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I admit that I like looking at women. But I don't post about it on Bridge Winners (oops).
July 20, 2016
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Technically, there is no requirement to pre-alert a 10-12 1NT opening. However, I do so, and I appreciate it when my opponents do so. Conversely, I note when the opps do not prealert weak NT openings, strong club systems, etc.
July 8, 2016
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Overkill. I do not see any theoretical advantage in playing the midi-NT at equal nonvul. The only point in favor of the midi-NT at equal nonvul would be that if you get doubled and set 3 tricks it is worth more than the value of game at equal nonvul. That does not convince me to use the midi-NT.
July 7, 2016
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I considered flagging this thread as a complete waste of time, but it would be a complete waste of time. Just like this post is a complete waste of time.
July 7, 2016
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I voted “Other.” Fast arrival applies, but this is not the right hand for it. The question is not whether you are minimum or maximum, the question is whether you have a slam suitable hand. This hand is definitely a slam suitable hand.
July 7, 2016
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That is what I thought. There is a story that goes with my adopting this treatment.

Many years ago, I was in the parking lot outside of the old Hyatt House in Cherry Hill (long since renamed for another hotel chain, and it has been over 15 years since our Unit (Philadelphia) and District (D4) held tournaments there). It was after the conclusion of the Sunday Swiss Teams at our summer Regional. A friend came up to me with a hand. It involved the correct bidding after 1M - 1NT (forcing) with a big hand. In discussing the hand, it became clear that continuations with big hands after a forcing 1NT response to a major suit opening were far from well defined.

Shortly thereafter, I ran across an article in The Bridge World which discussed this exact problem. The author proposed the scheme above for dealing with rebids by a 1 opener after partner's 1NT response. He also proposed a scheme of rebids after 1 - 1NT (which I can reproduce but I have not to this point). It seemed to me (and to my regular partner) that this was worth adopting, as it seemed to solve the very problem that I was discussing with the other friend that day in the parking lot. We adopted the methods set forth in the article, with a tweak here or there so that it fit in with the rest of our bidding structure. I can honestly say that, since that time, we have not hand any bidding misunderstandings with these methods nor have we had any hands which fell into any cracks in the scheme of responses.
July 6, 2016
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This may not be exactly what you are looking for. It is a structure that was written up in The Bridge World a number of years ago, and I cannot remember who the author was.

First, we start off with using 3C and 3D over the 1NT forcing call to show an invitational 5-5 in hearts and the bid minor. The 3 of a minor call is not forcing.

Now, 1H - 1NT - 2S shows a number of hand types, either forcing to game or invitational. Over 2S, responder puppets to 2NT and opener shows:

3C - Game forcing, 5+ hearts and 4+ clubs.
3D - Game forcing, 5+ hearts and 4+ diamonds.
3H - Invitational, 5 hearts and 4 spades. Not forcing.
3S - Game forcing, 6-5 in hearts and spades.
3NT - Game forcing, 5 hearts and 4 spades. 3NT can be passed.
4H - One suited hand - stronger than 4H over 1NT.

Some meaning can be ascribed to 4C and 4D here, but that is up to the individual partnership.

Responder can bid something other than 2NT over 2S if responder believes that will be more productive. In that case, responder's bid would be natural and game forcing.

There is also a structure for 1S-1NT, but I will not reproduce it here.
July 6, 2016
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I have been playing 10-12 1NT openings for a number of years (although I have recently changed to 10-13 1NT for reasons of system structure). The response structure that I use was devised by Paul Soloway and Mike Passell. It uses two-way Stayman, transfer responses to game-forcing Stayman, and a number of other interesting and effective gadgets. If you would like, I can forward to you a copy of Soloway's write up of the response structure.
July 5, 2016
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I don't believe that deal making is allowed in the WSOP. I have been following the WSOP for many years, and the subject of deal making has never been mentioned. It is commonplace in all other tournaments.

You are correct, Nat. The prize structure in WSOP tournaments is very top-heavy. That has been addressed to some extent - broadening the awards for the lower cashes and taking some off the top.
July 5, 2016
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I have recently adopted 3 as Puppet Stayman in response to 1NT, so if I want to know about a 5 card major, I can ask. Otherwise, I don't want to know.
July 5, 2016
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Maybe I am misreading what you are writing or you are misreading my posts. I said you could do what you liked. I never said that you could have an agreement to open 1 bids on less than 8 HCP. Of course, HCPs have nothing to do with this hand.
July 3, 2016
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Awesome!
July 3, 2016
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David - the alert chart defines what agreements are alertable. No one would have any agreement that this hand is a 1 opening. However, you can open it 1 if you want to.
July 3, 2016
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Yes. That would be the best way to take advantage of the revoke.
July 1, 2016
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Actually, you do. The non-offending team has the right to decline the penalty and take the result of the play (which they do when the result of the play is more favorable than the penalty).

There are exceptions - some penalties cannot be declined.
July 1, 2016
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Who says you can't open this hand 1 in the ACBL? Not that I would want to, but I have never heard anyone say that ANY hand can't be opened 1 in the ACBL, let alone a hand with 9 spades.

I bet if you open 1 and it goes all pass, you will make.
July 1, 2016
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Proprieties

LAW 72

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

A. Observance of Laws

Duplicate bridge tournaments should be played in strict accordance with the Laws. The chief object is to obtain a higher score than other contestants whilst complying with the lawful procedures and ethical standards set out in these Laws.

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Since “the chief object of the game of duplicate bridge is to obtain a higher score than other contestants,” it would seem that opening 7NT on every third hand would be contrary to the chief object of the game (assuming, of course, that it can be demonstrated that there is no bridge reason for opening 7NT on every third hand). Therefore, it is in violation of the Proprieties, and the Proprieties are part of the laws (Law 72, in this instance).
June 30, 2016
Art Korth edited this comment June 30, 2016
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It is our hand. I showed 4 spades with my first double. Now I am showing that we have the balance of power. Partner can use this information as he deems appropriate.
June 30, 2016
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Is that not often true against flesh and blood opponents as well? But you have to deal with CHO when you misdescribe your hand.
June 29, 2016
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