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  • @ais523 said: With one partner, I play that if following suit to declarer's lead, if the card we play is lower than the highest card currently played to that trick, we always play the lowest card of the suit. That's very close to "no signals" …
    in No Signals Comment by Frances March 14
  • ps I agree that when 4th hand has a 1-count he will be expecting the double to be passed. But if you are told a call means 'bid again' and it doesn't, it means 'pass if we've got them nailed' I think it's a bit cruel. To put it another way, consid…
  • I don't know, I've never played this method and don't know how they are playing it. I observe that a normal take-out double of a suit bid at the 1-level is passed pretty rarely Some people play that double of an opening 1NT bid shows a single-suit…
  • To be honest, I really hate the description as "bid again, I have support for the other 3 suits" if opener is not going to bid again. It seems entirely possible to me to play the double as a 4054 0-count inviting partner to compete.
  • The description is a bit unclear. As already explained above, If it's intended as a take-out bid i.e. a 3-suiter (4450) then it's allowed; if it must have 5 controls if it's a 15-count then it's a allowed.
    in Bidding query Comment by Frances March 5
  • There's no mention of what 2D meant. I can't see why Law 27 doesn't allow it to stand without penalty IF it shows 4- card heart support (4-card Drury).
  • It's a good challenge for the TD to decide whether he believes "I don't remember how the play went" or not. We had a case where we believed we had made 12 tricks; the opposing side entered 11 tricks made into the Bridgemate but we didn't see until …
  • System cards should show the agreed range, if there is one. The EBL have become very picky recently requiring HCP ranges for all pre-empts to be shown on the card.
    in Weak Comment by Frances February 27
  • I think if you assume "declarer" is a typo for "dealer" it makes sense
  • I would not look kindly on a declarer who was told (correctly) his claim was invalid and then suggested to the defence that they allow him to play on. The playing on Law is there to make the following scenario legal: Declarer: "I've got the rest w…
  • If you watch an expert's hands carefully (which you shouldn't), then between the end of the auction and putting dummy down you will see a fair amount of resorting going on.
  • I once went off in a grand slam by mis-counting dummy. To make it worse, my partner then got it written up in the New York Times (it was a great play hand, if only I had the number of cards in dummy correct). The generous hospitality provided by t…
  • "international events". Does that include the English Open Trials?
  • Does your answer only apply to this instance when the play and defence were unaffected? What if North was declarer both in hearts and in NT, and South had bid 6H, but North and East then played the hand assuming he was in NT? Here's a hypothetical…
  • MyEBU isn't working properly either. I think I may have paid 4 times for the Year End Swiss Pairs and once for the Swiss Teams, whereas what I wanted to do was pay once for the two Swiss events. Oh well, merry christmas to the EBU, they can have a …
  • No, you are correct, most commonly known as Italian DODDS is seen more often in the UK, I think, which is Even encouraging, Discouraging ODD Suit Preference.
  • Yes, as a discard. Some people might call it 'reverse DODDS'
  • well yes, and congratulations to someone for doing their absolute best to avoid taking advantage (as the Laws put it). But to be honest I don't think they needed to. I don't entirely see why 4C is natural. Shouldn't it be a good hand of some form…
  • The more common application of this law is to disallow auctions such as 3H P 4H 3NT corrected to 4NT enforcing a pass
  • "Once 1NT has been doubled, it is normal practice to play doubles of any "escape" contract as penalties, and this is the expected meaning." I think that depends on the circles in which you play. I have no expectations of my opponents' doubles on t…
    in UI Comment by Frances November 2019
  • What did the double of 2C mean?
    in UI Comment by Frances November 2019
  • The problem is that for many people, including many experts, a 4th seat natural 3NT opening doesn't have an agreed point range. Gordon put it very well "when partner has passed there is a lot of latitude and it's really just to play"
  • I don't think using 73C is an abuse of the Law here at all
  • Speaking entirely personally and not on behalf of the EBU at all (just to be clear!) I would treat them as a usual club evening because the chance that anyone present actually remembered any of the hands and took advantage of that is basically zero.…
  • I'm not sure a debate about how particular posters play a call is very useful. What matters when applying the Law is the partnership agreement, not whether we think it's good, or standard, or old-fashioned or whatever. Anyway, here are some more e…
  • @weejonnie said: The blue-book is inconsistent. "Any bid which shows at least four cards in a specified suit is permitted." BUT "The quality of the suit and the strength of the hand must conform to the standards generally played f…
  • Aside from the fact that an agreement to open 2NT on this hand is fine in the Gold Cup as Robin explained, I am pretty confident that the pair did not have such an agreement and partner fully expected 19-21 HCP.
  • The second board is clearly unplayable. I think in theory the first board is too, but a ta club event I'd ask the pairs if they'd like to have another go, reopening the auction after 1C P.
  • As Gordon and Robin have said, swapping cards between hands (the 'wrong' 13 cards) is undetectable whereas 14 vs 12 should be caught by both pairs. Slightly off-topic, but if N/S are 14/12 while E/W are 13-13 I would give 60/40.
  • I gave the South hand to an expert last night. I told him we had no agreements about what double then 3D meant, or what partner's 3S bid meant. He doubled 2D He doubled 2S. I told him he was bidding 3D instead and he was prepared to live with th…