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If I make it to 110-120 I hope I can still be E-W.
March 30
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LOL, I too had to click on the post just to find out which one :)
March 30
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I was thinking about this bidding problem when Peg posted “Terrible Tempo”. It is currently 7-3 to pass. I would be willing to bet that “mileage might vary” depending on whether ops hitch or insta-pass.

This is one of our problem with our game when not behind screens. Yet the ABCL makes thing worse by removing the STOP card. In my world, the stop card appears in other situations beside just a preemptive jump - and is more rigorously enforced.
March 30
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I am assuming that this is strong club. 14-16 fits in perfectly with that, not so much with standard.

Most strong club pairs will let you know that point range is just a suggestion. I believe Meckwell has that tattooed on their CC.
March 30
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That assumes East was ever going to play a card.
March 29
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You need agreements on how to move over 3NT. The North hand will produce enough offense for 12 tricks if South has the right cards.

On the actual hand which is a fit, you have enough offense for 13 tricks. Although it is kind of hard not to lose one to the trump ace. But after losing that trick, you have 5 club winners, 2 diamonds 2 hearts and 1 ruff and 3 top spades. 14 if the j drops and/or a squeeze in the pointed :)

I like to play that a pull to 4 (responder's minor) shows doubt about the strain - choice between 5m and 4NT, Responder typically has a long broken minor. If it is running 10 tricks in NT should not be a problem. If it isn't then maybe 9 in NT is a problem.

Pulling to 4 of the other minor (not responder's) is a slam try. STEP declines the invite, otherwise opener responds KC. Over decline, next step asks KC anyway. NT is always to play.

This works well at either teams of pairs, you can try for slam in a minor and still play a NT game for the MPs.

Since opener started a minor, 4M would be shortness. Perhaps 3136. This is SI because otherwise responder should pass 3NT or show doubt about the strain.

It could be more compact on this sequence that 4C is always SI and 4D/4M is always doubt (4M = short, diam tolerance). However, this is just an application of our general rules on minor auctions. Often 4m is needed as a GI, 4om is the forcing raise. So uniformity and ease of use for me.
March 29
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Certainly unplayable if opener's rebids are natural.
March 29
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Seriously?

This is a 14-16 NT folks. The issue on this hand is that partner is never playing you for 16. Especially in competition when a somewhat safe GI has been taken away by interference. The 16 is not that frequent, often upgraded to 1 and half the time opener has 13 anyway. Partner knows all about vul game bonuses. He just will never suspect his flat 8 or 9 will get your side there.

Meanwhile, they opened 15-17 at the OT and over the 2 overcall, responder holding: Kxx / Qxx / KJxx / 10xx just drove to game. So you come back with +50 or +100 on your card against the vul game.

Plus there are double part score swings. If partner has something like xxx / Qxx / Kxxxx / Qx they go plus in spades and you probably make 3.

It is not impossible that balancing might not work. But it seems to me much more dangerous not to act than to act.
March 28
David Yates edited this comment March 28
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Dear Foolish Mortals,

When a bridge demigod like Bob Hamman thinks bridge is a sport, that should be good enough for all ye of fewer PPs. Since it is apparently not, I, Zeus, as supreme deity of Olympus will settle the matter once and for all.

Bridge is not only a sport, it is practically the only sport we on Olympus engage in. We have not forsaken mankind, it is just that since H. Vanderbilt created this fascination, we no longer care about other human activities. Once upon a time, we ran marathons, threw javelins and tossed shot puts. Activities that even the dull-minded recognize as sports.

Quite frankly, that stuff gets pretty boring. And if one is an immortal, how many years can you keep throwing a discus? One might as well be Sisyphus. But apparently, one can play bridge for centuries on end and always be challenged and amused.

I even went to the World Championships in Orlando with Leda. (I was the Flamingo.) It was great fun until some idiot wanted me to pee in a cup. I think I shall have him spend eternity bailing a leaky boat, stranded in a real Yellow Sea.

Have to go. Hera just called the TD on me.

The big guy,

Zeus
March 28
David Yates edited this comment March 28
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Argh!!

Here is my research:

For the record, the IOC runs events called the Olympic GAMES. (Caps are my emphasis). So I don't care if you do not think bridge is a sport just because old people take 3 minutes to move from table to table. It does not have to be a sport to be part of The Olympic Games.

Nearly everyone gets IOC/WBF completely wrong. Probably because many people have a stake in misrepresenting history or just cannot be bothered to do research.

The FIRST Bridge Olympiad was held in 1960. The first event the WBF ever ran was this Bridge Olympiad.

From SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Apparently they thought bridge was a sport) 9/29/1958, Charles Goren:

“One of the most important events at Oslo was the creation of the organization that may prove to be the United Nations of bridge. At a meeting presided over by Baron Robert de Nexon of Paris, president of the European Bridge League, and attended by Charles J. Solomon, president of the American Contract Bridge League, Alvin Landy, the ACBL's executive secretary, Geoffrey Butler of London and W. J. Sullivan of Australia, the foundation was laid for a World Bridge Federation. Your reporter, also among those present, was named one of the founding delegates.

One function of the new organization is the staging of a contest patterned after the Olympic Games. This is planned as a curtain-raiser to the world Olympics of 1960, scheduled for Rome. Alvin Landy has been appointed secretary of the new organization, and the honorary presidency is to be offered to General Alfred M. Gruenther.”

The world of bridge already had an established World Championship (The Bermuda Bowl) about a decade prior to the formation of the WBF. That event started as a joint effort between ACBL/EBL and had been expanded to include South America BEFORE the WBF was founded. The purpose of creating the WBF was that bridge world have a single governing world body which is a requirement of the IOC for recognition as an Olympic Game.

Horse first, then the cart.
March 28
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Meaning that first place in the non-married subcategory goes to Jenni & Greg :)
March 28
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Another credit to a couple who is a credit to our game.

Congratulations!
March 28
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If partner has a penalty pass you missed a red 3NT.

I am a bit surprised by the vote. I thought it might be closer to 50-50, but mostly I am surprised by some who voted for pass. Stevo, Gavin. I remember when these guys were young and would never let someone steal with a BS white 2 overcall. Now Gavin is married, has a kid and got cautious. Face it, Gavin now has too much to live for and bids like a senior.

Of course, if it is just me getting senile, I suppose that is a possibility. But I cannot remember ever reopening with suitable shape and strength and getting whacked in a partial - and my memory for painful results is still pretty good. Maybe it happens in a world full of boogeymen, but in today's game when people overcall 1NT white with weak shape, it is unlikely South is going to risk a X at IMPs. I think it is riskier doubling at MP. They will risk a double. Or two undoubled undertricks against -110 for passing is just awful.

I think at IMPs the biggest risk is comparing result, saying “plus 50” and hearing mates respond “lose 11”. Partner knows I have values at IMPs for reopening. A NT game is still possible. Not so much if you pass though.
March 27
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Suppose the board of AAPL wrongly terminates Tim Cook on similarly baseless excuses. Subsequently, Cook receives a judgement for $22 billion. Do you suppose there might be some shareholder suits?

$22B is to AAPL what 860K is to the ACBL, about 6% of TOTAL assets.

Our BoD just blew 6% of our organization's assets because they actually believed they could get an arbitrator to believe that the CEO did not properly relocate. So what were they going to say in response to the obvious question of: “If Bahar did not relocate, why did you reimburse him for relocation expenses?”

Perhaps: “That only proves we are incompetent.”

IMO, Bahar is completely entitled to this judgment. And we are completely entitled to pay for this judgment through increased dues, increased entry fees and reduced services because we have been so stupidly tolerant of the arrogant fools who have mismanaged for so long.

I was a bit bummed my date for spring NABC canceled. But I am happy that it will be 1/2 table less for their revenue. Keeping bridge alive is a nice sentiment, but quite frankly our ACBL deserves to fail.

If any of you lawyers our there know whether it would be possible to sue our BoD in some sort of class-action suit, I would certainly sign on. Perhaps the BoD insurance can recover this damage claim for which our BoD is responsible. On a good day the insurance company will subsequently refuse to continue coverage and maybe we could be finally rid of this pox on our game.
March 27
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The ACBL position on the stop card was that since many people were not stopping, we should just do away with the card - but still expect people to obey the now nonexistent sign.

Think of all the money our highway departs could save by not installing stop signs on corners. What could possibly go wrong?
March 27
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Would you reopen with 32 K1073 AQ5 AJ85?
March 27
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OK, this is the one. We now have a NEW STANDARD in idiotic polling decisions.

The TDs took a poll that was 100% to pass 3NT and because the TDs HAD NO IDEA WHY anyone would bid on (the slow 3NT at the table that should not have been part of the poll, maybe?) they then decide that it is now OK to take the 0% polling action. Which, BTW is - not surprisingly - the 100% double dummy winning action.

For the record, this once again disproves the “BIT is not demonstrative” crowd. No one in their right, UI-free, bridge mind bids 4 on this auction. One might plan on 3 then 4. Or, one might seriously consider pulling 3NT to 4. With the 9-8 of hearts and no entry, that would have been my choice.

So here it is folks, a NABC-level ruling that if the auction clearly suggests one action is 100% but some clueless dolt thinks “the BIT was not demonstrative”, then we go with the new ACBL policy of “Ignorance is Bliss”.
March 26
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“One more. . . ”

Bridge is about counting, but I lost track of the stupid policy tally. Anyone have the true count?
March 25
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WC is sometimes an overbid filling out a BBO profile. As far as assessments are concerned, I agree completely with BBO's guidelines: “Of course, you may at times find that you disagree with another's assessment of his expertise. If this is the case, it is not appropriate to mention this to him via private or public chat. You may be correct, but it may also be that he's just having an off day.”
March 24
ATB
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Well, the best call was 2. Followed by 3 because 4 might have galvanized someone.

I would not have passed as dealer. I would not have bid 3 (X seems right). I would have bid over 3. I would have bid 5 with the N hand over the X. I would have passed 4 because forcing partner to act and then bidding with no extras is always wrong - except, perhaps, when you have an inside track on this partner who does not seem to ever bid. But then it is still a random guess.

Basically North is scared of South overbidding and South is scared of North's underbidding.
March 22
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