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North's double was horrendous, unless their agreement was either takeout or optional penalty.

But the only reason I can see for S passing the double is that he had Ax in with his diamonds. He made a 2/1 justified by the playing strength of his 7-4 hand, and had no reason at all to sit for the double when he could conceivably be contributing no defensive trick to the party.

Yes, South should have expected to be beating 3 anyway, but unless N has the hand cited by MR, 4 probably had play. And if it was possible for N to have the hand MR cited, then the double was a total atrocity.
Oct. 17
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The ACBL membership needs its Nationals in more easily accessible locations, both by distance and cost.
Oct. 16
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Yes, I could be eating this. But this is a game of percentages, not belts and suspenders.
Oct. 16
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Use tablets. Don't let anybody see any part of their partner's body. Self-alert.

Easy Peasy.
Oct. 16
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South bid his hand impeccably, making a pressured raise based on nice controls, 4-card support, and a stiff in the preempt suit.

North needed Axxx AKx Kxxxx x opposite for slam to be good; if South had held that hand he would have made a move over a 4 signoff one N had shown slam interest with his 4 bid.
Oct. 16
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My raise promised 4 trumps, I have 3. I have 2 Aces. Partner jumped to game. The opponents are at the 5 level. Double seems right.

If partner has a tactical 4 bid, he's expected to pull. But if we allow tactical leaps to game, pass can't be forcing and double expresses my hand well.
Oct. 16
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W took a shot at unfavorable vulnerability and it worked. Either tip your hat to him or file a player memo. Your choice.
Oct. 15
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Just because trumps are set doesn't mean that 4 can't be an offer to play. At matchpoints, a touchy 4 making beats the heck out of a +400 in 5 claimed at trick 3.

Our rule is that the first cuebid for slam can't be in a suit the cue-bidder has previously bid.
Oct. 14
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Yes, a kindergarten misdefense rescued by a brilliancy from the superstar.
Oct. 14
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That's kind of an in your face remark. If I were directing a game and heard a remark like that, I would have had a quiet discussion with the player who made it after the session.
Oct. 14
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XX was right whenever you were allowed to play it - if you re on for 6 then of course you would have added two redoubled overtricks to your score, for 1880. That even beats 6X which is now 1710. And if you can make 7, you will get 2280, which beats 7 undoubled.

Finally, your concern about outscoring the 1100 you were going to get in 1NTX is irrelevant since you weren't allowed to play there.
Oct. 14
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We have to understand that the ethical norm required at the table in the 50's and 60's was considerably lower than today. There were lots of inflections and tempo variances by pretty much all pairs.

It was not until Kaplan's famous article, “New Science”, in 1956 that attention was drawn to the use of inflections and mannerisms to narrow the impossibly broad ranges of minimum bids in an “all jumps are forcing to game” structure.
Oct. 13
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Did they concuss any of their opponents along the way to victory?
Oct. 13
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Good point.
Oct. 13
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Yes, this is beyond dumb on the part of the pro. If you're going to collect wires, don't leave a paper trail.
Oct. 12
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And the hand diagram shows N as dealer. A 1 opening on those cards would be something!
Oct. 11
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Both players are at fault. S should bid 4 over 3 because of the quality of his hearts and N should bid 3 over 3 because he has at least an Ace more than he has promised.

To answer Matt's question, South knows N has more than 4 because N is breathing. Nobody would make a slam try on a 4-card suit missing the AK opposite known 3-card support.

And I don't know why N would be worried about hearts - assuming that S was forbidden from making a direct raise to 2, then his 3 preference must show 3 and that adds up to a 9 card fit.

Sure, partner's high cards could be KQ AQJ or K AQJ Q. But there are many ways that South could hold two keys ans then there's his actual hand.
Oct. 11
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Having lied to partner, I must run. 5 seems like it will make on most of partner's 3NT hands, and many more besides. But I don't think this is forcing, since 3 wasn't either.

Partner might have Kxxxx AJx Qxxx A and 3NT is poor while 5 is excellent.
Oct. 10
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A late candidate for comment of the year.
Oct. 10
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Or, here, clubs with no clear direction.
Oct. 10
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