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Ben Thompson
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June 22, 2011
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about me

World International Master. Australia open team 1994, 1998, 2013, 2016

Country
Australia

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Bridge Cheating Scandal - A New Cheat
That is spectacular. GIB becomes the first AI to past the Turing Test, and it turns out its mission in life is to be a prankster.
Ben Thompson's bidding problem: 7 AKQ6432 --- Q9874
Thanks all. The layout is [code] 963 8 KJ9865 J65 AK84 QJ1052 97 J105 AQ732 104 32 AK10 7 AKQ6432 - Q9874 [/code] 4 makes ... by East. 5 and 5 both go a vaguely adequate 2 off, but 5 is rather more fraught (echoing Richard's concern ...
Ben Thompson's lead problem: --- AQ975 752 A8654
The full hand: [code] ♠ Q8 ♥ 106 ♦ Q1084 ♣ KQ932 ♠ AK10652 ♠ J9743 ♥ J432 ♥ K8 ♦ 6 ♦ AKJ93 ♣ J10 ♣ 7 ♠ - ♥ AQ975 ♦ 752 ♣ A8654 [/code] The winning (and only successful) lead is of course a low - for 2 off, just to rub it in. I led a - could be through dummy's side ...
a simple forcing, invitation, not forcing question
Do you play any sort of checkback after a 1NT rebid? And is that still on in competition?
Flexible Signals - Last Time (Part Two)
So inflexible :)
a simple forcing, invitation, not forcing question
Assuming the limit of my system discussion is "2/1 with 1 could be short 2+" then I would say: - 2 had better have long or else - the likely excuse for not bidding 1 instead of X with long is being worried about 1 ...
ATB: Slam vs 3NT
Nice work by EW to go low & slow with the 10 card fit - which left a lot of inconvenient shapes for partner open in the NS minds. If you're going to bid a slam that depends on a good fit, you're never going anywhere if you don't find the fit. South had 2's more than promised; getting that on the table instead of 3 small 's would have gone a long way to solving this problem. Note that getting to 5 instead of 3NT would have been a good idea if North had been a little ...
Awkward fourth suit forcing auction
With KQx x AKxxx Qxxx I'd probably rebid 2NT actually. Bit worried about ruffing a with a honour, and the likely alternative of playing 3NT from the wrong side. I'd be happy to bid 3 with Hxx though (especially if partner understands that's my ...
Awkward fourth suit forcing auction
Depends on whether you're more interested in getting the 5th or 6th clearly stated (working off the given auction). You would sometimes rebid 's with 6-4 but you would almost never rebid 's with 5-5 so I think rebidding your 1st suit as the default ...
Awkward fourth suit forcing auction
It's handy to have a default rebid defined in 4th suit auctions. I usually play opener rebidding his suit as the default. I like raising 4th suit to be real (and a sound opening), preferably really real as in 4 of the suckers but I can live with Hxx ...
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