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Gonzalo: IMHO it would be reasonable for you to ask. After all, they may have changed their system. A simple “please explain” would be enough. If your club membership practice is not to have convention cards … then can it really be the case that your recollections of the day before (how about the week before?) lock you as “already knowing”?. Many posts here on BW involve rulings and appeals relating to partnerships themselves not knowing their own agreements, so how can you be expected to be certain of their agreements and treatments (eg 55, or can it be 54, split range or any range)?

I remember reading that Patrica Fox Sheinwold used to play with Mrs Kaplan. She said when they sat down to play, the oppo thought they were playing Kaplan-Sheinwold (the system of their husbands). In fact, they played Roth-Stone (which was clearly written on their convention cards). They gained from people's assumptions.
(obviously this is not the same thing, but amusing … )
July 4, 2019
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So if the auction goes (contested, of course, with person in 3rd not asking about the meaning of 2)

1NT - (2)* - 2* and the person in 4th says “You alerted 2, what does 2 mean?”

You look for a convention card, notice that the oppo don't have one (or have one, but partially completed), and so …. are you, as opener, supposed to start a long sentence with all the possible meanings of 2? … there are maybe 10+ defences, albeit some less common.
July 4, 2019
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Robert, I thought of that, and sometimes a vowel dump at play one is not so bad, is it? or a perhaps you start with two Vs?
July 3, 2019
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OK, so how many Scrabble moves do you need to tell if somebody is a weak player? Although it can be just one play, if they go first. My guess is that after their second play (nine of out ten games) you can tell.
July 3, 2019
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When I first read this I did not realise that 1 and 2 were overcalls. Interesting to know if anyone changes their opinion regarding overcall vs partner's response.
July 2, 2019
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Agree with No, No, Yes.
July 2, 2019
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Decades ago a friend and I auditioned for a TV game show called BULLSEYE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullseye_(British_game_show)
Our team consisted of me answering quiz questions, and him playing darts.
When we turned out without our own darts, the opponents knew that we were hopeless. I think that's like competing at Wimbledon without your own tennis racket. So I guess, this means that at the point of walking through the door we were sized up as being “hopeless”.
July 2, 2019
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Playing against an oppo I don't know, just look at the convention card. It can be very telling (not guaranteed, but good indicator).
July 1, 2019
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I was talking to The Prof about Joe Amsbury. Part way through the conversation, he mentioned that Joe, one time editor of a bridge magazine, asked The Prof, quite genuinely, “Just what is a semi colon?”
June 30, 2019
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The card play museum in the Netherlands has more bequeaths of these than anything else. Try them. I have about 30 from the 1930s.
June 24, 2019
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He was born 30 Nov 1949. Named Andrew partly because that date is St Andrew's day.
June 23, 2019
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from my interview with John, a long time ago, para about his early life:

What did you do when you left school?

I was 19 at the time, worked at Westminster Bank. I was a little horror - arriving late, leaving directly after the Manager. I had a bad reputation but I always did my work. Then I went to do national service at WOSB (War Office Special Bubble). I failed the test miserably so they shipped me out to Germany. During the first few weeks I won the battalion boxing championship. They invited me to an Officer’s party and gave me 30 shots of Schnapps. I spent the next two weeks in hospital. The Commanding Officer felt sorry for me so he made me the sports representative for the battalion; this entitled me to a car and driver. I was allowed to live out and this is when I got my first got my taste for women.

After the Army I went back to the bank for a short time. I was a quick, hard and efficient worker and did relief work. They used to send me to the branches when help was required. One day I was in the Smith Square branch and a batch of traveller’s cheques went missing. That night I was ill with pleurisy. I was lying in bed, sick as a dog when an inspector called at my house, accusing me of taking the cheques, so I left the bank. After that I became a bridge bum for a short time, then spent some time being a travelling salesman for a supplier of occasional and office furniture.
June 7, 2019
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A regular partnership used to frequently psyche under this condition: the first 16 boards were going badly for them, it was time for fun.

The trouble was, when you faced them as oppo in the latter part of the duplicate, you had no knowledge of their running score.

They did field … in big and small ways.

Despite complaints to the club the director did nothing about it.
May 28, 2019
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corrected, thanks
May 16, 2019
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You might like to look at this amazing video clip from the event, here. It is only 1 min and 40 seconds long

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVAB5W8NVGQ6D32C8WSUS6TG3GCT-UK-FILM-STAR-OMAR-SHARIF-BIDS-FOR-HIGH-STAKES-IN-THE-WORLDS-MOST/query/omar+sharif
April 27, 2019
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I know how hard it can be to research things from that era. Thank you for going to the trouble of writing this article for us to read.
Jan. 3, 2019
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1934

Whilst on the same subject, I have photos of these people:
Johan Warburg, A Harloff, Andreas Moller, Dr Sven Nandrup, CCU Ramsing, R Rosenlov.


We have matched up Ramsing with his photo, so just need to put names to faces for the other men.

1948
Finally, we would like to find out more about “Halvor”, who might be partner or teammate of Elgaard. They were not in the 1948 team, but Elgaard was a frequent winner in top events.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Just looked at records from earlier sessions. Very impressive. Well done to everyone.
Nov. 17, 2018
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Dale, I sent OED “Barbu” for inclusion, years ago. Pretty easy to verify … still not there.

When I started playing in the 80s I recall the phrase being used at The Acol Bridge club. Cards were boxed all the time because dummy kept on asking to see declarer's hand either before opening lead, or after the end/claim, and inevitably there would be some loud noises, exclamations, and the odd boxed card (no hand records those days).

I have never seen exactly two boxed cards in the same hand. Either just one, or lots. It would be mildly interesting to find out if it is more associated with dummy, declarer, or specific defender.., Might be a UI situation of the boxed card, detected before anyone sees it, reveals that that specific hand is likely to be, for example, dummy.

I once saw a hand that was not boxed, but so scrunched that it could not fit into the plastic board. The board had to be redealt. A very “active” nervy young player, who is a frequent BW poster these days.
Nov. 10, 2018
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see my article here
https://mrbridge.co.uk/library/single-magazine.html?issue=174#174/page/6

in the press release it said that they went to some duplicates and a sectional to understand a bit more and prepare them.
Nov. 9, 2018
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