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Vul against not AKxxxxx xxx xx x (in any order) is not a preempt?
Feb. 25
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All South. My comment is piling on as so many have already pointed out how bad almost every bid that South made was.
Feb. 21
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A comment on the choice of answers.

I consider myself to be an aggressive preempter.

In addition, I would open the hand 2.

I do not open 2 BECAUSE I am an aggressive preempter. I would also open the hand 2 if I considered myself to be an average preempter (with average being the middle choice of aggressive, average and conservative).

The interesting choice is the third set of answers. What would a conservative preempter do? The vote is split among those who consider themselves to be conservative preempters, but this looks like a pass for what I consider to be true conservative preempters (add the 10 and I would say that a conservative preempter would open 2.
Feb. 21
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Chris:

I am going to assume that you meant this as a joke. I can be remarkably naïve.

Many years ago, I remember seeing the awards chart for the National Non-Life Master Pairs. First place awarded about 64 masterpoints, and about 18 of them were gold. This was when one needed 300 masterpoints to become a Life Master with at least 25 of them being gold points.

I remember thinking at the time that one pair in that event is going to win over 25% of the required masterpoints and about 75% of the required gold points to become a Life Master by winning an event without a Life Master in the field.
Feb. 20
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I would not call it “ultra-light.” It is a mandatory weak NT opening (unless your weak NT range has a lower limit of 12). Plenty of players open 11 counts routinely.

It is a Brave New World.
Feb. 20
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Very simple situation. If declarer does not state that there is a trump outstanding and that he is going to play the trump ace first, he is assumed to have forgotten that there is a trump outstanding and may carelessly play the non-trump ace first.

A very similar situation happened to me in a pair game recently. My partner was on lead, and he led a card. Declarer won and tabled his hand, stating that he had the rest. Only problem was that my partner had 2 (!) trump in his hand, and if declarer played his one remaining side suit card before pulling the outstanding trump my partner could ruff it. The director awarded my partner a trick.
Feb. 20
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Chris Hasney:

“I would like to make one change, for the benefit of the Long-Term longevity of the game. Make Red Ribbon Pairs 1/2 Platinum 1/2 Gold, but 100% Platinum for top 25 finishers AND winners get GLM qual and Platinum Pairs qual.”

ACBL:

The Red Ribbon Pairs is an ACBL event with national rating held at the Summer NABC. It is limited to players with no more than 2500 points who have qualified by placing first or second in regional-rated, two-session championship events where the upper masterpoint limit is no more than 1500 masterpoints.

Chris: Really?
Feb. 20
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Mark's comment brought to mind one of my favorite Edgar Kaplan comments. In an article covering a teams trial, one of the results was 5x making 11 tricks. I will not mention the name of the player who doubled 5, although it is in the article.

Kaplan's commentary (this is not a direct quote - it is from my very faded memory): “South's double of 5 seems to have been premised upon the fact that on any given hand it is unlikely for a partnership to be able to make 11 tricks with spades as trump. Unluckily this was one of those hands.”

Edited to correct grammar error.
Feb. 20
Art Korth edited this comment Feb. 20
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I agree. The West hand is a sound vulnerable weak 2 bid.

One is permitted to have a maximum for one's bid.

Most players play some sort of asking bid (Ogust or similar) in response to a weak 2 bid. Invariably, opener's 3NT rebid is defined as a solid 6 card suit. And just as invariably, if opener held a solid 6 card suit, opener would open with a one bid.
Feb. 19
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There are 500 GLM's listed on the ACBL website. Only 367 of them are living.
Feb. 19
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See the following article from Truscott's NYT Bridge Column about Evelyn Levitt:

https://www.nytimes.com/1987/07/02/nyregion/bridge-death-of-popular-competitor-leaves-vacancy-in-title-play.html
Feb. 19
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I don't know how many players around today still remember Evelyn Levitt. Evelyn was the long-time partner of Dave Treadwell. Evelyn died in 1987.

I was still a relatively young player at the time of Evelyn's death. But I was playing for quite a while before the various extra ranks came along. There was Life Master (300 master points) and there was nothing higher than Life Master, except the respect of your peers. But there was one magical number.

10,000.

Sometimes one would play a session at a club or a sectional and finish with a low placing in the section. Evelyn would always say one thing.

It all goes towards 10,000.

Evelyn never made it to 10,000. I thought of that recently when I did make it. Of course, 10,000 points earned when Evelyn was playing and 10,000 points today are two entirely different things. But I don't believe it would have mattered to her.
Feb. 18
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Who said anything about having an agreement about psychs? And who said anything about doing this 50% of the time?
Feb. 14
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I responded “Other.” There was a time when I played the original Romex system and the Mexican 2 opening was a part of that system. So I did play it.

I cannot imagine playing the Mexican 2 opening as part of a standard structure.
Feb. 13
ATB
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2nd seat vul I would open it with a weak 2. It is pretty descriptive - a reasonable 6 card suit and values approaching an opening 1 bid. KJTxxx would be an absolutely clear 2 opening.

But I am contradicting my previous comment about this thread not meriting a side discussion on weak 2s.
Feb. 10
ATB
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So what are you saying, Mike? That AKxxxx is a weak suit so North should open 1? I really do not understand your point.

In any event, the OP partnership is not playing weak 2 openings, so having a side discussion about 2nd seat vul weak two bids is really unnecessary.
Feb. 10
ATB
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This is the type of hand that is difficult to deal with playing negative free bids and canapé.

South must double at his first turn to bid as 2 would be nonforcing.

North's double of 2 is right on shape, but grossly overstates the value of the hand. Passing would have been better. If North had a canapé he would have to bid as South showed values. North's failure to canapé would indicate primary diamonds (maybe not this primary, but certainly 5 long).

Several posters have criticized South's 3 bid. I can sympathize with the 3 bid if the double of 2 showed a better hand. Opposite a maximum opening, South's hand sure looks like a game force. 3 would have been more descriptive, but it might not be forcing in the partnership methods.

Finally, if South's 3 bid is asking North to make a final decision, North did so with 4. South should not bid more unless 4 was forcing.

A whole lot of ifs and such. The auction began to get muddled when North doubled 2. South's 3 bid only added to the confusion. So neither partner knew when to stop.
Feb. 10
ATB
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Second seat vul is the one position where extra values for a weak two bid are not only acceptable, but expected. One opponent is already silent, and the only ones you are preempting are your LHO and your partner.

If I held the North hand second seat vulnerable, I would have no problem opening it with a weak 2.
Feb. 10
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This sounds like something Treadwell would say.
Feb. 6
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Many years ago, when I read many of Robert A. Heinlein's sci fi novels, there was one in which there was a family playing bridge in a nuclear bomb shelter when a bomb hit. The novel may have been Farnham's Freehold. I remember Heinlein referring to the bomb detonation being the grandest slam of all.

I know there are Heinlein fans out there (one of our prolific posters quotes Heinlein frequently, but I can't find one of the quotes right now).

Can someone confirm and perhaps elaborate on my distant memory?
Feb. 4
Art Korth edited this comment Feb. 4
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