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Against a BBO robot, opening leader holds a trump void….
9 hours ago
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There's no problem with you bidding 4 assuming 3 is some game try. However, the result should be rolled back to 2 - partner has no semblance of a 3 bid, and certainly appears to be bidding because of your explanation.
Oct. 17
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I don't know there's anything more for me to add. As I said, I expected the last call to be rolled back. But there is a strong bridge argument for bidding 4. In the last year of national committees we were supposed to live with the polls unless we found the directors made an error, under which it is clear that the 4 bid would be allowed. Prior to that, I think the 4 bid probably have been disallowed, but the makeup of the committee could certainly swing it in either direction.
Oct. 17
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I guess I'm missing something here. With no side entry why didn't I play A at trick 1? Now when I continue with the Q partner may well give me a suit preference signal. Or is the play of the Q now just standard, regardless of the number of entries in your hand?
Oct. 15
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Good luck with that, the directors at a fairly large regional couldn't find one.
Oct. 14
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I think none at all, but in real life I'm sure a committee would discuss it.
Oct. 14
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Opponents bid 6 off an Ace (cashed at trick 1) and the A of trump. We got 28% (first or second day of a national pair event)
#Iwillneverunderstandmatchpoints
Oct. 14
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I think polling is a great improvement over the old days. But in cases such as this one, where they couldn't find a single player who didn't bid 4 to start with, there is no one to poll.
I expected the hand to be rolled back when I heard about the hand from the teammates of the hesitator. N certainly has every bit of their hesitation (I would bid 4 in a shot) But I can see an argument for bidding 4 on a 20-25% chance of making, especially if you think 3 is likely to make as well. I think N/S got very lucky that 3 was such a massive underbid. It would have been an interesting committee.
Oct. 14
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I think west was more culpable for bidding 3. Clearly this hand has no defense, either pass and hope N fails to bid game, or bid 4 and let N/S take the last guess. Knowing your customers would make the pass then sack strategy a good choice.
Oct. 14
Hendrik Sharples edited this comment Oct. 14
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Gerry Marshall, my regular partner. Having learned my lesson, I don't make comments about how much play a contract has when I put down dummy.
Oct. 13
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“This should be Hendrik proof” usually results in down 2 or 3.
Oct. 12
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Under what law would the director be allowed to take away your lead? This seems an unlikely situation in a non hypothetical setting.
Oct. 12
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Yes, all local recorders will be sharing with the national recorder. Online filings go to the national recorder who forwards to district, paper filings at regionals to district recorder who shares with the national recorder. I don't know if there is a mechanism for district recorders to share with each other, or if that is something being contemplated.
Oct. 11
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Yes, submit online using the link in my article.
Oct. 11
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Congratulations, you have just been psyched out of your suit (or have you?) Harder to do when you bid your suit.
Oct. 9
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Ping, I sent an email to the person who filed this within 2 days of it being filed, explaining exactly what was done with it. That's appropriate, but I don't know that it will always happen. It will always happen with any that get into my hands.
Oct. 9
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True, but it doesn't hurt to file just to help identify the bad actors.
Oct. 9
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I filled one out in Toronto. I bet Bahar it would never surface in Memphis. Gave it to a director I knew would turn it over to the right people. Bahar has been looking for it ever since (I had him photograph it). No one seems to know what happened to it. Just more proof that nothing was being done. And (hopefully) the reason why so many have given up on the system. But all of that changes for the better under the new leadership.
Oct. 9
Hendrik Sharples edited this comment Oct. 10
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The split games have also destroyed much of the social aspect of the game. When I started duplicate (late 70's) I knew pretty much everyone in my unit within a year. Today I can count on one hand the number of players I know who have started in the last 5 years.
Sept. 29
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I think it is legal now. This was 20+ years ago.
Sept. 29
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