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Michael,
Why is that?
If u think the bad result was due to not getting pre alert then director has to change score.
If the bad result was due to bridge mistake then the PP should be according to the book.
Saying table result should stand but 1 point for PP is saying :
“ the damage wasn't because of failing to pre alert but let's punish everyone anyway”
Nov. 28, 2016
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Hi David ,
U probably didn't read my first comment.
After 2h bid my partner asked and was answered “ micheals ”
So east heard his partner explaining micheals so no misunderstanding and no guessing.
As to what does 5d means, it's exactly same problem as
1h ( 2h ) 4h (5d)
And since they play micheals over 1h I can't see any reason director should adjust the score from the table.
Nov. 28, 2016
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Hi john,
Check my comment up there.
Had one of them bid micheals and other one took it as something else , sure the director has to change score.
Since both of them bid and meant micheals - anything that happened after that had nothing to do with the pre alert.

Ron
Nov. 28, 2016
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Hi,
As I was sitting north - I have to add something very important to the facts:
1. After east overcalled 2h my partner asked what it means and his partner responded “ spade and a minor ”
This means that they both bid and understood micheals, so what happened later had nothing to do with pre alert as this pair was playing micheals.

2. We had no idea this convention ( which we added the same morning since multi 2d is not allowed in this event ) requires pre alert ( and it even took the director few minutes to find it out )

Anyway not giving pre alert was out fault so we accepted the PP.

I truly believe that the bad result EW got was for misunderstanding of how to bid after micheals and had nothing to do with us, therefore accepting table result seems normal to me.

Ron
Nov. 28, 2016
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Hey Martin ,
1. Normally dropping j under q would mean I have the 10… So playing the 9 was the normal udca count
2. We agreed that when it's clear one cannot “like” the lead ( and Piotr couldn't like the lead as he couldn't cover dummy Q at trick 1 ) then second trick is SP situation unless it's obvious count is important ( like dummy with no entries )
So I guess that Piotr tried to play a neutral card to show no preference
It's clear the time he took was to consider raising with AS and not to if play the 4 or 5 of spades

Of course if a pair has agreement that count is used and after break in tempo a wrong card is signaled and message goes through then it's very bad

What I think is before posting hands using players names, it would be nice to ask them for their methods of signals, sometimes u will find out every player signaled correctly and no UI was given or used.

On this hand I guess if Piotr had 1082 he would have played 8 to show no real preference.

Did u check what happened at the other table? How did your teammates defended this board?
( I have no idea, I never ask teammates what happened at their table when we lose a board )

Ronpa
Dec. 17, 2015
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Hi Martin ,
What did u mean by “ I knew more or less the heart position?”
I lead H and fredin put Q which my partner didn't cover and fredin produced the 10
My partner showed odd number of cards…. Even my students would know the exact heart layout
At trick 2 we use smith Eco signal but it was relevant only from my side ( do I like heart back or a shift )
Piotr had a real problem if to win AS or not ( and he went wrong.. Winning the AS and playing D back would defeat the contract )
To say now I have UI that my partner has the AS is like looking under the rocks.
From fredin play it was clear he was missing the AS
Otherwise why did he cross to his hand ( and with the QS and not the AS) just to lead QC to dummy holding Txxx?
I've never seen a good declarer playing like that
I knew the point count and had to decide if partner has QD or JD and I decided wrong and lost the board
Do u expect that every time a player is holding an ace and declarer is playing the suit defended will decide in 2 sec if to win or duck it?
U can't find one good player who will be in my seat on this hand regardless if partner played small spade in 1 sec and won't be sure where the AS is…( unless playing against a bad declarer and I thought at the table I was playing against a good one )

Ronpa
Dec. 17, 2015
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This has gone way out of line!
Mr Anderson , your poor comment doesn't deserve my answer but anyway….
I'm proud to be playing with zatorski ( who I didn't know untill we met 6 months ago and decided to try and play together )
Mr fisher and me have no family relations. I'm married to Mr Schwartz sister and that has nothing to do with me and zatorski playing together. ( it was vytas who suggested we try and play together and it turned out to be very successful)
I can see that u are bored, so I suggest that u go and find something to do .
This will be the last time I'm asking u nicely to stop and try to ruin my name and reputation.
This will not be tolerated anymore.
How dare u post your offensive comments when u don't know me at all?!
I have a clean name and reputation and enough world class players all around the world who played against me lots of boards to back it up.
I have no idea what your intentions are and truly I don't care . Just stop using my name in your posts.

Ronpa
Dec. 16, 2015
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Hi kit,
Thx for your last comment, as that is EXACTLY what happened
Had Piotr lead KD my 5D would be played in a sec like almost happened
I never thought of signaling wrong because I have the KH
Just stopped because was afraid no KD for partner as u mentioned because of wrong lead
All that “ slow D to show no singleton etc ” didn't even cross my mind
I tend to play very simple in def… Partner leads from AK I enc with dblton
Btw, why would I think that I need JS to enc?
Alan only bid 3s first time not 4 like at other tables
Could I imagine him having solid 9 suiter?
The moment I decided partner has AKD although he “fucked up ” the lead I signaled normally
The fact 2 defenders tried to cash AC means they play “free style ” unfav preempts
I think the fact my partner dbled 4S ( which didn't happen at most tables ) shows he expected me to have some other high card as he didn't dbl on the AC
Finally, as kit said, when looking at a hand it's always easy when looking at all 4 hands
When u want to get into players mind, u have to look at 1 hand
I never in my life took extra time to choose a card when partner lead from AK, I can assure u that if partner made the correct lead nothing of this would have happened
But anyway since all this event was recorded u can have a look at all the boards we played

Ronpa
Dec. 14, 2015
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This is all went way way out of proportion!
Mr Saverio, how dare u use the word cheating?!
Do u know me at all? Did u read what I wrote?!
I explained that for all my life was used for A lead from AK
That's why when partner lead AD automatically took 5D out of hand ( low enc )
After a sec I realized that in this new partnership we just agreed to lead K from AK against game level or higher
That's why I stopped to think if partner also remembers this new agreement or not
It seemed strange to lead AD without K on this auction so I decided partner also forgot this agreement ( after 10 full days of bridge he's entitled to forget!)
And so I followed with the small D I originally took out of hand
NEVER tried to give UI
NEVER tried to show partner I have KH and no JS
Be careful when u accuse someone of cheating!
Glad I can say that I got a message from David Berkovitz who knows me for quiet long saying he and Alan had no problem at the table and didn't think we did something wrong.

Ronpa
Dec. 11, 2015
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Karen,
U'r right.
My mistake was I followed up ALan's tempo automatically
As I wrote before, probably without the excitment of last round and chance to win the event and not being so tired after playing 10 days in a row this wouldn't have happened
But it did
Had no intention to give partner UI
Had no intention to play a card and take it back
I wish I remembered our new agreement on K lead at that level a sec before I pulled the card and not a second later…
But that's all that happened
Btw, bridge wise , not sure shifting to heart at trick 2 was best defence
Sometimes now second diamond disappears and its BAM not imps
Other table can easily be playing same dbled contract
Anyway was my bad for not asking a min before we start the play.
I just hope everyone realizes I've never tried to be unethical or send partner UI

Ron
Dec. 10, 2015
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Hi all,
I'm glad this hand appears here so I can give my side of the story, because I felt bad about the pause at the table:
1. Alan, which is a great player played in a sec from dummy
2. I was a bit tired and anxious ( not every day u are close to winning such a big event )
3. As u can see in the video I had the 5 diamonds out of my hand in a sec and then paused
The reason for that was that we agreed to lead K against game level and above from AK so A lead in this situation should be without the king ( although its kind of strange lead unless holding a lot of trump tricks )
That was the reason I paused
I was thinking if my partner due to the last round excitement did lead too quickly the wrong card ( as really happened ) and when I decided this was the case I followed with the card I would have done in a sec on the correct KD lead ( low encouraging )
It had nothing to do with trying to show heart honour
4. I believe that also if partner cashes a second diamond ( maybe I have stiff ) it's still much more likely to find me with HK than the SJ for the promotion so heart shift is still ok
5. Comparing the defenses at the other tables is a nice thing, but defending a contract when u are at the last place or 6th place is not the same as doing it when playing for the title

Anyway, I gave u my true side of the story.
All the best,
Ronpa
Dec. 9, 2015
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