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We do not agree that “A psyche is an opening bid made with no more than 6 HCP”

I suggest you seek the opinion of a qualified director.


We do agree that, “The bottom line is that showing one single hand… has absolutely no statistical significance.”

I draw your attention to a sentence in the current article:

“Now, this examination of a few hands, in itself, shows little or nothing. We would all agree that it's just too small a data-set.”
43 minutes ago
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You have indeed asked the right question.

Where are the bad boards?

I am not at all convinced that simulations provide useful answers in this situation.
21 hours ago
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I refer you to the question on page 3.
Dec. 14
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Edgar Kaplan, writing on Herbert Negatives, provides this example as a minimum (not next-step) 2 response:

Kxx xxx xx Q10xxx

As for upper limits… you may very well think that, but I couldn't possibly comment.
Dec. 14
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I cover this deal, and other related deals, in a later work.
Dec. 14
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We are as one.
Dec. 14
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The details are not being withheld.
Dec. 14
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Not only a lack of apologies… some parties, known to be guilty of cheating by virtue of reference to video evidence, are appealing to CAS-type bodies.
Dec. 14
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All deals, and many more, will be presented in detail at another time.

Meanwhile, I confess not to understanding this “equal-level conversion”.

Take P1, Q8:
8643 10 AK63 AQ98

After the given, P 1 X, suppose the auction goes like this:

P 1 X 2
3 P ?

What do the ELC advocates recommend?
Dec. 14
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Terence Reese, British Bridge World, Sep, 1956:

“It was only recently that I learned of an interesting experiment made in the final of this year's Italian team-of-four championship. A screen was placed diagonally across the table so that each player could see one of his opponents but not his partner.”

The screens were then known as Franco Boards, having been devised by Mario Franco, Bermuda Bowl finalist, 1951.
Dec. 14
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I am waiting for a reply from Simon Fellus, WBF Secretary, on just that question (the vacating of titles).

It's only been a few months…
Dec. 13
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Hand 1 (passing) occurred two years after hand 2 (raising).
Dec. 13
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No,the response in a three-card suit was described as a psyche.

My mistake.
Dec. 13
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Quite correct… fixed.

Thanks.
Dec. 13
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Just to clarify:

As declarer, I lead A from hand; the first card of a new trick. Dummy has hearts. After LHO plays, I say, “Small.”

Is this a “Proper Form for Designating Dummy’s Card”?
Dec. 12
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From neapolitanclub.altervista.org :

“On 15th November, 2017 the German Bridge Federation (DBV- Deutsche Bridge Verband) has posted the verdict issued by the Court of Düsseldorf:
The sanctions by the German Bridge Federation and the World Bridge Federation to Elinescu and Wladowhe are invalid…”

Now we see something similar in Turkey.

Clearly, all jurisdictions, big and small, must tighten up their legislation.

I have no doubt at all that the WBF will shortly release their own new legislation, along with clear and comprehensive guidelines for all NCBOS, thereby ensuring that we can deal, fairly and openly, once and for all, with cheats in our midst.

In other news, high-level officials are now confident of long-term peace in the Middle East…
Dec. 12
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Agree 100%

Until I spent time in the US, I had never once heard “Play”, as an instruction from declarer.
Dec. 12
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If the 1965 R-S affair interests you, Kleinman's essay is essential reading, in my opinion.
Dec. 12
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Hand One:
Their winners are five clubs, two spades and the ace of hearts. A heart lead provides the ninth trick.
Dec. 12
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Yes, one board was a part-score battle, the other was much more about defense and dummy-play. Great article.

The following year, IIRC, there was a related BRP article in Bridge World - we followed the previous year's winners, board-by-board.
Dec. 12
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