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I like it. Thanks for putting in the work.

An aggressive Mr Woolsey ‘making only 52% of contracts’ might include a bunch of -50 and -100 when others would be -120 or whatever.

What would be a not unreasonable and basic metric for flagging ‘cheating leaders’? I would look for leaders who disproportionately find partner's ace or king in an unbid suit. Is extracting that kind of information doable? The files have the opening lead and the auction?
Sept. 13, 2015
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I quite like the bridge tease, it's the only kind I get these days.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Boye has made the same comment to at least EIGHT threads, for maximal tease.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Sorry beyond my skill level. Works on my Firefox and Chrome, both up-to-date.
Sept. 4, 2015
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John makes an excellent point. Over a sufficient number of boards, their results sitting NS should not be appreciably better than when sitting EW, provided nothing fishy was going on.

It would also be interesting to know if their record in pairs events was likewise outstanding.
Sept. 3, 2015
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If I have myself oriented properly, Fisher sees a stiff diamond in his LHO, and dummy has Kxx, so trump length is in the leader's hand. True, Fisher doesn't know declarer is missing the J, but he might be missing it, or even the Q holding AJT9x. Fisher might as well signal that length, it can't cost and might gain.
Aug. 31, 2015
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John you forgot to mention Q from QJx always finds HTx on your left, and Hx on your right.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Why would the self-admitted ‘best player in the world’ pair up with a mediocrity? Maybe because the mediocrity would cheat with him?
Aug. 28, 2015
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I've thought similar. You might be able to extract relative declarer and defensive skills from something like this, if you could organize by partnership.

http://www.rpbridge.net/9x29.htm
Aug. 28, 2015
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GCC except for the 1 transfers. Local clubs (Toronto) have allowed the transfers for years. Interference over 1 just means sometimes the transfers are OFF and you're responding like everyone else. The unbalanced 1M openers mean you can rebuild your opener rebids after a forcing 1NT (we use transfer rebids), and also rebuild Jacoby 2NT.

The transfers are particularly handy for weak notrumpers because with a strong notrump they will open 1 and the transfers will right-side most contracts.
Aug. 28, 2015
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I quite like 11-14, although I concede you need a smart responding system to handle the range. I get to open 1NT ~30% more often.
Aug. 27, 2015
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It's an excellent treatment if you put all of your balanced hands into 1, that are outside your notrump range. That includes any 5332 hand, and even some 5422. The corollary is all of your 1M openers are unbalanced, and 1 is usually 5+ and unbalanced. Oh and use transfer responses to 1.
Aug. 27, 2015
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I agree whole-heartedly. I love preempting that dumb 2C 1-suiter bid. And 2D is a terrible bid to use for MM; 2C much better.
Aug. 27, 2015
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FS, if on the up and up, apparently are better leaders than their peers.

In an expert field comprising 75K deals, Richard Pavlicek shows the opening lead costs the defence something in the range of 0.23 tricks. That is an all-contract average; the cost is a little higher for notrump contracts and a little lower for suit contracts. We arrive at that value by comparing the difference between 52-card double dummy results (double dummy leads), and 51-card results (eliminates the DD lead factor). It would be interesting what the IMP difference would be (leads against games and slams being more crucial), and what the range is, if any, between the best and worst expert leaders.

Then it would be most interesting to see where FS leads lie on that spectrum, over their body of work. Are their leads over-the-top great? Are both F and S great leaders? And if so, how likely is it that the two best leaders in bridge, find one another in a partnership?

http://www.rpbridge.net/9x29.htm
Aug. 27, 2015
Doug Bennion edited this comment Aug. 27, 2015
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You're right. If Meckwell is playing in the same direction in the same matchpoint game, I bid 3NT. Otherwise I pass.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Eugene I hope you increase your ‘flag number’ commensurate with your rapidly? increasing membership :-)
Aug. 26, 2015
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If you played negative free bids through 3, which is how I learned them, you'd have no problem. This particular hand.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Mike recalled the diamond suit as AKJxxx, maybe AKQxxx, to which he added a diamond, and subtracted the spade J from Jx, if I'm reading things right. Especially after gaining a spot, upgrading AKQxxxx to 10 is looking hard not to do.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Schwartz led a small club. Vugraph commentator wrote ‘interesting lead’.
Aug. 25, 2015
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