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Thanks, everyone. I've actually learned something today.
April 28
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The specific options I put forward are variants of what I presently like to play in a method with 1NT 15-17 and “2/1 GF unless suit rebid”. I did not want to get into a debate on the merits, but,
since my personal preface is that opener usually rebids with
5-3-3-2 hands, it seems this is best described as “forcing” rather than
“semi-forcing”.

The K-S updated section of www.bridgeworld.com says that one of major - two of minor could be just a solid or semi-solid suit with the ace, no outside strength, but is usually 12+ points. Two-heart response to one-spade is somewhat weaker.
April 28
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At my local (USA/ACBL) club, it has become standard practice for opener to say “forcing” or “semi-forcing” as soon as responder bids 1NT. Thanks to Ed for what I assume is a verbatim quote from a relevant ACBL document. I am surprised that this document is apparently silent about 4=5=2=2.
April 27
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Sorry! I chose the hand poorly. Give responder x Axx Axx xxxxxx
April 23
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My mistake! I should have made the hand x Axx Axx xxxxxx, or is that hand also supposed to double 2 ?
April 23
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Congratulations on your reading skills.
April 22
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I should have considered this possibility. Perhaps changing the hand to 1=3=3=6 would have avoided what (I confess) I consider a side issue.
April 22
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Is the handbook available on-line?
April 22
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Sorry. I should have read the later posts in the thread. Moderator, feel free to delete.
March 28
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Sorry if I'm off-base, but it seems to me that, against strong opponents, the 6 bidder's problem would usually be what to do over a 5 bid.
Feb. 26
Charles Blair edited this comment Feb. 26
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This reminds me of a discussion about how to deal with an overbidding partner. Ely Culbertson (who?) recommended overbidding or, in the words of another authority “bidding the full value of my hand and taking whatever medicine is coming” on the theory that the overbidder would adjust. Others follow a perhaps more pragmatic policy: “When partner overbids, I underbid, but I don't tell him I'm going to do it.”
Feb. 26
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Thanks, Timo!
Feb. 25
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Alan Truscott, in THE GREAT BRIDGE SCANDAL (page 215), says of B. J. Becker's role in the 1958 Bowl, "On one occasion in a thirty-five year career , he supported allegations brought by someone else (Stone), which is hardly the same thing (as being somebody who habitually accused his opponents of cheating).“

Your description of Stone as ”the designated sacrificial lamb" seems questionable. Did Stone ever describe himself in those terms? It should be remembered that this letter, whose precise contents remain unknown, was only written in an attempt to mitigate disciplinary action by the ACBL against Stone.
Feb. 25
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I share Chris Hasney's misgivings about “2/1,” both theoretically and, as a practical matter, because it means so many different things to different people. However, it seems to me that the issue that arises in this poll (prompted by the recent “Am I mad?” post) arises in any natural method that includes fourth-suit-forcing.
Feb. 25
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I just posted a poll on 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 of major.
Feb. 25
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Richard Pavlicek made a case for “forcing” on his web site that I find persuasive: www.rpbridge.net/5m81.htm
Feb. 25
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Part of the issue is whether bids of 3 or 3 (instead of 3) would have been forcing.
Feb. 25
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This seems strange behavior by Perroux if the letter was specific and accurate about methods of cheating.
Feb. 24
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(1) The version of the story I heard was that JG looked at a sentence or two of the letter and then gave it to the Italian captain. Did he keep a copy? Is it still extant?

(2) JG has also been criticized for having Schenken partner Nail after HS had two bad boards with his regular partner, Peter Leventritt.

(3) In LONE WOLFF, the author says that, according to “people in the know,” JG and Don Oakie were the best players in the thirties.
Feb. 24
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I agree with others who have said partner's impossible 4 bid makes clear he has forgotten what we are playing, so unauthorized information is not an issue. 4NT gives me two chances in a casual partnership, although both are unlikely: (1) maybe partner will pass 4NT, although I think, in a non-puppet partnership, that it should be Blackwood. (2) I may get a chance to pass a 5 response.
Feb. 24
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