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1-3-5-7. 5 exclusion and K counts as an extra ace?
17 hours ago
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If you are discussing world championship matches I might remember them (though remembering my own name is occasionally harder than I expect)

C. Aubrey
17 hours ago
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I think it was the 1995 world championships where a match between Canada and Chinaa threw up an interesting variation on the same theme.
Someone (maybe Fu Zhong) overcalled 1NT over 1. Boris Baran, his side of the screen, bid 2 and alerted it as hearts; the auction went Pass-Pass back to him and he had a hand where he would normally bid 3 had the transfer been completed. But he didn't know if the opponents were in the middlde of a bidding accident — had Molson forgotten that 2 was a transfer, in which case they could be in a very silly place.
He passed and found Molson was either 5-5 or 5-6 in spades and diamonds; I do not remember which. but both 2 and 3 were making. I've never seen this situation before or since; it was an accident that could not have happened were screens not in use!
May 24
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Rixi was a great player but hopeless analyst. She made up in speed and confidence and volume what she lacked in accuracy. Her skill was at the table not as an analyst.
of all the people who post here maybe Richard Granville, (and maybe David Carlisle/Richard Fleet?) might be some of the few who actually played with her.
May 23
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After 1-1NT-2 you have a bunch of hands you want to show.
With heart raises you might want to show 1)club, 2) diamond 3) spade features. (a hand without these features invites game with 3)
You also may want to show a one-suiter in clubs or diamonds or a hand with both minors. just because it is unusual to have this hand doesn't mean you shouldn't cater for it…does it?
Using 2 as artificial lets you show all these hands. I leave the details for the reader to work out for themselves; I have written down the solution in my margin, though.
May 23
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Alan Miller was also responsible for my favorite Margie moment. The New York Reisinger first day at the New Yorker Hotel, a full room of players and Margie and Ira were on the far side –not that mattered. If they were in the room, the conversation was at the next table to you; microphones not needed.
Ira was being his usual expansive self; Margie at fortissimo said “Ira will you please shut up?”.
Without a pause TD Alan came back with “Good luck with that”. I've never heard an entire bridge room break up laughing so much.
May 23
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Switch to T-Walsh and you will actually look forward to 1-1R-1NT as an IMP winner not as in standard a big loser. Then 18-counts are good not bad.
May 21
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I have never yet fallen victim to the temporary insanity that would lead to opening with a singleton honor (though it may happen I suppose).
Al Kamah v'Kamah….(How much the more so)
May 20
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Can I add in another factor at teams. Playing a strict 15-17 no-trump as I do (basically one 14-count in 100) and playing a style where rebidding 18-19 after 1-1R-1NT is a big point winner, some 17-counts should be upgraded.
Those are hands where you would break a transfer response in one major and might break one in the other.
All the example hands given are short in both majors, making 1NT much safer because you might well not miss game after partner completes the transfer then passes, not expecting 18. Or hands where he wont use Stayman with one major and a cruddy 8.

Also you might well feel differently about opening 1NT when it comes to right-siding majors.

These are factors a serious partnership should discuss – and disclose.
May 19
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I always look for this. I'm up to about five for my career. On the first two I remember my partners did something spectacularly catastrophic…letting through five of major was one of them.
Incidentally I know another player who never misses them..and my thoughts go out to Margie Gwodzinsky who sorts her hand from ace to two. I hope her health battles will turn out for the best.
May 19
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Sounds very Fermat-like. My margin is too small.
May 18
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Just because 2 ‘MIGHT’ be shaded, doesn't make any difference to the new-suit forcing issue. Yes you might have to stretch to bid spades as opposed to doubling and bidding spades. But that doesn't affect the constructive bidding issues.
Opener bids as if partner has invitational values and if responder rebids his spades it will be non-forcing unless opener's rebid promised extras – whereupon like it or not invitational facing extras = GF.
The lower cut-off for NF invitational is irrelevant to the basic discussion, I think.

PS we also need to know if 1-(2) - 3 is natural and N F, or something else altogether (fit?)
May 17
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Re Rosalind's comments. I believe that members of the Bridge Press will be getting bulletins printed out in the Press Room in Ostende and that for a flat rate spectators and players can also get Daily Bulletins printed out.
It is primarily a cost issue, and some old fossils(farts?) like me really prefer the printed page.
May 17
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Just a guess but 99.44 sounds more likely to me. But that is because I suspect I have more exposure to US commercials than Richard.
May 17
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I echo what everyone said about Martin's speed of play. The bidding always seemed to be a somewhat unnecessary precursor to his opportunity to perform magic in the play.
At some future point maybe we can share Hoffman stories. He was a keen if not necessarily successful gambler and accordingly there are some entertaining if unlikely stories around.
May 16
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Strongly agree. If some people might be misled ('jump = extras' isn't such a ridiculous preconception) then alert…what do you have to lose but five seconds of your life?
May 15
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Can I raise a diversion? While I would suggest that when Stayman gets a major response, most pairs who have discussed continuations opt for ‘standard expert’ of using the other major to set their partner's suit, continuations after 2NT-3-3 are far less frequently discussed.
If you play Smolen (again ‘standard expert’ in the US if not elsewhere) where 3/3 show 5/4 long in the other major, and 4/4 as natural 4-5 types with a major, what is the best use for 4/4 as opposed to 4NT?
May 14
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pass/double inversion feels right to me.
pass asks partner to double if he would pass a penalty x. double is balanced 2(3) clubs and bids natural (5+H).
If you pass then partner x and you pull you are short clubs with 4H (4441 or 3451)?
May 11
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I suspect (after mature consideration) that I was playing with Henry Bethe, a very casual partnership…but based on my inability to remember a conversation from 10 minutes earlier the 20 year gap here is more than enough to confuse me!
May 9
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Yes I thought my lack of memory might prove entertaining to all. I did alert 2 but wasn't asked what it meant.
May 7
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