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Certainly not me!
33 minutes ago
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BTW, I understand your frustration as a pair not team to have no NABC+ events on days 2 and 3 of a three day challenge like LM Pairs. I've suggested having an NABC+ event scheduled across afternoons. Perhaps this would be a good time for one, so you can have free evenings to enjoy Vegas if you don't Q. I'd like to see this run as continuous pairs, so even if you Q but don't make the final you can begin, then go to another event, then come back to complete your 4 sessions, high scores aggregate count for the places.
an hour ago
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Come for the sectional, stay for the regional! A “Memorial” double feature.
an hour ago
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You sure it's not random? I did go for a walk today.
21 hours ago
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As soon as you guys sink after the next big one, we'll have oceanfront property.
Jan. 21
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Cool!
Jan. 20
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Yeah, I know that the correction to 2NT may be a step too far (especially in Belgium), but that's how it was taught to me. I concur that it's rare. As to the other stuff, with mini (10-12 balanced any 4 3-3-3) I like Ripcord (X xfrs to clubs, clubs to diamonds, etc.) and for weak (12-14) double-barreled Stayman seems to work fine. Some call this two-way Stayman. 2C is non-forcing Stayman, 2D game-forcing Stayman (impossible with a passed hand, so in that case it's a transfer to hearts). It takes a bit of work and even more attention to position and vulnerability if playing, as I do with my Acol partner, 12-14 non, 16-18 vul (and in that case “normal” non-forcing Stayman and transfers are on).
Jan. 20
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I think I agree. I taught my Life Master partner who was trained in London by Terrence and Boris to use Stayman, not transfers, with 4-5 or 5-4 majors, even with nothing (assuming a singleton spot outside, not two doubletons, with a nothing hand, which might just pass and hope the opponents reopen). Anyway, after 1NT - 2C; 2D - 2M is to play. However, opener corrects to 2NT with a doubleton in responder's major, which responder then MUST pass. I get a lot of grief on that whole thing. Many play that with a garbage 5-4/4-5 one transfers and passes, and I know this is what many books recommend. I don't care for that treatment.
Jan. 19
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I concur, and I think that treatment is in at least one of my books. I can also say that one can't assume a pick up partner will know that, below the expert level. (I get yelled at a lot for bidding correctly. Gets old.)
Jan. 19
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While at it, the director should say if it's required, not just allowed. Maybe a future video should cover this stuff.
Jan. 18
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Concur
Jan. 18
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Not to override Kit (wouldn't dream of it), but my pard and I play 12-14 when non-vul, 15-18 vul, and use double barreled Stayman. Seems to work OK.
Jan. 18
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Hence the joke about straws (your law, not your wife). What's really funny is that businesses in Tucson are banning straws to “save the ocean.” All our trash goes in landfills!
Jan. 18
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If nothing else you'll give the director (or some great opponents) a laugh.
Jan. 18
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At the risk of beating this horse (a necessity during a really bad episode of colic when the horse is down), in many of my systems a pass like the one you describe is alertable. This is true with many passes in informative double situations, where a pass has specific meaning (yes, by inference, but it's part of the systemic convention).
Jan. 18
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I, for one, enjoy a good, well-reasoned rant! Yours was both. BTW, in the intro to one of my books I talked about my partner/teacher getting exasperated at my questions and saying: “I didn't think I needed to tell you those details, it's just bridge, ‘everyone’ knows that stuff.” Well, I didn't so I kept forcing the issue until I did. Then I put the whole think in the book, much to his head shaking at my silliness for penning the “obvious.” I think that logic applies here. Not all of us are bridge savants. (idiot maybe…)
Jan. 18
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OK, thanks.
Jan. 18
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Maybe they've changed it. I'm thinking back over a decade ago when we were playing the system in Regional and NABC+ events. We got tired of being told “forcing notrumps are not alertable any more” when we made a simple alert. We decided a response of “uh huh” was not really in the spirit of full disclosure, so we switched to the special alert to make sure we'd get asked if they cared to know.
Jan. 17
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There is such an animal as a “Special Alert” which my partner and I used when playing the Advanced American system, where 1NT is forcing 1 round (always), and could be made on zero high card points with a 4+ card fit and a void elsewhere. The system prohibits immediately raising with 3 card support and a 1 bid hand, so again 1NT forcing must be used, followed by a return to opener's major. It also absolutely denies four spade cards if partner's opening bid is 1H. Because of all of that stuff, “Special Alert!”
Jan. 17
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Maybe if you throw in a straw…
Jan. 17
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