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Thanks all for the comments, it s interesting that 1/3 of our panel thinks this is silly while 2/3 thinks it is at least fine :)
May 19
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Regarding this comment : “It took me a while to process: ”more or less a flight A régional.South and West on the same side of the screen." here is how it works in France :

On the very top of the pyramid, there are competitions (that are not open, you have to qualify) in round robins. These competitions are all behind screens, use usually the same deal at all table, monitor the scores in real time etc…everybody likes them.

Going down that very top level, there are 4 to 5 layers. The first 2 routinely use screen for every possible event at every round.

The other 3 layers are usually played with no screens except the very late rounds.

It s not the same challenge for french and americans : our ‘so called (by me)’ Flight A Regionals are run through maximum 40-50 tables
May 16
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NS had a CC available, pointed out the fact (the range changing according to vulnerability), and EW actually discussed about the defense 2 deals before this one happened
May 15
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David, if you were there, and led to believe East behavior is not ethical, what could you do about it ?
May 15
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Not solving anything if you play with a pick up partner, but there is a convention you might want to add to your repertoire :

1 1NT 4 = 5 6 with nicer
1 1NT 4 = 5 6 with nicer

You can start with 1 with longer and do the same.

I do not believe this auction is useful for natural m bidding.
April 2
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I have seen people wondering what the system was exactly.

In France, our standard is not a strong hand for using splinter, but exactly two high cards, 5 trumps or more, and a singleton/void in a suit. It is possible responder has some Q/J.

So in ‘pure’ french standard the auction would have started 1 4.

The system that was used here is : 3NT for a ‘french splinter, shortness yet to specify’, while 4x would have been the ‘american’ way (if i understood the american way correctly), which would be 11-15 and a specified shortness.
April 2
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From a french (only, maybe), point of view, this really looks weird your whole story :)

Maybe some other french readers might have other views, but here i think :

- That there are people routinely opening 14H hands with 1NT (1NT is announced 15-17) and nobody has a problem with it since the partner in front will always act according to 15+ in front => silly 3NT contract WILL be reached

- That there are really routine 2NT openings that come from 5332 and a 5 card majors. Nobody cares as long as the system does not cater for the possible 5 bagger.

- That nobody will say anything if you open 1NT with the deuce of S as long as the partner cannot find it out until they cashed their 16 spades between then.

[Edit : i realized one thing, some intermediate player will sometimes cry out loud if it happens, but the TD will shrug their shoulders usually ('so what, as long as nobody would know' ?)

But i am maybe out of the problem : it seems in ACBL, that the regulation authority decides what you can or cannot do in terms of bridge.

I always thought bridge is awesome also because you re quite free to do any legal call you want as long as partner does not know more than the opponents, that i could not consider not being allowed to open 1NT like Drew Casen if i please.

I suspect a good idea (protecting very weak players from the sensation of being robbed by something obscure)has created other problems :)
Jan. 10
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment Jan. 10
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erased because Michael gave his whole opinion in the Well
June 30, 2016
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment June 30, 2016
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The board had not been played yet at the other table. We were the pair bidding (and about to make) 6
June 17, 2016
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Hello, no the cards were shuffled at the end of each round. It is likely we did not shuffle this hand
June 17, 2016
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5NT - might be too high or 2 might be cashed but if there is a slam winning, it is better that partner choses the strain (he might have doubled with a 5 card round suit, and i really hope he s not 1444).

I do not see a way to keep the bidding low while suggesting a slam and finding the trump suit and i m not sure what is the middle of the road bid (5 i d guess). Pass seems coward if 5 wins, so i might as well look for a big score
April 24, 2016
Guillaume Fauconnier edited this comment April 24, 2016
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Michael, if i ask it s because i do not know :)
March 24, 2016
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in this settings, is it only about the partner (that i confirm is totally fine) ?
March 24, 2016
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Oren, i positively remember i read something about that (A then small from dummy) and i am almost certain it is said to be Meckstroth. What i do not remember is where i read it
March 15, 2016
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I am surprised by 1NT because i thought it was the same in the US than it is in France : people play that a balancing 1NT is 10-13 ; apparently it is still played 15-17 or maybe 16-18 by most !

March 11, 2016
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I think there are at least 3 phases to work on :

- ‘Legislation’ : conditions of contest before any tournament starts : could anyone say why NBO/WBF are so afraid of law suits ? I mean, is there a way to prevent any lawsuit if the ‘bylaws’ are written in such a way that cheating is automatically well treated and cannot be attacked in court ?

- Prevention : make clear that you will find cheaters and that it will be publicized (people are embarrassed at the idea of being caught, along with…

- Consequences : huge punishment if cheaters are caught by someone else, and probably much less punishment if they just confess now and collaborate then to clean the game : i tend to believe that in our small bridge world, playing with such a shame attached is quite serious already, even after some time out.

By being strong on the ones who are caught, it participates to prevention, but it cannot be enough in itself.

To repair the damages that is done to other is quite hard : it might take months to years to prove the cheating, and nobody has a clue what would have happened if that particular pair had not played the event. So apart from in a clear case like a final won by the cheaters, i do not see how to do that.
March 7, 2016
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Partner's hand was Kxxxx xx xx xxxx ; opener had QJxxxx xx QJxx x. 6 was making.

For those who are convinced 4 is showing their hands, i think they will not have many problems as long as they plan to bid 6 over 5.

Also one could consider 5NT : after all, 6 is on when partner has 0 with a shape like xxxx…xxxx…xxx..xx or xxxx…xx…xxx…xxxx
March 5, 2016
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Partner's hand was Kxxxx xx xx xxxx ; opener had QJxxxx xx QJxx x. 6 was making.

For those who are convinced 4 is showing their hands, i think they will not have many problems as long as they play to bid 6 over 5.

It looks to me than X then 4 is more cautious but more enlightening.

Also, instead of X in the first place, one could consider 5NT : after all, 6 is on when partner has 0 with a shape like xxxx…xxxx…xxx..xx or xxxx…xx…xxx…xxxx

March 5, 2016
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Hi Steven, the first thread was insisting on one point (that i forgot to put back) : you are playing with an occasional partner, so risking 4 might cost.

If you knew and your p knew you knew for sure that 4 is 2 suited, this problem would probably be less interesting.
March 2, 2016
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4 could easily be passed by partner, are you OK with that ?
March 2, 2016
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