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All comments by Michael Askgaard
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David,
Interesting thoughts, but not all my kind of cookie :)

1) Being not unlikely in group 4-5 (#17-#48) I wouldn't want to play a whole day just to decide my seeding number and nothing else. That would be too little to play for. I don't find specific seeding so important really. We have a shot against anybody, and I come to try to go deep AND to play against good teams, not to get an easy route to R32 or R16.

2) Picking opponents might result in teams tending to pick those they clubbed by 100 imps in the event before. It would be pretty annoying for a high seed to get constantly picked by the same low seed. It shouldn't be like that. It is better to have an element of randomness in the draw to avoid that.
April 2, 2014
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With so many oranges, apples and bananas to compare, maybe it would be better to seed just say 16 teams and make it a random draw for the rest.
April 1, 2014
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Pretty crazy to bid 5. It is shooting for a very small target. Partner will quickly get tired of competing, if we give him a superman 5m on hands like this.
March 30, 2014
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4. We do play transfers after 1NT, no?
March 29, 2014
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3 is forcing, so what is that supposed to accomplish rather than 4? Or do some play 3 as NF?
March 27, 2014
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Pass is fine. I will come alive later.
March 27, 2014
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NO, that would be an absurd consequence of the little issue, we are discussing. Surely the events should be open.

Also because many players travel far for this tournament, and they can't risk not getting to play.

And the cutoff would be random anyway. Foreign players are given estimated seeding points, and national newcomers will have a hard time earning the points, when they can't get in to the tournaments, where the points are being awarded.

Limiting the entry will create many ugly situations and be very bad.
March 26, 2014
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Yes, some compromise is necessary. For instance the two 1st match winners keep their seeding, and all the 2nd match winners are reshuffled in two groups so that they each go in to the right half of the bracket.
March 25, 2014
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Are you sure? Only two of the three teams from a 4-way have met, so it seems like we could put those two teams in each half of the main bracket.

Anyway, I agree with Josh's point, and I don't find avoiding rematches particular important, though desirable of course.
March 25, 2014
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2 shape with both minor, D would be more balanced. 2N for clubs, 3 for diamonds.
March 25, 2014
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Would open a weak two.
March 23, 2014
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Surprising high vote for pass.
March 21, 2014
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Double could be played as competitive with spades, but all vul I would pass even if I played that.
March 21, 2014
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Disagree with pass to 2. I have a normal raise so partner can carry on to game with extras. Overcalling in their suit shows a nice hand.
March 20, 2014
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Pass. 2 is natural, maybe solid spades hoping for 3N or a weak correction from hearts.
March 18, 2014
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It is also possible to play that 1-(3)-4 is a slam try or better in hearts, stuffing the club hands in the double (flexible hands) and 4= (not so flexible hands).
March 18, 2014
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Ah, I am not so pessimistic about partner's evaluations. And we won't get to 5 unless we bid our clubs at some point.

I am generally against mp metatactics discussions, since I find them often very misguided from my perception of the game.

But typically a good way to avoid buttoms is to get suits in quickly to test if we have a big fit. On this deal, if the field is opening 3, it will be you who are playing top or bottom with a pass, essensially.

Not that I think there is anything wrong with that. I don't fear variance.
March 17, 2014
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Many interesting thoughts.

1-(3)-X that might or might not be a heart raise looks very vulnerable to a 4 bid by them.
March 17, 2014
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3. Í would make my practical bid and leave it to the purists to find reasons not to open my QJT9xxx hand 3 when in range.
I don't really care what the field will be doing. It is their problem, not mine :)
March 16, 2014
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Huddles always show extras. Yes, I know that saying, but it is just a rough rule of thumb. I don't think it holds here. Even if we concede that partner would be more likely to huddle with a given almost-seven hand, frequencies will tell us he won't have such a hand very often. It takes a monster, and monsters are rare.

Obviously bidding on was a winner, or the hand would not have reached BW.

I think S can bid as he wishes, because I don't think the huddle demonstrably suggests anything in particular. Most players would huddle before a big leap to 6, at least in serious competition.

Personally I try not to take big positions, if partner has been in a huge tank. So I would pass here, not that I'm tempted to bid. But I wouldn't rule against a player who chose to bid.
March 14, 2014
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