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I don't know what laws say, or whether what I do is right or wrong, but my policy in these situations on BBO is that: bids that me and my partner don't have any agreement on their meaning, I simply do not explain. Why would I tell my opponents what I mean by the bid, if my partner does not know what it means (since we have no agreement). It's like telling my hand to opponents. I only alert and explain when we have clear cut agreements on the meaning of a bid. So, if the 2NT above was discussed and agreed beforehand, I alert, otherwise not.
April 9, 2016
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Yes, agreed, but reverse the minor holdings in your hand above, what would you bid then?
March 14, 2016
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A few months back I started playing schuler shift with my regular pd, which uses 2 as catchall (all minimum hands, 12-14 & 18-19 balanced) and 2NT shows 6+ 12-15, 3m shows extras. So far, it has simplified our bidding greatly by not needing to repeat our major 3 times just to show 6. But, it has the potential problem of wrongsiding 3NT when there's no fit, but to date it has not happened, though I sense disaster is just around the corner.
March 14, 2016
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In general, Dbl now and complete silence afterwards unless forced to bid by partner (Of course choice may vary depending on the actual hand). With people opening on less and less, I have learnt that it pays and it is often necessary to t/o X immediately, even with an offshape hand, like with 4=4=3=2 (or even 4=4=4=1?, EDIT: No i will never t/o Dbl with 4441) when RHO opens your 3-carder, or even with 3442 in the scenario mentioned.
Dec. 27, 2015
Ali Ahmed edited this comment Dec. 27, 2015
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With 11-12-13 5332 any, you can pass 1NT; with most 15-17 you open 1NT, everything ok so far… but what if
(1) you hold 5332, 14 or good 13 points which may make 3NT opposite 10-11 in semi-forcing 1NT?
(2) Those 15-17 which we open 1M because they are more suit oriented?
Oct. 28, 2015
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Sorry if I have missed it, but what happens to the 5332 13-16 counts?
Oct. 28, 2015
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I got 19/26

using Kit's numbers (wrongs marked with a , Rights with )


3:
Wrong (i marked it as No/None)

4:
Wrong, I marked it as No/5

8:
Wrong, marked it as No/None

10:
Wrong: No/None

13:
Wrong, No/4.

17:
Right, No/None. This one's complicated, i marked it as No/None, since the finger signal (4 finger) apparently comes when B adjusts the cards in dummy. On all other finger signals he gives the signal independent of dummy. He does this immediately after that suit is put on table. Therefore, i took this instance as B really needing to adjust dummy's card.

19:
Wrong, No/4

21:
Right, Yes/5, however i also noted that the signal could be 4 since thumb is not visible.

26:
Wrong, Yes/5, clear 5 finger signal, but it comes before Z touches his card.
Oct. 19, 2015
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what if the overcall is 2 on 1?
Oct. 8, 2015
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For four card fit, the cuebid or 2NT suffices. The idea of using the next suit to show NegX is good but then I think we will be forced to play 2NT or 2/3 Minor in a 4-3 fit. But then again, I guess that's the price to pay for wanton 3rd seat adventures.
Oct. 8, 2015
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I read your article on drury doubles, Yes my current partership style is similar, opening anything with good 4/bad 5 cards as 1M, so how did you cope with the situation described above when playing Dr.Doubles? Or should we set a floor for our 3rd seat openings, like no less than 9 HCP, and then dump the Drury Double?
Oct. 8, 2015
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Do you open light with 4 major or always with at least 5 cards? So what would your partner rebid with light opening and no fit?
Oct. 8, 2015
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I am talking about those 11 and less HCP hands which are not opened in your system, e.g. AKQx xx xxxx xxx, you certainly will not open 1NT with this one, would you open 1M?
Oct. 8, 2015
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yayyy!
Oct. 3, 2015
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Although I do agree that the issue is not as black and white as my comment may have made it seem, due to various reasons like for example the emotional attrition to the innocent pair, people misunderstanding the evidence etc., the bad effects of public accusations are also being amplified. None is going to believe a public accusation without solid evidence, hence (1) and (2) are unlikely to happen. Moreover, its an accusation, and if the evidence is not convincing enough, people should wait for authorities to clear the matter before judging for themselves. (3) and (4) will always happen, whether the pair is guilty or not, as in the case of FS people doubted their cheating until solid evidence was presented, and some may doubt/reject their cheating to this day.

Not to be misconstrued, let me state that I am not saying that public accusations are a good thing, in fact they also have their demerits, and the punishment for wrongly accusing someone should be severe if accused without solid evidence, as a deterrence. Ideally, people should report their doubts and accusations to the authorities, who should then take further action. However, compared to the damage that has happened when an unfair pair goes on without being caught, with tens of trophies spanning a decade tainted, I'd rather bear some wrong public accusations then let all this happen to the game, as the damage by the two is not even comparable. Had someone come up with public accusation of FS and FN a lot earlier, the game would not be in the mess it is now.
Sept. 26, 2015
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If an innocent pair is accused of cheating, then the accuser has to back that up with solid evidence, and since we know that the pair is innocent, then that evidence will always be found lacking. Hence nothing is really lost.

However, if a guilty pair escapes justice, even for a small period of time, the damage done maybe devastating, even though we believe that cheating will always be caught in the end.

Hence the answer is clear.
Sept. 26, 2015
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why would LHO lead when his pd bid s?
Sept. 20, 2015
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superb work, bravo.
Sept. 19, 2015
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Cheaters are being applauded, wow!
Sept. 19, 2015
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4 shows an offensive hand with almost zero defense, partner will surely Pass your Pass/dbl thinking you lack/hold the requisite offense/defense in your hand. since our defensive values against 4 are limited, 5 level is obvious. 5 better then 5, eases partner's decision if opps do come at 5 level.
Sept. 17, 2015
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I play a system on which 1NT-2-2-2 shows 5-5 majors invitational or better, opener is requested to bid 2NT, on which responder clarifies his distribution, with 3= Game force, 3= invite single , 3 = invite single , 3 = GF 5521 single and not xx in , 3NT= GF 5521 single not xx in . The 3 relay is used to show 5521 hands with weak Dbltons.

I cannot remember the author of this system, but i think I read it in a book on a complete system on Strong 1NT opening.
Sept. 7, 2015
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