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Sure, their views are relevant. But I don’t care about their feelings about playing me, when I’m typically on the team playing up. Their feelings are irrelevant when it comes to my decision process.
July 10
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Well, if partner has spades, then it can get us a juicy penalty possibly.
July 9
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This shows no respect or understanding for those players who depend on that childcare.
July 9
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Who cares how they feel? Last time we played up in a bracket one knockout, we won the event, playing something like 8 national championship winners along the way, many of them very well known pros. Perhaps they were all glad to see us prior to playing us and unhappy afterwards? Whatever. I'm sure that the win meant more to all of us than it would to any of the people who we played, and winning bracket 2 would mean less than just beating one of those top teams.

When another partner and I glommed onto a Spingold team good enough to qualify for one of the last byes, we paid the entry fee, and used it to enter a one-session pairs event to practice. It was amusing to use the Spingold bye paper to pay for the event, and hear the director ask how many masterpoints we had (to which we bemusedly admitted we were flight B). FWIW, that was the time we made it to the round of 16. Perhaps all of those teams had feelings about playing us that differed from when they got the initial draw.

I know what its like to play a team that you don't think are nearly as good as you, and I know what its like to lose to such a team. Its annoying, but at the same time I am encouraged to see people growing up and doing well. I like to see more teams grow into good competition, because while I like winning, I like playing against good, clever players more - then winning actually means something.
July 9
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Your values are fast. That screams suit play for me, even with the 4-3-3-3 shape.
July 7
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I can't imagine an opponent making an issue of it. If they did, my answer to their question would be that I need to know what your bid means before I can give an answer as to what partner's bid means, as our agreements differ in different circumstances.
July 3
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Richard - only if you have better uses for the bid. I currently do not, given my own structure which allows for a balanced slam try, shortness showing slam tries, and keycard gerber for the 3 relevant calls (3 other major, 4C, 4D, though not in that order).
July 3
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I think you need to assume that partner knows what their agreement is, and explain your actual agreement. After all, maybe partner has played against them before, or was discussing methods while you were on the can or something.

I think explaining that partner might have misbid is wrong - if partner hasn't misbid, you are introducing doubt in the opponents when they should have clarity, and you have no AI that would make you think that.

I also think it is incumbent on you to make every effort to believe that partner hasn't misbid throughout the auction, and for partner to make an effort to bid as though he hasn't heard your ask/explanation. Afterwards, the director should be called if there is any doubt as to whether the UI was taken advantage of by either side of the auction.
July 3
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better to play 4 as the slam try and 4 as KC Gerber IMO. Not as much here, so much as for the auctions where you have hearts, so you have room to make a last train call.
July 1
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I guess what I meant by strong was that the 3 level showed a better hand and suit then calling the same suit at the 2 level, as opposed to a weak hand with offensive playing potential.
July 1
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I bid 4.
June 28
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If partner doubled, I'd bid 3. If partner passes, I'd bid 3, though I'd consider double strongly as well (and might convince myself to actually do so at the table, except my offence/defence ratio is strongly weighted toward offence). Both are primarily stopper asks. In the case where partner doubled, I could have a lot more variety as to hand types, which I would clarify later in the bidding.
June 28
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I think you mean 37.5% to make.
June 28
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You are just wrong. Especially in your belief that the 22 HCP hand you posted as being something that people will not show using a 22-24 NT.
June 28
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Since you can only post one bidding poll every 90 minutes, I understand putting them in one article.
June 27
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Jeff, of course it matters.
June 26
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What is their standard lead? Is it 3/low? 3/5th? 4th best?
June 26
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what are their lead and carding agreements?
June 26
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1-2 (GF with 5+);
2 (relay with diamond fit) - 2 (6+ diamonds, 4 card 2nd suit);
2N(ask)-3 (2nd suit is spades);
4 (unlikely to have enough for slam as a passed hand)

As an unpassed hand, bump every bid after 2 up a step (we use an extra value showing step in those auctions for 13+ HCP or 5+ controls) and I'd also ask for shortness since KQxx Ax Qxxxxx x would still be possible.
June 26
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The king of diamonds is deceptive. By the time we trump in with our natural trump trick on the 3rd round of hearts, all the clubs can be gone. On the other hand, a club void is also possible. I want to take a look at the dummy to figure out the cash-out.
June 26
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