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@Jeff, I am much more likely to tank than my p. Indeed, as an on-line player, I did not realize how much stock folks attributed to hesitations. I am trying to learn that I must put stock into hesitations and that they do have meaning (other than someone is at the door).

@Steve, I admit that this is a new arena for me. But as an ethical person, (albeit not Caesar's wife) I think I should not be handicapped by items not within my control. At minimum, I think I should be able to describe why I bid on to the TD and let him either decide or poll; I would be satisfied with his decision/result of the poll. I think it is fool-hardy to ascribe motives to the responding player. If we decide to do so, the unethical player would merely tank so his partner could not bid on. This is a double edged sword. In reality, what we really don't want to do is to punish the ethical player.
Dec. 9, 2015
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Let's see….you determined (in first seat) that your hand was not sufficient for an opening call. In 3rd seat, partner preempts. What makes your hand GF now? You don't have 4 pieces – LOTT. You don't have additional HCP. You don't know that P has or that he might interpret your insertion as tolerance/support for . So why exactly are you bidding or raising to 4?
Dec. 9, 2015
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First, it must be HIS bid (her, does not misbid the hand :) Second, 2 is not a misbid; it implies a fit with 14+HCP. And third, estimating trump total and bidding accordingly is neither poor competitive bidding nor taking advantage of UI.
Dec. 9, 2015
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Dec. 9, 2015
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As a last minute sub in the national swiss pairs that played Barry's team, I can't imagine that I would ever bid 3 after being a passed hand and partner pre-empting at 2. Had I done so, I would attribute the bid to high altitude sickness and would equally assume it was to play.
Dec. 9, 2015
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Isn't E's 1X a 3 suit take-out? If so, my 1 bid, which only promised 4 pieces, and 0 HCP, but was nonetheless raised by E, indicates we have at least 9. Further, opponents rate to have at least 8 (or maybe 9-10). Estimating the trump total to be 17-19, it seems to be the percentage play to bid on, given equal vulnerability.

It also seems clear that I would prefer to play in 2X then 3. That, to me, explains the pass. If I was going to bid 3 without partner tanking, I think it quite ethical to bid 3 despite his tanking. Changing my bid because of his action/non-action at the table, I think is the unethical behavior.
Dec. 9, 2015
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Dec. 9, 2015
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Since I normally play reverse bergen 3 (4 and 9-11 HCP) adequately describes the hand. If p mistakes it for a mini-splinter, no harm no foul. If p has a nice hand, he will inquire further. Since I am at the top of my range for the rev bergen call, I would be very tempted to bid 4, if p decided to sign off at 3.
Dec. 7, 2015
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Sorry, I thought I posted this in the intermediate forum.
Nov. 30, 2015
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BTW Kitty, congrats on a good run in the Senior KO. It is most difficult having to play the defending champs after they have had a sit out, and you only have 4 on your team. I enjoyed watching your team; you 4 gave a good run for the first 2 rounds…and I hope you are as proud of your finish as I was watching you!
Nov. 30, 2015
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I just listened to Roland's commentary on the Senior KO. His microphone is SOOOO much better now that I don't need to plug in my earphones to hear him! Yeah!!! While I think there are many good vugraph commentators I particularly enjoy listening to Roland's perspective because it is very explanatory and he has shown a willingness to answer simple questions (which are not simple to me, or else I would not have asked). I hope all commentators are given– find similar fixes – for microphones.
Nov. 30, 2015
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Thanks, I just downloaded the app from the ITunes store.

Edited to add: Its easiest to register via acbl.org. Its listed under member benefits.
Nov. 30, 2015
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Nov. 30, 2015
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I looked at the pics ACBL posted on Facebook of various players to get an idea how warm folks were dressed. Imagine my surprise to see some in T-shirts, others in heavy sweaters, some with scarves around their neck…all in the same playing area!!! I guess I will just pack layers of clothes to assure some level of comfort.
Nov. 30, 2015
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I think the vugraph experience has been much enhanced with the addition of voice commentary. Only problem, it generally is only at 1 or 2 tables….and often not at the table I wish to watch. I wish the voice commentary could be spread to all the tables playing.
Nov. 28, 2015
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I find the lighting arrangements – particularly at tournaments – rather insufficient and leading to unnecessary errors (e.g., Chicago in the basement – need I say more?). Besides, I am older and not accustomed to seeing the boards in live action as opposed to on-line If arrangements could be made to lower the incident of “unforced errors”, like vulnerability inserts, I think it most advisable. In particular, since the cost of the games at NABC events is more than at other tournaments, I see little reason for them not to be used. In light of the aging population, and what I hope is an explosion of players from the on-line world, this proposal seems very easy to accept.
Nov. 25, 2015
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Nov. 25, 2015
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Based on the vulnerability, I selected 3 here. Red vs White in first seat, I want my p to trust that my opening meets the rule of 20 with 2 quick tricks. Since this hand does not (albeit it is close enough to somewhat fudge) I ruled out 1. The 7th makes the hand too strong for a 2 call. If the game is ours, I am confident p will bid the 4, there is no reason for me to take that chance here at this vulnerability.
Nov. 19, 2015
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Seriously?

What was the purpose of the video? To convince those who have already seen some of the evidence that they are mistaken in their belief that cheating occurred? To garner support from those who have not seen some of the evidence? To scare others from forming opinions, lest they be found to have committed a punishable infraction?

Gossip runs amok on the internet. It seems foolhardy to think that one could somehow try to stifle it. What is certain is that none of the gossip will serve to have the suspected cheaters suspended. The NBOs will do that – notwithstanding the gossip.
Nov. 11, 2015
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@David,

Thanks, your response shows the exact question I wanted to ask! Reviewing my vocabulary too!
Nov. 9, 2015
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The corresponding hand was: ♠KQ ♥AK972 ♦AQ6 ♣J54.
Nov. 5, 2015
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Since I would have opened the hand 1 in first seat (it meets the rule of 20 and I have 2 quick tricks), I overcalled 2. I think 3 would signify a weaker hand. I anticipate bidding up to 3 to show my anyway.
Nov. 5, 2015
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The bidding is not what I might have chosen, but I don't think it is outrageous either. Given N's big hand and the favorable vulnerability, I'd prefer low and slow. There really is little chance that the opps would interfere in the auction. When there is nothing to lose and there exists a possibility to gain (perhaps finding a superior grand) I like exploring.
Nov. 4, 2015
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It's not clear to me whether p 3 bid is western cue (asking for stopper), or if its cue bid (limit raise of ). MY 3NT bid tells p I have the necessary stoppers–and a game going hand. He knows that I have 5. P can now place the contract if it is other than 3NT.
Nov. 3, 2015
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