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For further befuddlement see my post from a few weeks ago….
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/sowhat-is-an-agreement/
Sept. 9, 2018
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John - not in practise. I think this is a quite complex hand that that revolves around whether to start with 2,1(Q) or zero rounds of trumps.
Sept. 8, 2018
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At last someone gives a line of play!
Sept. 7, 2018
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Being an impecunious student I said that if he didn’t come back I wasn’t paying anything, so there was an embarrassing few minutes of waiting and then the diva returned as did normalcy.
Sept. 6, 2018
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Ed Reppert - how about ‘pay my entrance fee I’m leaving’. I had a partner who walked out of a club duplicate after 1 board because I’d mentioned that some friends thought he was to blame for a bidding calamity that we’d had a few weeks earlier. Moments after he’d left the TD came to the table and demanded I pay table money for both of us.
Sept. 6, 2018
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You’re correct re the ‘benefit’ angle,it would have been better for me to say that club players may not have appreciated how much work they would have to do to get maximum benefit.
Sept. 5, 2018
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Agree - 2010 never appears in any lists of ‘top10 sci fi’ but a find it a much more enjoyable watch,favorite scenes are when Bowman communicates with his wife and mother and Floyd.
Sept. 5, 2018
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David - the objection was not about ‘not taking the small step approach’,it was the assumption that players of all levels would benefit equally. It’s all very well to say to club players ‘don’t be put off’ ‘have fun’ (and there’s no doubt they might enjoy hands regardless) but if you start off by explaining the best way to play AQJx opp Kx etc then you’re either padding out the book or trying to include people that won’t remember any of it after they’ve it put down.
Sept. 5, 2018
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Don't get me started about some of the ‘improvements’ to the Poirot stories - what they did to ‘Cards on the Table’ was a scandal!
Sept. 4, 2018
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Very interesting link Richard. - thank you.
Sept. 3, 2018
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Cornelia - if the 1S bidder does not have 4 spades then they will have invitational (or GF depending on style) values so you’re not getting to high.
As to what you respond to one spade when you don’t have support - most of the time probably the same bid as if 1S was natural, no methods are perfect but I think that if you construct the kind of hands that you think are an issue you’ll find that very few are genuinely awkward.
Having said all that I did play for quite a while the style of 1S natural and 2S fourth suit GF denying four spades and that was fine.
Aug. 27, 2018
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Exactly, so if you inadvertently make the conventional bid that you haven’t agreed and only become aware of it from your partners comment then what do you say?
Aug. 27, 2018
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Ray - yes I could have been clearer.
In real life the convention cards were different, however they may have had the same defence to strong club but since i’d been told that the one I had was not their partnership card then there was no point looking at it.
As a result of some of the comments above i’ve Posited an alternative ‘theoretical’ question ie can a pair with with identical cards claim that they have no agreement about something that is on those cards?
Aug. 27, 2018
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Only if you’re playing that opener can’t bid 2S/3S naturally.
Aug. 26, 2018
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To return to what is at the heart of my query - if the same thing is on both cards but the partnership has genuinely not discussed it then does the conventional bidder have to ‘admit’ (in his partners absence) that he has bid in accordance with what’s on his card?
I know this is a scenario that should never happen with experienced players but I’d really like to know the ‘official’ answer.
Aug. 26, 2018
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Though I believe East does have a clear 5C bid I have ‘blamed’ West because they have assumed ‘Expert std’ when there was no agreement re the 3H bid . Clearly East thought they had nothing extra and failed to reconstruct what the 2C bidder ‘must’ have. Even so I don’t think they should have been put in that position.
Aug. 26, 2018
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Where is Humpty Dumpty when we need him - ‘clearly inferior’ = winning bid, ‘elegant’ means confusion , we non ‘A’ players will just have to keep muddling on.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Yes
Short of an agreement that 3H is weak then if you’re not bidding Blackwood here then when are you?
Aug. 25, 2018
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This was UK.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Completely agree re the Double dummy issue compared to real life.
Aug. 25, 2018
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