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Feb. 18
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No. For 4NT to be key card for spades there has to be suit agreement. That is easily accomplished by bidding 3 over 2NT.
Feb. 2
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How light do you open the bidding? Even opposite most light opening bids, the North hand looks like a slam bid rather than an invite.

Does the 2NT rebid show extras? Does it show full values? Or, looking at this another way, what would a 2 rebid show?
Feb. 1
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I seem to recall another thread dealing with a similar situation. The solution (if it is really a solution) is to have Harry at a table that is not in competition with the rest of the game. Pairs that come to Harry's table are essentially sitting out one round. The hands played at Harry's table are not in play in the main game.

If Harry is as oblivious as you portray, this won't matter to him. And it preserves the integrity of the game. It doesn't do anything for Harry's difficulties or the problems of those who play with and against him, but at least the hands are not in play in the game.
Jan. 29
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If you agreed Landy and never had another word of discussion on the topic, it is unlikely that you would run into a hand where it mattered. I don't think this is one - both partners could have bid more without any fancy agreements.
Jan. 26
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I voted for “Dave should sleep on the couch” (among other positive answers) on the general principle which is demonstrated by this quip:

If a man is in the forest and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?

(By the way, congrats on cashing your four aces!)
Jan. 25
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Jan. 25
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Ray: Are you really advocating less than 26 boards per session for a NABC+ event? If the number of boards played is really that much of a concern, then the regional games or even the single-session side games are the way to go. I doubt that any single-session side game has more than 24 boards in a session.

I played in the Silver Ribbon Pairs in Philadelphia last March (first time I ever played in a senior event). In each of the 4 sessions, we played 26 boards. I did not hear anyone complaining that the sessions were too long for us feeble old-timers.
Jan. 23
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One UNIT! There are other tournaments scheduled in Florida in May in other units.
Jan. 22
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I suppose that it would be out of line to point out that, back in “the day” there would only be two or three National Championship events (yes, they were called National Championship events) at a Nationals. If you got knocked out of one of the major championships, there were regional events to play in.

I just took a look at the daily bulletins from the first Summer Nationals that I attended - the Washington DC Nationals in 1973. There were 3 National Championship events. The first Friday and Saturday was the Masters Mixed Teams. Sunday through Tuesday was the Life Masters Pairs. And the Spingold KO Teams started Wednesday. There were no other National Championship events.

(I did not count the Senior/Advanced Senior Masters Pairs which ran opposite the Life Masters Pairs as a National championship event).

So, the idea of getting eliminated from one of the premier events and playing in another championship event immediately did not exist.
Jan. 22
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There are 6(!) sectionals in Unit 128 in the month of May, 2019, leading up to the regional at the end of May (and carrying over to the weekend of June 1 & 2). The regional is hosted by Unit 128. 2 of the 6 sectionals are Intermediate/Novice Sectionals.

And the above does not count the District 9 GNT finals scheduled opposite the Stuart, FL Open Sectional on the first week of May.
Jan. 22
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It was up and running a few days ago. Don't know exactly when it went dark.
Jan. 22
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South should bid 3NT over 2.

I don't think that East's bid is a psych. He has 4 spades. He has 11 HCP. If anything, it is a slight deviation.

South was very timid after his partner balanced.
Jan. 21
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Greg: Congrats!

I remember when we played in the Goldman Pairs in NYC and you were the only non-LM in the finals.

EDIT: This was 1978, my senior year at Princeton. Greg was a graduate student.
Jan. 20
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I was playing a very aggressive light opening system in which 2 bids were 3-9 HCP and 5 cards. Once I failed to open 2 on a 4 count with a heart suit of 8xxxx. My partner got very upset - he called it a system violation.
Jan. 18
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Seems like it lacks cause and effect.
Jan. 18
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Bobby:

Singing seems to have a universal lack of accent.

When I was in high school, I was in several singing groups. One of the girls was from the south and had a very thick southern drawl. But when she sang there was no trace of it.
Jan. 18
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That is interesting, since they lead short suits all the time.
Jan. 18
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Agree with your last comment. In the strong club system I am now playing with Mike Shuster, 2 of either minor is natural, one-suited (6+) 10-14 HCP. There is no need to include a major suit, as we open 4 card majors with canapé.
Jan. 18
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There were a lot of choices for 2 openings left out and no “Other”.

I don't know which method I like the best, but I know which common method I like the least - Mini-Roman. I used to play it and I found it almost always led to a bad result, and the negative inferences from not bidding it were not substantial. I also find that when my opponents use it I get a good result.

So, Mini-Roman fans, bid on!
Jan. 18
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