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All comments by Kenton Schoen
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Many saying that keycard will keep you below the 6 level on this hand are ignoring the fact that the auction will be ambiguous and there are 4 keycards for diamonds.
Aug. 8
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Either there was an error in Memphis or the rule was, “two session, red point event”. I believe it was the latter, don't think that I still have the post-card sent to show the q. 20 monster points made one a master, so I guess the big game was an advanced senior master's pairs, or some such.
Aug. 6
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That is not quite correct. The BRP dates from 1963, gold points date from 1969. I went over 100 masterpoints in 1977. In the year before that, when I played at a Regional there was always one day where the main event was a Master's pairs requiring both players to be over 100. So I played in a 20-100 red point master's pairs, and once got a BRP q for finishing 2nd. Can anyone come up with a weaker q in a pairs game? Showing, of course, that the ACBL's lack of attention to detail, is a very longstanding problem.
Aug. 4
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And a great twofer for Josh; he won the midnight k-o Saturday night!
July 29
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I really need to know their defensive methods to interpret RHO's deuce. This will tell much about the distribution and hence my line of play.
July 24
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My first guess as to responder's bidding is that when learning 2/1 he heard that you bid 2 of a new suit with a game force and 1nt otherwise.

This specific type of incomplete learning is very common among bridge players, especially those who learn conventions from their partners. I could give many examples, but will restrict myself to one. A significant number of players who describe their opening leads as 3rd or 5th would lead 5th from a 6 card suit, not the Journalist 3rd.
July 21
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A few months ago we had a board with the cards 14-12-17-9 around the table. Having counted only 12 I called the director. This was an old plastic board and the walls separating the pockets were not doing their job. In fact I had seen lho “thumbing” cards he thought were his from my partner's pocket.

You didn't have hand records from which to make the boards, since with 10 tables you would have at least one set of boards each table would not play.
July 19
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But especially in BAM and matchpoint pairs we can be quite sure. Just rescore the event eliminating all results involving the convicted pair/team. For example, in the Reisinger, the last day is 10 teams playing 3 boards against every other team in each session. Simply throw out every board played by the cheaters and score based on the remaining 48. One might want to do this with the Saturday results also to get the carryovers correct and figure who should have been the tenth finalist, who deserves to be in overalls.

Something similar could be done in a pairs event.

You don't have to restrict this method to wins but could use it no matter where the cheats finished.
July 19
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I don't think the end play is very difficult at all. The tough part is the preparation. I am not at all sure that playing W for xx in Clubs is odds on, he could well be 6-2-2-3, or 5-2-3-3, not to mention holding jx. Unless W is known to studiously give count, (here in Spades), and shows 6 not 5, then it's not clearly right to take an early finnesse.
July 17
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With one of my regular 2/1 partners we play that a suit rebid after 1m-1r-1M promises an unbalanced hand, not 4-3-3-3 or 4-2-3-4, so we would always rebid 1nt. In something like 200 sessions we have had exactly 1 bad result from missing a 4-4 spade fit. Ymmv
July 13
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I wore a t-shirt that said that to today's game. Only had to explain it once.
July 12
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If I were directing and had to come up with an adjusted score, I would not allow a Heart contract below 3, likely doubled. Other possibilities would include 2 Spades by OP, and Spade contracts by the opponents. Then I would apply a PP.
June 26
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It bothers me that so many people commenting here are so sure that there is or isn't an agreement. To them It's all black and white where I think there may be mostly gray. Remember that all partnership experience goes to defining their agreements. They may have discussed 1C-2C-2H-3S; they may play 4 suit transfers and discussed that 1NT-2S-3C-3S shows shortness. All of these different auctions, and many others are things knowable to partner, and if there is a nontrivial chance that partner thinks this is artificial or that this is the type of auction that partner is likely to err on in an artificial way it must be alerted.
June 22
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With West's xx I don't think that partner can have as many as 9 hcp. I don't know if partner has Hearts and I don't care, I think the opponents probably have a game and I'm happy to let them play a part score. The auction told me that partner had psyched, whether there is history of short-suit psyches or not. Note that with the hand Yu gave, the opponents are cold for 6 diamonds (hearts must be 4-0), and North can't have that hand as that only leaves at most 6 hcp for West.


I would not award any adjusted score. (I think East passed a forcing bid.)
June 13
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Remember that this is matchpoints so that to get a 12 it must be both a great scoring contract, but also one that essentially no one will get to.
June 11
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If both minors break 3-2 there is no problem.

If trumps are 4-1 we can make if Diamonds are 3-2 with the 3 on the same side as the trump length; but must be careful and win one of the first two trumps with dummy's Queen so that we have an entry back to hand to finish pulling trumps after ruffing our spade.

If trumps are 3-2, we should play dummy's 2 top Diamonds because we can still make when they are 4-1 only if the stiff is in the same hand as the doubleton trump. Now we just pull the last trump.

To play for all winning case I play a trump to the Ace and another to the Queen. Then I cash the Diamond Ace and overtake the Jack or not depending on the Club break.
June 8
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I would probably rule Av+ - Av-. Unless 100 would be better. I don't think that we should give an adjusted score when there has been a procedural violation unless it seems clear that only one or two results would have been likely without the violation. North has a 2-4-4-3 12 count so I think that any ruling based on his doubling is very wrong.
June 8
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I don't think that you have thought about all the issues in converting volunteer positions to paid. Looking only at jobs done during the tournament, do you really want non-bridgeplayers at the partnership desk?
“I need a partner with 1000-3000 masterpoints, who plays; Bergen, Flannery, and odd-even discards.”
For registration, information and prizes they would not need much bridge knowledge, but I think I would find it amusing to watch as you went to the temp agency and told them that we need people for 11 days, from 8-9am, noon-1, 6:30-7:30pm, and 11-midnight. Think you'll get contracts at a reasonable rate with those hours?
June 8
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Promises at least 3 cards in the suit just below opener's. If the auction is (1C) x (xx) you must be able to stand partner'
spades.
June 8
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The first hand is one of those fixes that you can only shake your head and go on.

On the second hand your thought process should be, I have four Hearts, pass. Your offensive/defensive ratio is terrible, partner doesn't promise 4 in every unbid suit, all your finnesses are likely to lose, and total trumps are likely to be 16 or less. This is not close. Even red v white at IMPs pass is clear.


The third hand is first of all a bidding problem. You would be much better placed if north had splintered with 3 Spades instead of the long suit try with 3 dead.
June 7
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