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As a regular USBF and ACBL operator/commentator contributor, I encourage the more the better.
It affords all of us the opportunity to see the very best in our game apply their skills, but also demonstrates that even when we do the very best it often falls short due to the ‘Card Gods’.
It may also encourage younger people to become interested in this game we all enjoy and to help ensure its' survival.
As recently deomonstrated in the World Basketball championships, those representing us are not always the strongest teams available and offers us pause to consider how professionalism affects our game both negatively and positively.
Sept. 14
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The result at the other table was +110 for a push. (2H making on the lead of a heart)
Sept. 5
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Thank you Marty and I took your suggestion verbatim.
Sept. 4
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the D7 and Craig and thank you about the H position error. I corrected the segment.
Sept. 4
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I'm sorry Frances, I did not understand the question and thank you for clarifying.
Yes, you are correct.
As stated, without the suggested distributions of the minors the slam cannot be made.
The HK does offer those opportunites when the minors are no worse than (34) with the onside 4-0 trump break and would allow you to still bring the slam home.
Sept. 4
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Hi Richard, I agree, but without the S return, it does offer some other options and if H's are 4-0 onside you still have some options although much less than 3-1 and working out which minor to ruff back to hand to pull the last trump.
Sept. 4
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Frances, taking the easy casse of a 2-2 trump break, you win the CA, ruff a S, Cash HA, DA, ruff a second S, HQ, pitch 4th S on long C honor
Sept. 4
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David,
You have valid points.
Being an eternal optimist, I will plod along in hopes that the ACBL will some day get these issues right.
I will note that as a vugraph operator I have seen many expert players become irritated about the ‘glacial’ bidding and play.
The next posting (6) on this match brings the issue of a prolonged pause into focus, but again leaving us wanting for real resolution.
It is difficult to judge those who make a living at this game nor those that employ them as I am involved somewhat even if to a much lesser degree.
It has always been a part of the game, just not as widely known. Our events on the other hand may well be better competitively because of the patrons' support.
The difficulty is that not all professionals are cut from the cloth that permits them to deal with the weight and pressure of high level competition and find themselves ‘frozen’ at times in bidding and play.
Generally, I have noticed a tolerance by most players with this pace of the game, but if that is going to be the norm then why have clocks and segment times at all.
Let's just say we play 64, no wait, now 60 boards per match until completed and not have the events timed at all.(and why do we now play 60 rather than 64 boards?)

Phillip
Aug. 7
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KB, as previously stated, West is unlikely to hold three Hearts considering the lack of acceptance of the transfer.
Therefore the only Heart holding that allows declarer to use the Heart suit is A10.
North has ample information to play his partner for 3 Hearts and to give him the 10 is a 60% shot. He simply pitches the Q or J of Hearts on the third spade.
Aug. 7
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David thank you for your comments.
I feel the responsibility is shared by all, the players, directors, administrators and rules/laws committee.
I am just not sure how to deal with it.
I have heard that in some European tournaments clocks are used, but not having played abroad I do not know of this first hand.
I am not sure how I would react if I ever found myself this deep into a major event. For many at this stage, substantial financial rewards are at stake not to mention the major title one is vying for.
Aug. 7
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Actually not Alan, N leads the spade 10 ducked around and continues with their low spade won by the A and on a third spade unblocks a heart honor knowing that declarer is unlikely to hold 3 hearts based on the auction.
Aug. 7
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Thank you Kevin for the clarifications.
Additonally, thank you and the other Directors for your combined efforts, the event ran very smoothly.
My recollections agree with your conveyances, however the issue posed is why rulings aren't made within the timeframe of the period within which the ruling applies i.e. the third segment. Many participants may base their actions on the ‘current’ known score. A final ruling before the beginning of the next segment would appear to be a good goal.
As far as the ‘clock’, bridge competition may be the only ‘sport’ that allows participants to continue play after the buzzer sounds and during the intermissions.
Aug. 6
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Bd 1, neither vul, Imp score 0-0, Opp.'s all national or world class
Aug. 6
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Frances from this and your past questions, I am thinking you will enjoy the next posting.
Aug. 6
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Steve, although 3D on 6 is common today, surprisingly, I saw less of it than one might have expected.
Thank you for contribution.
Aug. 6
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Thank you and good point and likely not, perhaps ‘3’ suit squeeze may be more appropriate even though South needs to ‘guard’ three potential winners. As a novice at this, I have already learned a great deal and hope others are doing so as well.
Aug. 5
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All quite interesting and exactly what one could hope for on what I believe to be a very interesting hand, thank all of you
Aug. 5
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True, but the idea of ducking the Spade J is predicated on East having initially held six spades thereby allowing West to ruff the second spade and East preserving the winner over North's presumed Spade 10. Btw, it was unlikley that East held KQ sixth as they would have likely preempted in first seat. Certainly this East, who was Benito Garozzo, would have.
Aug. 5
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thank you, corrected :)
Aug. 4
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Buddy, let me begin by wishing both Sally and you a wonderful Holiday! Thank both of you for putting up with me this past year as a teammate.
As I have deicded to curtail tournament play, I recently donated 4 boxes of a bridge library along with over forty years of bound Bridge World magazines as reference material to that club and I hope that you suggest they all will improve their games by taking advantage of the provided material.
As for the poll, I vote in favor of the ‘hip flask’!
Happy Holidays to all! and Please everyone, support #saynotocheats!
Dec. 23, 2018
Phillip Grothus edited this comment Dec. 23, 2018
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