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John, I'm glad someone made your point. East can legally make any call he wants: pass, redouble, bid. However, he must be prepared for the probability that the director will make a ruling adverse to him if he does anything other than pass.
16 hours ago
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Double was Rosenkrantz.
Jan. 21
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I wouldn't refuse, but I might be so allergic to their presence that I might have a severe bout of “involuntary” sneezing and coughing in their direction. And since I would be holding my cards, I would be unable to take the proper hygienic measures.
Jan. 16
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Joey Chestnut's accomplishments probably qualify him under at least two of the categories.
Jan. 16
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But an unusual one. However, I believe there was such a score (in the NFL) within the last few years.
Jan. 16
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In an early episode of Big Bang Theory (a US sitcom about a group of socially inept scientists and their friends), Sheldon asked the group, “What's the best number?” and proceeded to expound on why 73 was. I was surprised the writers didn't have someone else say, “What about 28? It's perfect.”
Jan. 12
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Yes, that won't work with your first line. Just another reason your second line is better.


Isn't amazing that hindsight is always 20-20. :)
Jan. 12
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A slight improvement on the trump coup. Pitch a SPADE on the second heart. This caters to a 5-1 break.
Jan. 12
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Allow Fantunes readmission once they have written out by hand either one of these numbers. :)
Jan. 12
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There are two ways to answer this. One, count all the sessions you play in a year and divide by 52 to give what you average in a week, or two, look at what you usually do. I think type two is what the OP is looking for.

Suppose you typically play 1-2 sessions a week for 40 weeks, and play 6-12 sessions in the 12 or so tournaments you play in each year. Are you really playing 4 times a week? That's what you would come up with using type 1. But 1-2 is really your normal schedule.

To put it in statistical terms, the mode is probably more important to the OP than the mean.
Jan. 11
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It sounds like he intended to pull the 4 card, but inadvertently grabbed the 4 one also. I wouldn't read anything into that particular action. The rest of what he did, however, is questionable.
Jan. 10
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Considering that BPH is an abbreviation for a not uncommon medical condition, I'd worry that a large fraction of the BW members might be alarmed at the article's title. :)
Jan. 9
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There was a show in the 60's and 70's called College Bowl, I think, where groups of college students face off against each other for a Jeopardy-type quiz competition, school vs school. I'll bet some of the BW community appeared on it.
Jan. 9
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Peg, I might have exaggerated a bit about the time. It was a reasonable amount of time for the declarer to be thinking about the hand. But declarer's comment made it clear that she wasn't thinking at all.

Paul, I'm not sure he is actually driving people away. But at the club last night, his phone went off AGAIN in the middle of the game. (This happens almost every week.) This time the club director was at our table so I related the events of the weekend. A short time later, the offender was told in no uncertain terms to shut the phone off and leave it off. We'll see if it takes. I doubt it will.
Jan. 9
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This poll cannot be answered as given. There needs to be some context. What was the opening bid, what was the response? I'm sure most people would have at least a couple different answers depending on specifically what the first round was.
Jan. 8
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Had the opposite situation this weekend. Partner led, dummy came down with a singleton in the led suit. No one said anything, no one touched anything. After a couple minutes declarer turned to me and said, “Your play.” I responded, “You haven't called anything yet.” She then said, “I thought it was obvious.” I just sighed. (This was A/X, not 299ers)

And FWIW, this was the pair that was warned and/or penalized six or more times for a cell phone violation that day.
Jan. 8
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It shouldn't be too difficult to construct a hand where such a play was necessary.
Jan. 4
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My email got misdirected into my spam folder. Check there.
Jan. 4
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You're right, I forgot there was a second round of hearts. I change my vote to all east. And 1% to me for forgetting the play. :)
Jan. 4
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Mostly east. If west had another diamond, surely he would have discarded it (it shouldn't be an honor if south is even marginally sane). South ought to have round singletons, even given the description. And west showed that he had 5 clubs originally, including the ten, assuming present count. But west contributed, too, by splitting with the J instead of the ten, creating some potential ambiguity.

I don't have a problem with the opening lead.
Jan. 3
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