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Many of Buchwald's 60s political columns could have been written yesterday…
8 hours ago
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I have been in email dialogue with Barry and another party… I am still seeking some particular information.
Feb. 16
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Reports of Barry Rogoff's passing are greatly exaggerated.
Feb. 16
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Feb. 16
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Some people are so educated that they know to start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a full stop.
Feb. 15
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I play support X/XX with partners who like them, but I admit that I will sometimes violate our arrangements when we have spades.

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-3068/

I am very keen on blocking a 2 bid and will bid 2 regardless of our agreed methods.

If partner had bid 1, I can't block 2, so a support XX is clear.
Feb. 13
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(English) Marmite is indeed strong (but inferior in every possible way to Australian Vegemite). The only American I ever met who liked Vegemite was my wife.
Feb. 13
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Indeed… a good job.

When I have time, I will read the second half…
Feb. 13
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I have spoken at length to Eric Laurant, member of the ACBL and EBL Anti-Cheating Commissions.

May the Lord have mercy on any bridge cheat… Eric will not.

As for the other selections… I don't know enough to comment.
Feb. 13
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I frequently raise on 3-card support when I hold four spades.

Do date, I had then played that responder's 2 rebid was checking for a 4-4 fit.
Feb. 13
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Tim Seres remarked that the use of 2NT as an artificial enquiry after opener's raise to 2M was one of his very few contributions to bidding theory, dating back to the early 60s.
Feb. 12
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Quite so. If, after a while, you conclude, “Well, this-method looked all right, but it doesn't work because…”, you have learnt something.
Feb. 12
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Did it advocate insufficient bids?
Feb. 12
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nabil is australian and under 30 punctuation does not exist
Feb. 12
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One must wave one's hand over the bidding box for a bit, so partner knows the double is for takeout.
Feb. 12
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To correct Henry first comment…

Marmic was used by Mario Franco and Michel Giovine in the early 50s.

The Blue Team (1956 EC onwards) did initially have three systems:

- Neapolitan (17+ club) Forquet-Siniscalco

- Roman (1C generally 12-16 flat,strongly canape) Belladonna-Avarelli

- Italian Natural (pretty much basic Goren) Chiaradia - D'Alelio
Feb. 12
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What has an unsophisticated early 1950s forcing-pass system to do with overcalling a Weak Two?
Feb. 12
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Many excellent systems can be devised, given one underlying assumption: The opponents never bid.
Feb. 11
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No, it is not a quote. It is my own statement.

It refers to how I feel after trying to explain to a youth player that, many years ago, there was a correlation between unsolicited high-level bids and the bidder's playing strength.
Feb. 7
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I am reminded of Terence Reese:
Some players use a Weak Two in the manner of a small boy laying a log of wood across a railway track in order to see what will happen.

I am a very old man; I recall when one of the purposes of a Weak Two was to better-define 1M openings.

Meanwhile, what on earth is it that South requires to bid 3?
Feb. 7
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