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2nd double is penalty. 1st I would actually play as a support double with my favorite agreements (1 forcing one round, 4+ spades), but in a more standard overcall advance structure where 1 promises 5 that makes less sense.
May 17
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East shouldn't comment on anyone else's bidding except to make sure he wasn't given misinformation or not missing an alert. South should recognize that the bidding is far from mainstream, and that may surprise people into commenting - no need to take offense by it. The director should give a warning only to E unless this is part of a pattern of behavior, IMO.
May 16
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Its useful to clarify between bidding game in competition on spec in a two-ways-to-win scenerio vs a definite “we have the balance of power” game bid. I find it most applicable after an opening and a limit bid (or limit+) opposite.
May 16
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maybe he didn't realize he had the 9 :)
May 16
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my forcing pass rules: We are either in an unambiguous GF, or we have made a slam try in competition. This does not fit either circumstance.
May 16
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2N is natural, 11-14 ish, X is minors. Penalty passes, per usual in low level competitive auctions.
May 15
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If you bid 3, now you can actually complete the description of your hand with 3. But man, I can't ever convince myself to open 3 2nd seat with this.
May 15
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You need to give the rest of the auction to give us an informed decision.
May 15
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I disagree for multiple reasons - including the frequency of misbids where someone thinks they are playing one thing and are playing another.
May 14
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If your opponents promise 5-5, then they are in a minority in my experience. 5-4 is much more common, and 4-4 is not unheard of.

We do something similar to Jeff at the two level, but play inv+ transfers starting at 3. 3 is both minors, forcing.
May 13
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If partner doesn't bid game after I raise, then game likely isn't good. I basically have a card and a fit, with some minor support pieces that might solidify some of partner's stuff if necessary.
May 13
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It doesn't allow you to find your 9 card major fit as far as I can see.
May 13
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in 2008 I was in a walking boot recovering from a broken ankle, and still braved the heat every day to walk from the Sands to the host hotel, it wasn't a problem. Of course, I was in my 20's then…who knows now.
May 13
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If you click on a person, you can flag them to ignore. I find it very helpful to keep my bridgewinners garden a little less weedy.
May 8
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note i said standard in my locale among experts. that is different than saying standard for everyone everywhere
May 4
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As a director, I would try and establish what their agreement actually is. If it is non-forcing, then that is alertable, and I would poll to how things might have played out if there was correct information. If the polling shows there was damage, I will adjust.

If their agreement is forcing, and W just took a flier, I'd fill out a recorder form and, if possible, see if other recorders have been filled out for similar activity to see if they potentially have a concealed partnership understanding. I would not adjust unless I found a CPU in that case.
May 3
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It absolutely will apply. Anytime I am out on my own and rebid 2N without a squeak from partner, it applies. With your hand, I suppose I'd have to bid 3 and hope that if partner has some undisclosed values he might bid 3.
May 3
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Bill, copying and pasting the same response to everyone's post means that the response is not tailored to the points made by the person. Frankly, none of what you say applies to what I said.
May 3
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Merijn - While it may be that your agreement is that 2N is natural, mine is that it shows primary clubs and a 2nd 4 card suit - usually diamonds. I believe that my agreement is standard enough in this part of the world that I would not hesitate to pull it out undiscussed with another expert partner from this general locale.
May 3
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20-22 is certainly not standard for 2N in my area. 20-21 is standard, with 19-21 being 2nd most standard (usually in the hands of those who used a 14-16 NT).
April 29
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