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Tim, that's fine in theory. In practice, you and your partner might not be on the same page as to which of your buckets their description falls into, and, since you would already have your hands out of the board, you wouldn't be able to clarify with each other.
Sept. 27, 2016
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Why do you think I am chasing an average? When the hand belongs to us in diamonds, I rate to beat all the pairs who did not open this hand and will have difficulty finding diamonds thereafter.
Sept. 27, 2016
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There are so many chances to get to a reasonable contract by bidding 2: (a) Partner may have diamond support; (b) partner may have a 5-card major and bid it over 2; © partner may be 4=4=3=2, and the 4-3 diamond fit is right . It won't always work to bid 2, but it's surely not “settling for an average minus”.
Sept. 27, 2016
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I have had enough of reading insinuations from Sabine and Roy that Polish bridge players behave rudely. *Bridge players* as a rule are rude, which is one of the main reasons bridge struggles to attract younger players. If anything, I somewhat suspect that rudeness is *less* of a problem in Poland as that might explain why the game is relatively more popular there than in, say, North America. I admit I don't have first-hand knowledge of Polish bridge (apart from playing bridge with and against Polish immigrants), but I would tend to discount much first-hand “knowledge” on this topic since people so easily interpret the ordinary behavior of another culture as rude (from the perspective of their own culture).

I will give an example of the kind of “bridge player rudeness” I am talking about, especially shown toward anyone not part of the “elite”. In 2004 at the summer nationals in New York, the second half of our round of 64 match (second half had a 4:00 PM start) got off to a late start because one of our opponents, one Roy Welland, thought it was more important to use the first several minutes of time allotted for the second half of the match instead on his cell phone making his dining arrangements for that evening. He didn't even have the courtesy to do this elsewhere, but sitting at the table right in front of our faces. (Although cell phones were not banned from the playing area at the time, they were definitely not supposed to be ON at game time, much less in use, much less in use in a way that would have been rude in any event.)

So, Sabine, I'd very much like to know whether you consider anything you encountered in Wroclaw to be ruder than that.
Sept. 27, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Sept. 27, 2016
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There may be some question whether to double 2. There no question at all that the only reasonable actions over 1 are pass and 2.
Sept. 26, 2016
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I'm not even sure what the king-ask is supposed to be after a void-showing response to RKC. :)
Sept. 26, 2016
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I think you posted the wrong problem.
Sept. 26, 2016
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I don't think you actually enter the score…just contract, declarer, and how many over- or under-tricks…
Sept. 26, 2016
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Kit, I actually think this could speed things up. EW and NS can enter information at the same time, whereas today EW has to wait for NS to enter and then has to check. EW could probably get to the next table faster if they entered their score themselves rather than wait around to view a score from a slow NS. And, if the WBF wants to attempt Howell movements and such, ensuring that each pair has a device that will tell them where to go makes a lot of sense.
Sept. 26, 2016
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You might also avoid bidding 5NT when the auction has warned you that the opening lead might be ruffed. It might have been worth chancing the ruff in 6, but you need better odds for 7.
Sept. 26, 2016
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No need to move the EW bridgemates…Just have EW sign their results with a PIN
Sept. 26, 2016
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Are we to assume the opponents are playing standard? Or are we to assume we forgot to look at their convention card?
Sept. 26, 2016
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Really, Benoit? That's exactly the opposite of the way I am used to seeing these words used.
Sept. 26, 2016
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Part of the issue here is that the event schedule was very weird: More scores posted after every 10 boards, with not a very long break before the next 10. I think many players would call that “modified barometer”. But that also suggests the right answer, since of course score corrections are allowed in barometer events.
Sept. 26, 2016
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CoCs can always stipulate correction deadlines for semifinals, of, e.g., one hour prior to the start of the final if the semis and finals are held on consecutive days. That's why we have CoCs, because they can be tailored to fit the event. But they should be reasonable CoCs.
Sept. 26, 2016
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Pass. Partner could have bid more slowly if he knew 6 were cold and wanted to hunt for 7. For example, 4 then 6 would convey that.
Sept. 25, 2016
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Yes, but that's the sort of thing that might start the revolution.
Sept. 25, 2016
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Josh, I bet you're right if there were an overcall rather than a takeout call and an advance. The question is whether the takeout/advance situation should be considered differently, since the chance of a trump stack is far greater than in the case of an overcall.
Sept. 25, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Sept. 25, 2016
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The reasoning you suggest would definitely not be a reason for joint gold medals. However, presumably there is a set of individuals within the WBF who need to make a decision, and suppose that the compromise decision of joint winners is the only one that garners majority support. Would you prefer that to no action at all?
Sept. 25, 2016
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Only first thing in the morning. :)
Sept. 25, 2016
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