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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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There are a few conventions I avoid because I miss them too often, so it wouldn't surprise me if this is the real reason your partner doesn't want to play them.

Support Doubles are easy to miss and easy to forget to use because there is nothing that jumps out at you. The only way to remember them is to recognize the situation where they are used.

I suggest that you and your partner sit down at a bidding table on BBO and generate a lot of hands that would use Support X and XX, and just bid them – over and over until the situation becomes the trigger to remember.
Feb. 14
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NATURAL

There are two ways to show the other two suits …. Unusual NT with a weaker distributional hand, and Double with a stronger hand not necessarily long suits. No need for the cue bids to be anything except natural.
Jan. 24
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What kind of chaperonage, are parents welcome, security, safety provisions?
Jan. 23
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Sorry if I wasn't clear … I can't just blast, the “try” is to find out which suit. But I'm bidding at least 6 no matter what partner says.
Jan. 12
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Given that the spades are most all with the opponents, this is a 30 HCP deck for NS. South has 21 of those. Nothing would keep me from making a slam try with this hand. As South, I just keep making forcing bids until partner tells me which of my suits he prefers. Partner's bids or lack thereof, or hesitations, or scratching his nose, or daydreaming about where his car is, are all totally irrelevant.
Jan. 11
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I did in fact Double, but was criticized for it, so I just wanted to see more opinions. Thanks to everyone who voted and commented.
Jan. 10
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I wonder how the other players in Gold Rush who are just trying very hard to earn some gold would feel about having to play against stronger players who already have a lot more points than they need. Your personal desire has to be balanced against the desires of all the others.
Jan. 5
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Like the screens, electronic play solves this problem. The alerts are hidden from partner, hence no possible UI.
Dec. 30, 2018
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So, Ed, if there is a ZT card in my bidding box, when and how is it used?

As a warning to an opponent that I am annoyed?
As a warning to an opponent that I am about to call the director?
As a warning that I am about to say something rude?

I simply cannot think of a useful way to use the card. Can you please elaborate?
Dec. 24, 2018
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Most of this thread is about how to punish cheaters, and whether they can be rehabilitated.

I don't plan to weigh in on how much punishment someone should get, but I do believe quite strongly that someone who cheats will cheat again, and continue to cheat.

Stopping cheating is like the bank robber who doesn't rob the bank while the police are watching him. Once free of scrutiny, he'll rob again.

Cheaters do not reform. They may play it straight for a little while if they are under scrutiny, but when the chance comes, they'll be right back at it.
Dec. 13, 2018
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@Marty … you said, “Second, the poker players among us who have good table feel are unwilling to give up that edge.”

1. Bridge is NOT poker, it's a game of thinking, not gambling, and I for one do NOT want the poker aspects to ruin the real game.

2. If you feel you need a poker edge, then try learning bridge a bit better, so you won't feel you need that external help to do well.
Dec. 13, 2018
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I have a much better suggestion – switch to electronic play. Then most all the problems you are trying to deal with will be gone.
Dec. 11, 2018
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There are only two choices, might as well just ask for a vote on who plays Gambling 3N.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Cash prizes are the one way to guarantee someone will try to cheat.
Nov. 29, 2018
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Another great argument for moving to play on computers. Kibitzers can watch from another room.
Nov. 19, 2018
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I want to vote NO for the “suggested defense”. Not only does the ACBL defense suck, it's high time that Americans learned multi and how to bid against it.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Playing UDCA, the 10 would be discouraging attitude, so must be asking for a heart shift. Leading a seems less than useless with the dummy holding.
Nov. 11, 2018
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So when are we simply going to do away with the sexist division of bridge tournaments and let everyone compete equally as a Person.
Nov. 8, 2018
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What did your partner say when the director asked him/her? Did your pard agree with you or with the opponents?

As director, I believe the complaining party when both agree what happened. The defendants have reason to mislead, the complainers wouldn't have called unless there were some actual problem.
Nov. 4, 2018
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I can't imagine bidding a second time unless forced by my partner. Spades is more important and more likely to be held by my partner, so 2 and pass ever after.
Nov. 4, 2018
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