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That looks very suspicious.
May 30
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Congratulations Andrew, Migry, Chris, Debbie and Michael!
And also to Garry, Sheila, Adam, Zack and my colleagues Giorgia and Yoko for a fantastic performance throughout.
May 30
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Totally agree.
I don’t mind playing in a 5-3 heart fit but rather stay away from same fit in spades.
May 25
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I think the 3rd option (3 transfer to Spades followed by 4) covers this plan
May 25
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Forcing Pass is not limited to the game level.
If our side is committed to a level and the opponents bid below that level then Forcing Pass apply.
Example: 1 (Pass) 3* (3)… where 3 show a 4 card Limit Raise.
Pass by Opener is Forcing.
May 23
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I think this approach is highly exploitable by informed opponents when it is not your hand.
May 23
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John asked a very simple question which have a very simple and straightforward answer.

Yes, it is completely legal for a player to not accept the transfer.
May 23
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Next to last one hopefully…
May 10
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Would you Pass AKxxxx xxx Qxx x?
May 9
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A Bye? Absolutely not!
Qualifying via making it to the Semi Finals of the Soloway? IMHO absolutely yes!
May 5
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Well if you Pass there is a good chance the opponents will scramble for you.
If you ReDouble for SOS you can scramble all you want but at the end you will get doubled and go for a number.
May 1
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DB: “I don’t have any particularly strong views…”
We love you David but this just made me laugh so hard.
May 1
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One of our players likes to wear funny T shirts.
A favorite of his is: “Let’s Eat, Grandma!” And right below it: “Commas save lives”
May 1
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I’m not sure why everyone are complicating a fairly simple situation.
A bid is comparable if it falls under one of:
1. It has the same or similar meaning to the cancelled call
2. It defines a subset of the cancelled call
3. It has the same purpose as the cancelled call.

The not accepted 2 bid means and has the purpose of playing in spades when that’s opener’s second suit or having opener show his second suit when it is not spades.
As is usually the case, when a player does not pay attention and tries to make the same natural bid his RHO just made, there is no bid or call responder can make that will match one of the criteria above.
April 30
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Except when the partner of the 3 bidder ups it one more.
Trying to play your opponents has other risks…
April 29
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OP mentions that “Skip Bid Warnings”, such as a Stop card, are not in use.
They say nothing about mandatory pauses after a skip bid.
I’m not aware of any jurisdiction who does not acknowledge the need for extra time in some scenarios, such as a jump shift at an early stage of the auction.
April 26
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If accepting the transfer is the only option with “10 to 12 Balanced” then why even mention that you have “2 to 5 Hearts”?
That addition is redundant when you already announce a “balanced” hand and is only relating to your own transfer bid and not to partner’s hand.
IMO the correct explanation is that the 2 bid shows “Balanced hand with 10 to 12 points”
If the opponents wants to know about the other bids, which were alerted, then they should ask.
April 23
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Misuses was the word you were looking for I believe…
April 20
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The director’s job is to determine which card declarer intended to play.
Either declarer misspoke or declarer misaimed his finger.
Only the declarer knows which is the case and the director should ask the declarer to clarify.
Since this is a case of conflicting designations, and not of declarer trying to change their mind, I would usually take declarer’s word and let them play the card they intended.

Edit (Add): I would also educate dummy to not move any of the cards to the played position in these scenarios until there is a clear designation.
April 20
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Yes Mike,

8 trumps for us and 8 trumps for them does not mean 8 tricks for each side, even if there are 16 tricks available to both sides on the deal.

Generally you should only make a Penalty Double when you expect a 2+ trick set.
Doubling the opponents at the 3 level just because you believe there are exactly 16 trumps, and therefore you hope to be able to set them 1 trick, is a terrible strategy at match points and much worse at IMPS.
April 20
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