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Yeah, sometimes we belong in 2 (or higher) of the major that righty just bid. Penalty doubling his butt seems to be the best way of suggesting that to partner.
May 2, 2012
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If you play self-splinters, I don't see any reason not to employ the method here - you even have the space for partner to make a last train/4H cue bid (whatever it means). If partner can muster up a 4 call, I'm going slamming.
May 2, 2012
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and hope he doesn't pick 6N, right?
May 1, 2012
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I would have liked to have bid 3 the previous round, assuming that it means the same thing in your partnerships as mine - which is that a jump to the 3 level shows two good 5 card suits, slam interest (and here because I bid diamonds first, would imply 6-5). My hearts aren't technically good enough for this bid, but the quality of my diamonds more than compensates in my opinion.
May 1, 2012
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I don't have strong feelings between spades and X
April 30, 2012
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Making an effort to deter cheating is different than making the assumption that we are all guilty of cheating. Honestly, I expect that you know that, Hendrik. Can you imagine the protest and outrage and lawsuits from selective enforcement of a cell phone policy directed against specific individuals? I think you have to realize that if they make a policy like that, it would be all or nothing, and it is not a comment on the ethics of the average player.

My point about your reaction is that you've chosen to react that way about a fairly insignificant thing, and, if you chose to, you could react similarly to any number of security measures, like having police in your neighborhood (What, they think that we're all criminals? Why else would they be here, etc, etc). Yes, that reaction is ridiculous, but frankly, so is being insulted by a cell phone policy that, while it impacts you, is clearly not directed at you - its a different degree of the same thing.

In my opinion, its best to save the outrage for starving children, or partners who pass you in cue bids, but to each their own.
April 28, 2012
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fun to see Falk building off their strong Vanderbilt run.
April 27, 2012
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Hendrik - put your phone in your coat pocket, and hang your coat up in the coat racks, but somewhat buried in the piles so that someone can't quickly brush against it and rifle through the pockets. In the Louisvilles or Seattles of the world, this is practically no risk unless you publicly announce that your phone, passport, and $500 in cash are going to be in your unattended coat pocket.

Are you also insulted by airport security? By stadium security? By the fact that other countries have standing armies? By the presence of police officers in your part of town? My examples are more extreme, but its really all the same thing - security policies are not meant to insult you, they are meant to slow down or stop certain behavior. You being “insulted” is irrelevant to the discussion - you've chosen that reaction out of a myriad of choices from an action that was certainly not intended to bring about that reaction.
April 27, 2012
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There's an attempt to do bridge power ratings (search Colorado Bridge power ratings). The person who put it together appears to have semi-sound theory and methods - until you look at some of the results, like Eric Rodwell being somewhere around 350th best player in the US.

I much prefer to actually play bridge and decide it on the field than to have a computer tell me who's best.
April 27, 2012
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Am I playing forcing pass? Why did the first hand pass 2nd seat?
April 27, 2012
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For want of some tens, I pass. For the record, I think it would be a good idea to be able to differentiate between “go with a max” and “go with any non-minimum” by going through a 3 wolff sign off (assuming you are playing that agreement) and then bidding 4N (assuming that's not some minor suit slam sequence)
April 27, 2012
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like Henry, I suggest playing xyz, though my preferred version is very different than his (I like incorporating transfers).
April 26, 2012
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Like Lynn said, you need agreements. In most of my partnerships, we have the agreement that after 1m-3m, partner is expected to pass with an 18-19 NT - not just the 15-17 you were describing. We use a jump to 2 over 1m to show a hand with a constructive raise to 3m (leaving 2m as inverted).
April 25, 2012
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I would want to know whether I had any methods to sign off in clubs after opener rebid 1N. If I did have such methods, I would bid 1. I don't think the usual rules about 7-4 playing badly in our 4 card suit apply as much when partner is known to have length in the 7 bagger - we'll practically never be cut off from the 7 card suit.
April 25, 2012
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I vote for outvoting Hendrik.
April 25, 2012
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It shouldn't be too hard to partner with a local tour company - something like the hotel, where a certain number of “seats” are guaranteed by the ACBL in exchange for a reserved bus & reduced rate. The problem as I see it is that the program will also be appealing to bridge players, and the ACBL might see it as competition for its games, rather than a welcome supplement to its games.
April 23, 2012
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I love your aside about making predictions, and the inferences available when opponents do not do as expected. Thank you for another well-written and well-reasoned article.
April 23, 2012
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which means giving some credit to the J of hearts as well as the Q, right? Or is the point how many times is it just cold?
April 21, 2012
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pass. This hand screams to try and take 9 tricks rather than 10 once partner suggests a NT game.
April 20, 2012
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