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Richard, how many players are playing in “similar events that take place on BBO today” ? Based on your response, I'll offer you a bet.
19 minutes ago
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Greg, I wouldn't be so sure about GIB not loosing count, etc. I saw the robot having full count at trick 10, with 2 irrelevant cards and one major one in hand, disking the major one at trick 11 and holding the 2 useless cards, giving away a doubled game.

Like telling partner : “You fool, you double and count on me for the setting trick !? F… you, it wont happen…”.
June 15
Paul Weinstock edited this comment June 15
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I understand that each player will play just some of the boards that any other player will play. When board order is random, that would make the cheating unlikely with two accounts. I'm sure that the organizers did the thinking on the matter.

And after all is said and done, let the cheaters cheat (or try to) and enjoy something new.

Whether we like it or not, this is the future and ACBL is doing what every good business does, sell more and prosper :).
June 15
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With this impressive background, perhaps it'll be a good idea to move fast into cutting the Gordian Knot on Nicolas Hammond's software vs. ACBL issue.

I'm a long time ACBL member, but play rarely in US and really have no idea on what's happening. I rely on the comments of many of the contributors here in BW.

I see that Mr Gidwani takes time to answer some of the comments in BW. I really appreciate this.

Good luck Bahar Gidwani and good luck ACBL :)
June 7
Paul Weinstock edited this comment June 7
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…Or has a doubleton club and sees the (bleach) future …

Anyway, this is the best defense East can put forward. Declarer needs to decide what to do, and right now is the time.
May 25
Paul Weinstock edited this comment May 25
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OK David, if this makes you feel better…

There were a lot of faulty actions from both sides:
- The 1 opening was made with (bad) 11 HCP and 5-3-3-2 shape.
A pass would have been much better.
- The 2NT overcall was made with 7 HCP and 3-0-5-5 shape. So, the hand had support, but it was far away of the inviting with 4 trumps suggested by half of the votes here. Also, the 5-5 shape in the minors was not in a strong hand, as suggested by another quarter of the votes. And the main issue here, it was an easy 2 bid, which was more than suitable here.
- The opener passed a bid that was supposed (?) to be forcing, in order to cut short future doubled debacles coming up.

Bottom line we lost 8 IMPs, 2NT vulnerable was 3 down, and we earned fairly that loss.
May 22
Paul Weinstock edited this comment May 22
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Deleted.
May 21
Paul Weinstock edited this comment May 21
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I can detail that both sides took (very) bad decisions, leading to an 8 imp loss. The good part of it, those decisions were in the same board… The bad part of it, they were costly.
May 21
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Thanks all for the valuable input, hope next time when this will come up we'll know better what to do. For the sake of everyone's well being, I wont tell you what actually happened at the table.
May 20
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According to what everyone seems to understand from the OP, opps asked about the XX. Being at a level over 3NT, I understand that there were no alerts. Right ?

Have the opps asked to receive full explanation since first bid or asked specifically now about this XX? This opens an additional can of worms…
May 10
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Yes, but on the other hand could have sometimes the A

North has 10 tricks in and , the 5-th is virtually a trick and the A is with South. Plenty of chances for 7 to make.
May 3
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1 - 1
3 - 3 (4-th fg)
3 - 3 (cue)
5 (excl.RKCBW) - 5 (0-3 keys)
7 - pass.

The only special partnership understanding needed here, beside usual tools, is that after the 4-th fg bid, if opener doesn't bid NT, his bid is the established trump suit, any continuation by responder is cue.
May 3
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Michal, in this particular tournament the bord has been played at 30 tables. Fact is that 2 making 3 was played at 2 tables and I remember seeing a result close to 95%.

My comment was not meant to imply anything about you or your pd.
May 2
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Henry, my bad. I should have given the 2, 3 and 4 bids of responder and the meaning of every bid.
This treatment feels so standard in 2/1, or in the variant of 2/1 which is played around here (ISR) that I didn't even thought for a second that I should give more info at the beginning of the problem.
May 2
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Right, and suicide grand slams…
May 1
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Agree to your view that pass over 3 is rather pessimistic, but we play 3 as (very) weak with 4 trumps. South can bring Jxxx of and a picture, not A, for his bid, and 4 is in jeopardy with such extreme distributions around.
May 1
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Overcaller's hand was of course somewhat unusual, as follows:
Q, AK986, 5, AK7632.

Over 3, opps passed through. Actually, the one and only chance to do well for their side was after the 1 overcall, because next hand had :
98432, -, AJT963, 94.

Whatever program has been used for hand evaluation said NS have 11 tricks in and EW have 9 tricks in or 10 tricks in .
May 1
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I think that 4 here will convey the 6-5 hand, but I have no idea what 5 would be. Perhaps Exclusion BW wanting to reach 7, with a void , but that is not this hand.
May 1
Paul Weinstock edited this comment May 1
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Thanks all for the votes and the comments. At the table, in this specific bord, there were 11 tricks available in hearts and opps had 9 tricks in spades. We wrote +230 in 3 making 6, because of bad defense, for 55%.
May 1
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64% on BW think you're right. The question is that if, on the long run, bidding 3 is the winning action in this situation.
I'll be back with the actual results at the table.
May 1
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