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Is this the hand for psychic exclusion?
Oct. 18
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I play 12-14 NT with my regular partner, so my 1 shouldn't count toward your survey. However, unless I have a very rigid agreement that all 5-3-3-2 hands within our NT range must be opened 1NT, I'd judge to open 1 with this particular hand.
Oct. 15
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Yes.
Oct. 14
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Deleted; didn't notice the discussion below.
Oct. 14
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It's a good thing we responded. The votes for pass dumbfound me. Partner could have: Ax, AKJxx, AKxxx, x.
Oct. 14
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Yes, assuming from the poster's profile that this occurred in ACBL-land, the announcement was improper. I imagine it was improper in most other jurisdictions, too.
Oct. 12
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My memory is probably off, but in 1993:

2/1 was not quite as predominate in club games because more people played something similar to Yellow Card, more club players played strong club systems, either old-fashioned Precision or a “home brew,” and there were still a few Goren players.

Very few played support Xs in 1993 and, in general, pure penalty Xs at low levels have become rarer.

Opening 1NT with a 5-card major was not common.

Responses to 1NT were much less complex. About 25% did not play transfers. Most played red suit transfers with 2 as an escape to either minor. Some played Smolen, but very few played Puppet Stayman. Only Baze had heard of Baze.

Major suit raises were also less complex. Most played limit raises with or without competition. Jacoby 2NT was fairly common but not as universal in club games as today. Almost no one played Bergen.

Blatant psyches (by which I mean bidding 1M with 3 small after 1m (X) and stuff like that) were on the way out by 1993 but still happened. Today more subtle psyches are found at high-level games, but any sort of psyche is quite rare at club games.

Strong jump shifts were still the norm, but weak jump shifts were beginning to take over.

Carding was simpler. Only a few club players played upside-down signals or anything other than 4th best leads. Suit preference signals were less common. I don't think that odd/even discards were nearly as common at the club level as they are today. Smith was a very common last name but unknown to club players as a carding method.

I do believe that the smoking problem was mostly gone by 1993.
Oct. 12
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There seem to be about 15 spades in this deck. Best to check the backs of the cards before passing.
Oct. 11
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In some alternate universe, N-S are making 3NT, 4 or 4 by E-W is down several, and Eric's long-suffering partner is watching Eric score +130 in diamonds.
Oct. 11
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I play equal level conversion in this situation.
Oct. 9
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I mostly agree with this, but I think opener has denied extra values. By inference, opener is 6-4. With extra values, I think that opener would bid the 4-card suit before rebidding the six-card suit. This treatment of 6-4 hands may be considered old-fashioned by some, but 2/1 game forcing unless responder rebids his suit is considered old-fashioned by many, so there's a certain consistency.
Oct. 6
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What Kieran is saying (and I was saying above) is that this is a question of system, not of bidding judgment. The backbone of a bidding is how to show various ranges of balanced hands, typically 12-14, 15-17, 18-19, etc. Here, you have 16 HCP, balanced, with 5 hearts. It's unlikely that anyone would use judgment to put this hand in any range other than 15-17. Your system should specify: open 1 and rebid your better minor; or open 1 and rebid 2NT; or whatever. What are you trying to learn through this poll?
Oct. 2
ATB
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What was 6? Shouldn't show 1st round control? Why didn't North bid 7?
Oct. 2
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Silence from Eric. How strange. It would be more in character for him to explain in great detail why 1 is clear and only novices would consider 1.
Oct. 1
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A heart contract from by partner may be the only thing that makes.
Oct. 1
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This is all fine, but I once got yelled at by a director for alerting 2 in the auction 1NT (P) 2. The bid was natural, which is certainly unexpected and unusual anytime after about 1980.
Oct. 1
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Yes. Yes. Yes. Whether this hand is strong enough for this sequence is a different question.
Oct. 1
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Someone has the WBF confused with the ACBL. The ACBL Alert Chart says to alert: “Doubles, Redoubles and Passes with highly unusual or unexpected meanings.” This is not a model of clarity, but probably the best they could do.
Oct. 1
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About 15 years ago, Jan came South in February to play in the Houston Regional with me, my wife, Sally, and Sally and Jan's mutual close friend, Pat Norman. During the first four days of the regional the weather was beautiful, sunny with afternoon temperature in the low-70s. On Friday, a cold front came through. The weather turned rainy and temperatures dropped by about 20 degrees. Jan famously asked: “Where's the weather you held earlier this week?”
Sept. 30
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About 6 or 7 years ago, I started opening 1NT with 4-5-2-2 hands within whatever NT range I'm playing that day. It seems weird, but successes have outnumbered poor results.
Sept. 29
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