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Tell them W has a 3rd seat opening hand :)
Seriously, N/S should be warned that opponents MI does not absolve them from playing bridge.
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Oct. 28
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Thanks. It was FUN, Ricky.
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Oct. 23
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Edit - the link in previous comment did not work for me when I posted
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You mean here it is: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/return-to-sender/
Oct. 4
Yehudit Hasin edited this comment Oct. 5
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In MPs I would lead trump, in IMPs it is either club or diamond - long shot, but still. The only suit I can't imagine leading is hearts.
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Sept. 27
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If you want to figure out LAs, you should post this as a bidding problem without mentioning the hesitation.
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Sept. 24
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Jim, are you getting old or just sensible?
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Sept. 22
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“At what stage, if any, should we start to suspect that a pair or team who keeps on winning might be cheating?” - at the stage when you can show examples of strange things that work too often, without considerable backfiring, and without a theoretical explanation that can be tested by peers.

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Sept. 22
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AFAIK the court found that FIB does not have the authority to impose the punishment, based on FIB's own (and the same for WBF) code. I have not seen any decision declaring any of the cheating pairs innocent, just decisions declaring the governing bodies incompetent - which is kind of true.

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Sept. 22
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Not at all. BB is by invitation, which allowed to disinvite B-Z.
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Sept. 22
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Italian appears to be a possible designation of ethnicity or nationality-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italians
https://www.quora.com/Is-being-Italian-an-ethnicity-or-a-nationality

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Sept. 22
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They cheated their way into being the highest ranked pair in the world and multiple titles.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantoni_and_Nunes_cheating_scandal
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Sept. 22
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Csaba:
“Yu, does your regular partner know that you like to open light 3rd NV?”
Yes, absolutely.

“Does (s)he alert them?” Sometimes, but mostly no. We mostly pre-alerted as part of general style.

“Do your opponents know it? ” Yes. Very light style was VERY clearly marked on the card (and I do not think that we owe more than that), but since we pre-alerted a lot of things we also pre-alerted that we are very aggressive bidders, especially in 3rd, pending vulnerability.

“Do your opponents entitled to have the same information as your partner?” Yes, but I can't MAKE them look at the card if they say they don't want to hear for example.

Since I moved I am trying to teach the new partner that if he passed, he can not have natural 2NT opposite my 3rd seat opening. A few more times and he will agree (Jim, can you please convince him?). I actually prefer to play 2NT in this position as artificial.

:)Yu
Sept. 21
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Mike, I played with Jim for hmmm…some time? :) Jim's opening style is actually a bit more solid than he would like everyone to believe, and less scientific than he believes.

That said, AKxxxx and out would often be an opening hand even when we played 2/1, and definitely playing strong club. Whether that is a 1 level, or preempt depends on vul, position and scoring - and it almost always would be a preempt. Although, at some sectional, I once opened 1 level an 8 count in 3rd seat favorable at IMPs and got a scolding on the way home that the opponents were too weak to do that against them….. so if he opens something like that against you, you should take it as a compliment.

We used to say that we open very light, and overcall very light *at the 1 level*, which was clearly marked - and “two aces are an opening bid” was not completely a joke.

:)Yu
Sept. 21
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Jim, that declarer apparently saw enough of your jump overcalls!
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Sept. 21
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I like 1NT, but then again I like opening very light in 3rd seat NV. I prefer 1NT to double, because if we have a game it is likely to be in NT. Voluntary 1NT is not a weak bid, especially opposite potentially weak partner, and partner with full opener will find a bid over 2.
Not balancing 2 is imo understandable at IMPs, especially if there is no solid agreement to what X might be in terms of shape.
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Sept. 21
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“Let's say a pair consistently win imps over opponents' preempts. Every time opps bid 2♠ - P - 3♠ they can find 4♥ when it makes, even hands that need a lot of stretch, and if 4♥ goes down they seem to never bid it. Feels like cheating right? ”

Not necessarily, it would depend to me on how many is “always”, the rest of their relative results, and the variety of opponents. Always is one team match of 6 boards? 1 month of play in a weak club? Several open national events? Another key question is - are both of them equally successful in this situation?

It would also depend on the explanation they give - and table feel is actually not a good one…. table feel does not work 100% of the time - even for seasoned poker players, let alone working 100% of the time for both partners. So when someone *always* lands on their feet - whoever they play, in whatever format - that, to me points quite clearly to cheating. And to being greedy and stupid.

Stats tell if the data fits the hypothesis, not why it does not fit. The hypothesis that one tests are their “deviations” distributed at random. Not why they are not random. So all one can reasonably suggest that there is some additional information available to the pair, that is not available to their competition or field, but not what that information is or how they got it. For all I care the explanation could be that they are charming the opponents into showing them their hand.

Imo, cheating would not be limited only to situations that you could explain by table feel. So if their only sin is that they landed on their feet balancing that particular preempt correctly 5 times in a row playing in a club that they frequent - I would not be inclined to think they cheat. I would be inclined to think they are getting better. But if that was the only position where they make significant deviation from their system or style, and it always works over a the course of 5 national events, I would be less optimistic about the pair.

:)Yu
Sept. 19
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“Since it is clearly not the case that world class players will struggle with something a UK/Aussie granny continually copes with….what is the real reason for this scenario?”

The funny thing that afaik one of the strongest opponents of allowing it is Meckstroth….
And yes, ACBL is ridiculous and often ridiculed for this. Deservingly so imo.

:)Yu
Sept. 18
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If the Common Game sends fully readable hand records to every club 15 days in advance, it really does not matter how you will protect it. If someone wants to get those records, I am sure they will.
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Sept. 18
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Bid 3 over 3 or raise 3 to 4. I don't think partner has a good suit….
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Sept. 16
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I would open this 3rd seat NV.
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Sept. 16
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