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In Duplicate Bridge, does the person holding a particular set of cards open the bidding in all times that particular deal is played?

In pair competitions, yes absolutely ; everything about each hand is identical every time it is played. The dealer and vulnerability is determined by the board number usually - a sixteen board ...
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How are bridge hands chosen, at top tournaments? What's the motive?

All bridge players "know" that the hands are cooked. They all have their own ideas how. Each person's ideas are different. They're all wrong. Mostly this is because humans, and bridge ...
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How to bid a slam when partnership cannot find the best suit?

Playing 2-over-1 with a few conventions (including the serious 3nt), my auction would be something like 1d 1s 2c (this is a bit conservative but I think the right call) 2h (artificial game force) 2s (...
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Who’s to blame for our partnership missing an easy 4S game?

This, as with nearly everything in bridge, depends on partnership agreements and style. However, taken in the standard methods, 2c is the only real forcing bid available. As such, it usually promises ...
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Dummy knows more than declarer

From Law 70.B: B. Concession Defined Any statement to the effect that a contestant will lose a specific number of tricks is a concession of those tricks; a claim of some number of tricks is a ...
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How to handle dummy's revoke due to a hidden card?

I am not a TD, but I am a qualified Club Director, and this situation is actually a fairly clear one. Under the Laws of Duplicate Bridge , laws 61-64 govern revokes. It is a common misunderstanding ...
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Can This Hand be made?

This is a lesson in a technique called "unblocking." And yes, the hand can be made in a "roundabout" way. The first thing you should notice is that North has five tricks in hearts, from K down to 9. ...
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Pulling double after Weak 2 and competition?

I would never pull a double on that auction, regardless of my hand. "The book of rebids by preempter is 1000 pages long, and they're all blank," as the saying goes. Responder is the captain ...
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How often do top duplicate Bridge players repeat the same game?

Let's check. Here are the hand records and session results for the 44th World Team Championships' Bermuda Bowl Final between Poland and Netherlands. Given are the session number and number of hands ...
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Can a team-match VP score be negative?

Until a few years ago most Victory Scales awarded negative VPs to a blitzed team. (This link makes reference to such.) However, by not being at the table on time, ready to play, your teammates are ...
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How to bid a slam when partnership cannot find the best suit?

Let's talk capabilities first. In general, Grand Slam should not be bid unless one can identify all 13 tricks expected to be made. If North is making the final 6/7 decision in Spades after a ...
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Conventional treatment of a particular negative double

As I understand things these methods originated in Italy. Many Italian experts play that the double shows 4 or 5 spades and hands with 6+ spades start with 2H. I've tried this in a few partnerships ...
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Bridge auction: 3rd suit tells – 4th suit asks

This Aces on Bridge shows a good example of this. Look in the "Bid with the Aces" section. What this describes is an auction where you're exploring NT, and trying to figure out if you're ...
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In response to an opening bid of 1 spade by my partner, why do I have to have at least 5 pieces in hearts (+ the usual points) in order to respond 2H?

In addition to the other two great answers here, I'll expand a bit more on the "why". Basically, your goal is to describe your hand as low as possible and as accurately as possible, right? ...
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Who’s to blame for our partnership missing an easy 4S game?

Four Spades is not such a great contract. You are going to get a Club lead. You have to decide immediately whether to try and set up dummy's Hearts, or to ruff your Diamond and Club losers in dummy. ...
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Bridge auction: 3rd suit tells – 4th suit asks

I have never heard that phrase for the concept, but it's a very valid one. The version I hear is "two suits shows, one suit asks". That is, if there are two suits your side are concerned ...
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How to bid and make a slam with 28 HCP between the partnership?

Here are two auctions that aggressive bidders could use to reach a small slam, using common methods in a 2/1 base system: W E 1NT | 15-17 2H 2S | transfer to spades; acceptance 4S 5C | ...
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How to bid and make a slam with 28 HCP between the partnership?

The answer is; you don’t. Not with normal 2/1 methods, anyway; and even pretty out there methods would have a hard time finding this. Why? Because it’s dependent on so many things. The seven card ...
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Double that is not acceptable

According to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, 2008: Law 35 Inadmissible calls A. A double or redouble not permitted by Law 19. Law 36 applies. Law 36 A. Offender's LHO Calls before ...
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In what systems are opening 4 card majors ok?

There are plenty of systems that open on 4-cards, I myself play one, and that is not very uncommon here. 4-card systems are commonly used to teach Bridge. Most people prefer 5-card major though, and 4-...
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duplicate bridge rules for revoke,and any penatly should be imposed

The Short Answer: The Director finds which card is missing and restores the player's hand. This card is considered to have belonged continuously to the owner's hand, and as a result may have caused an ...
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Dummy knows more than declarer

From the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, Law 46.B.5, If declarer indicates a play without designating either a suit or a rank (as by saying “play anything” or words of like meaning), either defender ...
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How to handle dummy's revoke due to a hidden card?

David Siegel has the laws almost perfect (and thank you for that!) He didn't mention that there is also no automatic trick penalty for the second revoke in the same suit (even if it wasn't from dummy)...
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Pulling double after Weak 2 and competition?

I agree with ruds - sort of. I play with my partners that double by preempter is "I want to sacrifice"; explicitly so that preempter's partner can say "I don't". Preempter doesn'...
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How often do top duplicate Bridge players repeat the same game?

Ignore "plays that don't matter". That's a very hard statement to define, and could massively affect your answer. The other answers are talking about "same contract leading to same ...
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The travellers score sheets were not filled for two deals how is the scoring done

An adjusted score is awarded on a board (in MatchPoints) as follows: The pairs playing the board are divided into two groups for each direction - a normal score group and an adjusted score group. The ...
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Bridge game individual movement split between "Pro"s and "Am"s

Rainbow movements have individuals remaining a single direction, but only work for a number of tables that is a prime number. If you had 'Pros' sitting North and East, and 'Ams' sitting South and West,...
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Can This Hand be made?

It is doable: Trick 1: South trashes Ace of Hearts, North takes with the Ace of Spades. Tricks 2-6: North leads (and takes) with 9-K of Hearts, South trashes 10-A of Diamonds. Tricks 7-12: North ...
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In response to an opening bid of 1 spade by my partner, why do I have to have at least 5 pieces in hearts (+ the usual points) in order to respond 2H?

The short answer: because it's just a good idea. Expanding a bit: One of the primary goals of bidding is to find the best game available. In no trump, game is 9 tricks. In a major suit, it takes 10. ...
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Conventional treatment of a particular negative double

You cannot fix the meaning of a single bid in isolation from others. Based on your 1C including 12-13 balanced hands, I'm assuming that your 1NT opening is 14-16 HCP and that 1D promises an ...
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