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I remember Mike telling me that he once opened a club game with the intentional phoney BOWIE h4 (26). It still took him a few moments to challenge his opponents reply: BOWIE 4h (20).

On another occasion, I heard him go on at great length about how illogical it seemed to him that his extension YEO-WOMEN 1o (48) had come back unacceptable. I redoubled my effort to learn exhaustive sets of extensions. (In TWL98, the only three-letter front extensions for -WOMEN are: AIR-, LAY- and MAD-.)

Someday, I hope to go through my game records and list all the phoneys that Mike ever played against me.

John Chew