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Sorry for accidentally posting again this.
March 12, 2014
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Partner's 4NT said he could handle any response. There is no trump queen question. He decided to play 6D. I will respect his decision.
Feb. 3, 2014
ATB
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How about one more choice, “neither”?
Jan. 22, 2014
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Unquestionably 2H was awfully meek. Obviously your RHO acted properly passing 2 hearts. Once you bid 2 spades however one can argue that regardless of any explanation something was fishy in the auction. LHO ought to be allowed to figure that his partner is most unlikely to have more that 3 spades so he very likely did not bid according to their agreement. I believe we have to grant your LHO the right to have figured that. Now based on bridge logic alone it makes sense to pass three diamonds (if LHO was only going to bid 2 hearts to start with he cannot be expected to do more than pass now). Of course it was the erroneous explanation that was offered that deprived you of the opportunity to have a more accurate auction your way. This was lucky for your opponents. They are allowed to bid badly and benefit from it. Who said that you are entitled to par when you sit at the bridge table?
All of the above aside however, the history of the opposing pair, if known, should have a lot to do with whatever decision is rendered. Since nothing was offered here I think the result at the table ought to stand.
Jan. 1, 2014
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A minor correction. Eidi was listed as a Greek team. Also, where can one find the money prizes for the event?
Oct. 23, 2013
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I made my bed. I should now sleep in it.
June 1, 2013
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I am glad to see you won the quarter-final match! Really enjoying your series.
May 11, 2013
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Are you suggesting that if playing UDCA or standard the 2
would have had no chance of being misinterpreted? What if there were 3 diamonds in the dummy and one fewer clubs?
March 16, 2013
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Unfortunately my french is not as good as I would like it to be. Can someone provide a correct translation of the sentence where Vernes comments on how much recognition he received in Larry Cohen's The Law.
March 15, 2013
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March 6, 2013
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I was fortunate enough to know Marshall and had frequent occasion to talk to him about bridge and got to appreciate not just his remarkable bridge wisdom but his personality as well. Many years ago in a fixed pairs money IMP game in Redlands very near his home playing with his wife Betty there came a night when Marshall had lost some money and he was short a few dollars. Marshall always believed in settling debts immediately and offered a copy of his most recent book to settle the debt. He had a bunch of them in his car. The offer was accepted. The following week Marshall lost again and he was asked if he had written any newer books. Not yet, he answered.
Feb. 6, 2013
Bill Papa edited this comment Feb. 6, 2013
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I voted penalty because I believe that for maximal penalty double to apply there needs to have been found a fit for both sides. Here we have no fit for the other side. Had the auction been 1H (dbl) 2H 3D a double, I believe, would be maximal since the opposing double has promised some support for diamonds.
Feb. 4, 2013
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It seems the “Back” button is gone? Is this by design?
Feb. 2, 2013
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I would consider trading my stopwatch for a good book on bidding,
Jan. 9, 2013
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When I click on the first link you supplied I get a “page not found” messqage.
Nov. 29, 2012
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You did not comment on partner's failure to start a trump echo. Could you?
Nov. 17, 2012
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Regarding the gremlins the sentence in the third paragraph below the hand diagram that reads :Ace and another spade…" should be Ace and another heart.
Great article as usual
Nov. 10, 2012
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Occasionally, in new partnerships, it happens that one knows or stongly believes there is a conventional meaning to a bid but can not recall what it is. Obviously alerting and announcing the inability to recall conveys UI, similarly failing to alert what one knows may be an alertable call is wrong. Any suggestions other than “know your system”.
Aug. 3, 2012
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