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I have a vague memory of an incident where a committee changed a result while your team was having dinner. What exactly happened?
July 12
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My last words might be ‘one down’
June 26
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So your opening bid was a misclick, okay. Did your partner misclick too??
June 23
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Define the process BEFORE the Euros, not after
June 21
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Let's say there are two events, a pairs game and a Swiss. Both are identical in every respect: they are two sessions, 20 tables each, same MP restrictions and same strength of field.
It makes total sense to me that winning the pairs game should pay double the points. Why?
1. The pairs winner defeated 39 opponents, the Swiss winner just 19.
2. Each player in the pairs game made, on average, 50% of the decisions. Each player in the team game contributed only 25%. This is even more skewed if we allow for 6-player teams, and two players play only one session, then they only made 12.5% of the decisions.
There is no doubt that it far easier to ‘hide’ one weak player in a team game, especially a KO.
This is one of the main reasons sponsors and pros love KOs and hate pairs.
May 30
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Interesting comment. I must say I was disappointed, because the book tells us very little about their lives and personalities. Were they married? Did they have families? What kind of work did they do? Of course I knew Eric was a lawyer, but it comes as news that he was a judge at some point. But there are many great hands in the book.
May 28
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But these other possibilities are irrelevant since the hand is then unmakeable. Only QJ9 and Q9 need to be considered
May 22
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If Pepsi hadn't found the trump lead, the whole discussion would be moot
May 22
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I thought of that, but the odds are worse. However a clear improvement on my line is to cash the heart AK early, in case the Queen drops doubleton.
May 22
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We all know the winning double-dummy line. But I would think your best chance probability-wise is trumps 2-2 plus bringing down QJx of diamonds in either hand. So two rounds of spades ending in your hand, AK of diamonds, diamond ruff, club ruff.
May 22
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Three
May 20
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Good sportsmanship
May 20
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How can they both have good luck?
May 19
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In real life, Double and 1NT would work out very badly, since partner has the singleton A of Clubs and no spade Ace. 2C by South makes on the nose, as does 2H by East-West
May 10
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I meant the May 1st workers Day which celebrates the progress made by unions and socialist parties
May 6
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Frances, I obviously did not express myself properly. I certainly did not want to imply that North American society is superior – I am well aware of its many imperfections.

I do however think that because of the financial influence and the power of the internet and the entertainment industry, the traffic in societal changes is mostly from North America to Western Europe, and from there to Eastern Europe, whether we approve of these changes or not.

*During a recent visit to Vienna, I noticed to my displeasure that Starbucks is crowding out the traditional Viennese coffee house. There are no Viennese coffee houses in Seattle as far as I know.
*I see that in Germany they now celebrate Valentine's Day and Hallowe'en, presumably introduced by commercial interests. I don't think that North America celebrates Whitsuntide or May Day.
*Of course, North America still has its share of bigots, homophobes, misogynists and racists. But these despicable attitudes are no longer displayed as brazenly as in Europe (If you've been to a soccer game in Italy or a hockey game in Russia you will know what I mean).

Anyway, I do believe that the trend of (especially) young adults spending more time at home and with family will soon migrate to Europe.
May 6
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Perhaps you have not noticed that Europeans say “Tu ” or “Du” more often than before?
That people used to shake their heads about the “silly North American smoking bans”, and to a certain extent still do?
May 4
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I believe in German one says Impass and Expass for the two plays, whereas in English there is no term for the Expass.
April 30
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There used to be a convention called Elwell Double. It asked for a heart lead. Really.
April 25
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When we were still in our teens, Eric Kokish and I, at Pairs, bid 1NT-3NT. When the bidding came back to him, Eric just sat there. His opponent asked “what do you bid” and Eric said 7NT, meant as a joke. The director André Pauzé was called and he said “ah the young gentleman wishes to be foolish” and Eric had to play 7NT. He played with great skill to go down only 2, for no match points.
April 16
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