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You asked us to comment on an opponent saying clearly something that was not true. But you admitted that is NOT what your opponent said.

If “An opponent muttered, ”Yes, … or not.", it probably means he was thinking about something else, didn't even want to bother recalling how many hearts he had, answered without thinking about it, then corrected himself to indicate he wasn't sure and didn't care.

So where is the problem?
16 hours ago
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Seems someone has forgotten how to say, “Director, please”.
16 hours ago
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@Bud … cool. It was illegal agreement when I quit tournament play and part of the reasons I did quit.

Of course, all the constant jerking everyone around with changes back and forth is the big meta-problem.
Jan. 22
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So in EBU, I can open 1N with 11-14 HCP and 2-2-2-7 distribution (7 card suit is a minor)?

That's great. I played that for many years before the ACBL went insane.
Jan. 22
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So, Bud, the ACBL has changed from it being an illegal agreement, to being an illegal bid? That's pure insanity.

It obviously shows that I haven't played any tournaments in that long but if this is the direction the ACBL is going, I certainly won't start again.

Just another reason to reinvent the ACBL and get rid of all these crazy stupid limitations they insist on putting on everyone.
Jan. 22
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There are too many stupidities in the GIB bidding to use it for beginners, but the idea of teaching 2/1 from the beginning is a good one.

I've been teaching bidding as 2/1 to beginning students for several years now and it works out wonderfully. Most of it is the same as SAYC anyway, so the small additions for 2/1 are just more of the normal system to them.
Jan. 19
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To the best of my knowledge, the ACBL forbids a systemic agreement to open 1N with a small singleton.

Opening it very occasionally and not with the same partner is not illegal, and (assuming no agreement) there should have been no penalty or adjustment in the case described here.

Of course, in the rest of the world, opening 1N with a small singleton is normal and expected. Only the ACBL makes these crazy rules that people can't even remember.
Jan. 19
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If the opponents don't want to call the director about my infraction, I immediately do so myself.

There is no reason to put opponents in the situation of having to make a decision on whether to follow the rules or not, for fear of insulting you.

Once the director comes, I may suggest s/he be lenient if the situation warrants.
Jan. 9
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@Marty …. that might actually be an illegal agreement. The rules of the game apply to everyone, and other pairs might not appreciate that you are selectively agreeing with this one pair to ignore them.
Jan. 9
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What you SHOULD feel is guilty for not obeying the rules of the game you were playing.
Jan. 9
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I believe DBL should be penalty, otherwise the opponents have too much freedom to interfere without much risk.

Given that, 2N should show invitational values with some spade control(s).
Jan. 6
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It's from Duplicate Death by Georgette Heyer (Rougier), 1951. I vaguely remembered it, but had to search to find the author and exact title.
Jan. 5
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And what would you bid after 1N 2 (DONT) P when you hold 9 spades to the 10 and no points?

There needs to be a way to insist on spades regardless of partner's two suits.
Jan. 3
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@Mike … this is a totally different situation you describe. In bridge, there is a partnership which takes many years to develop to the competitive level. That is not true in most sports.

When there were men-only and women-only bridge events, if your competition partner was the same gender, you could play in any event. When your partner was the opposite gender, you were forced out of those events and had to play with someone different. THAT was inherently unfair.

And that is why the old men-only was changed to an open event, and why many, many women moved to the open events.

The gradual decline of the women-only events is a testimony to the fact that many women feel qualified to play in open events and are now becoming much more comfortable socially in competing against men.
Jan. 3
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Gender restricted events are inherently sexist. Restricting entry based on gender is the DEFINITION of sexist.
Jan. 3
ATB
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Both. South for not bidding 4 on his way to 4, and North for his suicidal 5.
Dec. 26, 2019
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In the rest of the world, grandmothers playing at the kitchen table can play and defend multi. Why shouldn't Americans be able to?
Dec. 24, 2019
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Jim, an overlay app might be cute, but with a little self-discipline you can do that yourself for free.

I teach a counting class, and I advise my students to keep track on paper for the first few hands, then start doing the same without writing it down. Through every hand, I ask them exactly what you want the app to ask you.

At the end of the class, I remind them that I will be looking over their shoulder for the rest of their bridge lives to make sure they continue to ask themselves at the same points where I would ask.
Dec. 24, 2019
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In the absence of any discussion, I would reason like this…

Opps have about 18-20 HCP (minimum). If partner has 15+, that's 33-35.

So if I have more than 5 HCP, partner does not have a strong balanced NT bid and I would treat it as some kind of distributional hand. I would take out based on my own hand, typically bidding the lowest of suits I can stand.

If I have a near-bust, partner probably has the 15 HCP, a spade stopper and a runnable minor.
Dec. 24, 2019
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Yes Neil…dream on. :)
Dec. 24, 2019
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