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Responder may have zero defensive tricks:
KJ10xxxx x xx J10x

Opener's pass is not forcing.
Dec. 5, 2014
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The deal is simple to defend well.

- East leads a diamond

- West considers matters for a while and shifts to a heart. The pause denies a singleton

- East contemplates the ceiling and continues diamonds. This, too, denies the ability to ruff the next round

- West now knows to turn to clubs

If the impertinent opponents blow the whistle on these capers, E-W just have to use the magic phrase, “I was thinking about the whole hand.”
Dec. 5, 2014
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7 and a bit playing tricks. What else does 3 show? Why should I pass and hide my playing strength from partner?

There is indeed no second choice.
Nov. 29, 2014
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A few days ago someone reminded me of when, as an objectionable teenager, I was asked mid-hand about our signals. I replied, “We did play natural count. Now that you've asked, good luck.”
Nov. 26, 2014
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You may be an excellent bidder, as you say, but you partner's refusal to raise, directly or otherwise, shows what he thinks of your dummy-play.
Nov. 24, 2014
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So Optimal Twos haven't faded away after 32 years…

As for the original question, what percentage of players would feel the urge to psyche in response to 2?
Nov. 24, 2014
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And pay particular attention to this edition:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python%27s_Big_Red_Book
Nov. 22, 2014
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Lars and John:

Why don't you put a link to your wares in your profile? That's a modest form of advertising that is unlikely to annoy anyone…
Nov. 6, 2014
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Quite right. Earlier, Michael Kopera alluded to the fact that this posting has nothing whatever to do with Michaels, it is a discussion of UNT matters.
Nov. 4, 2014
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You pedant, you!
Nov. 3, 2014
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I have a preference for both 3 and 4 being fit-showing jumps. Unsurprisingly, one has more playing-strength than the other.

I really don't like to splinter after an overcall… there is the risk that they play the hand and then you will pay a price for exposing your hand.
Nov. 1, 2014
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Of course, after 3 the auction is likely to go:
4 p p ?.

Now I guess double is best.
Oct. 30, 2014
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Yes, good problem.

If you rammed a speargun up my Khyber I could be persuaded to bid, some of the time, maybe.
Oct. 29, 2014
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Yes, hooray for Jack too.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-verona-incident/
Oct. 21, 2014
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From memory, T Reese wrote in Precision Bidding and Precision Play:

“Some players use weak twos in the manner of a small boy laying a log of wood upon a railway track, in order to see what will happen.”
Oct. 21, 2014
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There's one way to find out!
Oct. 15, 2014
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Did you ask as to the meaning of 3NT?

From the look of dummy, you were in Ireland. South showed a solid suit and North moved on with stoppers.
Oct. 15, 2014
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Patience!?

They don't rate compared to you, Gary! You've been holding your breath since 1979.
Oct. 14, 2014
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