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Kevin; I believe the team from the state with the colder mean temperature moves on.

(ONLY KIDDING; SORRY WITH THE WINTER FROM HELL I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF!)
10 hours ago
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Hi Gary - if I m reading correctly, the U of MN team finished 3/4 overall! VWD!

I am the coach for the Carleton College students. Two teams played; I believe that some of our players are newer than others.

Very proud of them all competing! Last year Minnesota had two teams win trip to the Collegiate Championships!
10 hours ago
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David - and I thought about doubling! But - not sure how the auction will proceed after that - and - seems like one is still stuck with “how do I let partner know I have reasonable values and 5/5 in the majors?”

A vexing problem overall, to be sure!
Feb. 17
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Aviv, I could surely be totally off the wall. But - if I had a good diamond raise, I think I would double, and if they run, then bid diamonds.

I see no one has chosen my odd call (at least not yet). I just can't bring myself to pass, however - and not at all sure that double in this case is showing 5/5 in the majors.
Feb. 16
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Christopher, I have no desire to retract my original comment.
Feb. 16
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LOL, Christopher! If you think that there was consent in all these cases, well…. what can I say?

As for Helgemo and Helness it seems that they did not pay taxes that they owed. I'm not sure that I've seen anyone stating that they did not do this.

But hey; you seem to think that failing to pay taxes is a far greater crime than multiple rapes (and who would believe all those men and women - and children, too) who claimed that these two did abuse them? Fine upstanding citizens!

(And - FWIW - I absolutely adored Spacey the actor. Spacey the molester? Not so much…)
Feb. 16
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3 can't be natural on this auction, can it?

Oh well; just one board if partner thinks that it is!
Feb. 16
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So very true, Jeff! Thanks for pointing this out - and - (although I do already have a room) - thank you, Karen, for those who do NOT and want one!
Feb. 16
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John; if I don't cover the jack, isn't clear that I do not have a card higher than the ten?

Frances; I agree that the 10 would show 1098.

How does your partner know if you have 1098 or 1098xx?
Feb. 16
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So here is what I am not understanding from all those who voted to play the 10.

Whenever people unfamiliar with UDCA ask me how it works, I explain it this way. It is the opposite of standard. If in standard you would have played a high card to encourage, then with UDCA you play a low one. If you would have high lowed to show an even number; in UDCA you play up the line to do so.

Thus - if you were playing standard carding here and wished to encourage - you would play the 10… no?

How then can the carding for standard AND UDCA be identical? What am I missing, “I play a high card” voters?
Feb. 16
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Robb - perhaps I should have left “standard” out of it, as we play UDCA.

But - I thought my two “UDCA” choices were fairly clear.

What are signals at this point for UDCA? Is a high card signaling count? Is a low card encouraging?

My partner and I disagreed - otherwise this post would not be here!
Feb. 16
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Sorry, Buddy; yes, I could have included that, too. (Obviously I am fairly hopeless at constructing good problems!)
Feb. 16
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Steve - I corrected above to reflect that the jack was played. Thank you for highlighting that this should be more clear.
Feb. 16
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The jack is played in dummy.
Feb. 16
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Sorry I posed the problem improperly the 1st time. (Mea culpa!)
Feb. 15
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Oh; gotcha!

Maybe I can still fix it! (I need someone to help me fix my brain setting up problems!)
Feb. 15
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Henry, please note that my “conditions of contest” are that you do wish to encourage. (Which is why I didn't give any additional information.)

Just curious what people think is the proper play here if you wish to encourage in the suit partner led, and you have this particular holding.
Feb. 15
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Christopher, you will note I did not say a word about ignorance being an excuse. Most of the time it is not. I don't know the laws in Norway, so I am unable to judge if there is some leniency in situations where someone received poor information. (Note I didn't say total forgiveness, as I do think that ignorance is not an excuse that should absolve all.)

I am only saying that I will not call someone a cheat unless I have good evidence that they knowingly did something illegal. I have never seen hard evidence to that effect.

Also, Christopher, I have to say that I find your example of others - rapists - to be rather vulgar, too.

Cheating on your taxes is a crime, but in my mind, raping others is surely a worse one…
Feb. 15
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Glad some are so trusting of the government; certain that the government never errs and that people accused of a crime knowingly acted against the law.

I DO NOT KNOW what the truth is. That being said, I know that the legal system can make errors (or worse than errors) and that people can use information from others that they thought was accurate - but was not.

So count me out as far as making claims about Helgemo and Helness and what thieves they are.
Feb. 15
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I am a bit surprised at so many votes for double.

Partner can see the vulnerability as well as I can. If partner has heart stopper(s), I leave it up to partner to weigh whether he should bid 3NT, pass my double - or - something else.

If partner chooses the “something else” category, then I would bet that 3NT is not the right answer!

Plus, if I bid double and 3NT is the right spot, often that is exactly where we shall arrive.
Feb. 14
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