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I wouldn't have liked it this year - we had a 6 man team, and when it was my turn to sit out, I got to kibitz some of the great players that were there. If they were all playing the same boards as my teammates, I'm sure I would have encountered additional restrictions to ensure that I was not helping them cheat, like prohibiting me from being in the room or something.
July 25, 2012
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I play it as a slam try with a good 6+ card heart suit, but that it does not set hearts as trump
July 24, 2012
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One possible conclusion from that option not being a part of the poll was that I forgot the option. Another possible conclusion is that I didn't care to offer the option, or hear from the people who would select that option.

I agree that would be the result at a good number of tables. That being said, I'm sure that a significant number of those players would argue that they are just taking the action they would have taken without the UI. I don't think those players consider that their thought process is corrupted by the UI, or that directors will not accept self-serving statements like “that is what I would have done without the UI” when making a ruling.
July 24, 2012
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I don't think your reasoning is correct. I think what is 100% inferred from the hesitation is that partner thinks that 3N may not be the right contract. Our obligation, in my opinion, is therefore not to disturb the 3N contract if passing 3N is a logical alternative. We don't have to know exactly what partner is thinking about, just the implications of his thinking.
July 24, 2012
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Putting Helgemo/Helness ahead of Meckwell because “they are real cardplayers” is disrespectful to the cardplay skills of Meckstroth and Rodwell, in my opinion; not only that, but the question was best pair in the world, not best cardplayers. Bidding is, in my opinion, the biggest differentiator between top flight partnerships, since the cardplay tends to be so close.
July 22, 2012
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Would you really like to increase the risk by making sure you cannot stop at 2H while misdescribing your hand's suitability for a minor suit contract? When designing a poll, not everybody is looking to cater to the insane.
July 20, 2012
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I would bid 5C, looking for 6D or 6C. If partner bypasses 5D, I will bid 6C suggesting 5.
July 20, 2012
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The schedule is still absurd. today in the fast pairs we had 45 minutes between sessions. And that's with leaving the room immediately, not picking up the scores or whatever. Good luck finding a lunch between sessions in the lunch rush and making it back on time.

I love bridge, I love nationals. I am now firmly in the Kitty Cooper camp. I am never coming to another national with similarly absurd scheduling.
July 20, 2012
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not too hard to fault him. How many clubs does he think he is cashing when his partner has a fit? What values has he not shown? His partner is in a good position to make a decision. Plus, his hand is way too strong for an initial 1N in my opinion with an expectation of 6 club tricks.
July 20, 2012
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I don't put an upper limit, I just put +
July 9, 2012
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This is by far the worst schedule I've ever seen. The national events jump all over the place, as a West coaster the 10AM start time is an absolute disaster waiting to happen, and they don't have the midnight KOs.

I had planned on mentioning this to every ACBL person I met at the nationals, but this schedule/elimitating the zips is the absolute worst thing that you could do to encourage youth bridge at the nationals.
July 7, 2012
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If you aren't willing to double clubs or spades, then you shouldn't redouble in the first place, you should just bid your hand. The entire auction is logically inconsistent to me - its not like redouble auctions are better than suit bidding auctions (as you can see)
July 6, 2012
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4 for me would be much more attractive playing 0314 responses (which may be theoretically best in a situation where responder can make a slam try with 0 keycards)
July 5, 2012
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In my main partnership, we play that all 5-5 major suit hands go through stayman.

Assuming a 2D response, we use 2H as garbage, pass or correct, 4H as 5-5 game forcing but no slam interest, and 4D as 5-5 slam interest. We don't bother inviting, we either go or don't.

With a major suit fit (i.e., responder rebids 2H or 2S), we have the option of bidding 3 of the other major showing unspecified shortness and a slam try, or just passing or jumping to game. Again, we don't bother with an invitation, preferring to use that bid for slam exploration.

If we have 5-4 hands or 6-4 hands we Smolen at the 3 level, then, if need be, re-transfer at the 4 level.
July 3, 2012
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It seems to me that the only way we'll be assured of playing the right strain and have the best shot of playing at the 3 level when right is making a negative double now. I've been light for my bids before, sometimes it still works out.
July 3, 2012
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I am 32, and I continue to improve. I also work very hard on my game, putting in probably 2-4 hours a day of thought into it asides from actual playing (killing time here, at BBO Forums, reading bridge publications, or exchanging e-mails/phone calls about hands/position/system). I have a feeling that I will peak when I no longer have the time and desire to improve, not when I reach a pre-determined age.
June 30, 2012
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thank you. I believe that some weight should also be given to the attractiveness of a JTx lead, too, which backs your judgement not to play E for Kx of clubs.
June 28, 2012
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Really? I play lebensohl differently, 2N-3C, 3H showing invitational strength with exactly 4, glad to know that is not ubiquitous. But the bad thing that can happen is that partner can show you an invitation with 4 hearts, or mis-evaluate his hand and jump with 5 of them, getting a bad split and a HCP minimum (with the discount on the diamond Q)
June 26, 2012
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That example is irrelevant. West is a passed hand. But in the gist of what you are saying, put a small heart in with the spades…and it would be completely consistent with the bidding. I think that east's bidding is fairly normal in context, and west needed to make the leap, so to speak, knowing about partner's likely “pure” hand for the 3C call.
June 24, 2012
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Kit - is there any weight given to the fact that E may systemically have agreed not to open 1N with a 5 card spade suit, or is that so unusual in an expert game that it's not even worth weighing the possibility?
June 24, 2012
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