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What's wrong with 3NT?
Oct. 22
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Barry you wouldn't be a Patriots fan by any chance? You don't come across as objective
Oct. 12
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And what about the other hands I posted, especially hands 2 and 4? Did EC misplay those too?
Oct. 10
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Probably not the Jack
Oct. 3
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Even if you didn't pay attention to the vulnerability while playing/defending the previous board, you can ascertain this by either looking at the info on the inside of the convention card or by remembering ONEB-NEBO-EBON-BONE. As I said in my preamble, it's nothing serious, just a quirky pet peeve.
Sept. 14
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How strong is the national team of the Färöer? I seem to remember many years ago there were 2 brothers who did well in the European Pairs event. When I visited a few tears ago, there was no club in Torshavn.
Sept. 2
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Hi Dave, I asked you a question, about 30 posts higher. Please answer or say why you can't.
Aug. 28
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Which is the right spot card to lead from J986 vs notrump? Please reply both for 4th best and für attitude leads.
Aug. 27
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Not so sure that 7 is double dummy. I don't see any other distribution of the opponents cards that would allow it to make.
Aug. 16
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Well it's a fact
Aug. 6
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I keep flipping through this now very tedious thread, just to see if perhaps Horton has decided to make an appearance here. I would ask the BW editors to start a new thread if and when this happens. Would save me some time.
July 31
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This hand didn't really exist. But if you wait to see the Bidding Box contest in the September ACBL Bulletin, you will find this auction. My partner did bid 3 in this sequence and I wondered if he could have a hand like in my example. The voters have spoken loud and clear: this IS NOT a 3 bid.
July 31
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It would be invitational, about 11 points or so.
July 31
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With a hand slightly stronger than his actual hand, for instance make the hearts KQJ instead of KJx, the correct rebid over 2 is 3, strong hand with diamond shortness.
July 27
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2 would have shown a good hand with 6 spades, unwilling to have 2 passed. With the actual hand, I think 2 was the correct rebid, since if partner passes this, he has less than invitational values, and zero or one spade, maybe x Qxxxxx Kxx Jxx.
July 27
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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.
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