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All comments by Narsingh D Agnish
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These championships should be held in only those countries which issue visas to all competitors. This should rule out USA, Indonesia, and many other countries. Did China ever refuse visas to players wanting to compete in these tournaments?
July 8, 2013
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Congratulations on the big win at the trials.

You'll be facing many different systems at the world championship. To prepare your defenses, do you plan to add a coach? Do you plan to have a non-playing captain? Finally, without a sponsor, would you and your team mates be forced to spend a large amount of your own money to attend the Bermuda Bowl?
June 28, 2013
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Excellent pictures. I think Jeff Meckstroth needs to lose some weight …
June 11, 2013
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Well done … Good luck in Bali.
June 11, 2013
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Interesting. Jeff Meckstroth has begun to play in seniors event. Good thing, we have young blood taking over the stage. Good luck in Bali guys.
June 8, 2013
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I have no complaints. I am thankful to watch all the action, for free, in the comfort of my home. Kudos to all the Vugraph operators and Bridge Base Online for providing an excellent service … for free.
June 5, 2013
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As East, I would not double 2 Clubs if I had been alerted it being Drury. Exchange club holdings of South and West and 2 clubs redoubled will produce several over tricks. I would doble if I had two more clubs.
May 22, 2013
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Top American pairs were missing: Meckwell, Levin & Weinstein, Hamman and Lal, etc. Why did they skip this tournament?
Oct. 22, 2012
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I totally agree with you, especially the last para. The spade bidder was looking at the setting trick of a doubled contract. He also knew that if the declarer held heart queen, his leading a low heart will allow the contract to make. I find it highly remarkable that at IMP scoring anyone will risk giving the contract away when one holds a sure setting trick.

I also find it strange that the largest plurality voted for an original lead of a low heart (46%) and not a low spade (20%) or a spade honor (20%).
Aug. 21, 2012
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When partner opens or overcalls and I, as his/her partner, double the final contract of 3 NT: the double used to (according to some books) call for the lead of the partner's bid suit. Apparently things have changed. Now it asks NOT to lead the bid suit. If I don't double, is he supposed to lead his suit? What if I have the king (or ace) of his suit?
Aug. 21, 2012
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The actual lead (hearts, twice) was remarkable, especially the 2nd time because heart queen in declarer's hand will have landed the contract (the east hand could have cashed the setting trick).

As an average player, I would have started with a low spade, on the assumption that partner's double shows a spade honor (or enough tricks outside the spade suit to set the contract). Or, a stopper in their (diamond) suit.
Aug. 20, 2012
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Thanks for the information.
Aug. 14, 2012
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Were the first-place team in each pool allowed to pick their opponents? Looks like pool A versus pool B and pool C versus pool D
Aug. 14, 2012
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I agree with Phil. Start with 10 boards per quarter. If there is time left, add two more boards and so on until the limit of 16 boards is reached or the time expires.
July 25, 2012
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I agree. Each quarter of Spingold/vandelbilt will have 10 boards. At the end of the 10 boards, if there is time left, add two more boards and so on until the limit of 16 is reached.
July 25, 2012
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Initially, the entire Europe was represented by only one country (its champion) in the Bermuda Bowl. Other teams represented South America, Far East, etc. Gradually more zones were established and it was felt that there should be more than one team from Europe. Their representation went to six teams(not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5 but six). In a concession to USA, it was allowed to send two (not 3 …)teams. I think that is fair compromise.
July 24, 2012
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Supposedly the world's four best pairs fought it out in the last quarter. Except … only two pairs showed up. Congratulations to Monaco for the well-deserved win.
July 23, 2012
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Let us hear from Cohler who took the plunge to 7 hearts (did he think they were behind in the match?) and from “poor” Hurd as to the reasoning behind his fatal lead. We can speculate all we want but they are the ones who were in the hot seat.
July 16, 2012
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If we were to eliminate VPs won against non-qualifying teams (i.e., other than the top six), here is the revised standing:
1. Monaco 83
2. Germany 79
3. England 75
4. Italy 72
5. Netherland 69
6. Poland 67

Germany is the only team with winning record against the other five top teams (in one match, they scored 12 VPs which is almost a tie; all others were wins).
June 24, 2012
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When the declarer is cashing his(her) long suit, why bother giving a length count in that suit. It might be better to always give suit preference signal in this situation (unless, of course, a defender is trying to fool the declarer).
June 6, 2012
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