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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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I would not open 4333, 4432, or 5332 hands with quacks as my only honor cards in 1st or 2nd seat playing 2/1
Nov. 6, 2019
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True enough, misread the auction. I still think that people stretch to bid a good suit in comp even with subpar values,
Oct. 29, 2019
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How can you think in modern bidding that an opening hand and limit raise shows 22+ points?
Oct. 28, 2019
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Open a strong club on this. Its better to overbid early in the auction than to have to “catch up” later, especially when your other option is a nebulous 1, presumably with no easy rebid. I also suspect you would have been better placed unless your methods after intervention are horrible. Pass, having already done full justice to your hand.
Oct. 28, 2019
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why would I pitch on trick 1? If diamonds are 2-2, I can lead a high spade later and establish my 12th trick. If they aren't, I'd rather try to establish clubs.
Oct. 27, 2019
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whatever makes you happy.
Oct. 24, 2019
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I wish all of my bidding problems were regrets I had from my top boards.
Oct. 17, 2019
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When the solid and staid are united with the original thinkers in the bidding poll arena, you know that anything other than the obvious answer is a far-flung outlier.
Oct. 17, 2019
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My hand looks like its a typical raise to 2, with no outstanding defensive features for a redouble, and no obvious offensive features that warrant competing to the 3 level on my own.
Oct. 17, 2019
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to buttress your rebuttal, with a near opener and fits for both suits, east might have done more bidding as well.
Oct. 15, 2019
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guess to duck. There are probably 5 clubs in east vs 2 in West (playing W to be 5=6=0=2 based on the auction), so E is a 5-2 favorite to hold any specific card, including the K. Only 8 HCP have shown up with E, and E has a relatively flat hand, so having the K wouldn't have changed the auction probably.
Oct. 15, 2019
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At the table I was convinced that partner's 5 should be pass/correct, as I almost always have a long suit when bidding this way (true balanced hands start with X IMO). I also thought it likely that partner had a stiff heart, and that he had the A or K of spades to make up for lack of values elsewhere.

None of that turned out to be true.
Oct. 9, 2019
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I find it incredibly easy to declare against pairs that make count their primary signal, as I rarely have to guess how key suits are splitting.
Oct. 1, 2019
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From what he wrote, I'd say he isn't exclusively using in private. I also think that having someone very openly using drugs and doing their normal life things out in public “normalizes” drug use, and that is something that may influence younger people when people they see as mentors behave in such a manner, especially when they publicize it to the greater world.

Listen, I'm not asking David to change in anyway, I'm just pointing out that while his behavior may be fine in isolation, and while it is admirable that he mentors young bridge players, the combination of the two may be problematic for some, especially if he is flagrant about advertising what he does.
Sept. 27, 2019
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The implication of my comment is that you open yourself up to the charge of “corrupting youth” and/or are possibly giving parents a reason not to support having kids in the program. I don't know one way or another whether your influence would make someone more inclined to smoke pot or not. I do know, as a parent, that I would be less inclined to give my kid over to someone who uses drugs recreationally outside of the confines of their home. U26 does not exclude people from the lower age ranges, if I remember correctly, even if the more common and likely participants are older.
Sept. 27, 2019
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Not to be the fly in the ointment, but if I were the coach of a youth bridge team, I wouldn't admit to using federally illegal drugs.
Sept. 27, 2019
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You have a king and two queens. Is that normally good enough for you to XX?
Sept. 24, 2019
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I might have opened this 2N.
Sept. 21, 2019
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