks a bit more, they bid on and reach 6NT. When declarer tests s he is somewhat taken aback as I show out. After my explanation about the probable balanced or semibalanced nature of the bid my partner has a seven card suit… She couldn`t resist trying… He made his contract.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Many years ago, teams in Austria. Pard opened 1 (5card majors), I held a strong had with no spades. When he did not admit to some fit I bid 3NT, hit by rightie, obviously for a lead. Surely partner is going to table something that does not let them cash 5 or more spades… Out comes the blue card. lead, dummy has 1098xx in . Some time later we come to comparison. “My moron partner let the opps make two redoubled overtricks!!!!” “Win 9.” “What???” My opponent, realizing that there were only 4 tricks available in spades had switched at trick 2. Making 6.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Playing in a teams event we heard one player of our other pair accuse his partner of having “Chlorophobia”. Fear of the green bidding card…
Oct. 25, 2015
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A friend went to Sweden for a vacation and played in a club. Being in 7NT he found out that those Kn weren`t Kings (Kung), but Jacks (Knecht). Needed a couple of finesses, but made….
Oct. 25, 2015
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Couple of years ago, top division of the national teams league. We are about to start play, up comes the NPC of another team. “Could I kibitz you guys?” “Sure, grab a chair.” Now my partner and I were playing a HUM system where Pass showed an opening bid we would otherwise open 1, 1 would show an opening bid with s, and 1 would show something everyone and her/his dog would pass. I think that was why he came to watch. Board 1 on the tray. The guy sits behind my partner and sees xxx, xxx, Jxxx,xxx. 1, obviously. Some manouvers, we end up in something doubled on the 2-level in our best fit, going for 500 vs. 430 or some such. He gets up from his chair. “No offence meant, folks, but I had one stroke, I don`t need another. This is too rich for me…”

Good news is: He is still alive today, still NPC of that team, and AFAIK in better health than he was then.
Oct. 24, 2015
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