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Thanks Jim. This was a funny story, so jobbing/infiring was not the point and it was a joke. Also at the point of the director call and when we had the results, no body knew if it was a good or bed result until we saw the hand results. At that point not sure if they would call the director again and appeal. But again, it's not the point
Nov. 4, 2015
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Whats the current law Ed?
Nov. 4, 2015
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I have one more story, not worst mistake but maybe best mistake :) I opened and lefty entered the bidding with 1s. My partner and i bid several things and each time he bid 2s, 3s, 4s while RHO was silent. My partner doubled but i pulled it to 5h. LHO bid 5sp, partner doubled, and in my turn i doubled it as well. RHO called the director and director said ruled that my double cancelled partner's double. So they played 5sp undoubled making and got zero, because everybody played either 4 or 5sp doubled.

PS: This can be a good strategy if you think your partner's double is not going to work and you don't want to bid anything else, just double.
Nov. 4, 2015
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I have 2, not necessarily worst but stupid. When i was new(ish) to the game, they doubled my 3sp for penalty, and i bid 4sp -doubled and went down 1. they asked why i bid, i told them i thought i would get more points by making a higher bid doubled.

The second one was in a club tournament. We left the game 3 rounds to go because we thought the game was over, but actually we were sit-out. yes we had a couple drinks or more before the game.
Nov. 1, 2015
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I think I play the same but to make sure all are in the same page;
(1♦) 1♠ (2♣) ?
Now 2D and 3CL are available for QB.
Club is a lower suit but it's available in the 3 level.
So i think to explain properly the “cheapest suit up to line” should be used instead of “lower/higher suit”.

Something like this;
- the cheapest suit in 2 level is limit or better with 3 card
- the cheapest suit in 3 level mix raise with 4 card,
- the higher suit in 3 level limit or better with 4 card.
Actually mix and limit in 3 level can be swapped to block the opener to bi/support the higher suit.

Oct. 18, 2015
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Let's change the bidding a bit. If North opened the bidding, it would go something like this
1m-p-1H-p,
2NT-p-3om-p,
3NT - all pass.

Assuming that you agree with the bidding, why would you pass to 2NT when you have EXTRA information, but bid 3NT when you have NO information?

Why wouldn't you accept the invite knowing that
1) W is the dangerous opponent
2) where the missing high cards are for finesse, duck, and end play
3) North is behind West so North's Kings and Queens are likely to be protected - in this case if East opened the bidding then pass would be correct.

Wouldn't this information (plus couple 10s) make up the missing points?

Sept. 14, 2015
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Sept. 4, 2015
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Sept. 4, 2015
Tansu Aksu edited this comment Sept. 4, 2015
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Agreed Mel. Here are somethings to consider - not in any specific order;
1) What are the thing considered cheating that have official consequences?
2) What triggers an investigation?
3) Who has jurisdiction over what?
4) What are the “events/tournaments” can be investigated and what are not?
5) Do the rules cover “cheating on-line games”?
6) Who makes the final decision; a board, committee?
7) Who assembles the committee?
8) Is the decision based on unanimous or just majority? Will the votes for and against be public?
9) Can the people appeal the decision to same and another governing body?
10) Who pays for the efforts? Is there a budget for it,
11) How many proved cheating incidents are there? What's the percentage? Is the cost worth making radical changes?
12) Will the efforts to prevent cheating(electronic tablets etc), increase the tournament fees for an average Joe or will they be paid by only for those attends these events?
13) What happens if the pair found not guilty? Legal ramifications.
14) and what happens if they found guilty?
15) What happens if a pair found guilty but the rest of the team not? What happens to the rest of the team and the titles they won - if any?
16) What if there is defamation a law suit against ACBL/WBF/committee and it's members etc? Who covers what and who becomes responsible?
17) What happens if any pair/team doesn't want to play against them until the decision has been made?

Tansu
Sept. 3, 2015
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I think players should wear body cameras in the big tournaments, like to police do in the US
Sept. 2, 2015
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N wouldn't lead from QTx, so it should be obvious to S that W has two stoppers. I would pitch a spade or at least smith echo to tell not to play a spade, pitch Hs. You can see 6 club tricks + 1 spade and if he has A of H 9 is there, if not partner should have K or Q of D + 9 or KQ diamonds. When N gets with Q of C, should play K of D automatically
July 29, 2015
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In my several partnerships we ignore RHO's doubles over any 1 opening bid and bid whatever we were going to bid. As you can see XX doesn't help the opener one bit; he/she actually doesn't know if you have 18 points or 10 or 6
July 27, 2015
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As S, if you are going to just bid 5H over 5D cuebid, why are you bidding 5cl in the first place then? Isn't 5D what you wanted to hear? Just bid 6H.

4H is a poor bid -what is that even mean? - , isn't 3H forcing? If not then OK.
July 18, 2015
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Cameron,

Kantar has been advocating the SSA(Specific Suit Ask) for some time. You can find the detail in his book called “Roman Keycard Blackwood: Slam Bidding for the 21st Century - chapter 7”.

You can only employ it after a key card ask or a key card ask followed by a Queen ask.

So 6C to ask about that suit. In his book, he suggests the step responses below;
Return to the trump suit is the “death response”(shows xxx(x) ) and it's not part of steps
1st) 3rd round control =xx, Qx(x), Ax, AQx
2nd) 2nd round control = Kxx(x)
3rd) Kx,
4th) KQx,
5th) and a stiff (you jump to 7).

He uses this example;
AQxxxx
AKxx
x
Kx

bidding goes;
1sp-2nt
3d-4c
4n-5d
6h-6nt(1st step excluding trump suit=3 round control)
7sp.

I liked the step response idea. But to remember them, I like to simplify them as;
1st step=xxx(x) death response
2nd step=x or xx
3rd step=q

I can't think of more practical cases that you'd need more steps. One might argue that what if you have AKxx vs Qxxx and it split 41.- then hope for AKxx vs QTxx for finesse.

This works well if you know partner has 4+ trumps. When you open a 2CL type strong hand with long trumps, partner may have only 1-2 trumps so you may not be able to ruff twice or even once. Also if you play minorwood, it needs to be discussed with the partner not to confuse SSA with King ask

Tansu
July 12, 2015
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This answers it :) Is this how experts play?
July 12, 2015
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I had similar thoughts. However I was not interested in if he has 3rd round control as doubleton or singleton club, i wanted third round to be exactly the Queen of clubs.

If partner has doubleton or singleton club, I should play 7H but they will possibly lead a trump, partner may have singleton A, or if he has more trumps I maybe ruffing only once, and Q of Clubs may not drop, or they may overruff..Actually I rather him have 5 or more clubs than doubleton club.

So my question was is there a standard/known bidding sequence that asks if partner has 1)3rd round control vs 2)Queen vs 3)None?

Actually I liked Adriano's response above. But i wasn't aware of during the game - nor my partner
> 6♣ would ask 3rd control clubs;
7♣= Q,
7♥= x, or xx.
6♥= none.

On a second thought, why not step responses? might be easier to remember also you can add more stuff.
Partner bids 6cl,
6D)none
6H)third round control (x, xx)
6S)Q
6N)5+clubs
etc.
July 12, 2015
Tansu Aksu edited this comment July 12, 2015
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How about pass?
July 10, 2015
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Why not leave the decision to partner instead of bidding 5cl?
Yes it would have been easier if clubs was bid once before 4H.

Some wrote 1516 hand suggests an offense. But it's almost certain that 4sp can't make it with a trump lead(West has hearts and clubs, his partner opened diamond and looking at his hand possibly he assumes partner has some spades as well). What evidence do you have that an aceless-7-point- hand with JTxxx trumps will take 11 tricks. Why not take a certain positive score? Over 5H if they bid 5SP will you bid 6 H? Hope not, so why bid 5H over 4S.
July 10, 2015
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Win Ace, play a small spade. If you didn't have the 7 of H, you may want to duck once
July 9, 2015
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Agree with John, instead of 4H if West bid 3C, it would have been easier for EW. Then E may have bid 3H or 4H or anything else, and the decision for defending or bidding 5H would be much clearer.
July 9, 2015
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