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Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson
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Member Since
June 22, 2011
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Bridge Player
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World International Master. Australia open team 1994, 1998, 2013, 2016


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Philly Slam Poll 3 of 3: Responses to Queen Ask
There's no rock-solid standard. With most partners I play the 5NT in response to the Q ask shows trump Q plus the highest K (but if there's more than one K above our trump suit that we couldn't specifically cue here then trump Q plus a high ...
Philly Slam Poll 2 of 3: ATB missed 6!D
What shapes were possible for 3? If (as I prefer) it guarantees 3 card support, and that 1 guaranteed 4+ (I prefer 5+, but I can live with 4+) then South should just wheel out whatever version of Blackwood is available. If North hasn't made positive ...
Philly Slam Poll 1 of 3: ATB missed 6!S
What other hand types would go 1-1-4? If, for example, AKJx KQJxxx xx x or AKxxx KQxxxx x x is acceptable, then South should pass 4. If North can't have 4 keycards for 4, then South bidding on is ... lunacy. If AKJx KQJxx xxx ...
Selection Problems
"In my view, failure would be consistently underperforming at Zonal and World Championships. Success would be consistently winning medals at these events" It's hard to prove that a team/NBO has underperformed - once or consistently. One might simply have unrealistic expectations - once or consistently. Has the USA, with its ...
Selection Problems
"Anyone who thinks they are capable of that judgement is either a top player or sorely deluded" Even top players disagree - sometimes strongly - on who the best players are, and who amongst them are playing well right now. And other relevant issues. Selection by committee routinely fails because it substantially ...
David Birds Inappropriate Comment
I totally agree with Kokes that raising 1S here shows a bit extra. After P P 1D P, you've got a passed opponent and another who couldn't dredge up an overcall of a measly 1D. There is very little to fear any more from halfway decent opponents now ...
David Birds Inappropriate Comment
Getting your side to game with a chunky 55 and a fit is completely unremarkable. At least, it should have been
Selection Problems
"There are arguments in favour of trials, and arguments in favour of selection, but nobody would expect a trial to reliably produce the best possible team" To mangle some Churchill - Trials are the worst form of selection, except all those other forms which have been tried from time to time ...
Selection Problems
John, I played in a replay playoff for the 1998 Australian open team (see my comment a bit upthread for how it came about). The difference to this situation was that no team had been declared the winner. It's extremely difficult to wind back a selection decision once you ...
Selection Problems
Khokan, I am indeed acutely aware of that contentious playoff! In 1998, my teammate Barbie Travis and I noticed that the carryforward to the playoff final had been incorrectly calculated (the regulations obscurely required some but not all types of procedural penalties to be removed before the calculation), and we ...

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