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Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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Reserving Rights
Exactly. It's more about establishing the facts. Your legal rights don't change whether you 'reserve' them or not.
Negotiated Settlement
The defence are legally entitled to two tricks. But if they consider it fairer that they just get one trick, and claim accordingly and declarer accepts, that seems to be a perfectly legal outcome.
Do you care?
Sorry is overdone and, quite often, more detailed analysis shows it was the wrong person saying sorry. But I don't know anyone who doesn't like to receive compliments.
Insufficient Bid
Under the old laws, responder could bid anything with no penalty if 2 was automatic. What has changed is the old "the same meaning or a more precise meaning" has been given a more formal definition and tweaked a bit. I don't think it is a big change.
Utility of a 3-card super-accept raise over Jacoby Transfers and a Strong NT
You want high ODR. Trump length is a factor in that but is not decisive. Usually a super-accept will be a hand that has been improved by partner's response. For example, after 1NT-2 I would super accept with QJx xx AKx KQJTx but not with AKxx AQJx xx ...
Bridge is Sixty Percent Bidding?
Very much agree with what Tom said. If there is a slam on a finesse, any swing will occur in the bidding phase but I would attribute that swing to luck, not bidding. I don't have evidence but my gut instinct is that people attach too much importance to ...
ATB - Missed slam
I agree with Per-Ola Cullin above. People have explained why North should have done more, but South had a slam try to begin with and has shown 6-4 so North viewed his hand as a maximum after discounting secondary honours in the minors. On a bad day I suppose North ...
How Should the 2D Bid be Treated
If I have enough to want to cue bid and short diamonds I would be very close to a takeout double last time. If I have enough to want to cue bid and length in diamonds I would usually be doubling for penalty now. Possibly I might hold a hand ...
1!D opener rebid after 2!C(GF) response
ATB after enemy unusual 2NT
That's ok if South has that hand. But give North, for example, K Kxx AKJxxx Axx, and it is risky for him to act unilaterally over 3H by West. I think it's easier if South takes the opportunity to show he has something at his first turn when ...
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