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Unless I am missing something, the whole point of OP's post is that LHO, holding void Axx AKJxx AKJTx, signed off with 3NT after a direct seat takeout double by his partner followed by a penalty double of spades after LHO had passed 2 for penalties.

To say that 3NT is an underbid would be an underbid. Whether it is fielding a psyche is another issue. It does remind me of the classic psychic controls that I read about in the original KS. As I understand it, the original KS had mandatory psyches on weak hands. Responder, with a balanced 20 count, would bid 2NT, allowing an out for the (presumed) psychic opening bid.
April 29, 2014
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As a relatively new participant to BW, I did not realize that my settings included notification by e-mail if a new comment were made to a thread that I had made a post. Thanks, everyone, for completely blowing up my inbox.

I have changed my settings.
April 22, 2014
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That's a bid that Treadwell used to refer to as (Ethnic) Fishbein (Insert your favorite - or least favorite - ethnic group here).
April 21, 2014
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I love 2-way Stayman playing a mini-notrump, as it avoids ambiguity and right sides the contract (opener's rebids are geared towards making responder the declarer).
April 21, 2014
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My personal choice for the worst convention is mini-Roman. And this comes after playing it for a number of years, expecting to see a hand where it would result in a superior result, and never finding it. Since then, I have seen or heard of so many mini-Roman disasters that it just confirms that I was wise to ditch it a long time ago.
April 21, 2014
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Triplicate. Sorry.
April 11, 2014
Art Korth edited this comment April 14, 2014
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Duplicate.
April 11, 2014
Art Korth edited this comment April 14, 2014
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If you are going to open the bidding on this hand, opening 1 often works out better, planning on treating the hand like a 5-5. That would be my preference.
April 11, 2014
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No, it is a game try. Bid game and try to make it.
April 8, 2014
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In Philadelphia unit, we have been running dupli-swisses for the last couple of years. In order to minimize the amount of preduplicated boards needed, tables are arranged into quads - 4 tables in a square. The 4 tables share the boards for the round by moving the boards in a circular (squareular?) sequence. As with any movement in which boards are played simultaneously at multiple tables, there are security issues, but the event has been very successful and is very popular. Separate hand records are available for the 1st and 2nd sessions of the event.

The dupli-swiss was written up in a recent ACBL Bulletin. If you want more information, I can put you in touch with the genius who implemented the dupli-swiss (just ask him, he will tell you he is a genius).
April 6, 2014
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I know that the point of posting this hand is to determine the correct action on your cards, but I think your partner's 6 call was shortsighted. He should be able to picture a hand which is about what you have, and he should see that his club suit may be cut off from your hand in a spade contract, while your spade suit cannot be cutoff from his hand in a club contract. So he should bid 6, not 6.
March 20, 2014
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That is the experience here. Afternoon games do well, evening games don't. That is a shame, as when I learned the game back in the 70s it was by attending clubs in the evening.
March 20, 2014
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No. If you play UDCA, your remaining count is also upside down.
March 19, 2014
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Fantastic! A couple of questions for you, Sam - are your games exclusively in the afternoon or the evening, or a mixture of both? Which do better?
March 19, 2014
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I remember when I first started playing in the mid 1970s. The experienced players were grousing about how easy it was to obtain masterpoints with the recent advent of Swiss Teams and awards for every match won, and how it devalued masterpoints. I heard from some of the oldtimers about how winning a National event was once worth about 10 points, and how difficult it was to become a life master.

So, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

A number of years ago, I was attending a Nationals and I came across the room in which the National Non-Life Master pairs was being contested. I saw the award chart for the event. First place was worth over 65 masterpoints, about 18 of which were gold. This was when only 25 gold points were required to become a Life Master. My thought at the time was how amazing it was that a pair would win over 20% of their 300 total point requirement and about 75% of their gold point requirement by winning an event restricted to non-Life Masters.

Again, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I don't know if this is good or bad for bridge or for the ACBL. It is what it is, and I have pretty much stopped worrying about it.
Feb. 28, 2014
Art Korth edited this comment Feb. 28, 2014
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If the object is to make 2 tricks, I duck and later I lead towards the J. This is 100%. If you have to make 3 tricks only the A (playing for KQ doubleton) will work unless the lead is from HTx, in which case duck followed by leading the J works.

I made the lead of the 10 from QTx against a 1NT-3NT auction the other night, so it is not outlandish to play for it.
Feb. 12, 2014
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