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That's not a bad idea - I find it sad that what was once a decidedly prestigious trophy languishes unused.

My first wife told me that, when she first played in the event, long dresses were de rigeur for the evening sessions - her team of youngsters were decidedly underdressed in tee-shirts and jeans.
20 minutes ago
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I would be inclined to agree had partner shown four trumps.
26 minutes ago
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This will no doubt be controversial, but opening a strong NT with two completely empty suits, no tenaces and a decent five-card major seems to me to be putting system dogma ahead of bridge commonsense.
28 minutes ago
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No-one should lose any IMP when they hold a hand with 14 cards.

If the pair were playing in an event in which Blue Book rules applied, and the partnership agreement was to open 2 with a hand of this strength, the ruling appears to have been correct. The fact that, were the hand K QJ J AKQ109xxxx, the hand would have complied with the regulation, shows the fatuity of attempting to regulate by reference to “raw” HCP.
4 hours ago
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That would be a more attractive line of defence against 4.
5 hours ago
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You're probably too young to remember it, but there was a time when the Whitelaw winners were routinely invited to play in the Lady Milne. The introduction of a LM trial was an innovation during my time on the Selection Committee.
5 hours ago
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Sorry, Dave, only just seen this. A 3 overcall would be asking for a stop; double then 4 would be a slam try with partner's suit agreed.
5 hours ago
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On one occasion, I was invited to lunch at Boris's house. It was his birthday. His opening gambit was “I've had a f**klet”.
5 hours ago
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In England, one can't sue for defamation of a deceased person.

Certain tales have already appeared on this site about a deceased English player, one of the most obnoxious that I have ever met. But I don't think that his or her name was mentioned.
5 hours ago
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There's a case for it, certainly. But you can no longer pick up the suit when South has both K and J.
5 hours ago
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Love the last sentence.
5 hours ago
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There should be time to switch: it's unlikely that one club isn't cashing (and if we can't take a club trick, I don't fancy our chances of beating this contract).
5 hours ago
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Certainly not. Do you really want to play 4 facing Qxx xxx Axx KJxx?
6 hours ago
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He hasn't seen South bid before?
6 hours ago
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In my methods, this is 4SF with whatever agreements normally apply (i.e. the double is ignored).
6 hours ago
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What the Director did was, as well as contrary to the Laws, quite likely to produce an avoidable incident.

Whilst it is one thing to be told at the outset that the vulnerabilities are different, it is quite another to remember this information and take account of it in, for example, a lengthy competitive auction.
7 hours ago
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That's similar to the old Culbertson definition, more honour tricks than losers.
20 hours ago
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Yes, but how was bidding 5NT supposed to assist in getting there?
22 hours ago
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Partner's silence might be influenced by lack of spade fit. In which case, it rates to fit well in diamonds.
22 hours ago
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I might be missing something but the Queen seems screamingly obvious.
22 hours ago
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