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Martin is correct - you just have to pass with 4S 5H. If 1NT is forcing( or so called semi forcing) then you may have to bid a 3 card minor.
If the dreaded 4522 then choose poison between
1) Rebid 2C
2) Open 1NT
3) Take up Flannery!
March 26
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I kibbitzed some of this session , there was material for more than one article!
I think I would have played the spade 9 but you’re hoping that lho has misbid since otherwise defeating this is going to be almost impossible unless declarer misplays.
March 24
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It was ‘well known’ not to bid stayman with 4333 in the days when 1NT did actually show a balanced hand - the odds have shifted a fair bit since then.
March 22
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It may or may not be a UI problem - that doesn’t alter the fact that if it was a UI problem then the way to resolve ‘logical alternatives’ is to take a poll without UI .
Perhaps Mike can clarify whether it’s all just a coincidence.
March 19
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Does no one think (leaving aside the idiocy of the 2NT bid in the first place) that this is a test of a UI situation where 2NT is alerted?
March 19
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Mike - I don’t think it’s that bad at all.
Phil - Anyone that follows me ( don’t all laugh at once ) knows I have a bee in my bonnet re those that declare a treatment that they simply don’t like as ‘unplayable’. You play that after 1C(pass) a response that shows 4 plus spades, yet the insertion of a 1H overcall means that a double showing 4+ spades is now not viable!
March 18
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‘If you follow someone you must be interested in what they say ‘….not necessarily ,and that touches on what this thread is about.
March 18
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Are you saying that if no intervention then your spade bid is not the ‘unplayable’ 4+?
March 18
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First rule of BridgeWinners
‘There is nothing new on Bridgewinners’
2nd rule…..
For those with lots of time on their hands
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/fireman-wins-2015-usbc/?cj=188289#c188289
March 17
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What happened to the penalty for that? - the published scores didn't seem to show any adjustment.
March 16
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Perhaps I’ve missed this but how exactly was the offence established - did Multon subsequently admit it?
March 15
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Different strokes - on the one occasion that I played against Collings his behaviour to his partner was such a disgrace that he’d be near the top of my least favourite players.
Re the hand where he played for the blockage, it may have been a Camrose match versus Ireland where the defender wagged his finger and said ‘wrong’ ( however I may be misremembering this from an old article in IPBM)
March 11
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‘Since interfering was rampant back in the 70s, even more so than today,’ - not anywhere that I played.
March 4
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Arriving at a table(we weren’t late!) an unpleasant junior player (then, not now ) already had his cards out of the board face down on the table - he then proceeded to open 1C, I asked if he had looked at his hand?, to be told ‘ what business is it of yours’.
The situation then escalated…
Feb. 23
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I think they consider 3D to be GF.
Feb. 23
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Because of my own slowness I ‘never’ complain of anyone else’s except I did crack once in the kind of situation you’re describing in a Gold Cup match . At one point a player took an absolute eternity to wheel out Blackwood , his partner responded then he went into the tank again! Eventually we had the cliche of my partner going to the loo ,returning 5 mins later and still nothing had happened. Though I said nothing at the table,this and several other situations led me to have a quiet word with their captain at the break - he just shrugged his shoulders and wasn’t interested,hoist with my own petard!
Feb. 20
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No,yes,no
Feb. 19
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It's news to me that a ‘modern’ Acol raise to 2NT can be as weak as 16 but if your preferred poison is to play in 2NT with a combined 22 count(or less with current responding trends)then fine but please just call it what it is, a home brew of 4 card majors and weak NT.
AS Jim might say in ‘The Royal Family’ - ‘Acol,my a…’.
Feb. 18
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Nay,Nay and thrice nay - these corruptions you refer to are attempts to miss game with 16 opp 9.
Feb. 18
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