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I don't know if a poll here can establish that; a poll should be of the player's peers (and I don't know their peers, I'm just saying that your results here might be wildly different)
June 22, 2012
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In my serious partnership we have a light invitation and a pure preemptive raise available for our 2 bids (which are intermediate, so slightly different). What we mean by light invitation is that opener will reject on all but the top 25% of hands, which is the opposite from our normal invitation percentage. So there is a difference for us, in that opener has rights, which they will probably excercise on the hands where he is top of his range, the very hands where its less likely that we'll need to save.

In other words, I think its presumptious to be cynical about their explanation.

That being said, I think its clear to bid on. Light invitation could be based on shape, fit, whatever; it does not mean lots of HCP.
June 21, 2012
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I think that risk is overstated. You have no idea how things are going in the other simultaneous round robin matches, so you could just be hurting yourself for no reason. Also, you are talking like there's a top two, and that the other 16 teams are just lucky to be there - which I do not believe to be the case. You may be improving your position relative to one team, but you are almost assuredly hurting your position relative to others, all to presumably put a team in the round of 18 which would hurt your overall score because you had to throw your match against them.

June 19, 2012
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I would raise to 3 on something with between 15-17 support points & 4 spades. If I have a lesser hand with 4, I wait for partner to double back in, then bid 3 spades.

I was very impressed with the discipline of the Norwegian pair Brogeland and Saelensminde against me on a similar auction in the LM pairs in New Orleans. They opened 1C (2+), and responded 1D (showing 4+), after which I jumped to 3C. It goes pass - pass - X, pass 3H all pass. Saelensminde (responder) had a balanced 12 count, and Brogeland something similar, they just made 3H on an (unavoidable) endplay. I'm sure if Brogeland had bid 3H, they would have been in game and it would have been us getting a great result instead of them.
June 18, 2012
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If there is confusion as to whether this auction is a forcing pass situation in your partnership (and to me there is no question that it is not), then I would suggest not playing forcing pass at all.
June 14, 2012
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Someone sound the alarms! Bob escaped the Well!
June 9, 2012
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I'm going to start with 3. I will then cue 4, and probably 5. If, over that, partner doesn't evaluate a 5 card suit/heart K as worth a slam, then I will let them out at the 5 level.
June 9, 2012
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Thanks for being in the well, Bob.

When starting a new serious partnership, how do you go about deciding whether the two of you are going to have a chance to work together successfully?
June 9, 2012
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The opening lead is a low diamond.
May 27, 2012
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Sorry for the confusion, Kitty, I meant “What did you do, Gavin?” and “What would Steve Weinstein have thought about pass/3N”.

Though I am in agreement with you about what I think it should be in theory, Kitty, in an unpracticed partnership I would not be confident that partner and I were on the same page
May 25, 2012
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This is a great spot, and I would have duplicated the auction
May 25, 2012
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What did you do, and what would Steve have thought about pass/3N?
May 25, 2012
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This isn't really to promote one method over another - I was just recently having a bridge discussion with someone who said that they thought standard practice in expert bridge was to open 1N only without a 5 card major. My own thought was that its been a long time since that's been true, and that this person's statement was not accurate for the modern game. It appears that the poll results are fairly decisive that most experts do regularly open 1N with a 5 card major.
May 16, 2012
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Bridge played without disclosure is unplayable. Imagine the chaos when someone opens 1C in that world - is it precision, standard American, some transfer bid showing spades, a fert? In a game where you don't have to disclose bidding agreements, there are no deductions from the bidding. Constructive bidding regresses, cardplay regresses, it all pretty much makes the game even less understandable and appealing to the average person trying to break in - non-disclosure is chaos in a bottle, and I never want to pull the stopper out of that bottle.
May 16, 2012
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At least you apologized before showing that you have not played against flight B players regularly and have no idea about the standards of the players or their games.
May 16, 2012
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I feel confident that if the phrasing of my question will not significantly alter the results of the poll, but I appreciate the attention to detail.
May 15, 2012
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Oh Bobby - I think you've been hanging out in the wrong crowds if you think everyone plays cards at such a higher level :)
May 12, 2012
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I voted playing a hand really well, but only because its the only one that I can take pride in alone. Defense, bidding, et all take partnership cooperation, and while an active ear for the auction can make you a better-than-average opening leader, no one's going to get rich on that skill.
May 11, 2012
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Or a different option: Screens should be expected for nationally rated events, so that this issue does not come up during an important competition.
May 10, 2012
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