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I did VuGraph for the Reisinger Finals yesterday. To the best of my recollection, nobody ever looked at a CC; they just asked. So some of the secondary inferences discussed above didn't come up.
35 minutes ago
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With regard to CC's in clubs, yes, they are nice, but it is not serious bridge and I am not going to push it; at most a friendly, “you know, you should really have them.” Let's start with serious enforcement at NABC+ events and go from there.
42 minutes ago
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Good to hear of a director enforcing the rules.
45 minutes ago
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I am starting to say “right-side up.”
Dec. 8
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Thanks.
Dec. 8
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Craig, suppose that whenever opener has 17 points and four trump or has at least a good 15, four trump, and a doubleton you play 3S. What effect does that have?
Dec. 8
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Paul, you can reply 1, but partner is barred for one round. Which means it is probably a bad idea, because if partner wanted to take a call, you get a bad result, while if 1 is your best spot, you will get it taken away.
Dec. 7
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Richard, it is true that you don't know what is going through their head, but (unlike claim decisions), that is not important here. If they passed with your example hand by accident, they probably do best to bid 4.
Dec. 7
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Congratulations to the Rosenberg family, all of whom Q'ed for day 2 of the Reisinger on three different teams.
Dec. 7
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There was a hand in the Soloway earlier today (Tuesday): - QJx AJTxxxx QJx opposite AKQxxxx A 9x AKx. The best contract seems to be 6 (especially if declarer has the beer card), even aside from the inference of SDAM. At one table, the strong hand anticipated that spades would run and insisted on a slam in that strain, which failed when they were 4-2. This was good for a gain of three IMPs when the auction at the other table was 1 1 2 4 all pass. Not sure if that was supposed to be a splinter or keycard.
Dec. 3
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I don't think South should pass 3NT once North has rebid diamonds.

When partner makes a bid that you suspect is artificial, but you're not sure of the meaning, you should alert. If they ask, it might be a good idea to ask the director for further guidance.
Dec. 2
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Even aside from the glitch, registration was not open long enough for me to have a chance to take part. My favored team was upset, so I wasn't going anywhere anyhow. This has happened previously, though not as badly; perhaps this should be a team effort so that it can be configured and opened even if one person is called away, oversleeps, etc.
Dec. 2
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For those who have not yet packed and departed for SF, the forecast is for temperatures in the 50's both day and night through Friday, with overnight lows in the low forties over the weekend.
Bad news: lots of rain. Good news: TSA allows an umbrella in your carry-on.
Dec. 1
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Good point about #3, but it's too late to roll back the auction. You can, however, assign a score based on what you think the result in 3 would have been.

At most club games that I see, lack of a CC is not PP-worthy.
Nov. 29
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69.12–KASLE (Donn, Tuczynski, Starkowski, Kwiecien, Chmurski)
63.38–SAELENSMINDE (Gillis, Autsberg, Rasmussen)
59.70–ZAGORIN (Bertheau, Rimstedt, Rimstedt, Diamond, Platnick)
58.52–LIU (Hung, Zuckerberg, Wilderman)
57.35–HILL (Dwyer, Huang, Bathurst, Lall)
56.85–LEVINE (Wold, Passell, Jacobus, De Wijs, Muller)
53.61–CROUCH (Cope, Erichsen, Helness)
53.31–PEPSI (Kalita, Nowosadzki, Brink, Drijver)
53.27–MCALLISTER (Berkowitz, Smederevac, Wernle)
52.97–NICKELL (Katz, Meckwell, Levin, Weinstein)
Nov. 29
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I was kibbitzing during my last-round sitout. At my table, the auction went 1 2 2 (NFB) 4 4 P P (slow) P. I predicted correctly that +510 would be a good score (at the club) for N-S.
Nov. 29
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On board 19, don't you do better by winning trick three in dummy, preserving the A as a reentry to hand after West ducks to the T?
Nov. 28
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Please note that my “like” is for Chris posting this information, not for the failure of the motion.
Nov. 27
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Somebody *could have* had QJ tight.
Nov. 27
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I would be happy to play 3NT with xxx Ax AKxxx Qx opposite AK(J?)xxxx and out. The opponents may not have five spade tricks or they may lead the wrong suit.
Nov. 23
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