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We had a team of strong youths with few masterpoints and went to play in one of the regional knockout events. We asked to be bracketed “as if” we had 8000 master points, but we were told that it was very, very difficult for the tournament directors to do anything other than bracket you by your exact count of masterpoints or “TOP” because it “messes up the rest of the field”. I don't really understand why it is more difficult to sort the teams by stated masterpoints than by real masterpoints, but our choice was to plow through the bottom bracket and win easily, or to go straight to the top bracket and have no chance at all. We went with option one and won all our matches by dozens of IMPs, but we didn't like it.
March 19, 2018
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Declarer seems to have played the 6 on both of the first two tricks.
March 14, 2018
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I don't understand how the two sentences: “The director came over and after being appraised of the situation asked each opponent to step away from the table to separately discuss the infraction. After this, the director returned to the table and stated that each opponent had declined to have the bidding opened backup.” and “North called the director back and stated that had the double been alerted he would have bid 1 S and the hand would have been set. ” are consistent.
March 7, 2018
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Most people play new suits forcing, so I was surprised.
March 2, 2018
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Even over a weak two?
March 2, 2018
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If you get $30/year from all members and another $1/session (numbers made up) … perhaps ACBL prefers the 2nd alternative.
March 2, 2018
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I know I'm off the beaten path with this one… but having played 1 promises 4 except 4=4=3=2 for a few years … It has made a difference for me … approximately never. But partner leads the minor I chose to bid more often than not. So my current theory is that with 33 or 44 in the minors I just bid whichever one I prefer partner to lead if we end up defending.
Feb. 28, 2018
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I think I'd rather overbid a bit with 2 than wrong side the NT with 2NT.
Feb. 20, 2018
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Maybe a better question would've been “what is West's X?”. I had assumed it was takeout for the reds, but much of the commentary (and the voting?) seems to imply it is for penalties.
Feb. 20, 2018
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In a way, my question was whether 5 made any sense at all. I took the view that “hey, I showed my hand, it's up to Partner to decide whether to save or defend”. Partner thought I was supposed to self-sacrifice. The idea of doubling with this hand never occurred to me, so that is a good idea. The advice to open 1 not 4 is also well taken.

On the actual hand, 5x would've been down 2 and 4 made.
Feb. 20, 2018
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The normal way to avoid this problem is to schedule your nation-wide events well in advance so the dozens of units/districts who are trying to schedule their sectionals/regionals can schedule around them. I've never read a complaint about a sectional losing money because of the NABC that waltzed in and stole all their tables.
Feb. 13, 2018
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Assuming S had the correct explanation of +, South would ____ over 4X instead of Pass.
Feb. 12, 2018
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Nobody has said anything about the heart signal on the first trick. East knows that South is out of hearts, but West doesn't. Does East really want West to keep playing hearts or shift (ideally to a trump) when in?
Feb. 12, 2018
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What should I do if Partner walks around the table and shows me all his cards and then bids 3NT?
Feb. 9, 2018
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What do you need? AKTxxx?
Feb. 8, 2018
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Can I go back in time and bid 4 the first time?
Feb. 6, 2018
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3 is by my partner or by my “very aggressive” LHO?
Feb. 6, 2018
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I'm betting they're going down, but I'm betting even more that Partner is going to pull my Double to something that doesn't make.
Feb. 2, 2018
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I will X back in after the expected 2-P-P
Feb. 2, 2018
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The point is South should have realized that 1. Partner showed out, and 2. South just played their own last trump, and therefore when the declarer said “I have to lose a trump trick” that that was impossible and therefore South should've said something.

There are two possibilities at this point. A: South realized all this, but an extra trick is an extra trick, yay for us! B: South didn't realize all this because they didn't watch North's play on the 2nd trick that closely or they trusted Declarer to make a good claim or they had moved on to the next hand or … you know, any of the reasons that cause us to lose concentration or mis-reason and make errors when we play bridge.

From the OP, the only evidence we have to decide between A or B appears to be that South has 1600 MP.
Feb. 1, 2018
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