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They have to pay the tax they should have paid + an extra 60 %, I believe. That’s standard AFAIK, and not part of the criminal case.
2 hours ago
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David: Bridgemates in team games isn’t a new idea. We’ve used them in team games since 2000, thus it’s a 20th century thing. I’m pretty sure others used them in team games already in 1999.
8 hours ago
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North do have a seven loser hand using normal LTC, only one in spades knowing about a 10+ fit.
Sept. 24
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Exactly which nine tricks do you suggest EW make in 3NT? Seems to me like NS will get 3+1+1 before E can get to nine.
Sept. 22
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Is this also an American thing (players not wanting Bridgemates)?

I really don't understand this. Over here they're very popular. Because of all the benefits. I know some (few) players are uncomfortable using them, I think they get distracted. But they just sit south or west.

The real test of the Bridgemates was in a female bridge club, with the average age somewhere in the late 70s. (I don't really think the gender was important.) When they had no problem using the Bridgemates, we knew they could be used in any club.
Sept. 22
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This all seems very strange for us over here.

The whole idea of a swiss movement is that all can play in the same field, and after a few rounds, all teams have found their place in the rankings.

We never have more than one field in swiss tournamets, be it pairs or teams. “Weaker” contestants that over perform, will play some strong conestands, and the other way around.Nobody ever complains - this is how they expect it to be.

In larger pairs tournaments (over more than one day), we might separate the field in separate groups (A/B/C), according to each pairs own choice. The organizer might ocassionaly move a pair up to a stronger group if it's obvious they don't belong i the group they've made their entry, but that's infrequent.
Sept. 21
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On our annual bridge festival, 8 tables share boards. In any 3x3 square of tables, the center table is used for sharing boards. In pairs tournaments, with 3 board rounds, we preduplicate N/2 sets of boards, where N is the total number of tables.
Sept. 19
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John: We play 2 showing 18-19 balanced only. I often jokingly propose opponents should play a 2NT overcall as 12-14 balanced.
Sept. 15
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No, he couldn't. He mentally was a few tricks further in the play, having lost a club finesse to the king and wanted to finesse the ten when he called for a low card from dummy.

He might have gotten away with changing it to the jack or queen. But not if he'd been totally honest with the TD and explained exactly how he happened to call for a low card.

It's just as in a bidding sequence, you've agreed spades as trump, partner makes some invitational non spade bid. And you goes into the tank, trying to decide what to do. Finally you decide not to accept the invitation, and pass, not realising that partner didn't bid 3. The TD rule that you'll play the stupid contract you've bid.

(As a player I don't accept such a pass from an opponent, but insist they correct their pass to 3.)
Sept. 12
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4 definitely doesn’t set up a forcing pass, IMO. Responder might pass out 4.
Sept. 9
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The ACBL??? Surely you mean the WBF.
Sept. 9
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Nothing below game. Look at the bidding. What do you think is more important; being able to make a slam invite below game or find out what to do when they bid 4? You don’t even know who own the hand at this point.
Sept. 9
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For me 4 is natural, trying to help partner decide over the expected 4. It doesn’t set up a force.

If parter is stronger, he’ll double 4 or make a move over my 4 bid.

I’m bidding 5 now.
Sept. 8
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Since you’re a passed hand, I don’t think 2 should be natural, unless you want to cater for 6-4 in the majors.
Sept. 8
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Not at all, Howard. We all know that when we speak about age, nobody would say anyone is x years before their birth date.

But generally, talking about numbers, a number isn't an exact value. 17.9 really means anything between 17.85 and 17.94. 18 means anything between 17.5 and 18.4.
Sept. 7
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Pass, hope I can make three, if going down I still expect to win a few IMPs on the board.
Sept. 7
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You're still missing a poll option; non-forcing.

It might not matter to you, but you can't assume that all abstainers abstained for that reason (I did).
Sept. 6
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We play a variaton of mini-/maxi-splinters.

1 - 2 is either a mini-splinter (exactly GI) OR slammish with a void in spades
1 - 3 is the same with a short minor
1 - 3 is a balanced GI in hearts (4+)

1 - 3 is the same mini/maxi, shortness in any suit
1 - 3 same as over
1 - 3 is a natural invite

1M - splinter shows a void in th bid suit and a limited hand (app. 10-13)

A GF+ hand with a singleton goes through 2NT, singleton can be shown later.
Sept. 6
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In a purely mathemaical sense, Leonard is 100 % correct when it comes to understanding the meaning of the numbers.
Sept. 6
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Ed: But are you really sure what came first? The vast majority not being responsive to such methods or the ACBL making sanctions, thus over time creating this environment? I’m pretty sure the ACBL itself is responsible for the situation you have today in this regard, not that this has been a result of the members attitude some 60 years ago.
Sept. 6
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