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On the second board, I think it is South's fault, as he has substantial extras where North has a minimum, albeit a good one. I wonder what would have happened after 1 1NT 3* (artificial GF, various hands including 5=4=x=x and +) 3 (five hearts)?
10 hours ago
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Depends on house rules. Often played that at the game or slam level you can do it.
14 hours ago
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The auction diagrams starting on page 6 incorrectly show a 5 RKC bid, rather than the actual 4.
14 hours ago
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See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/140_(number) for more trivia about the number.
April 20
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FWIW, I would like to see committee proposals having to be ratified by the full Senate. It is too easy for a small group to suffer from collective blindness. Also, the need for ratification reduces the stress about exactly what the committee is charged with and who the members are. Does the Masterpoint committee have authority to introduce a new Tulip level at 2,000 points?
April 20
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West got the clubs right when playing 3, so if a club contract were imposed, it seems that the same line should be allowed.
April 19
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It seems to me that the most likely route to 3NT is … X 3 3NT. Played by West, it's unbreakable.
April 19
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I prefer to use words such as “shows” instead of “promises.” Partner will always play me for three-card support here, but if I think it's right to take a flier with your example hand, that will not break partnership trust.
April 19
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IIRC, there have also been situations where Israel was paired against an Arab team in the first round of an event, but one of the teams was sadly delayed due to unforeseen travel issues and the match had to be cancelled.
April 17
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#1 seems well described by a 1 overcall. I may bid my clubs if it seems suitable later.
#2 could be a heart overcall. The side 5-bagger compensates for the marginal HCP.
#3 seems misdirected to bid my second-best suit and silly to pass, so I will bid 2NT even though I prefer split-range.
April 14
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With regard to a filter on buying entries, there is a big practical difference between one card and no cards. Also, the suggestion has been raised earlier here and it was pointed out that this is a problem for pick-up partnerships.
I suggest not changing rules or COC, but simply have the person selling entries ask to see the cards. If the pair is not in compliance at the time, they could still get an entry, but would be reminded of the rules and asked to put something together as quickly as possible.
Any rules currently existing in the Laws or COC would continue to apply once play began.
April 13
ATB
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South wanted to play in North's minor at the three level. That's why he asked. We don't know what 3 would have been. I usually play that 3 is competitive only and 2NT shows possible greater designs opposite a good hand, but obviously that was not happening here.
April 13
ATB
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Having an adolescent son, I can confirm it could go either way.
April 13
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I assume the contract was 4. The diagram leaves off as a partscore.
April 11
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David B: Your quote was “I am being inundated with people telling me he could have made, and can still make - I'll tell you what, I'll bet each of you $100.” This was after declarer had ruffed and played K, J, when it was indeed no longer possible to make the hand (though I suspect you started typing the wager before the play of the J).
April 10
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I was surprised at that also, but suspect that it may have been because it is a claim with 2-2 trumps but there are still things that can go wrong when they are 3-1 even if you guess trumps.
April 10
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This came from a Kit's Korner column at http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/take-it-slow/. He advocated 1 and I was wondering if that was a mainstream opinion and whether I was out in left field with a 1NT call as a way to show values without overstating the hearts.
April 8
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There are no voting buttons, but I go for equally responsible. North should bid 3 or on the actual auction, South should bid 4.
April 8
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@Chris: Yes, I did this once too.
April 7
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I love reading the World Champtionship books for just that reason. The errors there aren't always as amusing as these, but they are at least as reassuring.
April 5
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