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This is a matter of agreement.

With various partners, I have played it as four spades invitational, four spades forcing one round, five spades invitational, and an artificial game force asking for opener's second suit.

I have not seen it used as a game-force with four spades.
2 hours ago
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The relative rewards for making a computer play well at chess, vs. at bridge, also has something to do with it.
2 hours ago
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By the way, world class for their era? Or only players who would be world class today?
3 hours ago
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For the record, with the OP's clarification, that counts as a vote for Edgar.
3 hours ago
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Eric Rodwell
3 hours ago
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Eric, in (2) the example country should be Croatia, and it should be 101 players that they send out. :)
5 hours ago
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Here's a reason: Young people who play chess are permitted to devote a much larger chunk of their youth to it than younger people who play bridge. As a result, as they age, bridge players are gaining in experience what they are losing in sharpness; on the other hand, chess players are just losing their sharpness–they got as much experience as they needed before they were out of their teens.

On the other hand, it's not the case that no old people are competitive in chess. Viktor Korchnoi played in the finals for the world championship at 50, in the Candidates Tournament at 60, and was still in the FIDE top 100 at the age of 75. He won the Swiss championship at the age of 78 (contributors to the ‘world class’ thread take note!); he also beat an 18-year-old Caruana with the black pieces at the age of 79!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Korchnoi
9 hours ago
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Good point.
15 hours ago
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In related news, isn't 50 where Lot and Yahweh started the bidding?
15 hours ago
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Yes, as long as when East ruffs that final spade with a trump higher than the 7, you remember to discard your diamond instead of overruffing.
17 hours ago
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Chthonic would no doubt enjoy the thread's title beginning with “what” rather than “who”.
18 hours ago
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Were you at all surprised 1NT was natural? I thought it was fairly standard for it to ask partner to bid a minor, when bid by a hand that had previously passed when it could have bid a natural 1NT.

Of course, either way, double is South's proper call.
March 24
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None of the above. You are automatically not world class if you cheated. After we eliminate all the cheats, Andy Bowles's estimate that there are 50 world class players seems about right. We just don't know which 50.
March 23
Christopher Monsour edited this comment March 23
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In the US that would be useless. If it were described on the convention card he would already have peeked.
March 23
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For some it's a splinter. Pretty big difference!
March 22
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Pass is forcing after voluntarily bid games except for a list of exceptions, of which this is not one. And it's a good thing pass is forcing, so that S knows to pass N's double. If pass were not forcing, double would just be showing extras and S might pull.
March 22
Christopher Monsour edited this comment March 22
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Sad to hear. My sympathies to his friends and family. Loved his work on bidding theory.
March 22
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Why not let people up and down vote articles and show net likes next to the title, like on StackExchange? That would make it easy to avoid trivial or useless content, whether it's in the form of an article or a bidding poll.
March 21
Christopher Monsour edited this comment March 21
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The format is OK, but it should be embarrassing not to include the correct answer….
March 20
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Richard, this may be the only bid that is forcing in the UK but not in the US. Well until March 29 anyway.
March 19
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