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I agree with Neil–there was so much fidgeting and moving about that I found it hard to decide what they might be signalling. Maybe ACBL and WBF should hire some casino security or magicians, tell them what we suspect, and let them watch the relevant deals.
Oct. 8, 2015
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maybe not all that distinguished; one member did an unethical thing against me recently.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Mike, I didn't know you were a Democrat. Kitty and I discussed it and decided we both loved you anyway.
Aug. 18, 2015
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You are right, Kit, that I was hoping she would pass, but I wasn't sure what I wanted. And annoyed as I was by Kitty's 7S, I was prepared to apologize had she been right. But what would have been wrong with her passing until the enemy stopped somewhere and then bidding spades? (Incidentally, I was taking liberties with my 3S bid–I had a decent, even goodish, hand that would have bid 1S had she not been a passed hand.)

In reality they would have been down one and we won 12 when the enemy with our cards didn't bid even six. So, assuming no double, we would have won 17.
Jan. 29, 2014
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I held Kx of clubs, so didn't know if I had a trick or not. Maybe partner has forced them too high and maybe she made a good bid that forced them to guess but they guessed right. If our teammates are also in a making 7H they won't appreciate losing six IMPs. I'm surprised that Kit, from whom I got the idea of letting the enemy bid whatever they want to when you have the boss suit and know that you will save, didn't chose to wait and then save.
Jan. 29, 2014
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I don't think it's right to play partner for five tricks, so the risk of them making is quite large. Nor do I think intervenor need have a huge hand; he may have a hand that's willing to defend if you have a couple of tricks in diamonds, but not otherwise.
Jan. 14, 2014
Steven Cooper edited this comment Jan. 14, 2014
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I don't understand why you would pass at MPs, Bob. -470 is not often a good score! We had several plus scores available; 3D, alas, was not one 0f them.
Jan. 14, 2014
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Hi Kit. As to Serious, Kitty and I play it because it allows us on many hands (not after a 2/1, alas) to make a help suit slam try–a suit in which the bidder has either two immediate losers, for example Qxx, or concern lest his sole stopper be knocked out too quickly, for example Kxx. If partner has help in that suit he answers key card; if not he signs off.
Sept. 25, 2013
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If we did go to automatic criteria how would we deal with questions about ethics, strength of partners, type of wins, service to bridge, writings, etc.? Recall that the two sprinters who raised their fists and bowed their heads were stripped of the medals they had won.

Incidentally, Kitty has five open wins (if one counts two mixed pairs wins as opens) and has never even been on the ballot.
April 21, 2013
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So does that mean that you would use Jill's actions there to disqualify her?
April 17, 2013
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Hi Judy. Not just ours, but all. Think about some great baseball players who aren't in Cooperstown. And some less great ones who are.

As a first time voter I was not given any guidance as to what I should look for, and thus was left to my own, no doubt idiosyncratic (but surely correct!) Thoughts.
April 15, 2013
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IMHO, halls of fame are basically foolosh–they are popularity contests and only minimally related to accomplishments. Especially in bridge, where one's performance is closely tied to the performance of one's partner, it seems close to impossible to say who is “worthy” in any principled way.
April 15, 2013
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Oddly not; RHO passed with Kx of H. He didn't think that 5H was exclusion .
Feb. 20, 2013
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Actually, I wasn't playing with K, but with a good player with whom I have no special agreements. If it helps, LHO took a very long time to bid 7D. My two singletons led me to believe that they might well fail. And they would have had my partner had the K of spades instead of the Q. BTW, does anybody think that the pass of 6H, ostensibly showing an odd number of key cards alertable? I do, given the oddity of 5H being exclusion. LHO's hand was AJx — AKJxx AJxxx.
Feb. 20, 2013
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Whenever I have tried this tactic it has failed spectacularly. Likewise when I've tried a Zia-esque low to the Jack from xx opposite Jxx when playing 3N. The card goddess seems not to want me to try these!
Jan. 27, 2013
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OK I got the defense to 3NT wrong too but like any self-respecting bridge player I blame partner. When he sees my J he knows the whole club suit so should overtake (dummy has no more entries) and play a , maybe even the king since he knows we need 3 tricks now to beat this.
July 30, 2011
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