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I expect three spade losers in a 4 spade contract - do I count on partner for AK A in the reds? If partner does have AKA in the reds, am I probably getting 500 against 3X? I think its more reasonable to double. I'm leading the Q of spades if partner sits.
Dec. 23, 2019
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Any other colors and I'd be in for 4
Dec. 23, 2019
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One of the spade 2's ate it.
Dec. 23, 2019
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If I knew you played penalty doubles, that would increase the likelihood that I preempt a borderline hand, since you have less tools available to deal with hand types other than where you have a stack behind me.
Dec. 20, 2019
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You don't have to put it on your card or anywhere else as far as strict ACBL letter of the law, but you must disclose the style that you use if they ask about the weak 2. As a practical matter, I never thought of putting length on the convention card, and even now that someone has brought it up, I'm not sure about it being a good idea in our case - we restrict the 5 card preempts to being good suits, and not 5-3-3-2, so they don't come up nearly as frequently as one might expect if I simply put 5+ cards on the CC.
Dec. 20, 2019
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I have attended one fall NABC, and I only attended that one because it was 3 hours from my home. There are several reasons why I have attended many more spring and summer NABCs, and the timing is one of them. Another reason, of course, is that NAP/GNT competitions frequently have helped subsidize my travel to spring/summer nationals.
Dec. 18, 2019
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true enough.
Dec. 17, 2019
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we have all the keycards, but I can't count 13 tricks yet.
Dec. 16, 2019
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same, except low diamond from dummy.
Dec. 9, 2019
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I expect you are playing an unplayably wide range for that bid. Standard solutions include playing a Lawrence style 2/1 for invitational hands with clubs, in which this would be weak, or to use weak or invitational j/s, in which case this would be the other one.
Nov. 19, 2019
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it wasn't an upgrade so much as a 3rd seat white experiment.
Nov. 19, 2019
ATB
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North has a clear GT. I abstained only because I objected to the description of why.
Nov. 19, 2019
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I can imagine some fun things with the 2nd option - creating voids, giving partner a high trump behind declarer, repositioning an ace so that you can be sure to lead your QJT honor sequence to it, etc.
Nov. 19, 2019
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I prefer forcing. standard as I was taught in my area is non-forcing.
Nov. 17, 2019
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If I open 2, the auction is cramped, horrible, and invites preemption, to which I am extremely vulnerable given that I have a two-suiter.

If I open 1 planning on jump-shifting to 3 if unopposed, I have saved some space (ie, i'd get both of my suits in at a lower level than I'd even get one in opening 2), and I have a perfectly good action over our most likely preempt problem when I make a take-out double of their hearts (or a cue-bid of hearts).

The likelihood of 1 getting passed out is extremely low, and I don't jump-shift in minors for funsies, so this should get my hand off my chest.
Nov. 15, 2019
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Same here - more than double the next thickest section.
Nov. 13, 2019
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I have played a no invites nt in a serious partnership. It lengthens my system notes, because we used 2N as a way to get out in a 6 card minor after checking for a four card major, as well as other sequences which standard bidding doesn’t handle well.
Nov. 13, 2019
Chris Gibson edited this comment Nov. 13, 2019
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If by report it to the director, you mean asking the director for a recorder form, and asking him to file it correctly, then yes. If you mean asking him to make a ruling taking away the bridge result, I'd say no.
Nov. 12, 2019
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Its a demand. I'd pass anyway, and apologize if its wrong, saying that since I misbid my hand twice, there should be no expectation that I wouldn't do it a third time.
Nov. 12, 2019
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I thought about a weak NT context, and decided even in that context it was a downgrade out of that. I would open a mini-NT if my system allowed.
Nov. 6, 2019
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